Sheri Wells-Jensen

Sheri Wells Jensen 

Associate Professor
Coordinator of the TESOL Certificate
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Linguistic Minor

423 East Hall

Degrees and Institutions

Ph.D. Linguistics, State University of New York, University of Buffalo
M.A. Spanish and Applied Linguistics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
B.A. Psychology and Sociology, Adrian College

Area: ESOL, TESOL, and Linguistics

Research Interests: Psycholinguistics (especially cross-linguistic aspects of speech production and speech errors), applied phonology, phonetics, general linguistics, braille literacy and processing, voice identification, xenolinguistics, language preservation,  Miranda Rights and second language speakers, language creation, community ESOL, universal design and accessible language classrooms, and astrobiology

Courses Taught

ENG 2900: Language Study
ENG 3800: Linguistics for Language Arts Teachers
ENG 3810: Grammar & Writing
ENG 5100: TESOL Methods
ENG 5170: Applied Syntax
ENG 5180: Applied Phonology
ENG 6150: Intro to Linguistics
ESOL 1000: Academic Composition I
ESOL 5030: Intermediate Speaking and Listening

Select Publications

Forthcoming: Sheri Wells-Jensen, Glenn Tiede and Abberley Sorg.  Alternative Perspectives and the Discovery of Scientific Concepts. In Douglas Vakoch ed., Cognition and Communication in Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Oxford University Press.

Forthcoming: An Ordinary Stranger. Rejoinder,  Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers.

2016. "Anthony don't: On blindness and the portrayal of Marie-Laure in All the Light We Cannot See".  San Francisco Lighthouse Interpoint Series.


Institute for Culture and Society Fellow: Spring 2018

Member of Advisory Board: Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence International

Member at Large: Social and Cultural Issues in Astrobiology

Consultant ELPA21: Assisted with creation of Braille ESOL test for blind and visually impaired children

Discussant: International Symposium on Braille Research: Rice University.

Guest on NPR's Science Friday, November 2016

Consultant for Scholastic Books: Designer of the Ragayo Language for the Bear Haven book series