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Dr. Jessica Rohr

Associate Professor of English, TESOL

Office Location Owens Hall, 213
Phone (Office) 405.585.4222


Dr. Rohr came to OBU in the fall of 2017, having recently completed her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington where she also taught courses in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Prior to that, she spent several years teaching English to second language learners in the United States and in China. Informed by these experiences, her research interests include TESOL, second language acquisition of phonology, and learner corpus research. Her passion is to see students grow in understanding and to encourage them to use the knowledge they gain in her classes to honor God and serve others. 

In her spare time, Dr. Rohr can most likely be found spending time with her family or in the company of a book and a cup of coffee.


B.A., Baptist Bible College
M.A., Missouri State University
Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington
Dissertation: Acoustic and Perceptual Correlates of L2 Fluency: The Role of Prolongations

Courses Taught

ENGL 1153: English Composition: Exposition & Argument
ENGL 3743: Second Language Acquisition

Publications and Presentations

“A survey of L2 prolongations in a learner corpus.” Learner Corpus Researcher Conference 2015. Conference Proceedings. Published September, 2017. 

“Story Re-telling and Prosodic Behavior”. Co-presenter with Cynthia Kilpatrick. Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) Conference. October, 2015. 

“Use of a Learner Corpus in Examining Non-native Disfluency Patterns.” Presented at the Learner Corpus Research Conference (LCR). Nijmegen, Netherlands. September, 2015. 

“Phonotactic priming.” Co-presenter with Cynthia Kilpatrick and Lori McLain-Pierce. International Conference for the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). Portland, OR. March, 2014. 

“Training naïve learners to identify Chinese tone: An inductive approach”. The First Maryland International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Conference Proceedings. Published
September, 2014.