Full Credentials


Applied linguist with a specialty in scientific writing and rhetoric.
Focus has been on access to English-language publishing
by scholars who work and write in other languages and
who are often based in 'developing' countries.
This agenda includes examining language, national and institutional policies,
identity, pedagogy and critical theory.


Ph.D. in English, specializing in Composition & TESOL. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, USA, 2006, granted with Distinction. Dissertation: Nonnative-English-Speaking Scientists’ Successful Revision for English-Language Publication: A Discourse Analytic and Social Constructivist Study. Chair: Dan J. Tannacito.
Master of Arts. English. California State University, Chico. Chico, CA, August, 1995.
Bachelor of Arts, Honors. English and Economics. York University, Toronto. Spring 1985.
Certificate. Teaching English as a Second Language. University of Toronto, Toronto. June, 1982.
Diploma. Book Publishing and Design. Centennial College, Toronto, June, 1978.


Assistant Professor, Languages, Literatures & Linguistics (2012-present)
York University, Toronto, Canada
Graduate course: Reading and Writing in a Second Language
Undergraduate courses: (Humanities/ESL cross-listed) Thinking about Contemporary Canada; Canadian Language and Culture.

Instructor, Faculty of Education (Summer & Fall 2011)
University of Calgary, Canada
On-line web-based courses for graduate students.
Course titles: Research Methods in Education; Second Language Learning.

Professor, Faculty of Languages (1999-2013)
Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Ensenada, Mexico.
Traditional and on-line courses for undergraduate and graduate students.
Course titles include: Analysis and Production of Texts in the Second Language; Writing up Research; Introduction to Methodology; Methods of Evaluation; Discourse Analysis; English Morphology and Syntax; Second Language Acquisition.


Books, including: Writing and Publishing Scientific Research Papers in English: A Global Perspective (Springer, 2014).

Scientific Writing in a Second Language. (Co-authored with D. I. Hanauer, Parlor Press, 2013).

Writer, more than 20 Articles in Professional Journals and Chapters in Books, including:
"Exposing ideology within university policies: A critical discourse analysis of faculty hiring, promotion and remuneration practices" in Journal of Education Policy (2014, co-authored with S. Uzuner-Smith).
"The role of policy in constructing the peripheral scientist" in Language Policy (2013, co-authored with S. Uzuner-Smith).
"Doing science within a culture of machismo and marianismo" in Journal of International Women’s Studies, (2012, co-authored with C. Yánez & X. Barney).
"Quantifying the burden of writing research articles in a second language: Data from Mexican scientists" in Written Communication (2011, co-authored with D. I. Hanauer).
"Analyzing Reviewers’ Remarks: Responses to Non-Anglophone Scientists’ Manuscripts" in Discourse Studies (2011, co-authored with G. López-Bonilla).
"But it would be good in Spanish: An analysis of awkward scholarly writing in English by L2 writers" in EFL Writing in Mexican Universities: Research and Experience, published by Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit (2010).
"Transformation of the identities of nonnative English speaking scientists" in Journal of Language, Identity and Education (2009).
"Revision of scientific manuscripts by nonnative-English-speaking scientists in response to journal editors’ language critiques" in Journal of Applied Linguistics (2006).

Moderator and/or Presenter, more than 30 International and Regional Conferences in Canada, U.S. Mexico and Europe. Full list available.


"Teaching the Trainers: Scientific Publishing in English for Mexican Scholars" (2014, 2015, 2016). Universidad Autónoma Nacional México. Mexico City, Mexico.
"Writing Centre Retreat for Instructors of ESL Students" (August 2013).Writing Department, York University.
"Principles of Effective Writing for Science and Technology" (July 2013). York University CREATE Program in Vision Science & Applications Boot Camp for Incoming Graduate Students.
"Writing Scientific Articles for Publication in English, parts 1 & 2" (2007, 2008). Flexible training program for teachers of the university, UABC. "How to Write a Conference Proposal" UABC, Faculty of Languages. 2009


Reviewer of manuscripts. Journal of English for Academic Purposes; Journal of English for Specific Purposes; Journal of Business and Technical Communications; Language, Identity and Education.
Chair, Academic Committee. Foro de Especialistas Universitarias de Lenguas Extranjeras (FEULE) Ensenada, 2009.
Evaluator of Research Proposals for Funding. Universidad de Quanajuato, 2008, 2009.
Reviewer of proposed ESL textbook. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Member, Editorial board, MEXTESOL Journal, 2002 to 2012.
Adjudicator of conference proposals, American Association of Applied Linguistics, 2015, 2016.
Adjudicator of conference proposals, American Educational Research Association. 2009.
Adjudicator of conference proposals, TESOL 2007, 2006.