Ph.D. Applied Linguistics


Please note:   In fall 2015, the PhD in Applied Linguistics was replaced by the PhD in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.  Therefore, individuals interested in doing doctoral studies in applied linguistics at ASU should apply to the PhD in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.
Program Overview

Applied Linguistics combines research topics in the linguistics sciences and education to pursue principled approaches to language-related concerns. The Applied Linguistics PhD program at ASU is focused on simultaneous and developmental bilingualism in children and adolescents. Faculty participate in the program from within multiple curricular units across the institution’s four campuses. The program encourages interdisciplinary study, and its flexible requirements enable students to pursue those aspects of the disciplines that interest them the most. The program prepares students for entrance into the field as teachers, scholars and professionals.

Program Requirements
The program requires a total of 84 semester hours. There must be a minimum of 54 credit hours beyond the master’s level, including a minimum of 12 units of dissertation credit. All students in the program must satisfy 18 units of Foundations coursework. Because Applied Linguistics is interdisciplinary in nature, applicants may differ from one another with regard to their prior experience and preparation. For instance, while some applicants may have substantial prior training in core theoretical linguistics (Foundations), others may have considerable preparation in other areas. A student’s academic advisor, in consultation with the Program Director and Program Oversight Committee, may address potential redundancies in a student’s program requirements with prior academic preparation by (1) allocating a maximum of 30 credit hours from previously completed graduate work (a master’s program, for instance) toward Applied Linguistics program requirements and/or (2) permitting the student to take additional elective courses in lieu of introductory courses covered in an undergraduate program.
Required Coursework
 Foundation Coursework (18 credit hours):
1. Overview of the field: A three-unit course providing a survey of the field of Applied Linguistics:
APL 601 Intro to Applied Linguistics
2. Linguistics: Fifteen units of required coursework in theoretical linguistics and one approved linguistics elective. In consulatation with advisor, courses may be selected from the following:

Select one course:

LIN 510 Introduction to Linguistics 

ASB 598 Introduction to Linguistics 


LIN 511 Phonology

LIN 610 Advanced Studies in Linguistics (phonology topic)

LIN 514 Syntax 

LIN 614 Advanced Studies in Syntax


Teaching Internship (1 credit hour)
Colloquia (8 credit hours): A four-semester sequence of 2-unit colloquium (APL 594) meetings
for students in the first two years. All students and program faculty are encouraged to attend.
Research Methods (6 credit hours): Six units of approved research methods courses selected
in consultation with the advisor. Examples of appropriate classes may include:

LIN 500 Research Methods in Linguistics

SLC 598 Research Methods for Linguists 

EDP 502 Introduction to Quantitative Methods

EDP 503 Introduction to Qualitative Research

EDP 550 Introduction to Measurement in Education

EDP 552 Multiple Regression and Correlation Methods

EDP 554 Analysis-of-Variance Methods

EDP 651 Methods and Practices of Qualitative Research

EDP 652 Multivariate Procedures for Data Analysis

EDP 654 Structural Equation Modeling

EDP 691 Applied Item Response Theory

EDP 691 Linear Modeling

EDP 691 Meta-Analysis

Breadth Requirements (6 credit hours): Six units of coursework in a secondary concentration area. 
Specialization/Research (33 credit hours): In consultation with the advisor, students take eleven three-hour courses in their field of specialization or research hours. 

Students admitted before 2011, have the option of following this Required Coursework

Dissertation (12 credit hours):  An oral defense of a dissertation is required.  Students must include 12 (and only 12) hours of 799 on the doctoral plan of study.
Language Requirement:  Students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language equivalent to two years of study. A language appropriate to the student’s area of interest is selected in consultation with the advisor. The language requirement must be satisfied by examination or coursework prior to advancement to candidacy. Computer or other non-human languages may not be used to satisfy this requirement. Students for whom English is a second language may use their first language to satisfy the requirement by examination. Course credit used to satisfy the language requirement cannot be used to satisfy other program requirements, and cannot be counted toward the total required 84 units.

Important Notice to Current International Students: In order for international students to maintain good standing for their VISAs, they must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (i.e., 3 classes), 6 of which should be face-to-face classes.

Admission Requirements
Applications are due January 15 for admission the following fall semester. Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or university. Because Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field, applicants with prior academic preparation in any field are welcome to apply. Admission into the program is competitive, based on evidence of academic excellence, program fit, and availability of faculty mentors. 
How to Apply
Submit the online application for admission. Official transcripts and test scores must be sent to Arizona State University, Graduate Admissions, Box 1003, Tempe, AZ 85287-1003.  For more information on how to apply, see Department of English Application Procedures.
The following supporting documents are required and can be uploaded into the online application:
Statement of Interest: Your statement of interest (SOI) tells us why you are interested in the program, and explains how your background and preparation has led you to your current specific career and research goals. Although you are not expected to have a fully worked out research topic defined, your SOI should indicate what specific domain of research you wish to pursue and what research questions intrigue you.  The SOI should be one to two pages, single-spaced. 
Academic Writing Sample: Please select a writing sample which provides good evidence of your academic writing ability.
Resume or CV: Your CV should include your name, academic institutions attended, degrees earned, work experience, academic and non-academic honors and awards (including positions of leadership, extracurricular activities and community positions), and any publications or presentations at conferences.
Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required from individuals who can address your academic promise in Applied Linguistics.
GRE: You must also submit scores from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) as part of your application. Your GRE scores are considered in the context of your overall portfolio of application materials. Be sure to take the GRE early enough to submit your scores by the January 15 deadline. For information on the GRE, visit the
International students must have an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS score report sent to the Graduate College. Please refer to this webpage for English Proficiency Score requirements:
If you have any questions about the application process or the program, please contact
Funding and Support
A variety of full and partial funding packages are available to students in the form of student research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and scholarships. Students may request consideration for funding at the time of application.
Computer Science and Engineering
Aryeh Faltz (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley): Artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, Native American languages (Navajo). Professor Emeritus.

Department of Language, Cultures and History
Akua Duku Anokye (Ph.D., CUNY City Graduate School and University Center): Sociolinguistics of the African American community, orality and literacy, discourse analysis and storytelling
Patricia Friedrich (Ph.D., Purdue University): World Englishes, sociolinguistics, EFL/ESL, crosscultural communication

Karen Adams (Ph.D., University of Michigan): Sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, Southeast Asian linguistics, language policy
M. Beatriz Arias (Ph.D., Stanford University): language policy, language minority education, sociolinguistics
James Paul Gee (Ph.D., Stanford University): Discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, educational linguistics, language and culture

Carrie Gillon (PhD, University of British Columbia): Native American languages, semantics, syntax
Elizabeth Hayes (Ph.D., Rutgers University): Adult literacy; literacies and new technologies; learning sciences
Mark James (Ph.D., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto): TESOL

Roy Major (Ph.D., The Ohio State University): Second language acquisition, phonology

Aya Matsuda (Ph.D., Purdue University): Teaching English as a second/foreign/international language, World Englishes, nonnative English speaking teachers in TESOL, teacher education
Paul Kei Matsuda (Ph.D., Purdue University): Second language writing, English for academic purposes, history of applied linguistics, electronic discourse
Matthew Prior  (Ph.D., University of Hawaii ) Applied linguistics, language and emotion, socio-psychological dimensions of language learning and use, multilingualism and identity, critical pedagogy
Claire Renaud (Ph.D., Indiana University): Second language acquisition, morphology and syntax, second language processing
Eunice Romero-Little (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley): Indigenous language education, language revitalization and maintenance
Bryan Smith (Ph.D., University of Arizona): Applied linguistics, TESOL, second language acquisition theory, sociolinguistics, computer-assisted language learning
Elly van Gelderen (Ph.D., McGill University): Syntax, history of English
Doris Warriner (PhD, University of Pennsylvania): Immigration, language learning and identity, transnational literacies, language planning and policy, educational linguistics, discourse analysis, narrative analysis


School of Social Transformation
Kathy Nakagawa (PhD, Northwestern University): Literacy, biliteracy, family-school relations

Eunice Romero-Little (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley): Indigenous language education, language revitalization and maintenance


Transborder Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
Eugene E. Garcia (Ph.D., University of Kansas): Bilingualism, language policy. Vice President, ASU Office of Education Partnerships.
Carlos Ovando (Ph.D., Indiana University): Language policy


Harry Bracken (Ph.D., University of Iowa): Philosophical work of Noam Chomsky, 17th and 18th century philosophy
Bernard W. Kobes (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles): Philosophy of language, philosophy of mind
Angel Pinillos (Ph.D., Rutgers University): Philosophy of language, semantics


Ellen Campana (PhD, University of Rochester): Gesture, spoken language comprehension, human factors for language technology, experiential media for second language learning, mediated communication
Arthur Glenberg (PhD, University of Michigan): Embodied cognition of language, reading comprehension, reading comprehension interventions
Stephen Goldinger (Ph.D., Indiana University): Cognitive systems, behavioral neurology
Guy Van Orden (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego): Psycholinguistics


Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Kate T. Anderson (Ph.D., University of Georgio): Sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, classroom discourse, multimodality
James Paul Gee (Ph.D., Stanford University): Discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, educational linguistics, language and culture

Robert Kleinsasser (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): English as an International Language, second language acquisition

Willi Savenye (Ph.D., Arizona State University): Educational technology, instructional design and evaluation, language in online learning, computer-mediated instruction

School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Elizabeth A. Brandt (Ph.D., Southern Methodist University): Native American languages, language and culture, endangered languages, language renewal, sociolinguistics, language policy
School of International Letters and Cultures
Mariana Bahtchevanova (Ph.D., Arizona State University): Syntax, Romance, Slavic linguistics
Carmen Garcia (Ph.D., Georgetown University): Spanish pragmatics, applied linguistics
Barbara A. Lafford (Ph.D., Cornell University): Second language acquisition, applied linguistics, computer- assisted language learning, Spanish linguistics
Helene Ossipov (Ph.D., Indiana University): Computer-assisted language learning, Québécois studies
Chanyoung Park (PhD, Arizona State University): Family language policy, heritage language education
Danko Šipka (Ph.D., Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences): Slavic linguistics, computational linguistics
Madeline Spring (PhD, University of Washington): Second language acquisition, teacher training, computer-based instruction, assessment, Chinese

Xia Zhang (Ph.D., University of Alberta): Second language acquisition, discourse analysis, Chinese linguistics, language pedagogy


School of Social and Family Dynamics
Ariana Mikulski (Ph.D., University of Iowa): Second language acquisition, heritage language acquisition, bilingualism, Spanish morphosyntax
Speech and Hearing Science
Tamiko Azuma (PhD, Arizona State University): Psycholinguistics, memory and language interactions
David Ingram (Ph.D., Stanford University): Child language acquisition, language universals
Laida Restrepo (Ph.D., University of Arizona): Bilingualism, language disorders in bilingual children, Spanish language assessment and intervention

Program Administration
Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee consists of all deans and divisional deans of colleges which house members of the Graduate Faculty in Applied Linguistics. The committee meets twice a year to receive program updates and provide feedback and advice regarding program-related matters. It also serves as a mechanism to facilitate communication and cooperation across participating units.
Neal A. Lester
Divisional Dean for Humanities, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Carol Greenes
Dean, School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation, Polytechnic campus
Linda C. Lederman
Divisional Dean for Social Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Deirdre Meldrum
Dean, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering
Barry G. Ritchie
Interim Dean, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, West campus
Robert Page
Vice Provost and Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Program Oversight Committee and Program Director

Karen Adams
Program Director and Chair of the Program Oversight Committee
Paul Kei Matsuda
Program Director and Chair of the Program Oversight Committee (Spring 2013)
Patricia Friedrich
Member, Graduate Oversight Committee
Elly van Gelderen
Member, Graduate Oversight Committee
David Ingram
Member, Graduate Oversight Committee
Robert Kleinsasser
Member, Graduate Oversight Committee
Barbara Lafford
Member, Graduate Oversight Committee
Eunice Romero-Little
Member, Graduate Oversight Committee