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CARLA Fellow Program Opportunity

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) seeks applications for the CARLA Fellow Program. Applicants should be University of Minnesota doctoral students who are nearing the end of their program of study. This program is designed to recognize and support the outstanding contributions made by graduate students in the area of second language learning and/or teaching, and to engage graduate students in the work being done at CARLA.

Two students will be selected to participate as CARLA Fellows for the 2017–2018 academic year. Fellows are expected to give a CARLA lunchtime presentation during the fellowship year and to attend CARLA events as their schedule permits. Selection criteria include: number of publications and presentations at national and international conferences; activities as a language teacher, advocate, consultant, or teacher educator; strength of letter of application; strength of recommendation letter from a faculty member; and strength of writing sample.

Benefits of being a CARLA Fellow:

  • Receive a $1,000 reimbursement allowance for travel to attend or present at a language-related conference
  • Give a CARLA lunchtime presentation

Application Process:

Submit a letter of application to CARLA Director Kate Paesani outlining the following:

  • Your research interests and activities
  • Your past involvement with CARLA and potential future involvement as a CARLA Fellow

Include the following documents in your application:

  • Sample of your academic writing related to second language learning and/or teaching
  • Transcript of academic work (unofficial)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member

Email your application to the CARLA Director at: kpaesani@umn.edu.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 13, 2017.

For more information, email Karin Larson at: larso205@umn.edu.



CARLA Fellow Bios • 2016–2017

CARLA is very happy to announce the selection of three CARLA Fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year: Jenna Cushing-Leubner, Mel Engman, and Jenifer Vanek. All three are advanced doctoral students whose diverse interests in foreign language learning and teaching have involved them in a range of CARLA projects for language teachers. These CARLA Fellows will be presenting aspects of their research in the CARLA presentation series in Spring 2017.
Jenna Cushing-Leubner is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in second languages education. Her research revolves around enactments of culturally sustaining and revitalizing pedagogies in U.S. schools, particularly toward multilingual youth of color’s education for self-determination. Her research incorporates critical participatory action research with language educators and multilingual youth in K-12 schools and focuses on Spanish heritage language and English as an additional language teachers. In addition to her research, Jenna has also participated in numerous state and local outreach efforts and has worked as a K-12 teacher and teacher educator. Jenna has designed and taught a CARLA summer institute on heritage language teaching, which will be offered for the second time in 2017. She has also participated in CARLA’s lunchtime presentation series as both a presenter and audience member.

Mel Engman is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in second languages education on the topic of Ojibwe teaching and learning with the support of the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Minnesota. Her research encompasses issues of language policy and practice for minoritized students of all ages, with a primary focus on heritage language teaching and learning in P-12 school-based contexts. Her work is especially concerned with the social, cultural, and pedagogical practices in these spaces, along with their attendant ideologies. Mel has also worked as a teacher and teacher educator in TESL minor, M.Ed., and MA in Second Language Education programs at the University of Minnesota. Mel’s CARLA activities have included attendance at the lunchtime presentation series and volunteering at the Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education.  

Jenifer Vanek is currently conducting her dissertation research on strategies for preparing migrant adult learners for the digital world by building digital literacy skills that help to maintain home language proficiency, support English language learning, and open paths to resources needed to support migration or settlement. The goal of her research, which she is completing with the support of a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Minnesota, is to design an intervention resource that lowers technology demands currently complicating learning for migrant adults and compensates for the inexperience of volunteer teachers in community-based organizations. Jen’s participation in CARLA activities has been extensive: She has presented her research at the International Conference on Language Teacher Education and the CARLA lunchtime presentation series; she was a CARLA summer graduate assistant; and she has worked as a volunteer at the Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education.

CARLA Fellows:

Jenna Cushing-Leubner (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 
Mel Engman (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 
Jenifer Vanek (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 

LeeAnne Godfrey (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 
Beth Dillard (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 

Fang (Andie) Wang (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 
Amy Young (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 

Angela George (Hispanic Linguistics/Ph.D)

Angela Pinilla-Herrera (Hispanic Linguistics/Ph.D)

Sachiko Horii (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Giang Thùy Pham (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences/Ph.D.)

Mandy Menke (Hispanic Linguistics/Ph.D)

Pam Wesely (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Karla Stone (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Laurent Cammarata (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Anne Dahlman (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Lisa McCowen (Hispanic Linguistics/Ph.D)

Karen Jorgensen (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)
Paul Magnuson (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Mike Anderson (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)
Jenny Yi-chun Kuo (Linguistics/Ph.D)

J. Cesar Felix-Brasdefer (Hispanic Linguistics/Ph.D)
Tara Fortune (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Patsy Vinogradov (ESL/MA)
Bonnie Swierzbin (Linguistics/Ph.D)

Karin Goettsch (ESL/MA)
Francine Klein (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)
John Skinner (ESL/MA)

Andreas Schramm (Linguistics/Ph.D)
Nima Salehi (ESL/MA)

Karen Lybeck (Linguistics/ Ph.D)
Patricia Mougel (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)


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