Becky H Huang

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies



Dr. Becky H. Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, College of Education and Human Development, at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). She holds a Ph.D. (2009) and an M.A. (2006) in Educational Psychology  from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and an M.Ed (2002) in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. She received three years of postdoctoral training in the Graduate School of Education and Department of Psychology at Harvard University (2009-2012), and in the English Language Learning and Assessment Research Division at Educational Testing Service (ETS) (2010-2012). 

Dr. Huang’s research focuses on the acquisition and assessment of second language (L2) and literacy, particularly English as a second language among bilingual/multilingual learners. She examines the cognitive, environmental, and social-affective predictors of L2 and reading outcomes for bilingual/multilingual learners in both immersion (e.g., learning English in the United States) and formal instruction (e.g., learning English in Taiwan or in Mexico) contexts. She also investigates the reliability and validity of language measures used in L2 acquisition research and in education settings. Dr. Huang uses mainly quantitative research methods, but she also conducts mixed methods studies and collaborates frequently with researchers with qualitative orientations. She has published widely in applied linguistics and education/educational psychology journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Teachers College Record, International Journal of Bilingualism, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, Reading Research Quarterly, System, Language Testing, and Language Assessment Quarterly. She has also published conference proceedings, research reports, and encyclopedia entries. 

Dr. Huang's work has been supported by funding from research institutions in the US and abroad, such as the Language Learning Journal Research Grant Program, Educational Testing Service, UCLA Dissertation Award, UTSA Faculty Research Award, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Harvard Club of the Republic of China, and the Taiwanese Ministry of Education and National Science Council. She was also a semi-finalist for the National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2011. 

Dr. Huang has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Language Assessment, Language Teaching Methods, and Research Design and Statistics.  She has also taught in both traditional face-to-face and hybrid formats.

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