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Mimi Li, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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Literature and Languages
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Dr. Mimi Li is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics/TESOL in the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she teaches courses in linguistics/applied linguistics and advises doctoral students. Li is an enthusiastic educator who has taught diverse student populations for over twenty years, and she has won multiple teaching awards. She makes efforts to socialize her students into an academic culture that fosters an appreciation for research, critical inquiry, self-reflection and discovery. Her purpose in teaching is to fan the sparks and to create new possibilities; she has witnessed her various students grow and glow in academia and profession.


  • Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition/Instructional Technology, University of South Florida, 2014
  • M.A., Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Sichuan University (China), 2008
  • B.A., English Language and Literature, Sichuan Normal University (China), 2002

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2022-present
  • Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2018-2022
  • Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University, 2015-2017
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Marshall University, 2014-2015

Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Senate Research – Ceaseless Industry Award, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2023
  • Paul W. Barrus Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2022
  • Dr. Augustine “Chuck” Arize Junior Faculty Award, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2021
  • “Best Article” Award, Journal of Second Language Writing, 2017
  • Online Course Development Award, Georgia Southern University, 2016
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of South Florida, 2013-2014

Research Interests

  • Second language writing
  • Computer-assisted language learning
  • Language teacher education

Professional Organizations

  • Associate Editor of Journal of Second Language Writing, 2022-present
  • Forum Editor of Language Learning & Technology, 2021-present
  • Member-at-large for Applied Linguistics Interest Section (ALIS) of TESOL, 2023-present
  • AAAL Conference Strand Co-Coordinator, 2022-present
  • AAAL Graduate Student Award Committee member, 2023-present

Selected Publications

  • Li, M., & Zhang, M. (2023). Collaborative writing in L2 classrooms, a research agenda. Language Teaching, 56, 94–112.
  • Li, M. & Dell-Jones, J. (2023). The same content, different products: TESOL Students' linguistic knowledge representations in a multimodal project. Computers and Composition, 67, 102754.
  • Li, M. (2022). Researching and teaching second language writing in the digital age. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Li, M., & Pham, Q. N. (2022, online first). Three heads are better than one? Students’ digital multimodal writing completed collaboratively vs. individually. Language Teaching Research.
  • Li, M. (2020). Multimodal pedagogy in TESOL teacher education: Students' perspectives. System, 94, 102337
  • Li, M., & Zhu, W. (2017). Explaining dynamic interactions in wiki-based collaborative writing. Language Learning & Technology, 21(2), 96-120.
  • Li, M., & Kim, D. (2016). One wiki, two groups: Dynamic interactions across ESL collaborative writing tasks. Journal of Second Language Writing, 31, 25-42.
  • Li, M. & Zhu, W. (2013). Patterns of computer-mediated interaction in small writing groups using wikis. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 26 (1), 62-81.

ENG 501 – Structure of English Language
ENG 555 – General Linguistics
ENG 558 – Sociolinguistics
ENG 599 – Bibliography and Methods of Research
ENG 688 – Teaching and Researching L2 Writing

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