Promoted to Associate Professor
School of Languages and Cultures
Colleen Neary-Sundquist received her PhD in Applied Linguistics in 2008 from Purdue University and joined the faculty in the School of Languages and Cultures in 2009. Her main areas of research are second language acquisition and foreign/second language pedagogy. One major focus of her research has been the measurement and identification of particular micro-features of second language production with the goal of constructing developmental profiles of learners at different proficiency levels. Her work focuses on the role of various tasks in shaping second language fluency and accuracy, as well as the development of syntactic complexity in learner language. In several articles in the International Journal of Applied Linguistics, German as a Foreign Language, and L2 Journal, Colleen examines how to define the theoretical construct of complexity and measure how complex language is realized at different levels of proficiency.
A second area of her research is situated within the framework of language pedagogy and involves research on language learning materials. Her research examining language teaching materials in the context of the theoretical understanding of second language learning has been published in Foreign Language Annals and in edited volumes by Georgetown University Press and Heinle.