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Gayle Nelson, Professor and former Chair of the Department (2000-2007), joined the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL at Georgia State University in 1990 after receiving her PhD in intercultural communication from the University of Minnesota. Since 2007 she has also coordinated international programs in the office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, GSU. Previously, she had taught EFL and ESL -- at the American University in Cairo, West Virginia University, Kuwait University, and a Ugandan secondary school. In 1995-6, she received a Fulbright senior lecture position at La Universidad de las Americas in Mexico for one year where she taught and conducted research. In 2006, she taught at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Nelson’s research areas include the effectiveness of particular teaching techniques in various contexts, the role of sociocultural factors on language teaching and learning, issues related to second language writing, and cross-cultural pragmatics. As an advocate of international education, she administers programs between GSU applied linguistics students and Bogazici University in Istanbul and Tsinghua University in Beijing. Currently she is directing a USAID HED TIES Partnership Program between the National Pedagogical University (Universidad Pedagógica Nacional) in Mexico City and GSU.  She also directed a three-way student exchange with universities in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. through a North American Mobility Grant (FIPSE); co-directed (with Pat Byrd) a series of funded USAID training programs for Egyptian English language teachers, and has conducted numerous teacher training workshops in Morocco, Egypt, Greece and Mexico. Her work has been published in Applied Linguistics, TESOL Quarterly, Journal of Second Language WritingJournal of Language, Identity, and Education, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Matters, International Journal of International Relations, and Spanish Applied Linguistics among others. Additionally, she has published numerous book chapters and book reviews and co-authored and co-edited several volumes.