My research focuses on: I. FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHER DEVELOPMENT What should the content of graduate student professional development in U.S. collegiate language departments include? How do foreign language teachers develop conceptual knowledge related to teaching language, literature, and culture? My work, grounded in a sociocultural theory perspective, examines the developmental experiences of graduate student instructors and the use of the overarching concept of literacy in structuring professional development. I am collaborating on a related project called PERCOLATE with Beatrice Dupuy of the University of Arizona's Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), a Title VI Language Resource Center (see link to project site on right). II. LITERACY-BASED LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION How do we answer calls for change such as the 2007 MLA Report and merge language and content in the undergraduate foreign language curriculum? My work explores the use of a literacy-based framework (Kern, 2000; New London Group, 1996) in designing courses and curricula. III. LANGUAGE-LEARNING MOTIVATION Why do some learners go from the language classroom to study abroad and thrive in target language communities overseas whereas others fail to take advantage of opportunities for meaningful language use abroad? My work examines the motives and goals of language learners and the evolution of motivation during and after study abroad. I am also interested in how the undergraduate foreign language curriculum and the types of language-learning activities included in it shape learner agency. Thank you for visiting my website.