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Aleksandra Kasztalska, Ph.D.

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

Lecturer in ESL Writing 2018—present


Boston University, Boston, MA
 Teaching undergraduate introductory ESL composition
courses.

Assistant Professor of English


Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR 2015—2018
 Taught courses in composition, linguistics, TESOL, ESL
writing and grammar.

CONTACT Graduate Instructor


Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2011—2015
Boston University  Taught undergraduate courses in ESL composition, oral
Arts & Sciences Writing English communication, and linguistics.
Program
100 Bay State Road,
Boston, MA 02215
alekasz@bu.edu EDUCATION

PhD., Linguistics 2015


AREAS OF EXPERTISE Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

MA, Linguistics 2015


ESL writing
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
ESL assessment
TESOL
B.A., Psychology and French 2009
World Englishes
Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
Linguistics

LANGUAGES FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND GRANTS

Polish (fluent) Faculty Research Fellowship and Grant (SAU) 2016—2018


English (fluent)
French (advanced) Research Foundation Summer Grant (Purdue) 2013
Spanish (intermediate)
ASL (beginner) Lynn Fellowship (Purdue) 2009—2010
Japanese (beginner)
Nancy M. Christian Scholarship (Centenary) 2005—2009
PUBLICATIONS

Kasztalska, A. (2018). International Teaching Assistants in the Composition Classroom:


From World Englishes to Translingualism and Beyond. Journal of Language, Identity
& Education. (available online)

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.

HONORS AND AWARDS

Recipient, Graduate Teaching Award for Linguistics, Purdue University 2015


 Award given to select Graduate Teaching Assistants in recognition of
outstanding contributions to teaching and learning

Recipient, Quintilian Award for Introductory Composition, Purdue U. 2014, 2015


 Award given to instructors of Introductory composition at Purdue, whose
student evaluations place them in the top 10% of all composition instructors

Recipient, Kneale Awards in Linguistics & Cultural Analysis, Purdue U. 2011-2014


 Awards given to Purdue students at the annual Literary Awards

Recipient, Outstanding Psychology Student Award, Centenary College 2009


 Award selected based on academic achievements in the field of Psychology

Recipient, International Engagement Award, Centenary College of Louisiana 2009


 Award selected based on achievements in promoting intercultural
understanding

Recipient, Freshman Leadership Award, Centenary College of Louisiana 2005


 Award selected based on academic achievements and extracurricular
initiatives undertaken during first year of studies
INVITED TALKS AND PANELS

Faculty Colloquium 2018


Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR
 Presented research funded by SAU fellowship and grant.

English as a Second Language 2017


Read With You Presents
 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 2017


Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics
 Invited panelist at the 2017 AAAL Conference in Portland, OR.

World Englishes in the Global Context 2016, 2017


Universidad Externado de Colombia (online)
 Invited online speaker at the university’s annual World Englishes Day.

SELECT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Kasztalska, A., & Swatek, A. (2018). The Ideological Underpinnings of the English
Matura Exam in Poland. Poster 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, Netherlands.
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 Conference, Zagreb, Croatia.
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). “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). 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.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP

Search Committee Member 2018


English Department, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR
 Reviewed applicants’ materials and made recommendations, attended
regular meetings, and participated in candidate interviews and campus visits.

Teacher Education Committee Member 2017-2018


Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR
 Served on a committee to recommend, monitor and evaluate programs and
policies governing teacher education programs at SAU.

Conference Abstract Reviewer 2017


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

Department Committee Co-Chair 2017


English Department, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR
 Helped organize an informal meet-and-greet between faculty and students in
the Department of English and Modern Languages.

Faculty Presenter 2016


Youth Writing Festival, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR
 Taught a writing workshop at the annual festival for local middle and high
school students.

Department Committee Co-Chair 2016


Peer Observation Form Committee, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR
 Helped revise the English Department’s peer observation form.

English Instructor 2015—2016


Upward Bound, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR
 Taught a weekly English course to local high school students.

Contest Judge 2016, 2017, 2018


Youth Writing Festival, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR
 Evaluated submissions to the annual writing festival for local middle and high
school students and assisted with participant registration.

Contest Judge 2015, 2016


Writing Contest and ESL Writing Contest, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR
 Evaluated submissions to the annual student writing contests.

President 2012—2013
Purdue Linguistics Association, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
 Led weekly staff meetings of the student organization, organized professional
development and social events, and Co-Chaired the 2013 Symposium.
Secretary 2011—2012
Purdue Linguistics Association, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
 Attended meetings, helped organize professional development and social
events, and represented the organization at university campus events.

Linguistics Senator 2010—2011


Purdue Graduate Student Government, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
 Represented the Linguistics Program at meetings and voted on proposed
legislation.

Secretary 2007—2009
International Society for Cultural Awareness, Centenary College of Louisiana
 Attended staff meeting, helped organize club events, and represented the
organization at university functions.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ENGAGEMENT

ESL Tutor 2018—present


ABCD South Side Head Start—ESOL, Roslindale, MA
 Assisted main classroom teacher by working with low proficiency ESL students in
a program that empowers low-income residents through English education.

ESL and Content Tutor 2018—present


St. Marks Community Education Program, Dorchester, MA
 Helped adult ESL learners prepare for the citizenship exam by reviewing exam
questions, practicing interviewing skills, and practicing oral/written English skills.

ESL Tutor and Conversational Partner 2016—2018


Magnolia/Columbia County Literacy Council, Magnolia, AR
 Developed curriculum for adult ESL learners at a local literacy organization and
provided regular one-on-one ESL tutoring.

Linguistics Tutor 2014—2015


Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
 Provided weekly individual tutoring in linguistics to an undergraduate student.

ESL Conversational Partner 2010—2015


International Center of West Lafayette, West Lafayette, IN
 Provided regular ESL tutoring to international students and local community
members.

French Instructor 2012


International Center of West Lafayette, West Lafayette, IN
 Designed and taught a summer introductory French class, focusing on
grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and cultural topics.
ESL Tutor and Conversational Partner 2008
Literacy Volunteers of America, Shreveport, LA
 Provided regular ESL tutoring to adult immigrants in the community.

ESL Tutor and Conversational Partner 2008


Noor Women’s Association, Tucson, AZ
 Provided regular ESL tutoring to adult immigrants in the community.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

ESL Writing Instructor 2018


Anhui Jianzhu University, Hefei, China
 Taught an intensive summer course in ESL writing and reading for Chinese
undergraduate students.

ESL Developer and Writer 2013


Lumenus USA Institute for Global Citizenship, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
 Worked as part of a larger team to develop new ESL curriculum for an intensive
English language program at Valparaiso University.

Online Content Developer 2012


Online Writing Lab (OWL), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
 Developed writing resources for experimental psychology. Content available:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/670/07/
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/670/

Student Worker and Intern 2007—2009


Intercultural Engagement Office, Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
 Provided clerical support, helped organize intercultural fairs and other events,
answered international students’ inquiries, and developed online resources.

Features Editor and Staff Writer 2007—2009


The Conglomerate, Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
 Attended staff meetings, assigned stories, edited staff submissions, helped
promote the student-run weekly newspaper, and created original content.

COURSES TAUGHT

Composition and ESL


 Mainstream First-Year Composition
 First-Year Composition for International Students
 Reading and Writing for International Students
 ESL Grammar

TESOL
 Teaching People from Other Cultures
 Second Language Acquisition
 Second Language Assessment
 TESOL Methods and Materials

Linguistics
 Introduction to Linguistics
 Fundamentals of Phonology and Morphology
 Comparative English Grammar
 English Language Studies

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Association for Applied Linguistics 2013—present


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