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Karen Baertsch

Associate Professor; Linguistics Program Coordinator; Director, School of Languages & Linguistics

Karen Baertsch

Faner 3224
618-453-3426
kbaertsc@siu.edu

Education: Ph.D., Indiana University
Interests: Phonology, phonetics, historical linguistics, dialectology, Central Asian languages, language acquisition

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Katherine Martin

Associate Professor

Katherine Martin

Faner 3226
618-453-3410
martinki@siu.edu

Education: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Interests: My research focuses on second language acquisition, particularly English as a second language (ESL). My most recent work examines reading and literacy skills in a second language, and I am additionally interested in vocabulary learning, morphological awareness, cross-linguistic transfer, and cognitive individual differences.

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Shannon McCrocklin

Assistant Professor

Shannon McCrocklin

Faner 3228
618-453-3428
shannon.mccrocklin@siu.edu

Education: Ph.D., Iowa State University

Interests: Acquisition of second language phonology, including factors that affect acquisition such as learner autonomy, identity, and anxiety, methods for second language pronunciation teaching, and technology in language learning/teaching.

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Michael L. Olsen

Assistant Professor of Practice

SIU Linguistics Michael L. Olsen

Faner 3222
618-453-3389
molsen715@siu.edu

Education: Ph.D., University of Georgia

Interests: My research is in corpus-assisted discourse analysis and sociolinguistics. My dissertation investigated the usage, change, and political influence of cultural keywords in American news editorials. Much of my sociolinguistic research utilizes Linguistic Atlas Project data to understand language change across time and space.

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Jeffrey Punske

Associate Professor

Jeffrey Punske

Faner 3230
618-453-3414
punske@siu.edu

Education: Ph.D., University of Arizona.
Interests: My work primarily focuses on syntactic, morphological, and semantic phenomena within the framework of Distributed Morphology. I focus particularly on nominalization, compounding, verb particles, and idiom across numerous languages.

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Satoshi Toyosaki

Professor, Japanese Advisor, Director of International Studies - LCIT, Cross-Appointed in Linguistics

Faner 2026
618-453-5418
tsatoshi@siu.edu
Faculty Profile

Education: Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2005
Interests: Intercultural/International communication, cultural studies, ethnographic methods, and postmodernism.


Tequila Young

Office Administrator

Faner 2164
618-453-5430
teke4@siu.edu


Cross Appointed Faculty


Usha Lakshmanan

Professor, Psychology

Life Science II 275c
618-453-3574
usha@siu.edu
Faculty Profile

Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan.
Interests: First and second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, syntactic theory, Tamil syntax. 


Shu-Ling Wu

Assistant Professor, Chinese, Acting East Asian Section Head - LCIT

Faner 2070
618-453-5411
shulingwu@siu.edu
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Education: Ph.D., University of Hawaii.
Interests: Second language acquisition, language testing and assessment, as well as Chinese linguistics and literature.