I am an assistant professor in the Department of English at East Carolina University in North Carolina. I am one of four linguistics professors, but the only one who works on theoretical linguistics. One of my colleagues is a sociolinguist and two are TESOL experts. Due to our different areas of expertise, I get to teach all of our linguistics minors and some education students in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. I also often teach an introductory linguistics course for speech pathology majors and a general ‘language studies’ introduction aimed mainly at education and English students. Apart from teaching, I am in charge of scheduling all courses related to linguistics and TESOL, making sure that all needed classes are offered regularly, and advising those graduate students that are working towards their MAs with a concentration in TESOL or linguistics. Between teaching and advising, I get to know many of our students very well, which is wonderful - especially when I see them graduate.
My research is still focused on the work that I started at UD: the interaction of syntax and semantics with a focus on German and English. A revised version of my dissertation has just been published by Peter Lang Publishing (“Applicative Argument A Syntactic and Semantic Investigation of German and English”). Besides further revising and improving my work on applicative arguments, I am now also collaborating with a colleague at Penn State on describing and analyzing the Pennsylvania Dutch/German progressive aspect. We hope that once we have a theory for this variant of German that we can extend it to other similar variants, such as Brazilian German.
As a tenure-track professor, I have learned a lot about how academia works but UD and the opportunities it provided (being a TA, working in research labs, attending high quality colloquia, etc.) have prepared me well for the teaching, research and service aspects of my job.