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Joel Ira Schneier

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Graduate Teaching Assistant


Joel received his M.A. in English (with a dual concentration in Sociolinguistics and Composition & Rhetoric) from North Carolina State University in 2013, and his B.A. in English Literature from James Madison University in 2007. He has worked in content development for a language learning software company, as well as non-profit organizations specializing in community-based education programs for adult second language learners and at-risk youth. In the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department, Joel serves as Lecturer for FLE 101: Academic Research and Writing for Non-Native English Speakers

His research interests focus on the processes, products, and perceptions of various literacy practices that surround Standard Written English, and how "non-standard" or marginalized language communities negotiate these practices--particularly in formal and informal education environments. This tends to involve the research fields such as sociolinguistics, composition, second language acquisition, and education. 


  • Literacy practices as socio-cultural and linguistic indices
  • Multi-modal literacy practices and development
  • Non- and low-literate adults
  • Multilingualism and multi-literacy
  • Cross-cultural and international literacy education
  • Perceptual interpretations and affectations of literacy and linguistic practices
  • Literacy practices and attitudes in formal education
  • Correlations between literacy and language education and the Critical Age Hypothesis


International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Conference, 2013 Presenter:
“Writing about Writing: Empowering First-Year L2 Writers through Meta-Discursive Writing,
Research, and Genre Analysis of Academic Writing”

Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, 2013 Co-Presenter:
“Explaining the Source of Prosodic Rhythm in L2 English Timing”

Popular Culture Association National Conference, 2013 Presenter:
“Sociolexting in Texting: Social and Relational Identity Work in Text-Message Discourse”

Association of English Graduate Student Conference, 2013 Presenter:
“Sociolexting in Texting: Social and Relational Identity Work in Text-Message Discourse”

North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, 2013 Presenter:
“Sociolexting in Texting: The Potential Use of Text-Messaging in the Composition Classroom”


  • B.A. in English Literature from James Madison University, 2007
  • M.A. in Sociolinguistics, Composition & Rhetoric from North Carolina State University, 2013