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Jim McKinley, Dr

Associate Professor at University College London

Having grown up in the US, I completed my BA in English there and taught English in a junior high school. I then taught ESOL for many years in Japan and Australia, mainly in higher education. My journey into teaching in higher education started when I decided to study applied linguistics for my MA at the University of Sydney where I also taught English for Academic Purposes, then spent a semester as a visiting academic at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda on a Rotary International university teacher’s grant. Returning to Australia, I completed my doctoral coursework at the University of Sydney, where I taught on the MEd TESOL, as well as in the university’s Learning Centre, and Centre for English Teaching. I moved back to Japan in 2005 and taught at Sophia University in Tokyo for eleven years, in which time I completed my PhD part time through the Victoria University of Wellington. Also in that time, I served as president of the Tokyo chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching from 2011-2013. At Sophia, I served as the Head of the Core Program and Director of the Sophia Writing Centre in the Faculty of Liberal Arts. I spent one year as a visiting academic at Trinity College Dublin (2014-2015). In 2016 I relocated to the UK for a position at the University of Bath, where I served as the Director of Studies for the PhD in Education. I started my position as Associate Professor in UCL IOE’s Centre for Applied Linguistics in September 2018 as the programme leader for the MA TESOL Pre-Service. I have served as Academic Head of Learning and Teaching for the department Culture, Communication, and Media since October 2020.

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