Curriculum Vitae

Education

Instructional Psychology & Technology Ph.D.
Brigham Young University – August 2012
Dissertation: Evaluation in computer-assisted language learning

TESOL MA
Brigham Young University – August 2005
Project: Self-access centers: Maximizing learners’ access to center resources

Linguistics BA, TESOL Minor
Brigham Young University – December 2003
Emphasis: Second language acquisition and pedagogy

Experience

Curriculum Coordinator
Brigham Young University – Provo UT
September 2014 – Present

  • Oversee Curriculum Development and Implementation.
  • Oversee hiring of student and non-student teachers.
  • Serve on various committees.
  • Collect ELC Profile data.

Faculty – Basic Composition and ESL
Utah Valley University – Orem UT
August 2012 – August 2014

  • Teach ESL courses.
  • Coordinate Reading Curriculum, Teachers, and classes
  • Administer placement testing for new ESL students
  • ESL Tutoring Program

Item Writer
Avant Assessment, LLC., Eugene, OR
October 2011 – August 2012

  • Write multiple choice items for Spanish, Pashto, Dari, Farsi, and Iraqi Arabic language tests.
  • Manage a team of four native speakers of Iraqi Arabic to collect language samples for language tests.
  • Help recruit native speakers of various languages for passage collection and consulting on language tests.

Software Developer
Brigham Young University – McKay School of Education, Provo, UT
January 2010 – August 2012

  • Work with a small team to design, develop, and evaluate educational software.
  • Develop non-linear interactive web application (php, mysql, jquery, html 5, css 3) for learning: ISEE

Adjunct Faculty – Basic Composition and ESL
Utah Valley University – Orem UT
January 2011 – Present

  • Teach ESL course in Intermediate writing.

Adjunct Instructional Psychology and Technology Instructor
Brigham Young University – McKay School of Education, Provo, UT
September 2009 – June 2011

  • Taught course to pre-service secondary education teachers on technology integration.
  • Worked with other teachers to refine the course curriculum.
  • Created course website with resources available to students.
  • Mentored students as they worked on technology projects.

Adjunct ESL Teacher
Brigham Young University – English Language Center, Provo, UT
September 2009 – April 2011

  • Taught several ESL courses for various skill areas and at various levels.
  • Participated in language assessment final exam rating.
  • Participated in language assessment activities for student placement.

ESL Visiting Faculty
Brigham Young University – English Language Center, Provo, UT
September 2006 – August 2009

  • Taught several ESL courses for various skill areas and at various levels.
  • Participated in language assessment final exam rating.
  • Participated in language assessment activities for student placement.
  • Part of a design team that worked on program curriculum.
  • Created Curriculum Portfolio website.
  • Managed TESOL teacher training course.
  • Provided inservice meetings for teachers.
  • Helped with teacher hiring.
  • Dealt with teacher concerns.
  • Managed small semester budget for assigned skill areas.

ESL Instructor
Brigham Young University – English Language Center, Provo, UT
May 2006 – August 2006

  • Taught several ESL courses for various skill areas and at various levels.
  • Participated in language assessment final exam rating.
  • Participated in language assessment activities for student placement.

ESL Instructor
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL
August 2005 – December 2005

  • Taught ESL 505 – English for Business Communication

ESL GMAT/GRE Preparation Instructor
Selnate, Provo, UT
May 2005 – August 2005

  • Taught GMAT/GRE Math Preparation course to ESL students

ESL Instructor
Brigham Young University – English Language Center, Provo, UT
January 2004 – August 2005

  • Taught several ESL courses for various skill areas and at various levels.
  • Participated in language assessment final exam rating.
  • Participated in language assessment activities for student placement.

Linguistics Instructor
Brigham Young University – Linguistics and English Language, Provo, UT
January 2005 – April 2005

  • Taught Linguistics 330 – Introduction to Linguistics.
  • Developed Linguistics Assessment to evaluate student learning.
  • Consulted and helped students in writing an academic paper.

Self-Access Study Center Employee
Brigham Young University – English Language Center, Provo, UT
August 2002 – December 2004

  • Tutored ESL student from various linguistic backgrounds.
  • Performed basic Librarian Tasks.
  • Helped students with computer problems.
  • Provided workshops and support for teachers.
  • Helped manage and image lab computers.

Research Assistant for Dr. Mark Tanner
Brigham Young University – Linguistics and English Language, Provo, UT
January 2003 – December 2004

  • Grade tests and assignments.
  • Collect articles regarding ESL Autonomy.
  • Provided study sessions for Linguistics 330 students.
  • Collected Survey Data.

Student Teaching Mentor
Brigham Young University – English Language Center, Provo, UT
January 2004 – December 2004

  • Mentored student teachers.
  • Observed and provided feedback to student teachers.
  • Assessed language ability of ESL students from the community and placed them in the appropriate classes.

Community ESL Instructor
Brigham Young University – English Language Center, Provo, UT
May 2003 – December 2003

  • Helped place students in the appropriate classes.
  • Taught students with varying levels of experience.
  • Taught students from different cultural backgrounds.

Publications

McMurry, B., West, R. E., Rich, P., Williams, D. D., Anderson, N. J., & Hartshorn, K. J., (2016). An evaluation framework for CALL, TESL-EJ, 20(2), 1-31.

McMurry, B., Rich, P. J., Hartshorn, K. J., Anderson, N. J., & Williams, D. D. (2016). Criteria Language Teachers Use When Selecting CALL Technologies. The Journal of Language Teaching and Learning,6(1), 49-65.

McMurry, B, L., Tanner, M. W., & Anderson, N. J. (2010). Self-Access Centers: Maximizing Learners’ Access to Center Resources. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 1(2), 100-114.

Cox, T., McCollum, R., McMurry, B. (2010) Ipods in the ESL Classroom Chapter in TESOL’s Classroom Practice Series

McMurry, B., Tanner, M., & Anderson, N. (2009). Self-Access Centers: Maximizing English Language Learners’ Access to Center Resources. TESL-EJ, 13(1).

Presentations

McMurry, B.L. & Sanders, C. (2016, October). Microcredentialling for Teacher Professional Development. Presented at the annual Intermountain TESOL conference, Provo, UT.

Wyatt, A. & McMurry, B.L. (2016). Do you want to be my study buddy? Electronic Poster presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Convention, Boston, MA.

Jackson, K., Summers, M., McMurry, B.L., Hart, J. (2016). ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, Level Descriptors, and Learning Outcomes. Presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Convention, Boston, MA.

Summers, M., Cox. T., & McMurry, B.L. (2016). To Thine Own Self Be True: How Well Do Can-Do Statements Predict Ability? Presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Convention, Boston, MA.

Cox, T., Hart, J., & McMurry B.L. (2016).Systematic Approaches to Training Raters of ESL Speaking and Writing. Pre-convention institute presented at Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Toronto, Canada.

McMurry, B.L. & Hart, J. (2015). Adapting ACTFL Proficiency Levels for an Academic Intensive English Center. Roundtable presented at the Annual ACTFL Convention, San Diego, CA.

McMurry, B.L., Brown, K., Summers, M., & Stephens, C. (2015). Matching learning Outcomes to Learning Experiences. Presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of Intermountain Teachers of English as a Second Language (I-TESOL), West Yellowstone, MT.

McMurry, B.L. & Eckstein, G.E. (2015). Essentials of Curriculum Design and Development for ESL Teachers. Presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of Intermountain Teachers of English as a Second Language (I-TESOL), West Yellowstone, MT.

Pettersson, J. & McMurry, B.L. (2015). Common Sense Grading Practices Which Support Student Learning. Presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of Intermountain Teachers of English as a Second Language (I-TESOL), West Yellowstone, MT.

McMurry, B. L. (2015). Canvas — An LMS for language learning. Paper presented at InstructureCon 2015, Park City, UT.

Eckstein, G.E., Evans, N.W., Hartshorn, K.J., & McMurry, B. L. (2015).  A contextualized approach to curriculum change and improvement. Pre-convention institute presented at Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Toronto, Canada.

McMurry, B.L., Henrichsen, L., & Ripplinger, L. (2014). Digital Teaching Portfolios. Presented at the annual Intermountain TESOL conference, Orem, UT.

McMurry, B.L., & Pettersson, J. (2014). Assessment for Engagement: Extensive Reading and Canvas Quizzes. Presented at the annual Intermountain TESOL conference, Orem, UT.

Eckstein, G.E., Evans, N. W., & Hartshorn, K. J., McMurry, B. L. (2014). Curriculum design for ESL programs: Focus on the essentials. Workshop presented at the conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Portland, OR.

McMurry, B.L., & Pettersson, J. (2014). Assessment for Engagement: Extensive Reading and Canvas Quizzes. Presented at the conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Portland, OR.

McMurry, B.L., & Pettersson, J.  (2013). Tightening Up an IEP. Presented at the annual Intermountain TESOL conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

McMurry, B. L. (2013). Criteria language teachers use for selecting call technologies. Paper presented at Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Dallas, TX.

McMurry, B. L. (2012). An evaluation framework for CALL. Paper presented at the annual Intermountain TESOL conference, Orem, UT.

McMurry, B. L. (2012). Criteria language teachers use for selecting CALL technologies. Paper presented at the annual Intermountain TESOL conference, Orem, UT.

McMurry, B. L., Henrichsen, L., Ripplinger, L. (2012). Digital teaching portfolios. Paper presented at Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

McMurry, B. L. (2011). Creating a website for classroom use, online and blended learning, or to “flip” the classroom. Paper presented at the annual Intermountain TESOL conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

McMurry, B. L. (2010). Using google sites to create a class website. Paper presented at the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Electronic Village Boston, MA.

McMurry, B. L., & Henrichsen, L. (2010). Digital teaching portfolios. Paper presented at the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Electronic Village, Boston, MA.

McMurry, B. L. (2009a). Google sites workshops. Paper presented at the Intermountain Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ITESOL) Conference, Provo, UT.

McMurry, B. L. (2009b). iLife, ESL, and the past tense. Paper presented at the AcademiX Apple Educator Conference Salt Lake City, UT.

McMurry, B. L. (2008). Make a phone call and use CALL. Paper presented at the Intermountain Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ITESOL) Conference, St. George, UT.

Evans, N., Hartshorn, K. J., Thompson, C., McMurry, B. L., Dodge, I., & Magnusson, J. (2007). Developing a curriculum philosophy. Paper presented at the conference of Intermountain TESOL, Twin Falls, ID.

McMurry, B. L. (2007a). Google tools for teaching and learning. Paper presented at the Intermountain Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ITESOL) Conference, Twin Falls, ID.

McMurry, B. L. (2007b). Open source software for teachers. Paper presented at the Intermountain Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ITESOL) Conference, Twin Falls, ID.

McMurry, B. L., Cox, T., & McCollum, R. (2007). Ideas for IPODS. Paper presented at the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Seattle, WA.

McMurry, B. L., Cox, T., & McCollum, R. (2006). Podcasting and ESL. Paper presented at the Intermountain Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ITESOL) Conference, Kaysville, UT.

McMurry, B. L. (2005). Using the web to promote autonomy. Paper presented at the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention Graduate Student Forum, San Antonio, TX.

McMurry, B. L., McMurry, A., Tarawhiti, N., & Porter, S. (2005). Integrated students in an intensive english program. Paper presented at the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention Graduate Student Forum, San Antonio, TX.

McMurry, B. L., Tanner, M., & Allen, E. (2004). Factors influencing autonomous learning by ESL students. Paper presented at the Deseret Language and Linguistics Society Symposium, Provo, UT.

McMurry, B. L., & Tanner, M. (2004). Training tutors for esl computer labs. Paper presented at the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Long Beach, CA.

Service

2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President, President – ITESOL
October 2012 – Present

  • served as board member
  • Organized 2014 Conference

Webmaster – ITESOL
January 2007 – Present

  • Maintained organization website
  • Designed and developed the conference registration and payment systems.
  • Managed e-mail list.

Youth Leader
October 2006 – November 2011

  • Taught youth courses to Native English speakers and Generation 1.5 youth with Hispanic and Asian heritage.
  • Facilitated and taught youth leadership training classes
  • Organized and taught youth leader training for adults.

Treasurer – ITESOL
August 2008 – October 2010

  • Managed registration payments for annual conference and mini conferences.
  • Managed budget.

President – Riverstone HOA
December 2006 – June 2009

  • Dealt with concerns of condo owners.
  • Worked with treasurer to manage association’s financial assets.
  • Negotiated contracts with various business for towing services, repair work, and accounting services.

Higher-ED Interest Section Chair and Vice Chair – ITESOL
October 2006-October 2008

  • Planned and carried out interest section mini conferences.
  • Arranged for speakers during annual conferences.

Graduate Student Association Representative
January 2004- August 2005

  • served as a liaison between Graduate Students in the Linguistics and English Language Department and the University.
  • met with Graduate student representatives from other departments to plan academic activities for graduate students.
  • set policies and procedures for the Graduate Student Association.

Languages

Spanish – Fluent in reading, writing, and speaking
French – High proficiency in reading
Hebrew –novice proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking

Awards

Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award – BYU, September 2011
Grand Prize Winner of Innovative Instruction Competition – BYU, Mar 2011

  • Designed a literacy program that would allow students to work on reading fluency and accuracy autonomously and provide instant feedback to teachers.

Dean’s List, Brigham Young University, College of Humanities, December 2003
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America August 1994