Eniko Csomay, Ph.D.

Professor and former Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Letters (2009-2016)

Eniko Csomay has been a faculty member at SDSU since 2002. A native of Hungary, she obtained her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Eötvös University in Budapest (HU.) and finished her M.A. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading (U.K.). After her studies in England, she returned to Hungary and continued to work as a teacher educator at the Centre for English Teacher Training at Eötvös University. She moved to the United States in 1999 and completed her Ph.D. at Northern Arizona University (U.S.A.) in Applied Linguistics in 2002.

As an applied linguist, she has published articles in highly ranked international journals, for example, in Applied Linguistics (2013)Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory (2012)Linguistics and Education (2005) and in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes (2006, 2007). She edited a special issue of the journal Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory in 2012, titled Contemporary Perspectives on Discourse and Corpora, and has published work in prestigious collections such as, the Georgetown Round Table on Language and Linguistics published by Georgetown University Press. Her co-edited volume titled Corpus-based Research in Applied Linguistics. Studies in Honor of Doug Biber appeared with Benjamins (2015), and her latest co-authored book titled Doing Corpus Linguistics came out in 2016 with Routledge. New articles are under review – outcomes of those will be posted soon. She presents her research annually at conferences as she likes to inform colleagues in her field about her latest findings.

In her current research, she continues to apply data-driven approaches to text processing and corpus-based methods to text analysis, and remains interested in analyzing classroom discourse. She reports on ways in which teachers use language differently from students in varying disciplines and levels of instruction in a university setting, and documenting turn-taking patterns in university classes, she reports on the relationship between interactivity and lexical and grammatical patterns used by teachers and students. In her latest work, she looks at lexical bundles in discourse structure, and also explores student talk in different context in an academic setting. She works closely with students on their research projects, the latest of which was accepted for a presentation at the next AAAL (American Association of Applied Linguistics) conference in Portland in March, 2017. New research, and new reports are about to come!

Dr. Csomay was awarded multiple international fellowships and scholarships, among which the most competitive ones were two Soros Research Fellowships, including a 9-month scholarship as a Soros-Oxford Fellow to the U.K., a British Council Fellowship to complete her Master’s degree, and a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at Northern Arizona University (1995-96). In 2009 and in 2015, she was given an English Language Specialist Fellowship grant by the U.S. Department of State to lead workshops for English teachers in Morocco, and to work with faculty and doctoral students at the University of Pécs in Hungary, respectively. Since 2012, she has been collaborating with faculty at National University in Singapore on a joint research project. She has also worked in other local and international settings as a teacher educator such as, Chinle and Kayenta (Navajo Reservation) in the United States; Nikšic in Montenegro; Eötvös University (Budapest) and University of Pécs (Pécs) in Hungary; Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (La Paz) and Escuela Normales (Atlacomulco) in Mexico; and Ecole Normale Superieure (Rabat) in Morocco.

Dr. Csomay served as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Letters for seven years (2009-2016). During this time, besides the daily administrative duties, she championed multiple projects such as, for example, a) the design and implementation of a faculty-led study abroad program for students to explore Cultures of Central Europe; b) the development and implementation of a B.A. degree program in Comparative International Studies; c) the design, development, and implementation of a large-scale, faculty-driven college-wide research project on General Education; d) the facilitation and inaugural implementation of the Undergraduate Research Journal for the College of Arts and Letters; e) inaugural participant and program designer for the GE portion of the SDSU Georgia program that offers five STEM degree programs in Tbilisi.

Dr. Csomay was an assessment coordinator at her department (Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages) for four years and now is the assessment coordinator for the College. She was a Senator for six years, recently re-elected for another 3-year cycle, representing CAL faculty in the University Senate until May 2018, and is hopeful for being re-elected. As the chair of the Senate’s Constitution and Bylaws Committee, she also serves on the Senate Executive Committee. In addition, she was recently voted in as the Chair of the University General Education Committee, and she finds that to be an honor. She is delighted to teach the course “GEN S 290 – Undergraduate Research”, which is offered as one of the lower division General Education options for students to take. She believes that research is part of one’s (academic) life no matter how early it starts – and the earlier the better -- and that evidence-based understandings of the world is part of us as individuals, citizens, and academics. As for her service to the broader community, she is President of the Fulbright Association's San Diego Chapter and was a member of the National Screening Committee for the Fulbright for three years. She likes art, especially photography and theatre, and so she is a permanent usher for the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.