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Summer Dickinson, Ph.D., Language Teaching Specialist

Summer (B.A. English, York College; M.A. English, Fort Hays State University; Ph.D. Indiana University of Pennsylvania) has dedicated her professional life to the teaching of language and writing—academic writing, language acquisition, and multilingual writing. Her research focuses on composition and applied linguistics. Having served in various faculty roles at both private and public institutions, her primary pedagogical background involves multilingual composition and language acquisition in academic contexts. In addition to her work at Vanderbilt’s ELC, she holds a teaching faculty position at Middle Tennessee State University. Her papers on language and writing have been accepted and presented both internationally and domestically at various conference seminars, and her current interests include writing program administration, graduate student academic writing, and the intersections between writing studies and language learning. Besides various online and pedagogy publications, she also has three book chapter publications on language, teaching, and semiotics. As the daughter of an academic writer, she finds teaching academic writing and speaking both fulfilling and challenging.