Second Language Acquisition and Teaching

Director’s MessageLatest News

Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in SLAT at the University of Arizona! SLAT is the largest interdisciplinary program at the University of Arizona in that it is associated with 5 colleges and 19 participating departments. The SLAT Ph.D. Program has been recognized nationally as a superior interdisciplinary program. Several of our participating departments have been ranked in the top ten in the country, including Anthropology, East Asian Studies, Linguistics, and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. More than 90 faculty members are affiliated with the SLAT Ph.D. program in which more than 80 students, both domestic and international, are currently enrolled.

The SLAT Ph.D. program is designed to provide rigorous advanced training for researchers, teacher-researchers, and administrators whose interests lie in second language acquisition and applied linguistics. We pride ourselves on the support we provide our students both in and out of the classroom. Our students graduate with the expertise that will allow them to make invaluable contributions to scholarship in the field. Since its inception in 1990, the SLAT program has graduated almost 600 students who have gone on to become leaders in their discipline, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

I invite you to explore the information provided on this website and encourage you to contact us by emailing your questions and comments to SLAT’s program coordinators, Ms. Kelley Merriam-Castro and Ms. Robin Staples. For a quick reference, you may download our 2017-2018 SLAT PhD brochure.

Beatrice Dupuy
Professor of French and Applied Linguistics
Director, SLAT


Student News

September 26, 2017:
Jenna Altherr Flores
will present and defend her Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal:  Multimodality, Social Semiotics, and Literacy: How LESLLA Learners from Refugee Backgrounds Make Meaning
TIme:  10:45 am
Location:  Modern Languages 578


Sept. 29:  SLAT Job Market Workshop: Learn about job ads, your CV, letters of reference;  at 1 pm in Harvill 452.

Oct. 13:  Comps Exam Workshop at 1 pm in Harvill 452.  Mandatory for all 3rd year students.

Nov. 3:  Mock Job Interview:  F2F and Skype.  How do you Prepare?  All are invited at 1 pm in Harvill 452.

Feb. 16-17, 2018:  SLATSA Roundtable.  Details coming soon.

For a complete list of workshops for the academic year 2017-2018, please CLICK HERE.

Graduation News


Congratulations to our 2016-2017 Graduates:

  • Zura Dotton,
  • Janel Goodman Murakami,
  • Bonnie Holmes,
  • Sichon Koowuttayakorn,
  • Diego Macias,
  • Merica McNeil,
  • Ahmet Okal,
  • Justin Parry,
  • Elyse Petit,
  • Glen Piskula,
  • Sansanee Punyalert,
  • Steven Randall,
  • Malena Samaniego,
  • Benjamin Schilaty,
  • Elizabeth Tso

CONTACT OUR OFFICE : 520-621-7391

1103 E. 2nd Street Harvill 241 Tucson, AZ 85721-0076

Beatrice Dupuy

Beatrice Dupuy

SLAT Director

Kelley Merriam Castro

Kelley Merriam Castro

Program Coordinator, Sr.

Robin Staples

Robin Staples

Program Coordinator, Sr.




Doctoral Students