Roxanna Senyshyn Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesRoxanna Senyshyn is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and Communication Arts and Sciences at Pennsylvania State University, Abington College. Her teaching and research focus on intercultural communication and second language learning and teaching. Specifically, her research interests include intercultural and transformative learning in teacher education, intercultural competencies for academic and professional purposes, and ESL pedagogy and assessment with a focus on academic writing.

Roxanna SenyshynOne strand of Dr. Senyshyn’s research examines the need to prepare both preservice and inservice teachers for working with English language learners in multilingual and multicultural classroom settings.  Through community-based scholarship, she investigates the impact of intercultural engagement and learning on different constituents. From the student perspective, she has studied the impact of intercultural learning through engagement of domestic students with their international peers in semester long projects. She has studied this influence through the lens of Mezirow’s transformative learning theory, which encourages critical reflection and examination of personal beliefs and actions to allow for a change in perspectives and behavior. She has also used transformative learning framework in a faculty professional development context as an assessment tool to investigate the impact of professional development on faculty practices surrounding teaching and learning in a linguistically and culturally diverse college classroom.

The other strand of Dr. Senyshyn’s research focuses on intercultural learning and intercultural competence development to aid in the process of adjustment and acculturation of international students. The primary focus for this scholarship has been on identifying challenges that international students experience when adjusting to both academic and social demands in U.S. colleges and universities and assessing academic support to aid these students in their successful transition. In one of her recent projects, she examined the impact of first-year seminar experience and out-of-class engagement with domestic students on international students’ intercultural competence development.

In addition to her experience in academia, Dr. Senyshyn has been a consultant for BGRS Intercultural and Language Training doing training and coaching for inbound and outbound expatriates and their families in the greater Philadelphia area (Pennsylvania, U.S.).

Chamberlin-Quinlisk, C. R. & Senyshyn, R. (2012). Language teaching and intercultural education: Making critical connections. Intercultural Education, 23, 15-23.

Senyshyn, R.M. & Chamberlin-Quinlisk, C.R. (2009).  Assessing effective partnerships in intercultural education: Transformative learning as a tool for evaluation. Communication Teacher, 23 (4), 167-178.

Senyshyn, R.M.  (2001).  Learning cross-cultural competencies: Implications for international management education.  Perspectives in Higher Education Reform.  Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Conference of Alliance of Universities for Democracy, Volume 10, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Senyshyn, R.M., Warford, M., & Zhan, J.  (2000).  Academic and non-academic issues of adjustment to American higher education.  Journal of International Education, 30(1) 17-35.

Nanyang Technological U Job Ad: Language & Communication (Singapore)

Job adsLecturer (Language and Communication Centre)
Nanyang Technological University – School of Humanities (Singapore)

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities.

The Language and Communication Centre (LCC) offers courses in communication skills to students across the university, particularly in the disciplines of engineering, the humanities, science, and social sciences. The Centre is especially interested in employing teaching staff with a background in English for science and technology, web-based learning programmes, and the teaching of English research writing to postgraduate students across a range of disciplines.

Candidates who have the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:

  • PhD Degree in English linguistics, Applied Linguistics or Technical Communication
  • Experience in course design for discipline-specific English
  • Interest in new media and digital literacy
  • An active research agenda

Successful candidates will be expected to teach communication skills, English for academic purposes, and/or technical communication and to conduct research on related areas of inquiry. This position will be in an academic centre which is rapidly developing a strong research trajectory, and which will welcome candidates with a strong interest in research in such fields as English for Academic Purposes, Applied English Linguistics, English for Specific Purposes, multimodal education, web-based learning or a related field of English linguistics. This position may suit newly-qualified PhDs with a passion for interdisciplinary English teaching and research.   

Dublin City U Doctoral Research Scholarships: Applied Linguistics/Translation

FellowshipsDoctoral Research Scholarships in Applied Linguistics and/or Translation Studies, Dublin City University – The School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS)

SALIS is a multilingual, multicultural research-focused school with specialisms in Modern Languages, Applied Linguistics, Translation Studies, and Cultural and Intercultural Studies. Our research frequently crosses disciplinary and linguistic boundaries, and our scholarship is increasingly concerned with digital technologies, literacies, and practices in a variety of professional, academic and social contexts.

As part of our commitment to ensuring excellence in doctoral-level research, SALIS is pleased to offer a number of scholarships for full-time PhD students commencing at the end of September, 2017. Successful candidates will be paid a stipend of €16,000 per annum for up to four years, subject to satisfactory annual progression. Registration fees will also be paid.

Successful candidates will join the Applied Linguistics Group (ALG) and/or the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies (CTTS). We are particularly interested in receiving research proposals in the following areas:

● Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Second Language Development (SLD);
● Foreign language pedagogy, multilingual education;
● Language policy;
● Pragmatics and reception studies of multimodal interaction;
● Computer-assisted language learning (incl. digital literacies, multimodality, CMC, data-driven language learning, HCI for language teaching/learning, etc.);
● Translation pedagogy;
● Translation Studies (translation in crisis, workplace-based research, translation technology, HCI, etc.);
● Community interpreting.

Applicants must hold a relevant undergraduate degree at 2.1 or first-class honours level (or equivalent). Ideally, they should also hold a relevant Master’s qualification. Candidates who are currently completing a Master’s qualification are welcome to apply.

Candidates must also be capable of contributing to the delivery of modules in SALIS, particularly in the following areas: French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese or English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

The closing date: 19th May, 2017

U Nottingham China Job Ad: Applied Linguistics

Assistant Professor(Lecturer) in Applied Linguistics/ELT

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. This award winning campus offering a UK style education has grown to establish a student body of over 7,000 in just 12 years.

The School of English at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China is a thriving, expanding and research-active school, established with the support of the School of English at the University of Nottingham, UK. This school provides two UG and PG degree programmes each since 2008 and offers our students the same degree certificates as those who study in the UK campus.

The successful candidate for the Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching will be expected to deliver lectures and seminars in the areas of Applied Linguistics and English Language teaching. We are looking for someone specializing in at least two of the following areas: intercultural communication, pedagogy of teaching English to young learners, language acquisition and discourse analysis. The candidate is required to deliver teaching to all levels of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the school. In addition, the candidate is expected to conduct research, obtain research funding, contribute to Research and Knowledge Exchange activities, supervise undergraduate, masters’ and doctoral students and undertake administrative duties.

Closing date: 24 April 2017

University College London Job Ad: Applied Linguistics

Research Assistant (2 years) – Ref:1640327 ESRC-funded Family Language Policy project – Somali community in London
UCL Institute of Education, University College London

Duties and Responsibilities:
You will be a member of the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics, which is located in the UCL Institute of Education. The UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics is a centre of international excellence in research and teaching in bilingualism and multilingualism, second language acquisition and assessment, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, language-in-education policy and practice, English language teaching and teacher development, corpus linguistics, and intercultural communication.

The successful applicant will be involved in conducting family-based linguistic ethnography within the Somali community in London with different types of families. The post-holder will be expected to manage the day-today project objectives, under the supervision of Professor Li Wei, and to work in collaboration with the other project team members based in Reading University and Birkbeck College, University of London.

The post is available and funded from 01 September 2017 until 31 August 2019.

Key Requirements:
Candidates should have postgraduate qualifications in applied linguistics, with extensive knowledge of the Somali community in the UK and extensive knowledge of linguistic ethnography. Good knowledge of standard statistical analysis and demonstrable skills in verbal and written communication are expected.

Closing Date: 7 May 2017, latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59
Interview date:  TBC

U London Job Ad: Sociolinguistics (UK)

Lecturer A/B in Sociolinguistics
Birkbeck, University of LondonApplied Linguistics and Communication
Deadline: March 2, 2017

The Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy invites applicants for a lectureship with a track record and relatively extensive experience in the research area of Sociolinguistics. We would welcome applicants with expertise in the study of sociolinguistics in multilingual and intercultural contexts.

Job Ad University College London (Applied Linguistics & TESOL)

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL
UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education
University College London (UCL), UK
Closing Date: 7 Jul 2016

Duties and Responsibilities
Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the Masters programmes in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (including MA in TESOL Pre Service), especially in second language acquisition, bilingualism and multilingualism, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, intercultural communication and/or research methods. The supervision of PhDs, research activities and administrative responsibilities of the Centre the Department, the Institute and UCL generally.

Key Requirements
The postholder will have a PhD in Applied Linguistics, TESOL or a relevant subject. Experience in teaching and supervision in a higher education institution and proven ability to undertake research and produce publications of high quality.

Further Details
The post is available from the 1st September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

If you have any queries about the post, please contact Professor Li Wei li.wei [at]
To apply, please go to UCL jobs website and apply online.
For technical queries, contact Jackie Gadd: j.gadd [at]

U Nizwa job ad: Applied Linguistics/TESOL (Oman)

Lecturer / Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Full Professor in Applied Linguistics / TESOL
University of Nizwa – Department of Foreign Languages
Expires: 12th March 2016

We are seeking motivated, well-qualified academics to teach English classes for university-wide EAP courses, and on courses in the BA and MA English language programmes in the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Nizwa, Oman. Applicants should be able to begin work at the beginning of the Fall 2016 academic semester (August / September).

The ideal candidate will have the following profile:

• MA in Applied Linguistics / TESOL from an recognized Anglophonic university

Assistant Prof / Associate Prof / Prof:
• PhD in Applied Linguistics / TESOL from an recognized Anglophonic university
• Research track record and proof of an ongoing commitment to research activities
• Experience in supervising MA theses

For all ranks:
• Higher education teaching experience in a relevant specialism for a minimum of two years
• Computer / media literacy including use of a LMS
• Experience of working in an L2 English academic context.

Job Description
The successful applicant will be expected to:
• teach modules in the university-wide English courses, and on BA and MA English language programmes (according to rank)
• contribute to the development of courses, and the development of student learning opportunities
• collaborate with other teachers working on the programmes
• supervise BA undergraduate final year projects and MA dissertations as required
• undertake necessary administrative tasks

Application Information
Applicants should send their CV and covering letter via email.

U Nottingham China job ad: Applied Linguistics

Professor and Chair in Applied Linguistics
University of Nottingham China, Ningbo, China
Closing Date: Monday 29 February 2016
Reference: UNNC398X1

Join a unique British University in China. The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. This award winning campus offering a UK style education has grown to establish a student body of over 6,000 in just 10 years.

The School of English was founded in 2007, developing a range of Masters and BA programmes in the areas of Applied Linguistics, English language, World Englishes and Professional Communication, with PhDs offered from 2009. Additionally, the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics in China (CRALC) was established as an associate of CRAL in Nottingham, UK. Members of staff are actively engaged in research in three main areas: Language, Literature and Creativity; Multilingualism and Education; and Professional and Intercultural Communication.

Staff appointed to the School work closely with colleagues from the School of English at the University of Nottingham, UK, one of the oldest and best respected Schools of English internationally. A new School in University of Nottingham Malaysia will also increasingly integrate into School activities. The three University Schools of English collaborate to strengthen already leading teaching and research activities. Postgraduate students have been taken on MA programmes in Applied Linguistics since 2007, undergraduate students on three BA programmes since 2009 as well as PhD students. The School is expected to expand staff and student numbers year on year.

The successful candidate will be expected to deliver lectures and seminars across all years of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and to supervise undergraduate, Masters and PhD dissertations in the areas related to the study of Applied Linguistics. Teaching duties would be expected to involve a flexible approach to areas of applied linguistics offered on our undergraduate and Masters modules. There will be significant administrative responsibilities. Research expertise is expected to relate to relevant identified University and School research strands, namely: Language, Literature and Creativity; Multilingualism and Education; and Professional and Intercultural Communication. In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will be required to contribute to the ongoing development of a significant research base at the University.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in Applied Linguistics or related discipline. Candidates are expected to have proven academic and team leadership skills. Evidence of previous administrative roles and skills is essential. Experience of teaching/tutorial work in relevant subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level in an international English-speaking institution is also required. Candidates shall also have sustained track record in: publishing international quality research in peer-reviewed journals and undertaking major research projects as well as in winnkng research funding.

Salary will be minimum £58,754 per annum depending on skills and experience. In addition, an attractive package including accommodation allowance, travel allowance and insurance will be provided for international appointments.

This post is available from 1 August 2016 or as soon as possible based on mutual agreement, and will initially be offered on a fixed-term contract with the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China for a period of up to five years. This contract may be extended on an indefinite basis by mutual agreement, subject to revised terms and conditions.

ALL applicants are required to formally apply online for the position.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Prof Geoff Hall, Dean of Arts and Education. Please note that applications sent directly to this Email address will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted on-line.

Interviews will take place in Ningbo, China in March or Early April 2016. Please be advised that your referees will be contacted prior to interview.

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The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool U job ad: Applied Linguistics/TESOL

Lecturer/Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University – Department of English, Culture and Communication
Suzhou, China
Closes: 21st February 2016

Applications are invited for a position in applied linguistics and TESOL in the Department of English, Culture and Communication at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. The Department specialises in applied linguistics and TESOL, English language, English literature, and communication and media studies. Successful candidates shall have, or expect shortly to receive; a PhD in a relevant area of applied linguistics and English language studies, and be able to demonstrate teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in international English-medium institutional contexts. Candidates shall also be able to demonstrate an international research profile with a proven record of high quality research publications. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the delivery of both MA TESOL and BA Applied English programmes. Preference will be given to candidates who are able to design and develop courses in second language acquisition, discourse analysis, stylistics and English for Specific Purposes.

The department currently has 25 academic staff and over 500 students. XJTLU is a unique collaborative institution, the first and currently the only university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees. Formed in 2006, the University now has over 8,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction in Years 2 to 4 is English. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of PhD student numbers on campus. The Department currently offers five undergraduate degree programmes, in English and Finance, English and International Business, English and Communication Studies, Applied English, and Communication Studies; and an MA in TESOL and an MSc in Media and Communication. A Masters in Translation is currently under development. It is well-equipped with cutting-edge facilities, including a dedicated interpreting laboratory, an SDLTrados professional translation laboratory, and a Digital Media Production Laboratory.

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park, well-connected via nearby airports and high-speed rail, and just 25 minutes by rail from Shanghai. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. Greater Suzhou is now the fifth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town’s canals and UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens attracting millions of tourists annually. SIP offers an excellent quality of life with high environmental standards. The nearby Jinji Lake provides attractive views, by day and by night, and there are a variety of shopping facilities, international and local restaurants, entertainment hubs and a great nightlife. Suzhou is also home to four international schools.

The salary range for the position is 19,971 – 30,701 RMB/month (Lecturer), and 31,166 – 42,546 RMB/month (Associate Professor). In addition, members of academic staff are entitled to accommodation and travel allowances, medical insurance, and relocation expenses. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday” of up to three years, depending on nationality, residence and personal circumstances.

To Apply: submit an online application.

Applications should be received by 21 February 2016 (reference LCT1515). Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Head of Department, Dr Nick Cope.

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