New Chair for the Department of Linguistics and English Language

Norm Evans appointed chair of the Department of Linguistics and English Language.

picture_396PROVO, Utah (January 11, 2016)—Norman Evans has been appointed chair of the Department of Linguistics and English Language. He will replace Diane Strong-Krause, whose term of service has come to a close. Evans, an associate professor of Teaching English as a Second Language, is the former coordinator of the TESOL master’s program and currently serves as director of the English Language Center.

Before accepting a faculty position in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at BYU in 2006, Evans served for five years as chair of the Department of English Language Teaching and Learning at BYU-Hawaii.

“I am grateful for the compassionate guidance Prof. Strong-Krause has demonstrated in leading her department over the past three years. She has served faithfully, overseeing a number of significant developments, including several important new hires, ”said Dean Scott Miller.

Commenting on Evans’ appointment, Miller said, “We are fortunate to have someone with Professor Evans’ skill and experience to take over the lead of the Department of Linguistics and English Language. He has a great vision for his department, and for BYU’s role in serving as an example to the world.”

Evans’ research and writing focus on second language writing and international student success in higher education. He has authored or co-authored five books, the most recent of which focuses on writing in a second language. He received his M.A. from Brigham Young University in teaching English as a second language in 1981 and an Ed.D. from University of Southern California in 2001.