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Tanita Saenkhum

Tanita Saenkhum

Assistant Professor


Tanita Saenkhum joined the Department of English in Fall 2012. She received her Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics from Arizona State University. She specializes in second language writing with a focus on writing program administration. She is currently working on her book project that considers the role of agency in multilingual students’ placement decisions. With Paul Kei Matsuda of Arizona State University, she is working on a nationwide survey study that examines U.S. colleges’ and universities’ placement of multilingual writers into first-year composition courses. This project has been funded by the National Council of Teachers of English’s CCCC Research Initiative. She directs the ESL Program and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in second language writing, teaching English as a second/foreign language, second language acquisition, and pedagogical grammar for ESL teachers.


Ph.D. Arizona State University
M.A. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.A. Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
B.A. Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • Hodges Summer Research Grants, Department of English, University of Tennessee, 2013 ($5,000), 2014 ($5000), 2015 ($5,000)
  • Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Award, Office of Research and Engagement, University of Tennessee, 2013 ($3,600)
  • CCCC Research Initiative (with Paul Kei Matsuda), the National Council of Teachers of English, 2010-2011 (extended to Fall 2015) ($10,000)
  • CCCC Chairs’ Memorial Scholarship, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2012 ($750)
  • Graduate College Completion Fellowship Award, Graduate College, Arizona State University, Spring 2012 ($9,500)
  • Albert H. Marckwardt Award Memorial Fund, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, 2009 ($500)
  • University Graduate Fellowship, Department of English and Graduate College, Arizona State University, Spring 2008. ($1,100)
  • Marvin M. Fisher Book Award, Department of English, Arizona State University, Spring 2008. ($250)


Journal Articles

  • “Writing Teachers’ Perceptions of the Presence and Needs of Second Language Writers: An Institutional Case Study.” Paul Kei Matsuda, Tanita Saenkhum, and Steven Accardi. Journal of Second Language Writing 22.1 (2013): 68-86.

Book Chapters

  • “Choices in Identity Building as an L2 Writing Specialist: Investment and Perseverance.” Graduate Studies in Second Language Writing. Eds. Kyle McIntosh, Carolina Pelaez-Morales, and Tony Silva. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press (Forthcoming, Summer 2015)
  • “Identity Construction of a Second Language Educator.” Experiences of Immigrant Professors: Challenges, Cross-Cultural Differences, and Lessons for Success. Eds. Charles B. Hutchison and Kwabena O. Akurang-Parry. New York: Routledge (Forthcoming, September 2015).

Book Reviews & Annotated Bibliographies

  • “Second Language Writers in College Composition Programs: Towards Awareness, Knowledge and Action.” WPA: Writing Program Administration 35.1 (2011): 199-203. Tanita Saenkhum and Paul Kei Matsuda.
  • “Review of Learning the Literacy Practices of Graduate School: Insiders’ Reflections on Academic Enculturation, Christine Pearson Casanave & Xiaoming Li (Eds.).” Journal of English for Academic Purposes 9.3 (2010): 244-246.
  • “Second Language Writing and Writing Program Administration.” WPA-CompPile Research Bibliographies, No. 4. WPA-CompPile Research Bibliographies. Tanita Saenkhum and Paul Kei Matsuda. (May 2010).
Tanita Saenkhum

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