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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Humanities, Alene Moyer, was selected to serve as the college’s 2015-16 ADVANCE professor. Moyer’s work as associate dean includes overseeing undergraduate and graduate curricula and graduate student professional development programming. She also oversees ARHU’s five living and learning programs and the Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA) process.

Moyer is Professor of Germanic Studies, served as a Language Program Director and T.A. supervisor in Germanic Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Moyer specializes in second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and issues of identity and power in language. In addition to many journal articles, she is the author of two books: “Foreign Accent: The Phenomenon of Non-native Speech” (Cambridge, 2013); “Age, Accent and Experience in Second Language Acquisition” (Multilingual Matters, 2004); and co-editor of “Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent” (DeGruyter Mouton, 2014). Moyer earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Applied and Germanic Linguistics, and her B.S. in Journalism, all from the University of Texas at Austin.

Moyer looks forward to mentoring and advocating for women’s career progress in the college. The ADVANCE Professors program, supported through a National Science Foundation grant, is dedicated to improving work environments, retention and the advancement of tenure-track women. ADVANCE professors serve as role models and provide mentorships for women faculty. By facilitating peer networks of support and providing opportunities for leadership, the ADVANCE professor also works as an advocate for women in academia and a catalyst for gender equity.