CV


Rachel McGraw

Education:

PhD in Linguistics, 2013-expected 2018
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
Specialization in linguistic ethnography, sociolinguistics, language ideologies, and child language acquisition of Totonac, an indigenous language spoken in Mexico.

Master of Arts (Thesis) in Spanish Applied Linguistics, 2009
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. 
Thesis examines language use and attitudes in an indigenous Totonac community in Mexico.
Completed exchange term abroad at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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

Post-Secondary Teaching Experience:

Principal Instructor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

Introduction to Linguistic Analysis (LING 101): 1 course and 1 online course 2017
Structure of human language and tools for its analysis.

English Syntax (LING 204): 2015
Tools for describing and analyzing the phrase and sentence structure of English.

The Sounds of Spanish (SPAN 370): 2012 (covered maternity leave)
Sound system (phonetics and phonology) of Spanish.

Beginners’ Spanish I (SPAN 111): 1 course 2012, 1 course 2010, 3 courses 2009.
Beginners’ Spanish II (SPAN 112): 1 course, 2013, 1 course 2012, 3 courses 2010.
Focus on inductive learning and communicative, functional language development.

Teaching Assistant, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

Beginners’ Spanish I (SPAN 111): 2007
Beginners’ Spanish II (SPAN 112): 2008

Professional Experience:

Research Assistant, September 2013-2015, March-July 2012, March-May 2010
Upper Necaxa Totonac Project, University of Alberta, Department of Linguistics
Organization, digitization, transcription and analysis of adult and child language data of Upper Necaxa Totonac.
Analysis of census data of Totonac and Tepehua communities in Mexico.

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 analysis of sociolinguistic interviews in Spanish.

Research Assistant, October 2009-2015
Nadaclair Language Technologies, Edmonton, AB.
Research and computer program development of an online Spanish grammar checking program called “SpanishChecker”: http://spanishchecker.com/.
Translation of website from English to Spanish.

External Reviewer, November 2010-January 2011
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Spanish Tutor, 2010-2015 (self-employed)
Support students in their course work at University or in secondary school.
Design and implement lessons for adults to facilitate business interactions and personal travel.

Piano Teacher, 1998-2002, 2012-2015 (self-employed)
Facilitate the musical development of children ages 5-14.
Encourage development of listening, learning, self-disciplinary, and mathematical skills.
Coordinate with parents' and students’ expectations
Preparation of students for Royal Conservatory exams.
Experience with youth who have special needs including Autism and muscular dystrophy.

Committee Positions:

President, Linguistics Graduate Students' Association, 2014-2015, 2015-2016
Vice President, Linguistics Graduate Students' Association, 2013-2014

Awards:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, 2015-2018
$60,000; Government of Canada.

President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction, 2015-2018
$21,500; University of Alberta

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, 2017
$7,500; Government of Alberta
Awarded for academic and scholarly achievment.

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, 2014
$7,500; Government 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; Government of Alberta.
Awarded for academic achievement.

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, Mexico. 

Study Abroad Tuition Award, 2006
Equal to one graduate term of tuition in Mexico ~$500. University of Alberta International.
For academic achievement prior to an exchange to La Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico. 

Canadian Millennium In-course Award, 2005
$4,000; Government of Canada.
For academic achievement and community involvement during an undergraduate program. 

Louise McKinney Provincial Post-Secondary Scholarship, 2005
$2,500; Government of Alberta.
For academic achievement. 

Jason Lang Scholarship, 2004
$1,500; Government of Alberta.
For academic achievement.

Jason Lang Scholarship, 2003
$1,500; Government of Alberta.
For academic achievement.

Contributions:

McGraw, R. (2017). Interpreting language use in Ozelonacaxtla, Puebla, Mexico. Paper presented at the Department of Linguistics Generals Papers Conference, September 15, 2017. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

McGraw, R. (2016). Ideologías de la lengua en Huehuetla, Puebla [Language ideologies in Huehuetla, Puebla]. Paper presented at the Segundo Congreso Internacional de Investigaciones sobre el Mundo Totonaco [Second International Congress of Investigations on the Totonac World], November 23-25, 2016. Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Pueblo, Lipuntahuaca, Huehuetla, Puebla, Mexico.

McGraw, R. (2015). First language acquisition of person marking in Upper Necaxa Totonac: A case study. Paper presented at the Department of Linguistics Generals Papers Conference, September 25, 2015. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

McGraw, R. (2015). Language use and ideology in Ozelonacaxtla, Puebla, Mexico. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Bilingualism, May 20-25, 2015. New Jersey, New York, US.

McGraw, R. (2014). Zig-zagging to the tip-top of the ARC: The Ablaut Reduplicative Construction in English. Paper presented at the Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language Conference, November 4-6, 2014. University of California, Santa Barbara, California, US.

McGraw, R., L. Ranta, C. Ejim, M. McFadzean, & Y. Wang. (2014). Edmonton's Linguistic Landscape. Paper presented at the Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language Conference, October 24 & 25, 2014. Edmonton, Alberta.

McGraw, R. (2009). Language attitudes and opportunities for speaking a minority language: What lies ahead for Ozelonacaxtla Totonac? MA thesis, University of Alberta, Education and Research Archive http://hdl.handle.net/10402/era.27861.

McGraw, R. (2009). What lies ahead for Totonac? Paper presented at Highway 2 Conference, March 18, 2009. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.

McGraw, R. (2009). Language attitudes and maintenance in Ozelonacaxtla. Paper presented at the Cultures Across Borders Comparative Literature Conference, March 13 &14, 2014. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

McGraw, R. (2008). Un proyecto de sociolingüística Totonaca [A project on Totonac sociolinguistics]. Invited presentation at La Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Puebla, Lipuntahuaca, Huehuetla, Puebla, Mexico.

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