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LLC News

April 2011 Archives

Sonya Squires-Caesar

Sonya Squires-Caesar, LLC cohort 13, wrote and co-produced this mini documentary,"Beyond the Classroom Walls" for the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). This short film is one component of a financial literacy campus-wide awareness campaign she is spearheading for students, faculty, and staff since there is a significant correlation between financial stress, retention, and the overall success of CCBC students.

See the documentary at

Laura Strickling and Inte'a DeShields

Laura Strickling (Cohort 11) and Inte'a DeShields (Cohort 12) presented at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics in April 2011. Laura presented a paper called "Partnerships Between Sociolinguists and Educators." Inte'a presented a paper called "'Les Gangsters du Ghetto: MOZ Shit': The Use of African American Vernacular English, French, and Wolof in a Senegalese Hip-Hop Documentary." Laura and Inte'a were also co-presenters on a paper with Dr. Christine Mallinson called "Creating Podcasts to Promote Language Awareness."

Joby Taylor


LLC Alum and affiliate faculty member Joby Taylor (3rd from left) at the White House, where he joined a "Champions of Change" roundtable meeting as a member of a Peace Corps delegation.

Ingrid Watson-Miller

Ingrid Watson-Miller (Cohort 4) has passed her dissertation defense.
Her disertation title is:
"''I am very dark, but comely': Consciousness and black women in the fiction of Ecuador's Luz Argentina Chiriboga."
Dr. Antonio Tillis of Dartmouth University and Dr. Jodi Crandall are her dissertation co-advisors.
Ingrid can be reached at:

Asli Hassan

Asli Hassan (Cohort 6) has passed her dissertation defense.
Her dissertation title is:
"Lesson Study: A professional development approach for university English, mathematics, and science teachers."
Dr. Jodi Crandall is her dissertation advisor.
Asli can be reached at:

Laura Strickling

Laura Strickling (Cohort 11) has passed her comprehensive examinations, following our new format of two extensive papers focused on aspects of dissertation results.
Congratulations, Laura.
Laura can be reached at:

Jiraporn Meechai

Jiraporn Meechai (LLC 7th cohort) successfully defended her dissertation
today on "Thai EFL Online Diaries: Literacy Practice and Self-Expression"
in spite of the loss of power and light!

Congratulations, Jira.

Her dissertation advisor is Professor Thomas Field.

Faida Abu Ghazaleh

Faida Abu Ghazaleh has published her dissertation as a book.

Ethnic Identity of Palestinian Immigrants in the United States: The Role of Cultural Material Artifacts, focuses on Palestinian cultural material artifacts and their connection with the preservation of cultural identity. The Palestinian participants were acutely aware of the potential instability of their diaspora, especially in the United States since 9/11. This study provides a perspective not generally presented in Western media of the Palestinian people striving for the peaceful preservation of their nationality through their cultural artifacts, and social identity practices. For Palestinians, material culture artifacts connect them to their homeland even as it is relentlessly reduced to a fraction of its former landmass. Although the Palestinian people may be scattered around the world, they still retain a powerful connection to each other and their land.

About the Author

Faida has her doctorate in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her research focuses on social identity practices and preservation through material culture of populations in Diaspora. She conducted an ethnographic study of Palestinian material culture in Maryland.

Currently, she is working as a researcher at the department of World Cultures at the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada on special archeology collection from Palestine.

Danika Rockett

Danika Rockett will present her paper "'Those Lady Guerillas of Philanthropy': Philanthropy as a Path to Nursing and Education Reform in Victorian London" at the Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies.

Laura Strickling

Laura Strickling has co-authored a chapter with Adriana Medina, Joan Shin, and Illysa Izenberg, entitled, "Learning and Teaching across Cultures" in the text Managing Communication Across Cultures: Different Voices. The chapter summarizes theories of learning and teaching, illustrates differences in individual learning and problem-solving styles, and suggests ways of improving classroom and on-line teaching. The ten-part textbook, targeted to undergraduate and graduate students, is edited by Elizabeth Christopher and will go to press this year published by Palgrave.

Hye-Sook Lee

Hye-Sook Lee (11th Cohort) will work as an intern for the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) for this summer (June to August). She will support the division of heritage language by utilizing her knowledge of Korean as well as information technology. If you are interested in further information, contact her via email at