About Me

I am an applied linguist and Russian language teacher with a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Penn State and an M.A. in Teaching a Foreign Language – Russian from the Middlebury (formerly Monterey) Institute of International Studies. Currently I direct the Language Acquisition Center at the University of Houston, in addition to being an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages.

Interests: materials development, Russian as a foreign language pedagogy, corpus linguistics, pragmatics, formulaic language.

Beloit College, my alma mater, published a piece about the textbook I co-authored with my former academic advisor, Donna Oliver.

front page of beloit.edu






From Fall 2010 – Spring 2011 I was employed at Connecticut College as an instructional designer/developer. I was profiled on page 7 of the Information Services newsletter at Conn in Fall 2010.

My work was featured on MIIS Around the World – “Edie Furniss: Exploring Russian Teaching Resources on the Web”

I was featured on the Beloit Summer Intensive Russian Study website, talking about my experience there as both a student and an instructor.