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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. I’ve passed my comprehensive exams and am finally ABD! My primary research area is computer assisted language learning, with particular focus on social aspects, such as identity, capital, 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.

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

In addition to teaching, I have worked with the Center for Language Teaching Advancement throughout my graduate career, culminating in my current graduate assistantship. My GA responsibilities include planning and facilitating a weekly professional development series for language instructors at MSU. I also coordinate weekly language conversation hours for undergraduate students; this semester we have 13 languages represented.

Outside of my graduate school life, I enjoy sewing, crocheting, reading, and going to the zoo. Spending time with my husband and son is my favorite way to pass time.