Dr. Salvatore Attardo, my dissertation advisor and current mentor, is one of the most influential professors that I have had the pleasure of working with. I always try to follow his example of academic excellence.

Hilal Ergül, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics/TESOL at University of Northern Iowa

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University of Northern Iowa
Related Department
Literature and Languages
Hometown
Bandırma
College Major
Applied Linguistics
Year Graduated
2019

In her master’s thesis, Hilal Ergül cited A&M-Commerce professor Salvatore Attardo what seemed like a million times, so she decided she must track him down and work with him for her Ph.D. Though her fascination with linguistics started in her undergrad where she majored in TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages), it was at A&M-Commerce that she figured out how to synthesize both theoretical linguistics and TESOL into a career she is passionate about. Ergül currently serves as an assistant professor of Applied Linguistics/TESOL at the University of Northern Iowa, and if you ask her students, they will tell you her class is rigorous but that she is fair, kind and compassionate—always willing to go the extra mile, or extra office hour, for her students.

A Conversation with Dr. Hilal Ergül

What is your proudest personal or career accomplishment?

“I'd have to say the first time one of my articles got accepted for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal.”

Tell us about an influential class you took at A&M-Commerce.

“I liked all of my classes as all of them were state of the art and taught by experts in their fields, but one that I still actively draw from is Critical Pedagogy taught by Dr. Tabetha Adkins.”

Tell us about an influential professor or person on campus during your time at A&M-Commerce.

“Dr. Salvatore Attardo, my dissertation advisor and current mentor, is one of the most influential professors that I have had the pleasure of working with. I always try to follow his example of academic excellence.”

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“I can't decide if I would like a view of the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, or Central Park in NYC. If they weren't awfully crowded, noise polluted metropolises (metropoli?) with huge commutes, either option would be dreamy.”

What is the most interesting thing you can see out of your office window?

“Right now the most interesting thing I can see is little mountains of shoveled snow everywhere. Having moved here from Texas, snow is still interesting and exciting to me.”

What was your first job?

“I ‘worked’ at my brother's internet cafe. This was back when we needed landlines to connect to the internet, and not everyone had a computer. It was fun!”

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., English (Applied Linguistics)​, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2018
  • M.A., English Linguistics​, Hacettepe University, 2012
  • B.A., English Language Teaching, ​Uludag University, 2006

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 – College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences Faculty Research/Creative Activity Grant

Research Interests

  • Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Pragmatics

Selected Publications

  • Ergül, Hilal. “Oral Corrective Feedback and Learner Uptake: The Turkish EFL Setting” 2020. Konin Language Studies, 8(2). 165-185.
  • Ergül, Hilal. “Review of the book ​Investigating English Pronunciation: Trends and Directions​, by J. A. Mompean, & J. Fouz-Gonzalez (Eds.)” 2017. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation. 3(1), 144-148.
  • Ergül, Hilal. “Review of the book ​Humor in the Classroom: A Guide for Language Teachersand Educational Researchers, by N. D. Bell, & Pomerantz, A. ​The Linguist List, 27​, 5067.
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