Linguistics Department celebrates 50th anniversary with spring colloquium series

Published: January 9, 2022 Author: Staff reports

The Linguistics Department in the College of Arts and Sciences continues its 50th anniversary colloquium series this spring by bringing back alumni and faculty from around the world to celebrate the program’s mission and its resilience.

Throughout the spring semester, be sure to watch for the return to Gordy Hall of several former faculty members. Dr. Greg Kessler, who is now professor and department chair of Innovative Learning Design & Technology Educational Studies in the Patton College of Education, presents on Feb. 25. Also returning to Gordy Hall will be alumna and former visiting professor Dr. Romy Ghanem. Ghanem, who is now an assistant professor of applied linguistics at Northern Arizona University, will be presenting in-person in Gordy 301 on April 8.

Other former faculty will present via TEAMS. Former chair of the Linguistics Department Dr. Scott Jarvis, now chair of the Linguistics Department at the University of Utah, will present on Feb. 11,  and Dr. Christine MoonKyoung Cho, former visiting professor and now assistant professor of applied linguistics at Wenzhou-Kean University, Wenzhou, will present from China on April 22. There is a 13-hour time difference, so Cho will be starting her presentation at 1:55 a.m. in the morning in China.

There will also be alumni presentations via TEAMS in the spring: Rickey Larkin Jr. ’20MA, now a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Tetiana Tytko ’20MA, now a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland; Dr. He Sun ’10MA, research scientist at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; and Nuo Xu ’16MA, now a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah.

There also will be presentations from current Linguistics faculty Dr. HyoJung Keira Park and Dr. Liang Tao.

And finally on March 25, emeriti, current, and former faculty, staff, and alumni will meet to remember 50 years of the Linguistics Department.

“We are really looking forward to everyone joining us again this spring, either live in person or via Microsoft TEAMS Fridays 12:55 to 1:50 p.m. to celebrate our anniversary,” said Dr. David Bell, chair of the Linguistics Department, who also invited alumni and friends to add their names to the donor wall by making a gift, of whatever amount, to the Linguistics Department’s general support fund.

Bell noted that all funds go to support student registration and travel expenses to conferences where they will present their research.

“And please stay in touch! Send us a message on our Linguistics FB page at,” he added.

A photo of Gordy Hall from across Park Place, in the 1960s.

Spring 2022 50th Anniversary Colloquia

*Some colloquia where indicated will have in-person speakers in Gordy 301 on the Athens campus of Ohio University. All colloquia are accessible via Microsoft TEAMS.

Jan. 28: Response through Talk and Action in Teacher-Student Group Conferences – Rickey Larkin Jr., University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Feb. 4: Young learners’ L2 Spanish vocabulary acquisition through captions – Tetiana Tytko, University of Maryland.

Feb. 11: How well do L2 speakers of English understand their Miranda rights? – Dr. Scott Jarvis, University of Utah.

Feb. 18: *Applying for Ph.D. programs and jobs: what to prepare and expect – Dr. Keira Park, Ohio University.

Feb. 25: *Innovation and technology in language teaching and learning  – Dr. Greg Kessler.

March 18: Individual Differences Matter: Internal and External Factors in Early Language Learning – Dr. He Sun, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

March 25: *Remembering 50 Years of the Linguistics Department – Panel Discussion with emeriti, current, and former faculty, and alumni.

April 1: Function Word Restoration – Dr. Liang Tao, Ohio University

April 8: *Improving International Teaching Assistants’ Oral Productions through Explicit Instruction and Technology – Dr. Romy Ghanem, Northern Arizona University.

April 15: U.S. Chinese-Immigrant Families’ Efforts to Decolonize Dominant Language Ideologies Through Chinese Language Maintenance – Nuo Xu, University of Utah.

April 22: L2 English users’ perception of pitch modulation cues – Dr. Christine MoonKyoung  Cho, Wenzhou-Kean University, China.

How to Access the Colloquia via Teams

Colloquia are Fridays at 12:55-1:50 pm via Microsoft TEAMS

For more information, contact Bell at