Most CMLL faculty research focuses on the literature and/or cultures of language countries or areas; additional areas include Second Language Acquisition; Applied Linguistics; pedagogy; testing; assessment; and the use of technology in language learning. CMLL faculty are prolific and publish in the best venues. Our research stature is reflected by CMLL having three Horn Professors, multiple book series edited, memberships on editorial boards, and several journals edited. In addition, a number of CMLL faculty (some award-winning) write poetry, short stories, novels, or plays.
Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition: Major research initiatives focus on Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, pedagogy, testing, assessment, and the use of technology in language learning. Resources include an eye-tracker Psycholinguistics Lab, a language lab, distance-ed seminar room, and smart classrooms.
Literature and Culture: Most CMLL faculty research focuses on the literature and/or cultures of language countries or areas. Our faculty members are quite prolific, publishing in the best venues. CMLL has three Horn Professors (the most in the College for a single department), multiple book series edited and memberships on editorial boards, and journals edited: The American Journal of Philology , Intertexts and Monographic Review , and the graduate student journal Céfiro . We host frequent cultural events and conferences, including the annual Céfiro conference.
Interdisciplinary: Faculty work in the following areas: Comparative Literature, Ethnic Studies, Latin America and Iberian Studies, Linguistics, Russian Language & Area Studies, and Women's Studies.
Prizes and Honors: CMLL faculty and as an academic department have received numerous awards, spanning excellence in research, excellence in teaching, and service to university students. Some recent examples include:
- Dr. Genaro Perez, Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award, 2013
Texas Tech University - President's Faculty Book Award, 2012
- Dr. Chris Bains, Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award, 2011
- Dr. John Beusterien, President’s Book Award, 2008
- Dr. Stefanie Borst, Spencer A. Wells Award for Creativity in Teaching, 2009
- Dr. Erin Collopy, President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007
- Dr. Idoia Elola, Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award, 2007
- Dr. Andrew Farley, Hemphill Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007
- Dr. Hafid Gafaiti, President’s Book Award, 2007
- Dr. Carmen Pereira-Muro, President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
- Dr. Janet Perez, Order of Don Quixote, Sigma Delta Pi, 2010, Corresponding Member, Real Academia Española de la Lengua, 2009
Journals and Book Series Edited and Editorial Boards: Please see the CMLL Journals page regarding the several high-profile journals hosted by the department. In addition, there have been several book series authored by CMLL faculy, and a number of faculty have served or are serving on editorial boards.
To learn more about undergraduate research opportunities and resources available, please visit the Center for Undergraduate Research.