Ph.D, Georgetown University
Paula Winke’s primary research is on foreign and second language testing. She investigates the content and construct validity of high-stakes, standardized tests that English language learners and foreign language students take. She researches language-test reliability and methods for creating (and managing) placement and proficiency tests. Paula also researches language teaching methods, with a particular focus on task-based language assessment and task-based materials design. With Aline Godfroid and Susan Gass, Paula co-directs the Second Language Acquisition Program’s Eye-tracking Labs. She is on the editorial boards of Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, TESOL Quarterly, and Chinese Language Studies. From 1998 to 2000, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in China. In 2008, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary. In 2008, she received the CALICO Article of the Year Award with Senta Goertler, and in 2012 she received the TESOL International Award for Distinguished Research. Paula is the immediate past president of the Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT). She currently serves as a member of the Committee of Examiners at Educational Testing Service (ETS), a standing committee that reviews ETS-funded TOEFL research and changes related to TOEFL assessments. With Susan Gass, Paula is the PI on a $800,000 grant from the National Security Education Program; the funding supports a Proficiency Flagship at Michigan State University whose goal is to aid in the development of sustainable proficiency initiatives across the language programs at Michigan State.