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Visiting and Research Positions

Professor of Applied Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh, January 1997 to present.

Professor of English Language and General Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong, 1993–1996. (Honorary Professor, 1996–1999).

Associate Professor, The University of Maryland, College Park, Department of French and Italian, 1988–1993. Assistant Professor, 1986–1988. (Special Member, Graduate Faculty, 1997–1999).

Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 1985–1987. Assistant Professor, 1981–1985.

Lecturer in linguistics, Université Paul Valéry (Montpellier, France), Section d’Études Anglaises et Nord‑Américaines, 1980–1981.

Teaching Fellow, The University of Michigan, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, 1978–1980.


Honours courses:

Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching (1997-2004), Language, Politics and Identity (2009–2011).

MSc courses:

Current Issues in Applied Linguistics (1997–2005), Applied Semantics and Translation (1997–2005), Advanced Linguistic Studies: Syntax (1997–1998), Language and Linguistics (1997–1998), Linguistics and Language Learning (2000–2001), Introduction to Applied Linguistics (2001–5), Sociolinguistics Core Course (1997–present) and Advanced Option Course (1997–2000), Theory and Practice of Language Teaching (1997–2000), Issues in Applied Linguistics (2008-present), Language, Education & Society (2008–present), Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching (2008-present).

Administrative Roles

Linguistics & English Language: Head, 2011–present.

University Press Committee, 2004–present.

School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences: School Management Committee, 2003–2004.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Committee on Language Provision, 2002–2003. Research Committee, 2003–2004.

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics: Depute Head, 2000–2005; Course Director of MSc in Applied Linguistics, 2000, 2002–2003.

Department of Applied Linguistics: Head, 1997–1999; Head of Board of Examiners for MSc in Applied Linguistics, 1997–1999, 2002–2005.


Ph.D., 1981, The University of Michigan

M.A., 1978, The University of Michigan,

B.A. (“With high distinction”, highest honours given by the University), 1977, The University of Michigan.



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