Department of Languages and Literatures

Joyce Milambiling


Faculty - Professor


Ph.D., City University of New York (Linguistics)
M.A., University of California, Berkeley (Scandinavian Languages/Literature)
B.L.S., Boston University (Liberal Studies)

Courses Taught

  • Linguistics

  • Bilingualism/Bilingual Education

  • Language Teaching Methodology

  • Social and Cultural Contexts of Language

Research Interests

  • Language Policy/Language Rights

  • Heritage Language Maintenance and Education

  • Multilingualism

  • Language Teacher Education


Dr. Joyce Milambiling received a Bachelors in Liberal Studies at Boston University, an M. A. degree in Scandinavian from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Before coming to the University of Northern Iowa, Dr. Milambiling was an Associate Examiner at Educational Testing Service in New Jersey where she helped develop content on the first computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). She has worked both as a teacher and language teacher educator in the U.S., the Philippines, and Indonesia. At the University of Northern Iowa since 1997, Dr. Milambiling is Coordinator of the M.A. Program in TESOL/Applied Linguistics and has taught a wide range of courses in linguistics and language education to both undergraduate and graduate students.  A chapter on the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights will appear in December 2018 in the edited volume, Language and Social Justice in Practice. In addition, articles of hers have been published in TESOL Quarterly, Theory into Practice, The English Teaching Forum, and Academe. Her research interests are language policy, the social contexts of bilingualism and bilingual education, and gender and immigration.