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Jill Hallett, Ph.D.

Visiting Lecturer


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

UH 1617


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Drop-In Hours - Fall 2023
Tuesday 11:00am – 12:00pm Drop-in hours 1617 UH
01:00pm – 02:00pm Appointment hours 1617 UH
Thursday 11:00am – 12:00pm Drop-in hours 1617 UH
01:00pm – 02:00pm Appointment hours 1617 UH


Jill Hallett geeks out about the intersections of language, education, and access. A former CPS high school teacher, Jill is a fierce advocate for people who are marginalized because of their languages and literacies, particularly in educational settings. Her current projects include analyzing the linguistic landscapes of multilingual, multicultural schools and communities, co-constructing literacy materials for language maintenance among refugee communities, and interrogating policies and practices that enable institutional gatekeeping. She loves helping students formulate research questions and seeing their ideas manifest into authentic, game-changing projects that go beyond the classic term paper.

Selected Publications

Oladipo, S.; Handley, A.; Lackey, R., and Hallett, J. (2023). Refugees’ Acclimatization and Learning: Educators’ Creative Solutions. In Wolsey, T. D. & Karkouti, I. M. Teaching Refugees and Displaced Students: What Every Educator Should Know. Springer Texts in Education Series.


Hallett, J. (2020). Teachers’ development of a socially-stigmatized dialect. Language and Education 34(5), 520-534.

Hallett, J. and Degani, M. (2020). Was it merely contentious or were there casualties? Metaphorical framing in local and international news reporting. Colloquium: New Philologies 5(1), 1-22.

Service to Community

Notable Honors

2023, Award for Small Colloquia (Linguistics for Social Justice Series, School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics, University of Illinois at Chicago

2023, Funded participation in OpEd Project’s “Write to Change the World” Workshop, American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)


Ph.D., Linguistics: Sociolinguistics. University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (2012), with Certificate of Advanced Study in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) - Dissertation: “African American English in Urban Education: A Multimethodological Approach to Understanding Classroom Discourse Strategies.” Advisor: Dr. Dennis Baron

M.A., Linguistics: Sociolinguistics. University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (2009)

M.A., Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL (2006)

M.A., Teaching: Secondary English. National-Louis University, Wheeling, IL (2002)

B.A., English: Writing. University of Illinois, Chicago, IL (2000)

Licensures and Certifications

Illinois State Board of Education Type 09 6-12 Secondary Education English Standard Certificate

  • Endorsements in senior high school English, English as a second language, and journalism; middle school English as a second language and language arts
  • Highly qualified: English (grades 9-12), English as a Second Language, Journalism (grades 9-12), Language Arts (grades 1-8), Reading, Speech (grades 9-12), and Title I Remedial Reading
  • Tests: 025 English (before 2004), 096 Basic Skills, 501 ACCESS for ELLs – Group Administration, 502 ACCESS for ELLs – Speaking Component

Professional Memberships

• American Association for Applied Linguistics

• American Educational Research Association

• Illinois Reading Council

• MidWest Association for Language Learning Technology

Selected Presentations

2023-24 Presentations
  • "Temporal dystopia and the refugee linguistic landscape," paper presented at the 14th Linguistic Landscape Workshop - Utopia and Dystopia (Madrid, Spain), September 8, 2023.
2022-23 Presentations
  • "Refugee families and the literacy landscape: Schools, libraries, and changing community needs." In symposium, Teaching refugees: The research we have & the research we need (Thomas DeVere Wolsey, organizer). American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois. April 13-16, 2023.
  • “Language Policy in Practice within the Community Literacy Landscape.” 13th Linguistic Landscape Workshop: Semiotic landscapes in educational spaces. Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. September 7-9, 2022.
  • "'Right now, we don't have anything': Unmet linguistic needs in the community literacy landscape." Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas. Madison, Wisconsin. November 10-12, 2022.
  • “What Do We Mean When We Talk about ‘The Chicago Accent’?” Community lecture at Portage-Cragin Chicago Public Library, Chicago, November 12, 2022.
  • “Centering access equity and social justice in the linguistics classroom: Editing Wikipedia articles on endangered and underdocumented languages.” The 8th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation: Centering Justice in Language Work. University of Hawai’i/ Virtual, March 2-5, 2023.
  • “Libraries, Languages, and Changing Community Needs.” Illinois Reading Council Conference: Revolution – A Change is Gonna Come. Springfield, Illinois, March 9-10, 2023.
  • “'Not the main languages we can use here': Linguistic libraryscape and changing community needs." American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference (AAAL). Portland, Oregon. March 18-21, 2023.