Caitlin Cornell


FacultyCenter for Language Teaching Advancement

Assistant Director, CeLTA

ORCID: 0000-0001-5323-6437

Curriculum Vitae


Caitlin Cornell researches and supports accessible and inclusive teaching and learning broadly and has a specific interest in disability-inclusive second/foreign/additional language teaching pedagogy.

In June 2020, Caitlin began work as the Assistant Director of the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) at MSU. Alongside her wide-ranging support of multiple CeLTA initiatives (e.g., Head of Outreach, NLRC), she is particularly focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (including but not limited to disability-inclusion) in second/foreign/additional language learning.

Caitlin is also a Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Studies (SLS) at MSU. In 2018, she conducted an assets-based investigation into the resources that two disabled language learners brought with them to their learning environments. In 2020, she collected and analyzed survey data which allowed her to explore, through a Critical Disability Theory lens, educators’ knowledge, experience, and preparedness for accessible language teaching.

At MSU, Caitlin has taught undergraduate language teaching methodology courses and in 2020 she developed and taught a short course on race, language, and disability. In 2022, she is developing a course on Accessibility for Additional Language Learning and Teaching in conjunction with her College of Arts and Letters Inclusive Pedagogy Fellowship.

Caitlin earned her MA in Linguistics with a specialization in TESOL from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. She taught for many years in various English language programs in Chicago and completed two U.S. State Department English Language Fellowships in Beirut, Lebanon.

University News

College Welcomes New Faculty and Staff
Published September 1, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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This semester, the College of Arts & Letters is pleased to welcome 22 new faculty and staff members. Please join us in welcoming the following people to Michigan State University and the…Read now »
Accessible Art Events Coming to Broad Art Lab
Published April 3, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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An accessible art exhibit is coming to MSU’s Broad Art Lab April 8-13 and  will feature touchable and multisensory art made by MSU students and Lansing and East Lansing…Read now »
Ph.D. Student Gains Hands-On Experience with Department of Education 
Published July 23, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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This summer, Caitlin Cornell, a Ph.D. student in the Second Language Studies (SLS) Program, is gaining valuable insight into the State of Michigan’s Department of Education (MDE). As a shadow…Read now »