Dr. William Grabe


Dr. William "Bill" Grabe, Vice President for Research and Regents' Professor at Northern Arizona University, joined the faculty at Northern Arizona University in 1984 as an assistant professor in applied linguistics. Over the past more than 20 years, Bill has had extensive administrative experience at the university, serving as:

  • English Department chair from 1998 to 2002
  • Executive director of Academic Chair’s Council from 2004 to 2006
  • Interim Vice-Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies from 2006 to 2007

Bill earned his PhD degree in linguistics from the University of Southern California in 1984 and has since conducted extensive research in the fields of second language reading and writing development, language testing, and skills development for English as a foreign language. He has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, edited volumes, and authored books. He has been a U.S. Department of State academic specialist lecturing and consulting in 16 countries, and he has been a consultant with Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, on various assessment projects for the past 24 years. Bill has also served as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in both China and Brazil.

Bill's continuing research interests remain in the area of second language reading and writing skills development. His work centers on identifying the cognitive constructs of reading and writing abilities as they can be examined from research perspectives, and also as they can be translated into language assessments and teaching and learning practices. He has been continuously engaged with his disciplinary organization, the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), serving in various capacities and as President from 2001 to 2002. His research and service to applied linguistics was recognized with the lifetime Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award from AAAL (2005).

Bill has served on a number editorial boards for applied linguistics journals and has served on review boards for applied linguistics research projects. Prior to beginning his academic career, Bill was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco (1973 to 1976) teaching English as a foreign language at all levels in Moroccan secondary schools.

Curriculum vitae

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