Dr. Suneeta Thomas


Department

English

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
English
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

Biography

Dr. Thomas is an applied linguist with primary research expertise in World Englishes/Sociolinguistics. She currently investigates patterns in English language use and its users in South-Asian and Middle Eastern contexts, and how these patterns are influenced by multiple social, cultural, economic, racial, and political forces. Her secondary area of research lies in second language writing and the challenges L2 writers face in the classroom. Dr. Thomas also employs corpus linguistics methodology in some of her research investigations. Her publications appear in World Englishes, Journal of Contemporary Philology, Educational Technology & Society, and TESOL's SLW News. She regularly teaches a myriad range of undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Applied Linguistics and Linguistics/Grammar at Missouri State University.


Details

Education

  • PhD, English, Second Language Studies/ESL, 2016, Purdue University
  • MA, English, Literary Studies, 2010, Purdue University

Teaching

  • ENG 793 Seminar in Linguistics (World Englishes)
  • ENG 793 Seminar in Linguistics (Introduction to Corpus Linguistics)
  • ENG 792 Linguistics in Rhetoric and Composition (Second Language Writing focus)
  • ENG 595/695 Principles in Second Language Acquisition
  • ENG 592/688 Sociolinguistics for Language Teaching
  • ENG 590/690 Grammatical Analysis
  • ENG 494 Dialects of American English
  • ENG 390 Modern English Grammar
  • ENG 296 Introduction to Linguistics

Professional experience

  • Conference Proposal Reviewer, TESOL 2022 International Convention
  • Member, RCOAL Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism Council, Missouri State University, 2020-present
  • Journal Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Contemporary Philology, 2020-present
  • Journal Manuscript Reviewer, World Englishes, 2020
  • Conference Proposal Reviewer, TESOL 2021 International Convention
  • Member, Curriculum Committee, Department of English, Missouri State University, 2018-present
  • Member, Linguistics Program Committee, Missouri State University, 2016-present
  • Member, Personnel Committee, Department of English, Missouri State University, 2017-2021
  • Content Developer, Online Writing Lab (OWL), Purdue University, 2015-2016
  • Chair, Second Language Studies/ESL Graduate Symposium, Purdue University, 2015
  • Content Developer, Oral English Proficiency Program, Purdue University, 2014-2016
  • Certified Rater, Purdue University's Oral English Proficiency Test (OEPT), 2014-2016
  • Graduate Instructor, Oral English Proficiency Program, Purdue University, 2014-2016
  • Conference Proposal Reviewer, TESOL 2015 International Convention
  • Conference Proposal Reviewer, Second Language Studies Graduate Symposium, Purdue University, 2015, 2014, and 2012
  • Graduate student representative, Second Language Studies Program Faculty Search Committee, Purdue University, 2013-2014
  • Second Language Studies Program representative, Graduate Student English Association (GRADSEA), Purdue University, 2013-2015
  • Chair, ESL Speaker Series, Second Language Studies/ESL Graduate Organization, Purdue University, 2013-2014
  • Member, Event Planning Committee, Second Language Studies/ESL Graduate Organization, Purdue University, 2011-2013
  • Instructor, Introductory Composition at Purdue Program, Department of English, Purdue University, 2010-2014

Professional affiliations

  • International Association of World Englishes (IAWE)
  • The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Research and professional interests

  • World Englishes/sociolinguistics
  • Second language writing/writing studies
  • Corpus linguistics
  • TESOL
  • Applied linguistics

Selected publications

  • Thomas, S. (forthcoming, Nov 2021). Perceiving Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” through Sociolinguistic and World Englishes’ Lenses. In L. T. Moser & K. West (Eds.), Critical Insights: Amy Tan. Salem Press.
  • Thomas, S. (2021). Code-switching in spoken Indian English: A case study of sociopolitical talk. Journal of Contemporary Philology, 4(1), 7-40. https://doi.org/10.37834/JCP2141007t
  • Thomas, S. (2021). English in the United Arab Emirates. World Englishes, 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1111/weng.12560
  • Thomas, S. (2017). Journalogue: Voicing student challenges in writing through a classroom blog. Educational Technology & Society, 20(1), 112-122.
  • Thomas, S. (2016). [Review of the book Teaching and Learning English in the Arabic-Speaking World]. World Englishes, 35(4), 618-621.
  • Silva, T., Thomas, S., Park, H. K., & Zhang, C. (Sept, 2014). Scholarship on L2 Writing in 2013: The Year in Review, SLW News. http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolslwis/issues/2014-09-24/6.html
  • Silva, T., Lin, M-H., & Thomas, S. (Oct, 2013). Scholarship on L2 Writing in 2012: The Year in Review, SLW News. http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolslwis/issues/2013-10-07/9.html

Awards and honors

  • Assessment Grant, Missouri State University, 2021
  • Diversity Scholar Award, Missouri State University, 2020
  • Assessment Grant, Missouri State University, 2020
  • Master Advisor, Missouri State University, 2019
  • Faculty Travel Grant, Missouri State University, 2019
  • Faculty Travel Grant, Missouri State University, 2017
  • College of Arts and Letters Faculty Summer Fellowship, Missouri State University, 2017
  • Master Advisor, Missouri State University, 2016
  • Mary Gitzen Memorial OEPP Excellence in Teaching Award, Oral English Proficiency Program, Purdue University, Spring 2016, Fall 2015 and Spring 2015
  • Introductory Composition at Purdue (ICaP) Pedagogical Travel Grant, Purdue University, Spring 2016
  • Summer Grant, Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue University, 2015
  • Instructor Travel Award, Oral English Proficiency Program, Purdue University, 2014-2016
  • Teaching Assistantship, Oral English Proficiency Program, Purdue University, 2014-2016
  • Q-Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Composition Program, Department of English, Purdue University, 2014
  • Emerging Scholar Award, The Graduate Student English Association, Purdue University, 2014
  • Graduate Student Travel Award, Department of English, Purdue University, 2013 and 2014
  • Teaching Assistantship, Introductory Composition at Purdue (ICaP), Department of English, Purdue University, 2010-2014