2014-present   Advisor for students enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquistion and Teaching at the University of Arizona.

Workshops & Colloquia

2014                One-week graduate course: “Variación y Contacto Lingüístico”. Universidad de La República Oriental de Uruguay. MA Program. Montevideo. September 22-27, 2014.

2012                Conversations with the Profession: A Workshop on Professional Writing. Department of Spanish and Portuguese. April 6, 2012.

2011                SLAT Colloquium on Job Interviews. Dec 2, 2011.

2009                Workshop on the Teaching of Portuguese to Spanish-Speaking Learners (L1, L2 and Heritage): A Structured/Enhanced Approach” co-taught with Juliana Freire for CERCLL (Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy) during the Professional Development Opportunities for K-16 Educators Summer Workshops. University of Arizona, June 3, 2009.

2009                Workshop on ‘Languages in Contact’ taught at the Instituto de Lingüística held during the VI Congresso Internacional da Associação Brasileira de Lingüística in João Pessoa, Brazil, March 9-12, 2009.

2006                Workshop on the teaching of Portuguese for Spanish speakers at the III Encontro Nacional do GELCO, Universidade Nacional de Brasília. October 9-11, 2006.

Director of Ph.D. Dissertations

1. Ryan Bessett (Spanish & Portuguese).  The Integration of Lone English Items into Bilingual Sonoran Spanish. 2015-present.

2. Joseph Kern (Spanish & Portuguese). Discourse-pragmatic features in English and Spanish among bilinguals. 2015-present.

3.  Katie O'Donnell Christoffersen (SLAT, University of Arizona). Development of Code-Switching Competence among Child L2 Learners: An Analysis of Grammatical, Functional and Identity-Related Patterns. 2012-2014. Katie is currently a visiting scholar at the University of New Mexico.

4.     Michael Child (SLAT, University of Arizona). Cross-linguistic Influence in the L3 Acquisition of Portuguese: Language learning perceptions and the transfer of mood distinctions by three groups of Spanish-English bilinguals. 2011-2014. Michael is currently an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University.

5.  Linda Lemus (SLAT, University of Arizona). Language and identity in the context of acquisition of cognate languages. Co-chaired with Professor Ana C. Iddlings (College of Education, University of Arizona). 2013-present.

6. Cintia da Silva Pacheco (Linguistics, Universidade Nacional de Brasília). Spanish-Portuguese code-switching in border bilingual communities. 2009-present. Co-chair with Professor Marta Scherre (Universidade de Brasília, Brazil).

7.  Kelly Lowther (SLAT, University of Arizona) Spanish Heritage Learner Variation and the Role of Language Ideology in the Heritage Learner Classroom. 2007 – 2010. Currently an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

8. Elise Dubord (Spanish and Portuguese, University of Arizona) Constructing identity through discursive practices: An ethnographic analysis of intercultural encounters at a worker center in Southern Arizona.  2006 –2008. Currently an Assistant Professor at University of Northern Iowa.


Director of MA Thesis


1.     Ryan Bessett (Sp & Port). La elección de cópula en el español moderno. 2012.

2.     Joseph Kern (Sp & Port). “Como” in commute: The travels of a discourse marker across languages. 2012.

3.     Chelsea Nichols (Sp & Port). Pragmática y reglas de cortesía en L1, L2 y LH. 2008-9.

4.     Robyn Wright (Sp & Port). Variación sociolingüística del presente perfecto en 3 dialectos del español. 2007-8.

5.     Natalia Rosales-Yeomans (Sp & Port). Percepción dialectal en la frontera Sonora-Arizona. 2007-8.


Courses Taught at the University of Arizona


Undergraduate level

Span 458:        Introduction to Hispanic Sociolinguistics

Span 459:        Topics: Sociolinguistics

Port 452          Introduction to Portuguese Linguistics

Port 425:         Advanced Grammar and Composition

Port 440:         Portuguese Phonetics and Phonology

Port 305:         Portuguese for Spanish Speakers


Graduate level

Span 696-D     Variationist Approaches to US Spanish

Span 584c:      Methods in Variationist Sociolinguistics

Span 584a:       Introduction to Hispanic Sociolinguistics in Contact Situations

Span 584b        Variation and Change in Spanish

Span 580:        Topics: Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Span 599:        Language Attitudes

Port 599:         Methods in Portuguese as a Foreign Language

Port 540:         Portuguese Phonetics and Phonology

Port 552:         Introduction to Portuguese Linguistics