EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

Chernivtsi National University
2016
Ukrainian-Scandinavian Summer School

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The Language House TEFL
2016
Certification to Teach English as a Foreign/Second Language

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University of Iowa
2015-2018 (in progress)
Master of Arts in Linguistics
Focus in TESL (in progress)

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Truman State University
May 2013
Bachelor of Science in Linguistics
Minor in Spanish for Professions
GPA:3.89/4.0
Magna Cum Laude
Departmental Honors

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University of Pennsylvania
Institute for Research in Cognitive Science
2012
Summer Workshop

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Missouri State University
2009 (prior to transfer)
Major: Spanish
Minor: Linguistics
GPA: 4.0/4.0

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RESEARCH

A Pragmatic Analysis of "Like": Power, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Presented at NCUR 2013

Link to Poster

Memes and humor: a linguistic analysis
2013

Paper PDF

Wernicke's Area: Current Research
2012
Research Paper
(Writing Sample)

Paper PDF

17th century Spanish manuscript analysis
2011
Translated, and performed phonological, graphemic, and etymological analysis of a 17th century manuscript in Spanish

EMPLOYMENT

 

  • Sept. 2016 - Jan. 2017
    • Jiangxi Agricultural University, Department of Languages
      Teacher of English as a Foreign Language
  • Oct. 2014 - Present
    • Independent Travel Consultant
  • Aug. 2015 - May 2016
    • University of Iowa, Department of Linguistics
      Graduate Teaching Assistant, Language and Formal Reasoning
  • Oct. 2014 - Dec. 2014
    • General Dynamics Information Technology
      Bilingual customer service representative
  • Dec. 2013 - Aug. 2014
    • La Fuente Mexican Restaurant
      Waiter, serving staff
  • Jun. - Sep. 2013
    • CableOne
      Cable and internet technician
  • 2012-2013
    • Truman State University
      Language tutor - Japanese, English, Spanish
  • 2013
    • Truman State University  
      Teaching Assistant - Department of Linguistics
  • Jun. 2011 - Jun. 2013
    • Adair County Public Library
      Circulation clerk

MEMBERSHIPS

Sigma Delta Pi
National collegiate Hispanic honor society

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Omicron Delta Kappa
National leadership honor society

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National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Honors organization for university students

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Phi Beta Kappa Society
National academic honor society

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Prism
Truman State University's Gay-Straight Alliance
OFFICES HELD:
2011-2012 :: Political Chair
2011-2013 :: Webmaster
2012-2013 :: President

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VOLUNTEERING

1000 Kids for Iowa, 2014-2015
Aiding families to navigate legal system for asylum and refugee status
Translation of documents in Spanish, and interpreting
Community organizing

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Silva Green Food & Guesthouses, 2015
Akureyri, Iceland
Vegan restaurant

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Victim Support Services, 2011-2013
Kirksville, MO
Crisis Line, resource for domestic abuse survivors
Technical support

Facebook

Missourians for Equality, 2012-2013
PAC founded to end LGBT discrimination in Missouri.

Wiki

Who I Am

Hi! My name is Brandon. I'm a polyglot world traveler with a passion for language education, writing, and the human condition. I've made it my life's goal to help others understand the huge world we all share by traveling as much as I can to get a handle for different cultures, write about it, and help others do the same. By trade, I'm a linguist, currently getting a Master's Degree in Iowa City, Iowa; but taking plenty of breaks to work and travel. Apart from all the work I'm busy with, I love to knit, do some photography, karaoke every chance I get, do yoga, cook, and a bunch of other normal people stuff. If there's something you'd like to ask, don't hesitate to contact me and ask!