School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Spencer Hazel

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics & Communication

Background

Introduction

I joined ECLS in 2016, following a decade moving between the University of Luxembourg, Roskilde University (Denmark), the University of Southern Denmark, and the University of Nottingham. This mobility has characterized much of my life, starting in childhood and continuing through my adult years. I spent some 25 years living, studying and working in a range of inspiring places around the world, and trying (not always successfully) to navigate the linguistic and cultural labyrinths in which I would find myself. This has ultimately informed my wider interests in the world, with much of my research also seeking out international settings - multilingual workplaces, language classrooms, Higher Education, the Arts and the like – to explore how people from different walks of life come to make sense of one another.

With a rich international history that stretches back through the years, the North East is an ideal place to pursue these interests. Furthermore, Newcastle has become a very different, internationalised city from the one I left as a young boy many years ago, and therefore a great place to be carrying out this line of research.

As well as an earlier career in theatre, I am also interested in the media, and recently received a British Science Association Media Fellowship. This gave me the opportunity to spend a month working as science writer for The Times.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Acting DPD 4053F MA CCC & International Marketing
  • Director of Equality & Diversity, ECLS
  • Academic Lead Athena Swan, ECLS
  • Chair of Board of Examiners
  • Member of REF Internal Quality Audit committee, ECLS
  • Member of Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute (NUHRI) steering committee

Area of expertise

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Social Interaction
  • Multimodality
  • Multilingual Workplace
  • Language Policy
  • Creative Sector

Peer review and editorial work

Social Interaction - International Journal for Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality (Editorial Board); Research on Language and Social Interaction (ROLSI); Applied Linguistics; Classroom Discourse; Qualitative Research Journal; Journal of Pragmatics; Modern Language Journal; Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education; Forum Qualitative Social Research; International Journal for the Semiotics of Law; Journal of Interaction Research and Communication Design (Advisory Board); Guest Editor work: Journal of Pragmatics (2014; in prep.); Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (forthcoming)

Scientific committees: International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (IIEMCA); American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL); Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP); Cultural and Linguistic Practices in the Internationalised University (CALPIU)

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Research

My research interests are in workplace interaction, with recent research output dealing with such settings as service encounters, corporate business meetings, business workshop facilitation, guidance counselling in higher education, classroom interaction, healthcare, research-focused activities, theatre rehearsals, and forklift truck driving. 

Most settings that I have investigated have been linguistically dynamic, and I am especially interested in exploring the ways through which people make use of the body and other resources from the surround to facilitate communication. I adopt an interaction analytic approach to do so, drawing on Ethnomethodological Conversation Analysis, micro-ethnography, and video analysis.

Over the past years, I have been involved in a range of projects on internationalised, multilingual settings. At the University of Luxembourg I was attached to the Codiscilea project (Competences for Organizing Discourse-in-Interaction and Science Learning), exploring the discourse of elementary school science classrooms. At Roskilde University, I carried out my PhD research as a member of the Research Centre for Cultural and Linguistic Practices in the Internationalised University (calpiu.dk), and postdoctoral research in the project Language and Interaction in the Global Corporation (lingcorp.ruc.dk). This line of research is still ongoing, and with colleagues in Denmark, I continue to work as a member of the research project Transient Multilingual Communities (tmc.ku.dk), and am involved in the Erasmus project Critical Skills for Life and Work (cslw.eu), developing toolkits for highly skilled refugees. 

My research in these projects has focused first and foremost on resources such as talk, gaze, gesture, body posture and material objects that people make use of in their interactions. This line of work was carried through in the project Social Objects for Innovation and Learning (SOIL) at the University of Southern Denmark in Kolding.

Currently, with colleagues across Newcastle University, we am conducting research on social interaction involving people living with dementia. This project, Interaction, Dementia and Engagement in the Arts (IDEA) runs until 2019, with funding from the British Academy.

Teaching

I am currently module leader for 'ALC Understanding Multimodal Communication', and contribute also to 'ALC8030 Reflective Practice and Second Language Teacher Development' and 'ALC8003 Research Methods'.

Publications