Language Center Director & Institute of Linguistics Faculty Announcement

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The College of Liberal Arts is delighted to announce that Dr. Amanda Dalola will join as Director of the Language Center and Associate Professor in the Institute of Linguistics beginning August 29, 2022.

Dr. Dalola has been at the University of South Carolina for the past eight years where she is currently appointed as an Associate Professor of French and Linguistics. She has served in a wide variety of administrative roles in both the French and Linguistics Programs, including co-founder of the Committee for Diversity & Inclusion in French Pedagogy; chair of the committees on Scholarship & Awards, Undergraduate Recruitment, Teaching Development Awards, and Travel & Colloquia; member of the committees on Admissions, Faculty Performance Review, Non-tenure-track Faculty Performance Review, Graduate Recruitment, and Advisory & Curriculum; and as a faculty fellow for the Center for Integrative & Experiential Learning.

She earned her BA in Linguistics and English from Cornell University, her MA in French Linguistics from Penn State, and her PhD in French Linguistics at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. During this time, she spent two years teaching in Strasbourg, France, served as the assistant to the UT Lyon study abroad program, moderated the Facebook page for Français Interactif and served as a developer for UT's French Online.

Dr. Dalola’s research interests include sociolinguistics, phonetics, lab phonology, applied linguistics, and tweetmining. Her current research projects include the production, perception, and digital media renderings of sociophonetic variables and speech styles in French and Korean, the use of social media applications in the language learning classroom, and the use of translanguaging and open educational resources (OER) as open educational practices. She is currently co-authoring an inclusive OER for beginning French in collaboration with UT’s Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning entitled #OnYGo.

Dr. Dalola’s teaching interests include sociolinguistics, sociophonetics, articulatory and acoustic phonetics, theoretical and lab phonology, quantitative approaches to linguistic data, all aspects of French Linguistics, and French through music, current events, advertising, and gastronomy. Dr. Dalola is also a former French teacher at Concordia Language Villages’ Lac du Bois and is excited by the opportunity to develop programming that supports teachers and learners across a variety of modalities, brings visibility to less commonly taught languages, and embraces variation in second language pedagogy.

Please welcome Dr. Amanda Dalola to the College of Liberal Arts and the larger University of Minnesota community.

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