Tara Tarpey is a doctoral student in the Applied Linguistics program at Teacher's College, Columbia University. Her primary research interests are conversation analysis and educational discourse, particular in ESL classrooms and tutoring sessions. To complement her studies, she also works for the Applied Linguistics program as a research assistant, transcribing and analyzing classroom data, and as a program assistant, advising prospective and current students and assisting with admissions.
Tara received her B. A. in English from Vassar College, her M. A. in TESOL from tEachers College, Columbia University, and has eight years of teaching experience in the fields of writing and ESL. She has taught in a wide range of settings, from summer programs for young adults to community colleges and language programs. Tara currently works as an instructor at the English Language Institute at Pace University.