I am a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian, & African Languages at Michigan State University, where I teach in the MA Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and the Second Language Studies Program. My main area of research is second language (L2) writing. I am particularly interested in the various research methods and measures used in studying L2 writing as well as the interface between the fields of L2 writing and second language acquisition. I have also published and done research in the areas of second language acquisition, foreign language classroom discourse, and behavior differences in novice vs. experienced teachers.

I conduct workshops for foreign language teachers through MSU’s Center for Language Education and Research, a federally funded Title VI Language Resource Center of which I am co-director.  I have been a visiting instructor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto and Teachers College, Columbia University. I have taught ESL at MSU, UCLA, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School in Beijing, and Philadelphia Community College.

I am the co-editor of TESOL Quarterly with my colleague, Peter De Costa and I am the past associate editor of the Modern Language Journal.  Beginning in April, 2018, I will be a member-at-large for the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

I have absolutely no hobbies, but when I am not working, you can find me cooking, watching Netflix, biking, or exercising at the MAC.  I will travel anywhere and have to been to 48 states.  If you are from Hawaii or Alabama, I’d love an invitation to give a talk there.


Charlene Polio
Michigan State University
251B Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824