Curriculum Vitae

Dan Douglas, Professsor Emeritus

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OFFICE: 203 Ross Hall.
English Department
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011

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B.A. 1966. Culver-Stockton College, Canton, Missouri.
History and Political Science.

M.A. 1968. University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
Ancient History.

M.A. 1972. University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii.
English as a Second Language.

Ph.D. 1977. Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Applied Linguistics.

Dissertation: A Study of Reading Among Secondary School Pupils in a Developing Nation.


1968-1970: Teacher, Gaborone Secondary School, Botswana English Language and Literature. Peace Corps.

1971-1972: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Hawaii, English Language Institute. English as a Second Language.

1973-1974: Instructor, Edinburgh University, Remedial English Program for Foreign Students. English for Academic Purposes.

1974-1975: Supervisor, English Proficiency Testing, Edinburgh University

1975-1977: Research Fellow, University of Khartoum, Sudan. Directed Study Habits Research Project. English for Special Purposes, Linguistics.

1978-1980: Visiting Lecturer, Hiroshima University, Japan. Department of English Language Education. Graduate and undergraduate ESL methods, testing, theory.

1980-1983: Director, Testing and Certification, English Language Institute, The University of Michigan. Supervised Michigan English Language Battery testing program, research and development.

1983-1985: Director, English Language Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit. Supervising 150-student intensive English program.

Adjunct Asst. Professor, English Department. Developed English Language evaluation and course for international teaching assistants.

1985-Present: Asst. Professor, English Department, Iowa State University. Teaching in Program in TESL/Applied Linguistics; Interdepartmental Linguistics Program.

1990: Promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

1997: Promoted to Professor.

2009: Professor Emeritus


American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
International Language Testing Association (ILTA)
Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT)


President, International Language Testing Association (ILTA), January, 2013 to January, 2015.
Immediate Past-President, ILTA, January 2015 - Jznuary 2016
Conference Chair, 7th Annual Conference, Midwest Association of Language Testers, Iowa State University, 30 September-1 October, 2005.
President, International Language Testing Association, 2005-2006.
Vice-President, International Language Testing Association, 2004-2005.
Immediate Past-president, International Language Testing Association, 2006-2007.
Co-Editor, Language Testing (January 2002-January 2007)
Secretary, Midwest Association of Language Testers (2001-2006).
Member, National Advisory Board, National Foreign Language Resource and Training Center, Michigan State University (1996-1999; 2006-2010)
Member, TOEFL Grants and Awards Committee, Educational Testing Service (2004-2010)
Member, Editorial Board, English for Specific Purposes (2005-Present)
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of English for Academic Purposes (2005-Present)
Member, Editorial Board, ESP Malaysia (2005-Present)
Member, Editorial Board, Iran Language Institute Language Teaching Journal (2005-Present)
Consultant, Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) (September 2012)
Consultant, Pearson Educational Technologies (August 2012)
Consultant, External Evaluation of Microsoft Global Support Centre Communications Framework, Bangalore, India (2004-2005).
Consultant, Language Variation in U.S. Government Agencies, Center for the Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland (2004).
Review Editor, TESOL Quarterly (1998-2001)
Member, Advisory Board, Language Training, Assessment and Certification Global (2003-2004).
Consultant, Tests of Professional English Communication, Tokyo, Japan (2000-2003)
Visiting Faculty, Summer Institute on English, Rabat, Morocco, 9-19 July 2001
Co-Chair, 2001 Language Testing Research Colloquium, St. Louis, 20-24 February.
Chair, LTRC/AAAL Joint Symposium, "The Brahmin and the Elephant: Defining and Assessing Speaking Ability," 2001 American Association for Applied Linguistics, St. Louis, 24 February.
Member, Editorial Board, Language Testing (1999-Present)
Consultant, TOEFL 2000 Development Project, Educational Testing Service (1996-2001)
Member, Steering Committee, National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center, Iowa State University (1994-Present)
Member, New MA program validation panel, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, January 2000.
Consultant, Review of English Language Centre, Hong Kong City University, 1999-2000.
Chair and Member, TOEFL Award Committee for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation (1997-1999)
TOEFL Representative in Japan (April - December 1998)
Chair, Test of Spoken English Committee Educational Testing Service (1992‑1997)
Member, TOEFL Committee of Examiners, Educational Testing Service (1994 to 1997)
Member and Chair, Awards Committee, International Language Testing Association (1994-1997)
Co-Director, TESOL Institute, Iowa State University (Summer 1994)
Member, Task Force on Testing Standards, International Language Testing Association (1993‑1994)
Consultant, Educational Testing Service, Test of Spoken English, Princeton (February 1991)


Coordinator, TESL/Applied Linguistics area (1992-1994; 1996-1997;1999-2009)
Member, LAS College Planning Committee for proposed new Department of Applied Linguistics (2007-2008)
English Department Graduate Studies Committee (1987-1990; 1999-2002; 2004-2006)
Chair, English Department Ad Hoc Committee on Department Organization and Governance, Fall 2006.
English Department Promotion and Tenure Review Committee (1990-1991; 1996-1997; 1999-2001; 2004-2006)
English Department Research Committee (1999-2003).
Ad Hoc English Department Research Release Committee (1996)
Chair, Research Excellence Awards Committee (Fall 1995)
Member, American Indian Studies Program Committee (1995-1998)
Special Task Force for Foreign Languages and Literatures (1992)
Faculty advisor, ISU Catholic Student Community (1990-1994)
English Department Freshman English Committee (1990-1993)
Department Representative, LAS Representative Assembly (1990-1993)
LAS PACE Awards Committee (1988-1989)

TEACHING (1985-2009)

Iowa State University:

English 180 Seminar for Foreign Teaching Assistants, Fall 1985, 1986; Spring 1986, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1997
English 101D Composition for foreign graduate students, Summer 1987; Spring 1988 Fall 1988, Fall 1989; Spring 1990; Fall 2000; Fall 2001; Fall 2005; Spring 2006.
English 101C Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers, Summer 1992; Fall 1997
English 105H Honors Freshman Composition, Fall 1990, 1992
English 219 Introduction to Linguistics, Fall 1985, 1987, 1993, 1997, 1999; 2000; 2002, 2003; 2007; Spring 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999; 2004; 2006; 2008; Summer 1995
English 220 Applied English Grammar, Spring 1991, 1997, 2005; Fall 2004.
English 425 Second Language Acquisition, Spring 1989, 1991, 1994, 2002; 2004
English 511 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis, Summer 1992, 2004; Fall 1993, 1995, 1997; 2003

English 513 Language and the Mind, Fall 1991, 1995, 1996
English 517 Second Language Acquisition, Spring 1991, 1993; Fall 2001, 2006, 2008.
English 518 TESL Methods and Materials, Summer 1988
English 519 Principles of ESL Testing, Fall 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995; Spring 1998 (via Iowa Communication Network), 2000, 2001, 2002; 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009.
English 520 Pedagogical Grammar, Summer 1986; Spring 1987.
English 528  English for Specific Purposes, Fall 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008.
English 591 Testing Language for Specific Purposes, Spring 1997
English 591 English for Specific Purposes, Spring 1999; Fall 2001
English 630 Seminar on Computer Assisted Language Testing Spring 2007.
University Studies 301A, The Quest for Peace in the Middle East; (as part of faculty team), Spring 1991

Northern Arizona University:

English 518 Sociolinguistics, Summer 1990
English 638 Testing Language Skills, Summer 1990

University of London, U.K.:

Language Testing, Fall 1994

Lancaster University, U.K.:

Introduction to Language Testing, Fall 1994
Language Test Development and Evaluation, Spring 1995

Chukyo University, Japan

American Language and Culture, Spring/Fall 1998
TESL Theory, Spring/Fall 1998
Language Testing, Spring/Fall 1998

Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

English for Specific Purposes Assessment, Fall 2009


English Department
Ph.D. Committee Chair: 1
Ph.D. Committee Member: 15
M.A. Committee Chair: 25
M.A. Committee Member: 23

Architecture Department
M.A. Committee Member: 1

Chemistry Department
M.A. Committee Member: 2

Computer Science Department
M.A. Committee Member: 1

College of Education
Ph.D. Committee Co-Chair: 1
Ph.D. Committee Member: 1
M.A. Committee Member: 1

General Graduate Studies
M.A. Committee Member: 2

Sociology Department
Ph.D. Committee Member: 1
M.A. Committee Member: 3

External Examiner, Ph.D., John Pill, Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, University of Melbourne
Doctor of Applied Linguistics, Robert Johnson, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University
PhD, Muhammad Usman Erdosy, Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, Ontario Institute of Education, University of Toronto
PhD, Leonard Nkosana, Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, University of Melbourne
EdD, Yuk Yuen Lui, Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia

PhD, Thi Nhan Hua Nguyen, Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, University of Melbourne

External Examiner, MA, Michael Kay, Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, University of Melbourne



1994-95 academic year. Spent the year at the Universities of Lancaster and London, in the U.K., working on a book, Assessing Languages for Specific Purposes.


April - December 1998: Visiting Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Chukyo University, Nagoya, Japan. Taught graduate and undergraduate classes in American Language and Culture, TESL Theory, and Language Testing. Served as TOEFL Representative in Japan on behalf of Educational Testing Service; gave 14 lectures at Japanese universities, describing the new computer-based TOEFL.


Principal Facilitator, Classroom Language Assessment Workshops in Ghana and Namibia. TOEFL Board Grant, ETS Grants and Awards Committee, $15,000. Awarded April 2014. $15,000.
Principal Investigator, The Integration of Online Learning Activities into English 219 "Introduction to Linguistics." Center for Excellence in Learnaing and Teaching, ISU. Awarded March 2007, $1200.

Co-Investigator, Read, Write, and Listen: Revising the ISU English Language Placement Test.  Co-Investigator, Volker Hegelheimer. Miller Faculty Fellowship.  Awarded March 2006, $19,500.

Principal Investigator, Strategies and Use of Knowledge in Performing New TOEFL Listening Tasks.  Co-investigator: Volker Hegelheimer. Submitted to Educational Testing Service. Awarded December 2004: $124,909.

Co-investigator, Enhance Science Instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) in Iowa.  Principal Investigator: Roberta Vann. Funded by Iowa Department of Education, December, 2004: $70,000

Principal Investigator, Subject-specific criteria for rating the English of international teaching assistants in classroom settings, $5,690, Iowa State Institute for Science and Society, Jan-June 2003.

Principal Investigator, Pearson Education Online Business Test Development Project, $10,970, Jan-May 2001.

Miller Faculty Fellow, Integrated academic skills for international undergraduates, $25,000, Fall 1999 & Spring 2000
Co-Investigators: Volker Hegelheimer and Cynthia Myers


Douglas, D. 2013. Designing Tests in ESP: From Needs to Assessment. Plenary Lecture. International Research Seminar, Chulalongkorn University Language Institute, 6 November, Bangkok.
Douglas, D. 2013. Nobody seems to speak English here today: Authenticity in Seminar, Chulalongkorn University Language Institute, 6 November, Bangkok.
Douglas, D. 2013. Nobody Seems to Speak English Here Today: The notion of impact in the context of aviation English. Plenary Lecture. 10th Annual Conference of the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment, 26 May, Istanbul.
Douglas, D. Think Globally, Test Locally: Tailoring English Language Assessment to Meet Regional Needs. Keynote Address, First International Conference on ELT in the Islamic World, Tehran, Iran, 2-4 December, 2010.

Douglas, D. This Won't Hurt a Bit: Assessing English for Nursing. Keynote Address, 2010 ESP International Symposium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 8-9 October, 2010.

Douglas, D. Technology-mediated Communication and the Language Testing Construct, Keynote Address, Korean Association of Multimedia-assisted Language Learning, Seoul, October 24, 2009.

Douglas, D. ESP Assessment and Technology. Invited Lecture, International Graduatge School of English, Seoul, October 23, 2009.

Douglas, D. Where is a Context? Invited Lecture, Seoul National University, October 26, 2009.

Douglas, D. Aviation English Assessment: A Prototype for ESP Testing. Invited Lecture, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, October 28, 2009.

Douglas, D. Assessing Aviation English: A View from a Language Tester. Featured Session, ICAO L anguage Proficiency Requirements: Activating ESP Response, International TESOL Convention, Denver, March, 2009.

Douglas, D. The DaVinci Code: 21st Century Perspective on the LSP Testing Construct. Invited Plenary Talk, 10th Annual Conference of the MidWest Association of Language Testers. Iowa City, Iowa, 20 September, 2008.

Douglas, D. Technology in Testing English for Specific Purposes. Invited talk at a conference on Languages for Specific Purposes, Fachhochschule Rosenheim, Germany, 28 February- 2 March, 2007.

Invited Discussant, Colloquium on Tasks and the Integrated Assessment of Language and Content, Conference on Task-based Language Teaching, University of Hawaii, 20-22 September.

Douglas, D. 21st Century Perspectives on the Specific Purpose Language Construct. Invited staff seminar at English to Speakers of Other Languages Examinations, Cambridge University, UK, 10 December, 2007.

Invited Keynote Speaker, International Civil Aviation English Association, Luxembourg, 5-6 September, 2003.

Invited Keynote Lecture, Korean Association of Teachers of English Winter Conference, Seoul, 15 February, 2003.

Invited Main Speaker, Summer Seminar of the Japan Association of College English Teachers, Kusatsu, Japan, 17-21 August, 2002.

Invited speaker at Japan Language Testing Association, Tokyo, June, 2001.

Invited speaker at Symposium on Rethinking ESP for the New Century, TESOL Convention, Vancouver, March, 2000.

Invited speaker, ETS Invitational Symposium, Princeton, August 11-13, 1989.


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