Message from SIG Chair
Message from SIG Chair
SIG Chair

April 2023

Welcome to the Second Language Research SIG website!

We also enjoyed a strong presence at the 2023 Annual Meeting in Chicago, from April 13-16 and online from May 4-5 around this year’s annual meeting theme, Interrogating Consequential Education Research in Pursuit of Truth. In addition to our engaging roundtable, paper, and symposium sessions, we hosted three in-person cornerstone events: a Pre-Conference Mentoring Session, La Pachanga, (co-sponsored with the Bilingual Education Research, Latina/o/x Research, and Language and Social Processes SIGs) and our Business Meeting during which we celebrated our 2023 SLR SIG awards recipients:

Leadership Through Research Award: Dr. Manka Varghese, University of Washington
Mid-Career Award (co-recipients): Dr. Hayriye Kayi-Aydar, University of Arizona & Dr. Becky Huang, The Ohio State University

Outstanding Dissertation Award: Dr. Caitlin Fine, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Graduate Student Travel Awards: Cameron Smith, Doctorant / Ph.D. Candidate, Faculté d’éducation / Faculty of Education, Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa &

Xuan Zhou, Ph.D. Candidate | Department of Educational Psychology, School of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University

Congratulations also to our conference registration sponsees:

Graduate student recipients
Zahra Golneshan, Educational Research, Language and Literacy Program, Werklund School of Education University of Calgary

Jessica McConnell, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, College of Education and Human Development, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Adnan Mohamed, College of Education, Washington State University 

Early-career scholar recipients
Mimi Masson, Ph.D., Professeure adjointe / Assistant Professor, Département de pédagogie, Faculté d'éducation, Université de Sherbrooke


As I close out my term as SLR SIG Chair, I want to thank our 2021-2023 leadership team:

Program Chair/Chair Elect: Dr. David Nieto, Northern Illinois University

Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. Chris Chang-Bacon, University of Virginia (2022-2023); Dr. Carrie Symons (2021-2022)

Newsletter Editor: Dr. Zhongfeng Tian, University of Texas San Antonio (2022-2023); Dr. Christina Ponzio (2021-2022)

Membership Chair: Dr. Laura Hamman-Ortiz, University of Rhode Island

Graduate Student Representative: Marisol Massó, Michigan State University

Webmaster: Dr. Hyonsuk Cho, University of North Dakota

Social Media Coordinator: Dr. Angela Nissing, Montgomery College (2022-2023); Dr. Chris Chang-Bacon (2021-2022)


Finally, I am excited to pass the baton to our incoming leadership team for the 2023-2025 term!

Chair: Dr. David Nieto, Northern Illinois University

Program Chair/Chair-Elect: Dr. Kongji Qin, New York University

Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. Kevin Wong, Pepperdine University

Membership Officer: Dr. Melinda Martin-Beltran, University of Maryland, College Park

Newsletter Editor: Dr. Leah Shepard-Carey, Drake University

Student Representative:  Vashti Wai Yu Lee, Michigan State University


Saludos, Liv

Liv T. Dávila (
SLR SIG Chair, 2021-2023