Tim Cavnar

Credentials: Advisor: Kate Vieira

Email: tcavnar@wisc.edu

My background (as an English language and literature major, an ESL/EFL teacher, a writing instructor, and an applied linguist) has deeply sensitized me to the experiences of multilingual students in US universities, especially in terms of their academic writing. Inspired by my time living and teaching in China, I have focused particularly on better understanding Chinese international students’ academic and professional trajectories, the complex linguistic and cultural landscapes they traverse, and the role that language ideologies play in their lives. My research asks: What is academic English? What makes it “good” or “bad,” and who makes these evaluations? Who communicates these evaluations to multilingual students, how, and to what effect? I also contribute significant time to writing instruction at UW: formerly as an instructor in the ESL program, the Writing Center, and English 100, and currently as the Assistant Director of the Writing Fellows Program.