I am an emeritus Professor of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai’i, and associate editor of the electronic journal Reading in a Foreign Language. I received my BS degree in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, and my MA degree in TESOL and Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at the University of California at Los Angeles. I have been on the SLS faculty at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa since 1989, emeritus since 2017.
Prior to coming to Hawai’i, I taught three years in Cairo, Egypt, numerous years in the U.S., two years in Guadalajara, Mexico, and since coming to Hawai’i I have spent a sabbatical year teaching in Japan. I was the Director of the English Language Institute at the University of Hawai’i for three years. I was also Co-Principal Investigator of a grant entitled “Expanding English Language Capacity in Vietnam”. I was the Graduate Chair of the Department of Second Language Studies from August 2006 until the end of July 2012.
My research has concentrated on second language reading, second language testing, Language for Specific Purposes, and Program development. I have had a long term interest in criterion-referenced testing in particular. My research has appeared in the journals Language Learning, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, TESOL Quarterly, Language Testing, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, and Language and Communication. I am author of the text Reading in a Second Language, published in 2007 by Oxford University Press. I co-authored Developing Prototypic Measures of Cross-Cultural Pragmatics, with E. Detmer & J.D. Brown, Designing Second Language Performance Assessments, with J. Norris, JD Brown, and J. Yoshioka, and An Investigation of Second Language Task-Based Performance Assessments, with JD Brown, J. Norris, and W. Bonk, and Criterion-Referenced Language Testing, with JD Brown. Additionally, I co-edited A Focus on Language Test Development with JD Brown. I also have chapters in several books. I have just completed a textbook manuscript for quantitative research methods with the tentative title Research Design and Analysis in Applied Linguistics. I hope to have a publisher soon.