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Education & Current Work. Kelly J. Cunningham holds a BA in studio art & mathematics from Hamilton College and an MA in intercultural studies & TESOL from Wheaton College Graduate School (IL) as well as a graduate level certificate from the Illinois Online Network & The University of Illinois Springfield as a Master Online Teacher.

Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics & Technology and Human Computer Interaction (co-major) at Iowa State University where she studies technology-mediated feedback in second language writing using UX perspectives & Systemic Functional Linguistics. She also uses discourse analysis and corpus techniques to investigate niche texts such as art museum wall texts or mathematics research publications. Additionally, she is interested in graduate communication and coordinates graduate peer review groups for the Graduate College Center for Communication Excellence and coordinates an identity research group in the School of Education.

ESL teaching & TESOL profession. Kelly J. Cunningham was the editor of the ITBE Link, the magazine like IL-TESOL-BE Newsletter, from 2011-2013 and was the Adult Ed SIG chair of ITBE (IL TESOL affiliate) for 2009-2011. Her recent ESL teaching has included academic and adult ESL at the College of DuPage and ESL writing in the focal skills based Intensive English Program at Elgin Community College. Most recently she has taught first & second year multimodal composition and advanced presentation & teaching skills for international TAs at Iowa State University.  Her professional interests in TESOL include both adult and higher education with regards to ESL as well as online teaching, teacher training in technology/CALL and educational technology & art. Her teaching has emphasized community in education, especially second language education, technology and art in education/language learning and the Focal Skills Approach. She has developed writing curriculum, created online and hybrid ESL classes, and coordinated and conducted teacher training workshops.
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