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This is Carly. She is looking left to something off camera, and wearing a green sweater, while sitting on a green chair. I am a PhD Candidate in German Studies at Michigan State University. My primary research area is computer assisted language learning, with particular focus on social aspects, such as investment, identity and intercultural communicative competence. As a researcher, I examine how these variables change over time, with the goal of determining the ways in which these affect learner experiences and outcomes. My secondary research interests include intermediality, focusing specifically on German-language comics and graphic novels. Recently, I passed my comprehensive exams, and I’m now ABD.

Over the course of my graduate school career I have had the opportunity to teach in a variety of contexts, including  online and face-to-face courses, on study abroad, as well as community language school classes (German for kids and teens). I recently received the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Assistant award in the Department of Linguistics and Languages at MSU.

Outside of my graduate school life, I enjoy sewing, crocheting, and long walks. Spending time with my husband and son is my favorite way to pass time.