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Aubrey Dillard

2013-2014 Bilinski Fellow

Aubrey Dillard

Why did you decide to do an MA or PhD in linguistics?

 I started my PhD in Linguistics because I wanted to teach at the university level.  My career path had always been in education, but after four years of teaching middle school French, I realized that I was more suited for teaching adults.  I also wanted to learn more about how students come to learn a second language. 

Tell us about your current job.

 I chose to work part-time following the completion of my PhD so that I could have time at home with my young son.  I currently work as an adjunct professor of Linguistics at the University of South Carolina.  I also teach graduate courses in English grammar and composition pedagogy online for Southern New Hampshire University. 

Why did you choose our program? Did you get what you wanted from the Linguistics Program?

The Linguistics program at USC was a very good fit for me.  I received a well-rounded education in Linguistics which has served me well as a teacher and a researcher.  My specialization in Second Language Acquisition as well as the Graduate Certificate in TESOL that I received while working on my PhD added significantly to the knowledge base that I gained studying foreign language pedagogy as a Masters student.  The Linguistics faculty were knowledgable and supportive, and the teaching opportunities that were available at USC improved my skills as an educator. 

What is your favorite thing in Columbia, SC?​

One of the great things about Columbia is that we are close to both the mountains and the ocean.  As I've become a mother, I've come to discover even more great things about Columbia.  The Riverbanks Zoo, the children's museum Edventure, the great public library system, great local restaurants, and the farmer's markets around Columbia (especially Soda City)  contribute to making Columbia a wonderful place to raise a family.