CV

Education:

PhD in Linguistics, expected 2017
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
Specializing in sociolinguistics and child language acquisition.

Master of Arts (Thesis) in Spanish Applied Linguistics, 2009

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
Thesis, “Language attitudes and opportunities for speaking a minority language: What lies ahead for Ozelonacaxtla Totonac?”, examines language shift in post-colonial Mexico.
Sociolinguistic field research conducted in Spanish in a rural area of the Sierra Norte, Puebla, Mexico.

Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics major with Spanish Language & Literature minor, 2006
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
Awarded degree with distinction; overall GPA of 3.8.


Post-Secondary Teaching Experience:

Principal Instructor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
1. The Sounds of Spanish (SPAN 370): March 12-April 13, 2012 (covered maternity leave)
Sound system (phonetics and phonology) of Spanish.
2. Beginner’s Spanish I (SPAN 111): 1 class 2012, 1 class 2010, 3 classes 2009.
Focus on deductive learning and communicative, functional language development.
3. Beginner’s Spanish II (SPAN 112): 1 class, 2013, 1 class 2012, 3 classes 2010.
Focus on deductive learning and communicative, functional language development.


Other Work and Teaching Experience:

Research Assistant, October 2009-present
Nadaclair Language Technologies, Edmonton, AB.
Research and computer program development relating to an online Spanish grammar checking program called “SpanishChecker”: http://spanishchecker.com/.
Development of website and translation of website from English to Spanish.

Research Assistant, September 2013-present, March-July 2012, March-May 2010

University of Alberta, Department of Linguistics
Data entry of a Spanish-Totonac dictionary for use in computer assisted comparison of Totonac with other indigenous Mexican languages.
Analysis of census data of Totonac and Tepehua communities in Mexico.
Transcription and analysis of child acquisition data in Totonac.
Transcription of interviews in Spanish.

Research Assistant, May 2010-June 2011

University of Alberta, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
Field visit to Puebla, Mexico to gather interviews in Spanish with speakers of Totonac (continuation of Master’s degree research), June-July 2010.
Transcription and preliminary analysis of interviews.

Editor, November 2010-January 2011

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.
Edit and comment on various linguistic academic articles before being sent to publisher.

Spanish Tutor, 2012-present

Self-employed.
Support students in their course work at the University of Alberta.
Design and implement lessons for adults wishing to gain a functional ability in Spanish to facilitate business and personal travel.

Piano Teacher, September 1998-June 2002, 2012-present

Self-employed.
Facilitate the musical development of young children ages 5-14.
Improve listening, learning, self-disciplinary and mathematical skills of students.
Coordinate with parents to establish effective lessons and disciplinary (practice) plans.
Prepare and tutor students for Royal Conservatory Exams.
Experience with students who have special needs.

Sectional Leader of University of Alberta Mixed Chorus, September 2005-May 2006

Lead a 2-hour weekly rehearsal for the Alto section, approx 40 people.
Prepare and rehearse music in accordance with conductor’s instructions
Identify and effectively deal with musical challenges like rhythm, pronunciation, melodic, harmonic and prosodic line during and outside regular rehearsals.


Positions:

President 2014-2015, Linguistics Graduate Students' Association
Vice President 2013-2014, Linguistics Graduate Students' Association


Awards:

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, 2014
$7,500; Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta.
Awarded for academic and scholarly achievement.

University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship, 2013-2014
$15,000; Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta.

Graduate Student Scholarship, 2009
$3,000; Alberta Advanced Education, Government of Alberta.
For exceptional academic achievement in the first year of a Master’s program.

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, 2008-2009

$10,800; Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta.
For academic achievement and financial need.

Ambassador Abroad Bursary, 2007

$1,500; University of Alberta International.
For representation and promotion of the U of A during exchange program to La Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico.

Study Abroad Tuition Award, 2006

Equal to one graduate term of tuition in Mexico ~$500.
University of Alberta International, as part of an exchange program to La Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico.
Based on academic achievement.

Louise McKinney Provincial Post-Secondary Scholarship, 2005

$2,500; Government of Alberta.
For academic achievement in the 2004-2005 academic year.

Canadian Millennium In-course Award, 2005

$4,000; Government of Canada.
For academic achievement and community involvement during an undergraduate program.

Jason Lang Scholarship, awarded twice, 2003 and 2004

$1,500 each award; Government of Alberta.
For academic achievement.


Publications:

McGraw, R. (2009). Language attitudes and opportunities for speaking a minority language: What lies ahead for Ozelonacaxtla Totonac? Master's Thesis, University of Alberta.


Presentations and Conferences:

Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language Conference, Nov 4-6 2014
Zig-zagging to the tip-top of the ARC”: peer-reviewed presentation of paper.
University of California, Santa Barbara.

Highway 2 Conference, March 18, 2009

“What lies ahead for Totonac?”: presentation of thesis research.
A joint conference between the U of A and the University of Calgary, held at the U of C.

Cultures Across Borders” Comparative Literature Conference, March 13-14, 2009

“What Lies Ahead for Totonac?”: presentation of preliminary thesis work.
University of Alberta.

Invited Presentation, September 11, 2008

“Un proyecto de socioling√ľ√≠stica Totonaca”: presentation and explanation of active sociolinguistic field work in the speech community under investigation, given in Spanish.
La Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Puebla, Huehuetla, Puebla, Mexico.
Facilitate the transfer of research knowledge to local members of the speech community.

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