Experience

Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards
2016 – 2018 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, affiliated with the University of Cologne, Germany (for a total of 12 months over three years).
2015 – 2017 Affiliate member, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Australian National University, Canberra.
1999 – 2003 Australian Postgraduate Award, La Trobe University
1999 Australian Postgraduate Award, The Australian National University (offer declined)
1997 Australian National University Masters Research Scholarship, The Australian National University
1993 UNESCO scholarship for study in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, United
Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (offer declined).

 

Professional experience

Currently Associate Professor with tenure, Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University (appointed as Assistant Professor 26.06.2009; promoted to Associate Professor with tenure 01.03.2014).

2016 – 2018 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, affiliated with the Institut für Linguistik, Universität zu Köln, Germany (for a total of 12 months over this period).
2015 – 2016 Sabbatical leave (Sept 2015 – May 2016).
2008 – 2009 Lecturer in linguistics and Postgraduate/Honours Coordinator, Linguistics Program, La Trobe University.
2007 – 2008 Casual lecturer and course coordinator, La Trobe University.
2006 – 2007 Postdoctoral fieldwork on Tibeto-Burman and Indo-Aryan languages of Nagaland, north-east India (4 months) for ARC research fellowship.
2006 Visiting scholar, Department of Linguistics, University of California at Santa Barbara (3 weeks).
2005 – 2006 Postdoctoral fieldwork on Tibeto-Burman and Indo-Aryan languages of Nagaland, north-east India (5 months) for ARC research fellowship.
2004 – 2005 Postdoctoral fieldwork on Tibeto-Burman languages of Nagaland, north-east India (4 months) for ARC research fellowship.
2004 – 2007 Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and Principal Investigator, Project DP 0450943: A typology of adverbial subordination and clause linkage in Tibeto-Burman languages. Linguistics Program, La Trobe University.
2003 Copy editor for articles written by non-native English-speaking contributors to Csató, Éva Ágnes, Bo Isaksson and Carina Jahani (eds) Linguistic Convergence and Areal Diffusion. Oxford and New York: RoutledgeCurzon.
2002 Part-time Lecturer, Linguistics Program, La Trobe University (.5 fractional appointment)
2001 Fieldwork in north-east India for doctoral dissertation (6 months).
2000 Casual Lecturer, Linguistics Program, La Trobe University.
2000 – 2004 Visiting Fellow, Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University.
1999 – 2000 Fieldwork in north-east India for doctoral dissertation (12 months).
1999 Visiting Lecturer, Phonetics, for MA course. North-East Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya India.
1999 – 2003  PhD candidate, Linguistics, La Trobe University (candidature suspended throughout 2002 while teaching).
1996 – 1998 Tutor, various courses, Linguistics Department, Australian National
University.
1996 Fieldwork in north-east India for MA thesis (3 months).
1996 – 1998  MA candidate, Linguistics, Australian National University.
1994 Casual Research Assistant, National Thai Studies Centre, Australian National University (proof read and corrected the manuscript of a Dehong-English dictionary [Dehong is a Tai language spoken in Yunnan Province, China]).
1993 Casual Research Assistant, National Thai Studies Centre, Australian National University (proof read and corrected a Thai language teaching curriculum for high school and university use, and provided linguistic editorial comment on aspects of language usage).
1993 Part-time Lecturer, English for Academic Purposes (for IELTS candidates), Department of Technical and Economic Cooperation, Bangkok Thailand.
1993 – 1994 Exchange student, Department of Linguistics, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.
1991 ESL Relief Lecturer, School of Architecture, Vientiane, Laos (4 weeks).

 

Administrative experience

NTU University-level administration 2016-2020
Committee member, Institutional Review Board (Social, Behavioural and Educational Sciences), 2016–2018.
Elected member of the NTU senate, 2018–2020.

NTU School of Humanities, school-level administration 2017-2018
Chair, School Reappointment Committee for tenure-track Assistant & Associate Professors, 2017 –2018
Chair, search committee for Interactional Linguistics position, 2017. [Link ]
NTU Department-level administration 2013-2017
Chair of Linguistics & Multilingual Studies (LMS) Graduate confirmation committee 2015-present
Coordinator, Linguistics & Multilingual Studies (LMS) alumni affairs

Chair of Linguistics & Multilingual Studies (LMS) Ethics committee, Jan 2013 to Sep 2015
Responsible for reviewing and advising faculty and students on their ethics proposals prior to formal submission of applications to the NTU IRB.
Member of search committee for employment of a phonetician for the LMS division, 2014.

Departmental administration 2012-2013
Chair of LMS Postgraduate Committee until August 2012. Duties included vetting applications for candidature, interviewing candidates, ranking candidates for scholarships and offers of enrolment, determining graduate modules to offer, developing and implementing departmental policy for the PhD confirmation exercise.
LMS Management Committee member until August 2012: Responsible for developing policy for day-to-day running of the division, reviewing the division’s needs in terms of faculty head count and courses offered, coordination of grant applications, planning of promotion and tenure applications.
LMS Curriculum Matters Committee member until August 2012: determined coursework needs for undergraduates and postgraduates, reviewed assessment criteria for courses, set requirements for 1st to 4th year levels to ensure appropriately graduated workload transitions.
LMS Publicity coordinator: Responsible for community outreach to promote interest in NTU’s linguistics major, participation in university publicity events.

Departmental administration 2011-2012
Chair of LMS Postgraduate Committee: duties as above
LMS Management Committee member: duties as above
LMS Curriculum Matters Committee member: duties as above

Departmental administration 2010-2011
LMS Management committee: duties as above
LMS Curriculum Matters Committee: duties as above
LMS Postgraduate Matters Committee: duties as above
LMS Undergraduate/ exchange coordinator: Responsible for determining the number of courses and caps on enrolments for each cohort to ensure degree requirements were fulfilled. Established policy for moderating course design and appropriateness of assessment tasks.
LMS Honours coordinator (from Semester 2, 2010): Responsible for overseeing supervision – matching honours thesis topics with appropriate supervisors. Developed criteria for assigning thesis grades. Moderated grades and negotiated with examiners to ensure fairness in assessment.

Departmental administration 2009-2010
LMS undergraduate coordinator: duties as above
LMS publicity coordinator (until Semester 2, 2010): duties as above
LMS management committee: duties as above
Search committee for LMS positions: conducted interviews of some candidates in my areas of expertise.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences administration 2013-2015
Student Academic Integrity Officer (SAIO) representative for HSS: Responsible for establishing and maintaining scholarship aligned with international standards. Contributed to developing a policy for dealing with plagiarism at the divisional level.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences administration 2010-2011
Curriculum Review Committee: member of team responsible for policy development
Student Feedback on Teaching Committee: member of team responsible for formulating student feedback questions for assessment of teaching effectiveness.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences administration 2009-2010
Curriculum Review Committee: duties as above
Student Feedback on Teaching Committee: duties as above
Excellence in Teaching Award Committee: member of committee tasked with formulating criteria for recognizing and rewarding good teaching practices.