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Professor Emeritus / Recently Retired


Thom Hudson
Emeritus Professor

PhD, University of California Los Angeles


Thom Hudson is Professor Emeritus of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and co-editor of the electronic journal Reading in a Foreign Language.  Dr. Hudson received his B.S. degree in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, MA degree in TESOL and Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has lived and taught in the U.S., Egypt, Mexico, and Japan.

Dr. Hudson’s research has concentrated on second language testing, reading, language for specific purposes, and curriculum and program development, with a long-term interest in criterion-referenced testing.

Recently Retired

Robert Bley-Vroman

PhD, University of Washington


Robert Bley-Vroman received his MA in Germanics and his MA and PhD in linguistics from the University of Washington. He concluded his employment at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa as chancellor before briefly returning to the faculty in fall 2017.

Dr. Bley-Vroman’s research has concentrated on applied linguistics, syntax, and second language acquisition theory. His most influential papers are “The logical problem of foreign language learning” and “The comparative fallacy in interlanguage studies.” His latest research interest concerns the relationship between pitch in linguistics and perfect pitch in music.


Kathryn A. Davis

PhD, Stanford University
Kathryn A. Davis’ research interests have included exploration of language and identity, transnational linguistic flows, new literacies/multi-media technology, and community, school, and university collaborations.