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Meet the Project Team


Lynn Smolen
Ph.D., The University of Florida

Dr. Smolen, Professor Emeritus, serves as the principal investigator with the grant. Her areas of interest in research are reading in a second language, multicultural literature, literacy assessment, and diversity issues.

Dr. Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang
Ph.D., Purdue University

Dr. Zhang is an Associate Professor of Linguistics in the English Department. Her research focuses on second language acquisition, TESOL program design, and academic language development of English Language Learners.