Department of Linguistics


Assistant Professor Jeanne Heil interviewed in BDN article about language learning

Assistant Professor Jeanne Heil interviewed in a recent Bangor Daily News article “You can learn a new language and actually make it stick.”

Bangor Daily News features Dr. Regan Thibodeau

A Bangor Daily News article featured Deaf interpreter Dr. Regan Thibodeau. Regan teaches ASL and interpreting courses at USM and is a graduate of USM's linguistics and interpreter training program.

Annual FLAME Conference

A crew from the Department of Linguistics had fun at FLAME 2020 the annual conference of the Foreign Language Association of Maine. Left to right: Students Tania Lapika, Erik Smith, Alishia Braley, Jacob Simard, instructors Taylor Poulin and Claire Holman. Not pictured, Lydia Pulkinen. Claire also presented a workshop on using graphic novels to increase fluency.

Congratulations to Erika Chadbourne!

Erika Chadbourne, a junior linguistics major, recently was awarded the STEM Scholarship. The STEM Scholarship was established in 2014 and provides support for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Congratulations to Erika!

Roxanne Baker interviewed on "The Current" talk show

Erin Curren, host of talk show "The Current," interviews Roxanne Baker, part-time faculty member of ASL.
Karina Escajeda '98 in Egypt

USM alumna awarded Fulbright to deepen understanding of immigrants

The real-world work that Karina Escajeda '98 experienced as an undergrad in the Linguistics program working with second language learners prepared her for her future in teaching. "USM was absolutely instrumental in setting me up with that and making me aware of all of the amazing diversity right here in Maine," she said.
Regan Thibodeau on '207'

USM graduate, first Deaf Mainer to earn Ph.D., appears on '207'

Regan Thibodeau of Falmouth, the first Deaf person from Maine to earn a Ph.D., recently appeared on News Center Maine’s “207” program to describe her experience.

Linguistics Alum receives Fulbright Award

Linguistics alum has received a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Semester Research Program grant.
Portrait of Regan Thibodeau

Regan Thibodeau, 2019 Featured Graduate

When Regan Thibodeau picks up her degree this Spring, the Falmouth woman will become the first deaf Maine native to earn a doctorate and one of a shockingly few number of deaf doctorate-holders worldwide. Thibodeau, who has taught for years at USM, says she wants her Ph.D. — in public policy with a concentration in educational leadership — to show other deaf people that it can be done. And she hopes it will happen more often.
Portrait of Claire Owens

Claire M. Owens, 2019 Featured Graduate

Claire Owens can finally pull down the reminder to complete college that hung on her pantry door in Westbrook. After years of study — often shared with her 16-year-old daughter, Marie Claire — Owens has earned her bachelor's degree. "She and I did our homework together every night," Owens said. "It was really fun to be in a place, like her, to challenge myself to do the best that I could."