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IALSP Executive Officers for 2016-2018


President – Maggie Pitts

MPitts_BioMargaret “Maggie” Pitts (PhD Penn State University, USA) is Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona, USA. She was introduced to and immediately folded into her scholarly IALSP family at the 2002 ICLASP in Hong Kong. She has participated in each subsequent conference and has been an active member of the Executive since 2004. For over a decade, ICLASP has been the primary venue for Maggie to showcase her research. Most recently, she delivered her Presidential Address at ICLASP15 in Bangkok, Thailand, entitled Communication Savoring. Using qualitative methods of inquiry, Maggie has established a productive line of research exploring language and communication during lifespan transitions. She has (co)authored more than a dozen book chapters, and nearly two dozen peer-reviewed scholarly articles appearing in journals such as the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Health Communication, Communication Monographs, Journal of Applied Communication, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Language and Communication, and the International Journal of Intercultural Relations. She serves on the editorial board of our affiliate journal, the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, and is also co-author/editor of two ground breaking books on positive communication, Positive Communication in Health and Wellness and The Positive Side of Interpersonal Communication. She looks forward to serving as IALSP President.

Immediate Past PresidentTony Young

Tony2014Tony Young has been a member of the Association since 2002, attending his first ICLASP in Hong Kong that year.  His was born in Carlisle, in the north of England, in 1961 and now, after a lot of travelling, again lives near the city, in the Pennine Hills near the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. He did his first degree in English at the University of Sussex, and was then involved in various capacities in language education in Spain, Italy, Malaysia and the UK between 1984 and 2000.   He was awarded a Masters in Applied Linguistics in 1999 and a PhD on intercultural communication in English language education in 2007, both at the University of London in the UK.  He is now senior lecturer in language and communication and the head of Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University, where he is also a university Senate member.  He teaches and supervises research into intercultural communication and the social psychology of communication.  His current research interests focus on medical communication and education, especially related to people living with dementia and on the ‘international’ student experience.

President Elect (and Regional Representative for Africa, Australia and Oceania) – Liz Jones
LJonesLiz Jones, PhD (Uni of Qld), is an Associate Professor and Director of Organisational Psychology in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Her research interests are in an intergroup approach to health and organisational communication, and has used Communication Accommodation Theory in a number of her studies. She is interested in both health practitioner-patient communication and interprofessional practice, with a particular interest in giving voice to those from non-dominant groups. She also studies communication during organisational change. She has a strong interest in the translation of research for communication skills training and improvements in healthcare delivery, as well as students undertaking work placements. She has been on the IALSP Executive since 2006 and is currently President-Elect. She was previously Chair of the Intergroup Communication Interest group for International Communication Association. She also co-chaired the Health Communication taskforce for IALSP.



TreasurerYan Bing Zhang

YBZhangYan Bing Zhang is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. She served as the Director of the Undergraduate Program 2006 to 2017. Yan Bing studies communication, conflict management, and intergroup/intercultural relations with a particular focus on age, ethnic, and cultural groups. She is interested in the ways in which cognitive schemas, societal norms and values, and media representations of groups relate to communication processes. She also studies the influence that intergroup/intercultural contact has on interpersonal outcomes and reduction of intergroup prejudice and biases. Her publications have gained places in some top domestic and international communication and interdisciplinary journals including Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Media and Society, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, International Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, Asian Journal of Communication, and China Media Research. Yan Bing has not missed a single ICLASP conference since 2000 (Cardiff, England). She has presented many papers at the ICLASP conferences, most of which are published afterwards. She looks forward to serving as ICLASP Treasurer.

SecretaryAlina Schartner

ASchartnerAlina Schartner is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University in the UK where she teaches and supervises research into intercultural communication and the social psychology of communication. She received a BSc in Political Science from the University of Salzburg in 2008 and obtained a Master degree in Cross-Cultural Communication and Education from Newcastle University in 2010. In 2014 she was awarded a PhD from Newcastle University. Her current research interests include the experiences of cross-cultural sojourners, internationalisation in higher education, and intercultural aspects of professional communication. Her research has been published in journals such as Higher Education, the European Journal of Higher Education, the Journal of Research in International Education and the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. She has been an active member of IALSP since 2012, first as student representative and latterly as Secretary.

Communication OfficerJessica Gasiorek


Jessica Gasiorek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicology at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She was introduced to IALSP at its 2012 conference in Leeuwarden, and then helped organize the following conference, ICLASP14, in Honolulu, HI in 2014.  She received her A.B. from Princeton University in French and Italian, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Communication.  Jessica studies message processing and social cognition, with attention to their effects on social dynamics and people’s subjective well-being.  She is particularly interested in topics of communication accommodation and nonaccommodation, communication and aging, and communication in multilingual medical contexts.

Publications OfficerMarko Dragojevic

mdragojevicMarko Dragojevic (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. He studies language and interpersonal/intergroup communication. In particular, his research focuses on the communicative significance of linguistic variation – that is, differences in language use, including the use of different accents, dialects, and languages. His research tries to answer three broad questions: (1) How do we evaluate different language varieties and the speakers who use them? (2) How do those evaluations influence our own and others’ communicative behavior? (3) What are the cognitive and affective processes underlying those effects? He pursues these questions in three related lines of research: language attitudes, linguistic accommodation, and linguistic framing in persuasion. His recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Human Communication Research, Language in Society, and Journal of Health Communication.


Regional Representatives

Africa, Australia and Oceania – Bernadette Watson

BWatsonBernadette Watson (PhD Queensland) is an Associate Professor in psychology at The University of Queensland.  She is a health psychologist who studies communication.  Her research focuses on effective communication between health professionals and patients.  She researches on the influence of identity and intergroup processes both on patient-health professional communication and on communication in multi-disciplinary and multicultural health teams.  Her research focus is in the area of language and social psychology and she has been a member of the  International Association of Language and Social Psychology (IALSP) executive since 2000.  Bernadette has undertaken a number of roles on the IALSP Executive  including Officer of Records, Treasurer, and President.  She was recently honoured with being named a Fellow of   IALSP.  Bernadette is also an active member of the International Communication Association and the Intergroup Interest Group.

Asia – Itesh Sachdev

ISachdev(Prof. Dr) Itesh Sachdev was born in Kenya and raised as a multilingual vegetarian. Following primary and mid-secondary education in Kenya, he migrated to the UK to complete his secondary education.  He then read  Psychology at the University of Bristol (UK), followed by doctoral research in Social Psychology at McMaster University (Ontario, Canada). His professional academic career began at the Department of Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck College (University of London, UK). At Birkbeck, in addition to his research anteaching, he also served as department head and Head of School of Languages, Linguistics & Culture.  He then moved to the School of Oriental & African Studies (University of London) as Professor of Language and Communication and Director of the SOAS-UCL Centre for Excellence in ‘Languages of the Wider World’. He has also served as President of the British Association for Canadian Studies and of the International Association for Language and Social Psychology. He has conducted research in the social psychology of language and intergroup relations with various ethnolinguistic groups including those in/from Bolivia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia and the UK. He holds the Fritz Karsen Chair at Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany) at the moment, and is also Emeritus Professor of Language and Communication at SOAS (Univ of London. UK).  His current research focusses on issues of urban multilingualism and multiculturalism.

AsiaMark Seilhamer

MSeilhamerMark Fifer Seilhamer is a lecturer in the English Language and Literature Academic Group of the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has lived and taught in a variety of Asia-Pacific contexts – San Francisco, Guam, Hawaii, Taiwan, Japan, and Singapore, where he received his Ph.D. from National University of Singapore in 2011. With his introduction to IALSP at the 2014 conference in Honolulu, he immediately found it to be a very welcoming scholarly community. Research projects that he has been involved with include a qualitative study of the impact foreign language abilities have on identity in Taiwan and studies in Singapore investigating multilingual accommodation, attitudes toward Singlish, and Singaporean attitudes toward aging (as manifested in language use with the elderly). He is currently examining the role of language in Singapore primary school mathematics lessons and rapidly changing linguistic landscapes in Yangon, Myanmar.

North AmericaKim Noels
Kimberly A. Noels completed bachelors’ degrees in psychology and linguistics, a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Ottawa, and post-doctoral studies in communication at University of California Santa Barbara. She is currently a Full Professor in the Social and Cultural Psychology area of the Department of Psychology and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research concerns the social psychology of language and communication processes, with a focus on intercultural communication. Her current program of research involves two lines of inquiry. The first focuses on the role of the societal and interpersonal contexts in adult learners’ motivation to learn languages and the implications of language learning for ethnic identity, acculturation, and intergroup relations. The second centres on the role of communication in the process of cross-cultural adaptation, using a situated perspective to better understand how social networks and language competence and confidence are linked to patterns of identity, well-being and functional fitness. This research has been recognized through awards from the Modern Language Association, the International Association of Language and Social Psychology, the International Communication Association, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Kim Noels has been an active member in various professional organizations in psychology, communication, and applied linguistics. She is also the chair of the International and Cross-Cultural Section of the Canadian Psychological Association. She has been a member of IALSP since 1991.

North America – Stephanie Smith

Stephanie A. Smith, Assistant Professor of Public Relations, Department of Communication.Stephanie Smith, Ph.D,. is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech in the Department of Communication. She teaches courses in Public Relations. Her research interests include organizational communication and how communication strategies influence job satisfaction. She also studies the transition of recent college graduates entry into the workforce to better understand the role communication plays in searching for and obtaining their post-graduate, full-time jobs. She has been a member of IALSP since 2012.

Europe – Sarah Mercer

SMercerSarah Mercer is Professor of Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Graz, Austria, where she is Head of ELT methodology and Deputy Head of the Centre for Teaching and Learning in Arts and Humanities. Her research interests include all aspects of the psychology surrounding the foreign language learning experience, focusing in particular on issues of self and identity. She is the author, co-author and co-editor of several books in this area including ‘Towards an Understanding of Language Learner Self-Concept’, ‘Psychology for Language Learning’, ‘Multiple Perspectives on the Selfin SLA’, ‘New Directions in Language Learning Psychology’, ‘Positive Psychology in SLA’, ‘Exploring Psychology for Language Teachers’ (Winner of the Ben Warren Prize), and ‘Teacher Psychology in SLA’.

EuropeMartin Ehala

Ehala2014Martin Ehala (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Tartu in Estonia. His main research interests are the theory of ethnolinguistic vitality, language ecology, and the development of the Estonian linguistic environment. He has also published on topics related to language and identity, and contact-induced changes in Estonian. Currently, he is the PI of the project “Sustainability of Estonian in the Era of Globalization” ( His previous major project was “Ethnolinguistic Vitality and Identity Construction: Estonia in the Context of Other Baltic Countries” which compared the vitalities of the Baltic Russian speaking minorities using an innovative quantitative model of subjective vitality.

Latin America – [No representative at present]


Student Representatives

North America – Becky Robinson

BRobinsonBecky Robinson is a PhD candidate at the University of California Santa Barbara. Her research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal, intergroup, and political communication. More specifically, she interested in political correctness, in terms of how it inhibits speech, how people determine when speech is offensive, and how exposure to PC language influences people’s perceptions and willingness to speak out.

Europe – Fatimah Alsaadi

FAlsaadiFatimah Alsaadi is currently a PhD student in linguistics within the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University. Her project title is “Cross-cultural adaptation of Saudi Arabian international ESL students in UK higher education”. She received a BA in English Language from the University of Taif in Saudi Arabia in 2006 and obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Newcastle University in 2014. She worked as an English teacher at the Al-Sugair School from July 2006 to November 2006 and with the Ministry of Education in the secondary school from June 2008 to November 2009 in Taif city in Saudi Arabia. In 2012, she participated in voluntary work at a Saudi club and now she is a president of a ladies’ Saudi club in the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.