Curriculum Vitae


Below are selected portions of my CV. You can download the entire CV by clicking here.


  • Ph.D. Michigan State University, 2015

    • Major area: Second Language Studies

    • Dissertation topic: Informed consent and ESL learners

  • M.A. Linguistics, University of Montana, 2010

    • Major area: Linguistics

  • B.A. Southeast Missouri State University, 2008

    • Major: Anthropology and Spanish

Teaching Certificates

  • Teaching Responsible Conduct of Research - University of Illinois, 2013

  • English as a Second Language Teaching - University of Montana, 2010


  • Second Language Acquisition

  • Meta-research in linguistics

  • Research ethics



  • Sterling, S., & Plonsky, L. (in progress). Meta-research in applied linguistics. Routledge. New York, USA.

Journal Articles and book chapters

  • Sterling, S (forthcoming). Research ethics in open science within applied linguistics. In Plonksy, L. (Ed). Open Science in Applied Linguistics. John Benjamins

  • De Costa, P. I., Sterling, S., Lee, J., Li, W., & Rawal, H. (2020). Research tasks on ethics in applied linguistics. Language Teaching, 1–13.

  • Sterling, S. (2018). Investigating the complexity of consent forms in ESL research. Journal of Research Design and Statistics in Linguistics and Communication Science. 4(2), 154-173.

  • Sterling, S., & De Costa, P. (2018). Ethical Applied Linguistics Research. In Phakiti, A., De Costa, P., Plonksy, L., Starfield, S. (Eds). Handbook of Applied Linguistics Research Methodology. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Sterling, S., & Loewen, S. (2018). Games. In Liontas, J. (Ed). TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Sterling, S., & Gass, S. (2017). Exploring the boundaries of research ethics: Perceptions of Ethics and Ethical Behaviors in Classroom-Based Applied Linguistics Research. System, 70, 50-62.

  • Gass, S., & Sterling, S. (2017). Ethics in ISLA. In Loewen, S., & Sato, M. (Eds). The Routlege Handbook of Instructed Second Language Acquisition. New York: Routledge.

  • Sterling, S., Winke, P., Gass, S., (2016). Training in Research Ethics among SLA Researchers. In De Costa, P. I. (Ed.). Ethics in applied linguistics research: Language researcher narratives. New York: Routledge.

  • Sterling, S., & Loewen, S. (2015). The occurrence of teacher-initiated playful LREs in a Spanish L2 classroom. System, 53, 73–83.

  • Loewen, S., Lavolette, E., Spino, L., Papi, M., Schmidtke, J., Sterling, S., Wolff, D., (2014). Statistical Literacy Among Applied Linguists and Second Language Acquisition Researchers. TESOL Quarterly, 48(2), 360–388.

  • Sterling, S. (2012). Learning strategies for world language students. Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) newsletter. 16(2), 3- 5.


  • Professionalization in Second Language Education

  • Teaching English as a Second Language

  • Introduction to Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning

  • Language acquisition

  • Second Language Learning

  • Internship in LLL - Teaching English as a Second Language

  • Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language

  • Linguistic Analysis of English

  • Introduction to Linguistics

  • Pedagogical English Grammar for English Teachers

  • Various English as a Second Language