Dissertation Award

The Dissertation Award began in 2016 to acknowledge a dissertation that demonstrates research excellence, transcends narrow disciplinary fields, and has a broad impact on and implications for the field of applied linguistics as a whole. Dissertations must have been completed during the previous two years.

The call is now closed. 



Brittany Frieson | Assistant Professor of Literacy and Anti-Racist Education, University of North Texas
Dissertation: “'(Re)mixin’ and flowin’: Examining the Literacy Practices of African American Language Speakers in an Elementary Two-Way Immersion Bilingual Program"


Scott Grapin, University of Miami
Shakina Rajendram, OISE, University of Toronto


Ron Darvin | Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dissertation: "Digital identities, educational inequities: Investigating social class and new literacies of migrant Filipino youth in the knowledge economy"

Senyung Lee, Indiana University
Kathryn Accurso, University of Massachusetts


Emily Suh | Assistant Professor, Texas State University
Dissertation: "Off From Lost": Generation 1 Learners' Transition From Adult ESL to Developmental Education

Bal Krishna Sharma, University of Idaho
Bimali Indrarathne, University of York


Christine Muir | Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham
Dissertation: The dynamics of intense long-term motivation in language learning: Directed motivation currents in theory and practice

Jaran Shin, University of Massachusetts
Nicholas Subtirelu, Georgetown University


Shoko Sasayama | Assistant Professor, Globalization Office, Center for International Exchange, University of Tokyo
Dissertation: Validating the assumed relationship between task design, cognitive complexity, and second language task performance.

Dr. Kimberly Buescher, University of Massachusetts – Boston
Dr. Robert Kohls, San Francisco State University


Katherine A. Bernstein | Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
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Ji Min Kahng, Northeastern Illinois University
Sara Kangas, University of Pennsylvania