Dr. Paul Sebastian

Language(s) taught

Spanish and TESL


I teach courses in language methodology, second language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning and Spanish as a second language. My research is rooted in the relationship between language and the constructed environment whether that be physical, virtual or hybrid. Within this central focus, my specific interests lie in the areas of learning space design, place semiotics and technology-enhanced language learning and teaching. 


Ed.D. (2017) Boise State University
M.A. (2012) Brigham Young University
B.A. (2010) Idaho State University



Sebastian, P., Souza, B. (2022). Connecting the disconnected: Analysis of a virtual exchange during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Virtual Exchange, 5, 94-104. https://doi.org/10.21827/jve.5.38374

Sebastian, P., Gopalakrishnan, S., & Hendricks, H. H. (2021). Language laboratories and centers: Looking to history and anticipating the future. In E. Lavolette & A. Kraemer (Eds.), Language center handbook 2021 (pp. 3-30). International Association for Language Learning Technology.

Sebastian, P. (2020). Language centers in the age of ubiquitous technology and eclectic methodology. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 10(3), 67-78. 

Sebastian, P., Fernández Juncal, C., Souza, B., Ghezzi, M., & Rubio Sanchez, R. (2020). A grassroots virtual exchange between pre-service language teachers and language students. FLTMAG. Retrieved from https://fltmag.com/a-grassroots-virtual-exchange/

Sebastian, P. (2019). Signs of resistance in the Asturian linguistic landscape. Linguistic Landscape, 5(3), 302-329.

Sebastian, P. (2019, January 14). [Review of the book From language lab to language center and beyond: The past, present, and future of language center design, by F. A. Kronenberg (Ed.)]. CALICO Journal, 36(1), 77-80.

Sebastian, P., & Martinsen, R. (2015). Facebook as a virtual learning space to connect multiple language classrooms. IALLT Journal of Language Learning Technologies, 45(1), 44-69.

Selected Conference Presentations

Sebastian, P. (2023, October 7-October 8). (Dis)embodied Communicative Activities for in- person and online-synchronous World Language Classrooms [Conference session]. Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) Conference, Winston-Salem, NC.

Sebastian, P. (2021). Asynchronous dialogue in the Asturian linguistic landscape. Presentation given at the Society for the Analysis of Cultural Topics and Linguistic Identities N’Asturies (SANTINA) Conference, Online conference hosted by the University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA. 

Sebastian, P., & Souza, B. (2021). Examining the effects of COVID-19 on an international virtual conversation exchange. Presentation given at the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) Online Conference.

Souza, B., & Sebastian, P. (2021). Spanish learner and native Spanish speaker international virtual conversation exchanges: Session-initial linguistic and cultural interactions. Presentation given at the Spanish Linguistics In North Carolina (SLINKI) Conference, Online conference hosted by NC State University, Raleigh, NC.

Sebastian, P. (2019, March). Asynchronously layered linguistic landscapes. Presentation given at the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures (DLLC) Spring Symposium, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

Sebastian, P. (2018, November). The 21st century language center as resource for contemporary methodologies. Presentation given at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Sebastian, P., Souza, B., & Souza, K. (2018, October). Putting them in their place: Spanish placement procedures in North Carolina. Presentation given at the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) Conference, Raleigh, NC.

Full CV

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Title: Assistant Professor, Spanish & TESL/Applied Linguistics , Undergraduate Teacher Education Program Director for World Languages
Department: Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2932

Office address
LS Dougherty 210 B