Amber is a Virginia Beach native. She holds a BA in English from Old Dominion University, dual MAs in TESOL & Applied Linguistics and Computational Linguistics from Indiana University, as well as a graduate certificate in Instructional Systems Technology from IU’s School of Education. As CeLCAR’s Language Instruction Specialist, she works with the language specialists to design and develop language learning curriculums and materials, collaborates with faculty on pedagogical research, designs and leads professional development workshops, coordinates the bi-annual Conference on Central Asian Languages and Linguistics (ConCALL), and hosts the “On the Silkroad with CeLCAR” podcast.



-Grad Cert. Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University, In progress
-M.A. Computational Linguistics, Indiana University, 2005
-M.A. TESOL & Applied Linguistics, Indiana University, 2005
-B.A. English, Old Dominion University, 2001

Research Interests:

  • Instructional design and the use of technology in teaching and training.

Teaching Experience:

  • Taught ESL at the Graduate, Undergraduate, and K-12 levels.
  • Hold an Indiana State Teacher's License with endorsement in ESL PreK-12 and Language Arts 5-12

Publication and Presentation Highlights:

  • (Accepted) Just How Authentic Does It Have to Be. 2013 National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages Conference (NCOLCTL), Chicago, IL, April 25-28, 2013.
  • Presented. Designing Interactive Webquests for the Language Classroom. 2008 OFLA Conference, Cincinnati, OH, April 3-5, 2008
  • Presented. Designing Pedagogically Effective Interactive Webquests for the Language Classroom. 2008 MWALLT Conference, Cleveland, OH, October 17-18, 2008.
  • Active Learning, Engaged Students: Confessions from a Faculty Learning Community and Webquest Design 101: Interactive Webquests for the Language Classroom. 2009 SEED Conference, Findlay, OH, May 7-8, 2008.