Peter De Costa Wins Emerging Scholar Award


UW-Madison SLA Program alumnus Peter De Costa is the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Scholar Award of the Language and Social Processes Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). 


Peter completed his degree in 2011 and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University (MSU). He is part of the core faculty within the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program and the Master of Arts in TESOL Program. Read more about Peter and his current research. 


The American Educational Research Association, a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. The purpose of the Language and Social Processes Special Interest Group is to explore directions in and issues of language and discourse practices, literacy, and learning processes and social contexts through studies grounded in sociocultural, constructivist and constructionist perspectives.


Peter will be presented with the Emerging Scholar award at the AERA annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in April and will give a short presentation on his current research at the Language and Social Processes SIG business meeting. 


The SLA program congratulates Peter on this outstanding achievement and wishes him many more successes in the future!