Name: Dr. Kaushalya Perera
Designation: Senior Lecturer Grade I
Department: ELTU
Telephone: 0112903783
E mail: kperera at kln dot ac dot lk

Research blog: Simplify

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Educational Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (2015) Pennsylvania State University
M.A. in Linguistics (2007), Graduate Center,  City University of New York
B.A. (Hons) in English (2000) Second Class (Upper Division),University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Recent Teaching Assignments:

University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka - English Language Teaching Unit

  • Senior Lecturer Gr.I (2015)
  • Senior Lecturer Gr.II (2009)
  • Lecturer (2004)
  • Temporary Lecturer (2002-2004)

Pennsylvania State University, Dept of Applied Linguistics

  • Graduate assistant/instructor, intensive english communication program (2012-2014)
  • Graduate assistant/instructor, esl 015, writing for academic purposes (2011- 2012)
Recent Publications:
Edited Volumes:
2010. Editorial member. Journal of the Faculty of Humanities.

2010. Editor (with M. Gunesekera). The Learning Teacher: Selected Papers from the 5th International Conference of the Sri Lanka English Language Teachers’ Association 2008. Colombo: SLELTA

Book chapters:

2009. (with Suresh Canagarajah). ‘Globalization and English Teaching in Sri Lanka: Foreign Resources and Local Responses’ in V. Vaish (Ed.) Globalization of Language and Culture in Asia. UK: Continuum Press.

Research Articles:
2015. (With Susan Strauss). High-focus and time-immediate indexicals: A study of Sinhala discourse markers me: 'this' and dæn 'now'. Journal of Pragmatics, 85(32-46).
‘Nationalism in Sri Lankan Poetry on War – The Combatants’. Pravada. 3(7). pp 25-27.
Research Interests

1) Academic discourses on universities and academia in Sri Lanka

2) Discourse features  of Sinhala
Selected Conference  Presentations:
• 2016, August. Ithin e:kiyanne: An investigation into Sinhala discourse markers. Second International Conference on Linguistics (ICLSL), University of Kelaniya.
2016, March. “When I am now reflecting on it”: The interview as the participant’s reflexive moment. DN17 Reflexivity and Critique in Discourse, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.
2015, March. ELT and the securitization of undergraduates in Sri Lanka. Presented at the Round Table – Applied Linguistics Program, Pennsylvania State University.
2014, December. ‘You're going to assess my ignorance?’: A discourse analytic study of interviews with the academic elite. Paper presented at the 113th Conference of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., USA.
2014, March. The ‘exotic’ language learning experience: A study of language learning in memoirs of South Asian travel. Roundtable paper presented at the Conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics, Portland, USA.
2014, March. Co-presented with Susan Strauss. DMs in Sinhala: me ‘this’ and dæn ‘now’ as high-focus and time-immediate indexicals. Paper presented at the Georgetown University Roundtable, Washington D.C., USA
2013, November. The academic trade unionist in the era of globalised knowledge: A study of the Sri Lankan educational reform campaign. Panel presentation at the 38th
Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, USA
2011 April. Plenary speaker. Language and sexuality. CREA. Count Me In! South Asia Conference for Women. Kathmandu, Nepal
Poster presentations
• 2015, April. The role of English in the construction of the securitised undergraduate in Sri Lanka. Poster exhibited at the Graduate Student Exhibition at Pennsylvania State University.
• 2015, January. Participant at the DiscourseNet Winter School on ‘Doing research on academic, educational and intellectual discourses’. Valencia, Spain.
Research Interests:
Language and educational policies, discourse analysis, Sinhala discourse, gender/sexuality
Professional Activities:
2014, December. Participant, Council of Anthropology and Education’s (CAE) Work In Progress meeting. The 113th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Anthropology, Washington, DC, USA
2013 to present. Manuscript reviewer, Language Policy journal.
2013. Member, Abstract Review Panel. IX International Conference of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture, and Society, held in Buenos Aires, August 2013.
2013, November. Participated in the Council of Anthropology and Education’s Work In Progress discussion for graduates and early career professionals. The 112th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Anthropology, Chicago, USA
2009-2011. Member, International Advisory Board, ‘Count me in!’ Campaign, CREA – India
2009, October – 2010, December. Treasurer, Sri Lanka English Language Teachers' Association (SLELTA).
2009 - Committee member, Sri Lanka English Language Teachers’ Association
Senate Awards for research, University of Kelaniya (2015)
Superior Teaching And Research (STAR) Award, Pennsylvania State University (Dec, 2014)
Research & Graduate Studies Office Dissertation Release award (Spring 2015)
Watz Dissertation Award, Pennsylvania State University, (Fall 2014)
Fulbright Junior Scholar to the USA (2005-2007)
Mahapola Higher Education (Merit) Scholarship (1993/1994), Law Entrance Examination, Sri Lanka Law College
Administrator of bibliographic websites  focusing on research on Sri Lanka:  Language in Sri Lanka and Biblioseks