My name is Jenny Slinkard, and I'm happy to be starting my PhD studies in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Arizona, where I also finished my Masters in ESL in 2014. I first began teaching composition while completing a Masters in English Literature and Language at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004. After that, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania, then taught ESL and worked as Program Director in a non-profit adult reading program in Kansas City, MO. After tiring of administration, I re-joined the Peace Corps and taught English language arts in Liberia before coming to the UA to seek my PhD. I currently teach first-year composition to international students at the UA and copy edit for the Journal of Second Language Writing. My primary interests are in second language writing pedagogy and language policy and planning. Outside of language, I'm also interested in backpacking, bicycling, and urban community development.