Dr. Phil Hiver

Associate Professor
Dr. Phil Hiver

Contact Information

Office Location
G128 Stone Building
(850) 644-2097

Dr. Phil Hiver’s research and teaching expertise lies in two main areas. Within the first area, instructed second language acquisition, he is interested in issues related to programmatic and personal engagement and participation in second and foreign language (L2) learning. His work adopts an explicit focus on context, temporal change, and complex causality to examine learners’ intentional effort and deliberate involvement in language education (e.g., questions of how individual and contextual factors impact the quality of students’ engagement). His work also addresses how teacher thought and action, broadly conceived, contributes to language learners’ engagement and learning.

The second area relates to methodological innovation and explores the contribution of complexity theory/dynamic systems theory to language education research. Dr. Hiver’s work is part of a broader pivot to acknowledge interconnectedness and change, and to address issues of precision and rigor through open science practices in language learning research. His scholarship explores methods for identifying temporal structure and variation, quantifying trends, estimating complex causality, capturing group membership, applying spatial analysis, tracing dynamic processes, and investigating networked and nested phenomena. Methodologically, this work takes a transdisciplinary perspective (i.e., crossing borders and boundaries in a problem-oriented approach) to tackle “wicked” problems in language education and use.

Dr. Hiver has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Language Learning, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, and the Modern Language Journal. He is co-author of Research Methods for Complexity Theory in Applied Linguistics (2020, Multilingual Matters), and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Individual Differences (forthcoming). He is the joint recipient (with Dr. Ali Al-Hoorie) of the International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning’s 2020-2021 Early Career Scholar Award. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education and TESOL Quarterly and is an associate editor of the Journal for the Psychology of Language Learning.

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