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Aleksandra Kasztalska, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of English
Southern Arkansas University

CONTACT INFORMATION
765-409-9781
aleks.linguist@gmail.com

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

Assistant Professor of English, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR 2015—current


 Intermediate Grammar (ENGL 0183)
 Intermediate Writing (ENGL 0223)
 Composition I (ENGL 1113)
 Composition II (ENGL 1123)
 Comparative English Grammar (ENGL 3034)
 English Language Studies (ENGL 3653)
 Teaching People from Other Cultures (ENGL 4003/5003)
 Second Language Acquisition (ENGL 4013)
 Second Language Assessment (ENGL 4023)
 TESOL Methods and Materials (ENGL 4033/5033)

Graduate Instructor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2011—2015


 First-Year Composition for International Students (ENGL 106i)
 Introduction to Linguistics (LING 201)
 Fundamentals of Phonology and Morphology (LING 311)

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Linguistics Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2015


The Role of World Englishes in Supporting International Teaching
Assistants' Professional Identity and Development
Margie Berns (Chair), Becky Brown, Myrdene Anderson, Tony Silva

MA in Linguistics Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2011


Language Biases in the U.S. Media's Portrayal of Immigrants
Becky A. Brown (Chair), Margie Berns, John D. Sundquist

BA in Psychology and French Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA 2009


(summa cum laude) David Stafford (Adviser), Dana Kress (Adviser)

PUBLICATIONS

Kasztalska, A. International Teaching Assistants in the Composition Classroom: From World Englishes
to Translingualism and Beyond. Journal of Language, Identity & Education. (forthcoming)
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Swatek, A., & Kasztalska, A. (2018) “Write an E-mail to Your Friend in England”: Assessment of the
Written English Matura Exam in Poland. In T. Ruecker, & D. Crusan (Eds.), The Politics of English
Second Language Writing Assessment in Global Contexts (pp. 105-116). New York, NY:
Routledge.

Kasztalska, A. (2015). “Slavic Blood” and “Flow”: Language and Nationalism in Polish Hip Hop. In J.
Pelkey, S. Walsh Matthews, & L.G. Sbrocchi (Eds.), Semiotics 2014: The Semiotics of Paradox (p.
361-371). Ottawa, Canada: Legas.

Kasztalska, A. (2014). The Impact of English on Contemporary Poland. World Englishes, 33(2), 242-
262.

Kasztalska, A., & Madrid, E. (2010). La Poésie d’expression creole. In Kress, D.A. (Ed.), Anthologie de
poésie louisianaise du XIXe siècle (pp. 229-231). Les Editions Tintamarre.

FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND GRANTS

Faculty Research Fellowship and Grant, Southern Arkansas University 2016—2018


Year-long $4000 fellowship and grant to support the development and piloting of a novel composition
curriculum. Awarded two years in a row.

Travel Grant, Southern Arkansas University 2018


$800 grant to cover conference expenses at the 2018 meeting of the American Association for Applied
Linguistics.

Travel Grant, Southern Arkansas University 2016


$800 grant to cover conference expenses at the 2016 meeting of the American Association for Applied
Linguistics.

Purdue Research Foundation Summer Grant, Purdue University 2013


Summer grant to support Ph.D.-level graduate students. One grant awarded in Linguistics each year.

Lynn Fellowship, Purdue University 2009—2010


One-year-long fellowship, with three additional years of support, offered to incoming Ph.D.-track
students in interdisciplinary graduate programs. One fellowship awarded in Linguistics each year.

Nancy M. Christian Scholarship, Centenary College of Louisiana 2005—2009


One of four full-ride four-year-long scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen each year.

HONORS AND AWARDS

Recipient, Graduate Teaching Award for Linguistics, Purdue University 2015


Annual award given to select Graduate Teaching Assistants in recognition of outstanding contributions
to teaching and learning. One recipient selected from the Linguistics Program each year.
Recipient, Quintilian Award for Introductory Composition, Purdue University 2014, 2015
Annual recognition granted to instructors of Introductory Composition at Purdue based on their student
evaluations. The recipients’ evaluations place them in the top 10% of all Composition instructors at
Purdue.
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Recipient, Kneale Award in Linguistics & Cultural Analysis, Purdue U. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
At Purdue’s annual Literary Awards—a campus-wide professional writing competition—received a
total of two First-Place awards, three Second Place awards, and five Honorable Mentions.

Finalist, Braj B. Kachru Student Award, International Association of World Englishes 2013
One of three finalists for the Braj B. Kachru Student Award, selected among student applicants
presenting their work at the 2013 meeting of the International Association of World Englishes in
Tempe, AZ.

Recipient, Outstanding Psychology Student Award, Centenary College of Louisiana 2009


Annual recognition awarded to a single student graduating in Psychology, selected based on the
student’s academic achievements in the field of Psychology during his or her studies at Centenary
College.

Recipient, International Engagement Award, Centenary College of Louisiana 2009


Annual recognition awarded to a single graduating student, selected based on the student’s
achievements in promoting intercultural understanding while at Centenary College.

Recipient, Freshman Leadership Award, Centenary College of Louisiana 2005


Annual recognition awarded to a freshman student, selected based on the student’s academic
achievements and extracurricular initiatives undertaken during the first year of his or her studies at
Centenary College.

INVITED TALKS AND PANELS

English as a Second Language. Invited featured speaker in a 2017 episode of the Read With You
Presents podcast, available at: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/read-with-you-presents-
553547/episodes/aleksandra-kasztalska-on-engli-24618197
Making a Transition: From Graduate Student to Faculty Member. Invited panelist at the 2017 Meeting
of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Portland, OR.
World Englishes in the Global Context. Invited online presenter to the Universidad Externado de
Colombia in 2016 and 2017.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Kasztalska, A., & Swatek, A. (2018). The Ideological Underpinnings of the English Matura Exam in
Poland. Paper presented at the 2018 Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics,
Chicago, IL.
Kasztalska, A., & Swatek, A. (2017). Multilingualism and Native Speaker Bias: the Case of the English
Matura Exam in Poland. Paper presented at the Politics of Multilingualism: Possibilities and
Challenges Conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Swatek, A, & Kasztalska, A. (2016). “Write an E-mail to Your Friend in England”: Assessment of the
Written English Matura Exam in Poland. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest
Association of Language Testers, West Lafayette, IN.
Kasztalska, A. (2016). The Impact of World Englishes on the Professional Identity and Pedagogical
Practice of International Teaching Assistants in the Composition Classroom. Paper presented at the
2016 Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Orlando, FL.
Kasztalska, A. (2015). “Polish Your English with Donald”: Satirical Use of English in Polish Internet
Memes. Paper presented at the 8th Central and Eastern European Media and Communication
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Conference, Zagreb, Croatia.


Lam, C., Kasztalska, A., & Li, W. (2014). Language Myths vs. Linguistics. Poster presented at Purdue
University’s Next Generation Scholars Fair for local middle school students, West Lafayette, IN.
Kasztalska, A. (2014). “I Wanted an English Teacher”: ITAs’ Struggles as Non-White, Non-Native
English Speakers. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America,
Seattle, WA.
Kasztalska, A. (2014). “Grandmatka” and “Slavic Blood”: Forms and Functions of English in
Contemporary Polish Music. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society
of America, Seattle, WA.
Kasztalska, A. (2014). Soccer, Faith, and Patriotism: Polish Internet Memes as Social and Linguistic
Commentary. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Anthropology Society,
Normal, IL.
Kasztalska, A. (2014). “Feel Like At Home”: How English is Shaping Poles’ Identities As Global
Citizens and Non-Native Speakers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American
Association for Applied Linguistics for Applied Linguistics, Portland, OR.
Kasztalska, A. (2013). Language Play and Linguistic Resistance in Polish Internet Memes. Paper
presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL.
Kasztalska, A. (2013). Why Johnnie Can’t Read About Poland: Absence of Central and Eastern
European Voices in Mainstream ELT Discourses. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the
International Association of World Englishes, Tempe, AZ.
Kasztalska, A. (2013). The Role of English in Forging National and Professional Identities in Post-
communist Poland. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Indiana Teachers of English to
Speakers of Other Languages, Indianapolis, IN.
Kasztalska, A. (2013). Language Play and Glocal Identities in Polish Internet Memes. Paper presented
at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America, Dayton, OH.
Kasztalska, A. (2013). Doth Cake Be False and Other (Pseudo)Archaisms in Internet Memes. Paper
presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society, St. Louis, MO.
Kasztalska, A. (2012). “Why Don’t We Let Steve’s Hat Smoke Greg’s Joint?” The Humor of Internet
Memes. Paper presented at the AAAI Fall Symposium on Artificial Intelligence of Humor,
Arlington, VA.
Kasztalska, A. (2012). This is Your Brain on Memes. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the
Semiotic Society of America, Toronto, Canada.
Kasztalska, A. (2012). I Can Has Culture? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States
Anthropological Society, Toledo, OH.
Kasztalska, A. (2011). Language Biases in the US Media’s Portrayal of Immigrants. Paper presented at
the Interdisciplinary Graduate Interdisciplinary Symposium at Purdue University, West Lafayette,
IN.

CONTENT DEVELOPMENT AND TUTORING

Content Developer & Tutor, Magnolia/Columbia County Literacy Council, Magnolia 2016—present
 Developed curriculum for adult ESL learners at a local literacy organization.
 Identified texts and multimedia resources to provide students with authentic English language
content and designed original course content.
 Provided regular group and one-on-one tutoring.

Tutor in the Linguistics Program, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN 2014—2015


Elements of Linguistics (SLHS 227)
 Provided weekly individual tutoring in linguistics to an undergraduate student.
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 Helped the student grasp key course concepts, identify mistakes on assignments and exams, as
well as develop effective learning strategies.

Developer & Writer, Lumenus USA Institute for Global Citizenship, Valparaiso Uni. 2013
 Developed ESL curriculum for an intensive English language program at Valparaiso
University.
 Identified texts and videos to provide students with authentic English language content and
designed original materials to target specific skills in the domains of Speaking/Presenting,
Listening/Viewing, Reading/Interpreting, and Writing/Expressing.
 Collaborated with other content developers and regularly reported to project supervisors.

Conversational Partner, International Center of West Lafayette, West Lafayette, IN 2010—2015


Oral and written English communication
 Tutored a Chinese graduate student who wanted to develop her communicative competence in
English.
 Offered feedback on the student’s pronunciation, grammar, writing, and assisted the student in
adjusting to life and education in the U.S.

Online Content Developer, Online Writing Lab (OWL), Purdue University 2012
 Developed original writing and research resources for students in experimental psychology.
 Regularly reported to the project supervisor and created a sample research paper with detailed
explanations of the APA style features and writing conventions. Content available at:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/670/07/
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/670/

Instructor, International Center of West Lafayette, West Lafayette, IN 2012


Introductory French
 Taught introductory French through weekly classes that introduced adult students to basic
concepts in French grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and culture.
 Designed class materials and exercises that incorporated authentic language content and media.

Tutor, Literacy Volunteers of America, Shreveport, LA 2008


Oral and written English communication
 Tutored two adult immigrants who wanted to improve their communicative competence in
English.
 Identified authentic texts and audiovisual materials, and designed handouts as well as exercises
to develop the students’ pronunciation, writing, grammar, and intercultural competence.

Tutor, Noor Women’s Association, Tucson, AZ 2008


Oral and written English communication
 Tutored two adult immigrants who wanted to improve their English communicative
competence.
 Identified authentic texts and audiovisual materials, and designed handouts as well as exercises
to develop the students’ pronunciation, writing, grammar, and intercultural competence.
Employee & Intern, Intercultural Engagement Office, Centenary College 2007—2009
 Provided clerical support, helped organize intercultural fairs and other events, and was fully
funded to attend the 2007 NAFSA (North American Foreign Student Advisers) Conference in
Minneapolis, MN.
 Answered international students’ inquiries about admissions criteria, funding, and living in the
U.S, and developed related online resources. Content available at:
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http://www.centenary.edu/international/faq
http://www.centenary.edu/international/fa

Features Editor & Staff Writer, The Conglomerate, Centenary College 2007—2009
 Attended staff meetings, assigned stories, edited staff submissions, and helped promote the
student-run weekly newspaper.
 Created original news, arts, and satirical articles, as well as comics and interviews.
 Received funding to attend the 2009 National College Journalism Convention in San Diego,
CA.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP

Search Committee Member, Southern Arkansas University 2018


 Served on a committee to hire a new faculty member in the Department of English and Foreign
Languages.
 Reviewed application materials, attended committee meetings, and participated in candidate
interviews and campus visits.

Teacher Education Committee, Southern Arkansas University 2017-2018


 Served on a committee to recommend, monitor and evaluate programs and policies governing
teacher education programs at SAU.
 Reviewed and voted on proposed changes to the teacher education curriculum.

Digital Content Creator, @LINGUISTICSHULK, Twitter 2013—2017


 Co-moderated a popular Twitter account dedicated to advancing linguistic descriptivism and
tolerance.
 Regularly published tweets pertaining to linguistics concepts, presented in a humorous,
accessible format.

Conference Abstract Reviewer, American Association for Applied Linguistics 2017


 Reviewed abstracts for the 2018 annual meeting of the American Association for Applied
Linguistics.

Committee Co-Chair, English Department Social, Southern Arkansas University 2017


 Worked as part of a faculty team tasked with scheduling and planning an informal meet-and-
greet between faculty and students in the Department of English and Modern Languages.
 Represented the department at the meet-and-greet.

Organizer, Shut Up & Write!, Southern Arkansas University 2016


 Organized weekly meetings for faculty to work on their research and writing.
 Encouraged faculty collaboration and networking in a comfortable campus setting.
 Offered refreshments sponsored by a small grant from SAU.

Presenter, Youth Writing Festival, Southern Arkansas University 2016


 Offered a writing workshop at the annual festival for local middle and high school students.
 Developed original materials.
Committee Co-Chair, Peer Observation Form Committee, Southern Arkansas University 2016
 Worked as part of a faculty team tasked with revising the English Department’s peer
observation form.
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 The developed form was immediately adapted by the English Department.

Instructor, Upward Bound, Southern Arkansas University 2015—2016


 Designed lectures and activities to help prepare local high school students for college writing.
 Led regular class meetings with three different groups of students.
 Assisted at the annual Learning Fair.

Judge, Youth Writing Festival, Southern Arkansas University 2016, 2017, 2018
 Read and evaluated submissions to the annual festival for local middle and high school
students.
 Assisted with participant registration.

Judge, Writing Contest, Southern Arkansas University 2016


 Read and evaluated submissions to the annual undergraduate writing contest.

Judge, ESL Writing Contest, Southern Arkansas University 2015


 Read and evaluated submissions to the annual ESL writing contest.

President, Purdue Linguistics Association, Purdue University 2012—2013


 Led weekly staff meetings and organized professional development and social events for
Linguistics students and faculty, including technology workshops and research presentations.
 Coordinated promotional campaigns and represented the organization at official campus events
 Co-Chaired the 2013 Purdue Linguistics Association Student Symposium.

Secretary, Purdue Linguistics Association, Purdue University 2011—2012


 Participated in weekly staff meetings, as well as helped organize professional development and
social events for Linguistics students and faculty.
 Represented the organization at official campus events.
 Helped organize the annual 2012 Purdue Linguistics Association Student Symposium.

Linguistics Senator, Purdue Graduate Student Government, Purdue University 2010—2011


 Participated in monthly meetings of the Purdue Graduate Student Government, voting on
proposed legislation and representing graduate students in the Linguistics Program.
 Took detailed meeting notes on proposed legislation and policy changes, and shared relevant
information with Linguistics students.

Committee Member, Purdue Linguistics Association Student Symposium 2011, 2012, 2013
 Served on the Abstract Selection, Promotion, Event, and Housing Committees for the
Symposiums.
 Reviewed abstracts, promoted the Symposium on campus and through social media, supervised
event catering, helped with event set up and tear down, and matched presenters with local hosts.

Secretary, International Society for Cultural Awareness, Centenary College 2007—2009


 Participated in weekly staff meeting and helped organize intercultural awareness events for
Centenary students, faculty, and staff.
 Promoted and represented the organization at campus events.
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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Association for Applied Linguistics 2013—present


Society for Linguistic Anthropology 2013—present
International Association of World Englishes 2012—present

LANGUAGES

Polish: fluent
English: fluent
French: advanced
Spanish: intermediate
Japanese: beginner
American Sign Language: beginner