DJ Kaiser, Ph.D. | Webster University

DJ Kaiser, Ph.D.

Associate Dean; Associate Professor;
Director, Teaching English as a Second Language
Graduate Department of Education
(314) 246-7153
Webster Hall 224




DJ Kaiser joined the Webster University faculty in 2011 having taught previously at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Barcelona, Parkland Community College, and the University of Illinois. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Linguistics and Spanish. He graduated with distinction and received the Mary A. Hussey Award for Excellence in ESL Teaching from the University of Illinois upon completion of his first master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language. Kaiser also has a master’s in Drama and a doctorate in Comparative Literature and Drama from Washington University in St. Louis and completed the graduate certificate in Translation Studies.

He is a specialist in teaching English pronunciation with a vast background in phonetics, phonology, and applied linguistics. His research and teaching interests also include translation studies, adaptation studies, language planning & policy, general linguistics, World Englishes, pragmatics, second language acquisition, language pedagogy, and teacher training. In addition to teaching for Webster University, he has worked on a three-year Math and Science Partnership (MSP) grant (2011-2013) with the St. Louis Public Schools, Pearson Education, the Center for Applied Linguistics, the Magic House, and the International Institute and worked on a five-year U.S. Department of Education National Professional Development (NDP) grant (2012-2017) with Webster's TESL Program on the Kansas City campus working with the Kansas City Public Schools. He has presented at numerous conferences and various institutions throughout the USA and in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Mexico, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil.

In 2015 Dr. Kaiser was awarded a research grant to study the innovative English language instruction project Ceibal en Inglés in Uruguay. In 2016 Dr. Kaiser was awarded two more research grants to focus on projects of Videoconference Assisted Language Learning (VALL): a U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant in Uruguay to research Ceibal en Inglés in primary and secondary schools throughout Uruguay (March-June 2016) and a Faculty Research Grant to research Rio de Janeiro's EnglishWorks (June-July 2016). He is currently the incoming chair for the Standards Professional Council for TESOL International, a site visitor and site visitor lead for accreditation visits with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Project Director for a $2.7 million U.S. Department of Education National Professional Development (NPD) grant (2017-2022).

Courses taught: TESL 5030 Language History, Planning, and Policy, TESL 5350 Language and Culture, TESL 5720 Teaching English Pronunciation, TESL 5040 Practicum in ESOL, TESL 5139 ESOL Methods, and COMM 5344 Introduction to Linguistics

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