I currently advise 7 master degree students and two doctoral students. Below you can read about some of my advisees.

For masters students

Visit our TESLatUTSA Facebook page and our university homepage, where you will find most of the information you need about how to navigate our program, how to choose classes, and how to get information for internships, jobs, and conferences.

For doctoral students

These links will provide you with information regarding:  (under construction – if you are a UTSA student, you may log into a Google Document with the draft for all the resources below. You must log into mail in order to see it).

Current advisees


Nguyen Dao is a Ph.D. student in Culture, Literacy, and Language at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Nguyen used to work as an ESL teacher in Vietnam. Then he earned his M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from University of Houston and worked in Houston for two years as an academic program coordinator. His research interests include language learning, literacy practices, identity, and ESL teacher education. He is currently working on two research projects: The first project is an ethnographic study that investigates language socialization among Vietnamese Americans in a Vietnamese restaurant; his other project is a case study that involves International Teaching Assistants’ practices and experiences in a teacher education program.

Andrew Walton is a doctoral student in the Culture, Literacy, and Language program at UTSA.  He received his Masters in School Leadership from Trinity University as well as a Masters from UTSA in Special Education. He earned his Bachelors in Spanish and Bilingual Education from Central Michigan University.  Andrew’s academic and research interest include game-based learning, instructional technology, foreign language education, second language acquisition, and secondary dual language education.

Current PhD students (committee member)


Yangting (Tina) Wang is a doctoral student in Cultural, Literacy, and Language Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She received her MA in TESOL at Michigan State University. Her research interest lies in language assessment and computer-assisted language learning. She is currently working with Dr. Christiansen on a research project on using popular English Mobile Applications for Chinese older adults.


Vicki Lynton is a PhD candidate in UTSA’s Culture, Literacy and Language Program. She received her MEd in ESL Education from Northern Arizona University. Currently, Vicki is conducting dissertation research describing the literacy practices present in one community college mathematics course. Recently, Vicki organized a writing boot camp open to UTSA faculty and students and collaborated with Dr. Christiansen on an international writing boot camp for doctoral students and faculty.

Former advisees


Aurora Aguirre (’15) graduated with an MA in TESL. Her MA thesis explored the role of multilingual writing center tutors helping multilingual writers. Aurora works now at the writing program and writing center of a university in Germany.


Marie-Louise Koelzer (’17) graduated with an MA in TESL. Her MA thesis researched the benefits of multimodal and digital literacy tasks for the advancement of academic writing. She currently works as an elementary school teacher in a charter school in San Antonio, where she’s able to foster digital literacies to English language learners.

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