Prof. Monika Chavez:

Program Coordinator 

Dr. Jana Martin:

Administrative Specialist (for questions about personnel and payroll, fellowships and other appointments, and space in the Language Institute)

Mr. Dusty Johnson:

Accountant (for finance- and travel-related questions)

Pang Thao:

PhD Minor

Minor Advisor:

Prof. Naomi Geyer:

Students wishing to minor in SLA should first contact the relevant SLA committee member in their department who will refer them to the chair of the SLA minor program. Students declaring the minor are required to meet with the SLA Minor Advisor before registering for SLA minor courses.

SLA Steering Committee

Core SLA members advise, direct, or co-direct dissertations of students in the program. Their research focuses on Second Language Acquisition, as demonstrated in publications, presentations at research conferences, professional service activities, and/or graduate teaching.

Affiliate Members

Affiliate SLA faculty and academic staff teach courses related to SLA, co-advise dissertations, and may serve on administrative committees.

SLA Graduate Student Organization (SLAGRADS)

Co-Presidents: Tim Cavnar and Gordon West

Delegate to the Steering Committee: Natalia Petrova

Information Guru:

Social Chair: Martiniano Etchart

Symposium Co-Chairs: Sandra Descourtis, José Luis Garrido Rivera, and Eric Ho for 2022; Rebecca Sawyer and TBD for the next cycle

Get in touch!

If you have a message you would like to send to UW-Madison’s SLA community, contact the Program Coordinator who will help you get your message out.

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