Meet the Faculty

Lynn Smolen
Ph.D., The University of Florida

Dr. Smolen is a Professor of Education in the College of Education and Director of the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Program. Her areas of interest in research are reading in a second language, multicultural literature, literacy assessment, and diversity issues.

Wei Zhang
Ph.D., Purdue University

Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the English Department. Her research focuses on second language acquisition, phonetics, phonology, acoustics, and speech perception.

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Shernavaz Vakil
Ed.D., University of Memphis

Dr. Vakil is a Professor in the College of Education. Her research focuses on changing perceptions of educators when considering the concept of inclusion and the over representation of English language learners in special education.


Arthur Palacas
Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington

Dr. Palacas is a Professor of Linguistics in the English Department and Director of the Certificate in Linguistic Studies Program. At The University of Akron, Dr. Palacas has applied his theoretical training in linguistics to matters dear to the Department of English: composition studies and literary theory.

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