Full Time Faculty

Swathi Vanniarajan Dr. Swathi Vanniarajan, Professor and Chair With a Ph.D. from UCLA, Dr. Vanniarajan became a member of the SJSU faculty in 1995. Dr Vanniarajan's major areas of concentration are psycholinguistics, language testing, second language acquisition, and the psychology of language processing.
Stefan Frazier Dr. Stefan Frazier, Associate Professor Stefan Frazier came to SJSU in 2005 after receiving a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at UCLA and an M.A. TESOL at San Francisco State University. His interests include pedagogical grammar, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, classroom interaction, writing pedagogy, and gesture and talk. He is a member of CATESOL, TESOL, and AAAL, and is a fluent German speaker.
Rosemary Henze Dr. Rosemary Henze, Professor Dr. Henze came to San José State in 2001, after 13 years working as a researcher and consultant in K-12 public schools. She received her doctorate in 1988 from Stanford University, where her interdisplinary studies included Education, Linguistics, and Anthropology. Her work focuses on issues such as educational equity, bilingual education, literacy development, ethnic relations, school leadership, and indigenous language renewal.
Hahn Koo Dr. Hahn Koo, Assistant Professor Dr. Koo received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. He joined SJSU in 2008 after working on Korean text-to-speech synthesis at Nuance Communications, Inc. He is interested in computational linguistics, Korean linguistics, phonology, and psycholinguistics. Dr. Koo is currently the director of the Center for Human Language Technology.
B. Kumaravadivelu Dr. B. Kumaravadivelu, Professor Educated at the Universities of Madras in India, Lancaster in England, and Michigan in the USA, Dr. Kumaravadivelu has specialized in language teaching methods, postmethod pedagogy, teacher education, classroom discourse analysis, and teaching culture. He is the author of Language Teacher Education for a Global Society (2012), Cultural Globalization and Language Education (2008), Understanding Language Teaching: From Method to Postmethod (2006), and Beyond Methods: Macrostrategies for Language Teaching (2003). In addition, he has published 30 research papers. He has delivered keynote/plenary addresses in international conferences held in Australia, Brazil, Colombia, England, Finland, Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and USA. He has served on the Editorial Board of reputed journals including TESOL Quarterly. He has also served the U.S. State Department as an English Language Specialist.
Manjari Ohala Dr. Manjari(Manju) Ohala, Professor Born in what is now Pakistan, Dr. Ohala became a member of SJSU's faculty in 1974. Her Ph.D. is from UCLA, where she specialized in phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, Indo-Aryan linguistics, and the psycholinguistics of phonology. She speaks Hindi and Punjabi as well as English.
Scott Phillabaum Dr. ScottPhillabaum, Assistant Professor Scott Phillabaum received his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA in 2004 and specializes in the study of discourse and conversation. His research focuses on the linguistic and embodied practices that characterize communities and through which individuals participate in specific communities. In particular, he is interested in the situated nature of learning and the ways in which individuals make meaning through the interaction of language and other sign systems. Prior to coming to San Jose State University, Dr. Phillabaum was on the faculty of the English Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Dr. Phillabaum is currently the Department's TESOL Coordinator.
Dan Silverman Dr. DanielSilverman, Associate Professor Dr. Silverman grew up in the New York area and earned his B.A in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. After teaching English for two years in Shanghai, he obtained his Ph.D. in linguistics at UCLA. He has published widely on phonology and phonetics, including A Critical Introduction to Phonology: Of Sound, Mind, and Body. He arrived at San José from McGill University in 2007.
Roula Svorou Dr. Soteria (Roula) Svorou, Assistant Professor After receiving her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Dr. Svorou became a member of the CSU faculty -- first at CSU Fresno, then SJSU. Her native language is Greek and her special areas of interest are cognitive linguistics, semantics, syntax, language universals & typology, historical linguistics & grammaticalization. Dr. Svorou is currently the Department's Linguistics Coordinator.