Campus Box 1183
Seigle Hall, Room 107
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Professor Cindy Brantmeier (Ph.D. Indiana University) is currently Chair of the Department of Education, Director of Applied Linguistics, Director of Graduate Studies in Education, and Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate of Language Instruction. She also oversees the Ph.D. strand in Second Language Research.
Professor Brantmeier is principal investigator in the Language Research Laboratory. Her empirical investigations concern second language reading, language research methodology, language testing and assessment, and language learning and technology. Her work (over 50 articles and chapters) has appeared in journals such as Reading in a Foreign Language, The Modern Language Journal, System, Foreign Language Annals, among others. Her edited and co-edited book and volumes include Revisiting the MLA Report on Reconfiguring Foreign Language Programs: The Role of Reading (Co-edited with D. Pulido, 2010), Crossing Languages and Research Methods: Analyses of Adult Foreign Language Reading (Ed., 2009), Reading in languages other than English (Co-edited with K. Koda, 2009), and Adult foreign language reading: Theory, research and implications (Ed., 2004). She has given invited presentations of her research in Argentina, Costa Rica, Malaysia, the Republic of Georgia, The Netherlands, Oxford (UK), and at many universities in the USA. Professor Brantmeier was the keynote speaker and core presenter of STARTALK 2013 and invited again in 2014 sponsored by the President of the United States National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), for the teaching and learning of Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Persian, and Turkish.
For the past 6 years, Professor Brantmeier has been a Northeast Normal University (NENU) Scholar for research on Applied Linguistics in China, where she conducts experiments that investigate factors such as metacognition and memory with native Chinese speakers learning English. In the past she has also been a visiting faculty member of the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii and an Oxford University Roundtable Scholar. Additionally, Professor Brantmeier continues as a member of a research group in the department of Psychology, along with Professor Mike Strube, that conducts experiments to examine the effects of factors such as self-assessment, personality, and self-esteem in second language acquisition. Professor Brantmeier is currently a member of the BCI (Brain Computer Interface) Research Group, Washington University School of Medicine, led by Dr. Eric Leuthardt, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery. Current research includes a project that examines the emerging world of speech neuroprosthetics: scientific, clinical, and technical considerations.
Professor Brantmeier teaches courses on linguistics and language learning, second language reading and writing, foundations of research in Education, and language learning and technology. She has extensive experience teaching Spanish and ESL/EFL in the USA, Nicaragua, Mexico, Spain, and Costa Rica to students of all ages. She earned her state teacher certification from Wisconsin for English, Spanish, and ESL (K-12). She was the recipient of Washington University's 2012 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, and is the recipient of several teaching awards from other universities and language programs.
Professor Brantmeier has held many different positions with language program direction in the USA and abroad. She was the creator and Director of SPEAC, an English Language Center in Estelí, Nicaragua, a center that won an international award for outstanding program development between the USA and other nations. For 13 years, Professor Brantmeier held supervisory positions in the department of Romance Languages and Literatures that included freshmen language placement, language program assessment, and teaching assistant training.