Dr. Jason Killam

  • Jason KillamJason Killam is an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages.

    He taught seven years of Spanish at the high school level in Texas before completing a PhD in Spanish Linguistics with a focus on second language acquisition at Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana) in 2011. His dissertation, “An Interlanguage Analysis of Differential Object Marking in L2 Spanish,” focused on the acquisition of the marking patterns of human direct objects. 

    His main research interests are in the fields of Variationist SLA and Sociolinguistics. Collaborative publications include “The SLA of Direct Object Pronouns in a Study Abroad Immersion Environment Where Use Is Variable” (2010), “The L2 acquisition of variable perfective past time reference in Spanish in an overseas immersion setting” (2012), and “Assessing Language Attitudes through a Matched-guise Experiment: The Case of Consonantal Deletion in Venezuelan Spanish” (2012). He published “Direct Object Marking and Word Order Processing in Spanish: An Unclear Connection” (2014) and has another collaborative work to appear “Contribuciones de los estudios de percepción en la identificación y la descripción de las variedades diatópicas y diastráticas del español contemporáneo” (forthcoming). He has presented at various conferences, including the American Association for Applied linguistics, Georgetown University Round Table, Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, and Second Language Research Forum.

    Killam is involved locally in the Appalachian Language Educators’ Society (APPLES) that serves the communities surrounding Altoona, Greensburg, Indiana, and Johnstown, among others. He has served as treasurer, has led workshops at the fall meeting, and has served as the coordinator for the yearly foreign language festival that brings up to 400 junior high and high school students together for competitions in French, German, and Spanish language and culture. He is coordinating the 2018 APPLES Foreign Language Festival that will be held at IUP on March 24, 2018.

    Killam currently teaches courses in Intermediate Spanish, Intermediate Spanish Conversation, Teaching of Elementary Content through the Spanish Language, and Pre-student Teaching Clinical Experience I.

    Killam can be reached at jkillam@iup.edu.