Hello! My name is Matt Kessler, and I am an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of South Florida (USF). At USF, I am a faculty member in the Department of World Languages, where I teach classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I serve as a core faculty member for the department's PhD program in Linguistics and Applied Language Studies and the MA program in Linguistics/English as a Second Language. I also serve as the Director of USF's Multilingual Writing Center, and as the Co-Lead (with Camilla Vásquez) of the Digital Discourse, Media, and Writing Lab.
My research interests center on exploring issues related to second language writing, genre-based teaching and learning, and computer-assisted language learning. My work has appeared in journals such as: Computer Assisted Language Learning, ELT Journal, Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Learning, Language Teaching Research, System, TESOL Journal, and TESOL Quarterly, among others. I am the co-editor of the volume Conducting genre-based research in applied linguistics: A methodological guide (2024, Routledge). Currently, I am working on a book-length project, which will be published by Multilingual Matters (expected April 2024), titled Digital multimodal composing: Connecting theory, research and practice in second language acquisition.
I received my PhD from Michigan State University (Second Language Studies) and my MA from Ohio University (Applied Linguistics).
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