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Jeffrey Witzel


Dr. Jeffrey Witzel
Associate Professor
Linguistics & TESOL
Year Inducted: 2017


Dr. Jeffrey Witzel is an Associate Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Linguistics & TESOL. His research focuses on psycholinguistics, and, more specifically, on how both native speakers and non-native speakers access and deploy linguistic knowledge during real-time language processing. In order to address this overarching research question, he has conducted a number of studies investigating (i) how sentence structure is built (syntactic processing), (ii) how words and their meanings are accessed from the mental dictionary (lexical processing), and (iii) how information related to speech sounds is computed and used (phonological processing). These studies have been published in a number of journals, including Applied Psycholinguistics, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research as well as Language, Cognition and Neuroscience and The Mental Lexicon. He has received external research funding from the National Science Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study of Language. Dr. Witzel's teaching focuses on three areas: (i) experimental linguistics and second language acquisition, (ii) ESL/EFL teacher training, and (iii) general linguistics, primarily for undergraduates. In recognition of his accomplishments as a teacher and research supervisor, he has received the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Accolade Award, the Faculty Service-Learning Award, and the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, which is the highest teaching honor in the University of Texas system.