Mandy Faretta-Stutenberg - NIU - Foreign Languages & Literatures


Mandy Faretta-Stutenberg

PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Hispanic Linguistics with Doctoral Concentration in Neuroscience
MA, University of Illinois at Chicago, Hispanic Linguistics
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spanish with Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Faculty Advisor for Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society (information and application here)
  • Faculty Advisor for Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society (information and application here)

My primary areas of study are second language acquisition and psycholinguistics. My research draws from the fields of linguistics and cognitive psychology in order to gain a deeper understanding of variation in linguistic development among adults acquiring a second language in natural settings. I employ both behavioral and neurocognitive (event-related potentials) measures of language development and processing. My research is designed to have both theoretical (models of language and learning) and practical implications (language curriculum and program design).

Areas of specialization: Individual differences in adult second language acquisition; second language development in classroom and study-abroad settings; online processing of second language; acquisition of Spanish morphosyntax

For more information and downloadable versions of available publications, see links section below.


Ettlinger, M., Morgan-Short, K., Faretta-Stutenberg, M., & Wong, P.C.M. (2015). "The relationship between artificial and natural language learning." Cognitive Science. DOI: 10.1111/cogs.12257.

Morgan-Short, K., Deng, Z., Brill-Schuetz, K. A., Faretta-Stutenberg, M., Wong, P. C. M., & Wong, F. C. K. (2015). "A view of the neural representation of second language syntax through artificial language learning under implicit conditions." Special issue article for Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

Morgan-Short, K., Faretta-Stutenberg, M., & Bartlett-Hsu, L. (2015). "Contributions of event-related potential research to issues in explicit and implicit second language acquisition." In P. Rebuschat (Ed.), Implicit and Explicit Learning of Languages (349-384). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Morgan-Short, K., Faretta-Stutenberg, M., Brill-Schuetz, K. A., Carpenter, H., & Wong, P. C. M. (2014). "Declarative and procedural memory as individual differences in second language acquisition." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17(1), 56-72.

Faretta-Stutenberg, M. & Morgan-Short, K. (2011). "Learning without awareness reconsidered: A replication of Williams (2005)." In G. Granena et al. (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 2010 Second Language Research Forum: Reconsidering SLA Research, Dimensions, and Directions (18-28). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

Research and Scholarship

2014 – Dissertation Grant, Language Learning
2013 – Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Dissertation Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago
2013 – Provost’s Award for Graduate Research, University of Illinois at Chicago

Teaching and Mentoring

2016 – Student Engagement Fund, Faculty Mentored Research Project 
2013 – Undergraduate Mentoring Award for Graduate Students, University of Illinois at Chicago
2012, 2009 – Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

Courses taught at NIU

Taught in Spanish
Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (FLSP 480/580)
Advanced Spanish Grammar (FLSP 301)

Taught in English
Applied Linguistics and the Romance Languages (FLAL 483/583)
Methodologies for Teaching Foreign Languages at the University Level (FLMT 597)


E-mail Mandy Faretta-Stutenberg
Watson Hall 117
(815) 753-8396