We’ve been making additions to the team over the summer! We are pleased to introduce Charlotte Selleck and Luke Rudge as our two new Senior Lecturers in English Language and Linguistics. This makes three new members of the team in 2017 since Minna Kirjavainen joined us in January. We are really excited to welcome Charlotte and Luke to the department. Here’s what they have to say about themselves:
Hi. I’m very much looking forward to starting at UWE later this month. I’m coming to UWE having spent the last 2 years working at the University of Worcester, teaching English Language and Linguistics.
I started out on my academic journey (not that I ever planned to complete a PhD!) when I studied music as an undergraduate student at Cardiff University. During these fun-filled days I taught English as a foreign language in an attempt to pay for my shopping habit! Little did I know that it would spark an interest in all things language and linguistics and I went on to complete my Masters in Applied Linguistics and then subsequently a PhD in Sociolinguistics at Cardiff University. My PhD research addressed students’ experiences and perceptions of language ideologies in bilingual Welsh/English education and questioned the gulf between inclusive policy and exclusionary practice. I have published a number of articles on this work and have some exciting new research plans!
In TB1, I will be teaching the Constructing a Humanity module as part of the new Liberal Arts programme as well as the Language, Research and the Workplace module. I will also be covering a session in English Past, Present and Future. In TB2, I will teach Meaning, Style and Discourse; English Past, Present and Future and Language, Research and the Workplace.
Outside of work, I’m kept busy by my two young children and have a complete addiction to booking holidays and travelling (I have a travel blog as a sideline!).
My academic career so far could be described as a boomerang:* over the past 10 years and between different jobs, I’ve completed my undergraduate degree in French and Linguistics, my PGCE, and my Ph.D research, all at UWE. And here I am again… although this time around I’m the tutor rather than the tutee!
My Ph.D research explored if and how languages in the visual-spatial modality – in my case, British Sign Language – may be modelled in the framework of Systemic Functional Linguistics (spoiler alert: it can!). However, my research interests also include: the intersection of language and technology, the social and contextual elements of interaction, and aspects of non-verbal communication. I’m not averse to interdisciplinary research, and I’m looking forward to doing more collaborative projects as I progress through my career.
For the 2017-18 academic year, I’ll be leading two modules on the English Language and Linguistics course: “Language and the Mind” (Year 2) and “Analysing Spoken English” (Year 3). I’ll also be teaching in other modules such as “Constructing Languages” (Year 1) and “Analysing Culture: Language and the Visual” (Year 2). If you’re on these courses, expect immersive content, interactive seminars, and the more-than-occasional pun and/or meme (sorry, not sorry).
Outside of academia, you can find me** travelling, gaming, learning languages, thinking of creative excuses for not going to the gym, and spending far too much time on the Internet. That latter is all in the name of research, though. Honest.
See you around S-block!
* But then there’s the question of agency: am I the boomerang, or is UWE boomeranging into my life? Place bets now!
** Not to be interpreted as a challenge.