SIL-UND is blessed with highly-qualified and committed program staff who bring extensive overseas service experience into the SIL community and into each classroom. We have a different combination of staff members each summer—a good variety of interesting people!

Here are photos of just a few of our long-term staff, people who come back regularly. Tap or click on a photo for some information.

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Albert and Anita Bickford

Albert and Anita Bickford

Albert and Anita Bickford

Albert and Anita Bickford


Albert is the program director and a Senior Consultant with SIL. He plays the violin, but usually not during classes. Anita can pronounce just about any possible human sound, so she usually teaches Articulatory Phonetics, but has done others too. She has a trained operatic voice and plays the cello. Fieldwork location: Mexico and signed languages worldwide.

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Dianne and Steve Parkhurst

Dianne and Steve Parkhurst

Dianne and Steve Parkhurst

Dianne and Steve Parkhurst


Dianne handles reams of paperwork as our registrar, and both she and Steve teach classes in Sign Language Linguistics. They show up at UND just about every summer. Fieldwork location: Spain.

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Kate and Keith Slater

Kate and Keith Slater

Kate and Keith Slater

Kate and Keith Slater


Kate has taught Syntax and Morphology, Participatory Methods and served in a variety of administrative roles. Keith is Director of Graduate Studies and teaches Historical Linguistics whenever we give him the chance, but is willing to do other things too, like Field Methods and Syntax/Morphology. Fieldwork location: China.

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Linda and Rick Barnes

Linda and Rick Barnes

Linda and Rick Barnes

Linda and Rick Barnes


Linda serves as director of our childcare program. Rick keeps SIL-UND running with soldierly efficiency as a member of our admin team.

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Mary Castria

Mary Castria

Mary Castria

Mary Castria


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Linda Humnick

Linda Humnick

Linda Humnick

Linda Humnick


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John Clifton

John Clifton

John Clifton

John Clifton


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Jim Roberts

Jim Roberts

Jim Roberts

Jim Roberts


An Africanist whose laugh may be untranscribable, Jim has taught a number of phonology and grammar courses, most recently one on linguistic tone. Fieldwork: Chadian languages.

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Mary Morgan

Mary Morgan

Mary Morgan

Mary Morgan


Mary's 5-decade career as linguist, teacher, and consultant has taken her to more continents than we can count. She teaches classes related to literacy and sociolinguistics.

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Linda and Stuart Thiessen

Linda and Stuart Thiessen

Linda and Stuart Thiessen

Linda and Stuart Thiessen


Linda and Stuart live near the Twin Cities, though they are not twins. Linda has served us as an ASL interpreter. Stuart is the first Deaf person to be recognized as a linguistics consultant by SIL International. He teaches Sign Language Morphosyntax. Fieldwork location: Latin America and beyond.

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Jim and Juanita Watters

Jim and Juanita Watters

Jim and Juanita Watters

Jim and Juanita Watters


Jim teaches Syntax/Morphology, Field Methods, and whatever else we need—he's versatile. Juanita has taught courses related to literacy and second language acquisition. She's also the director of a similar SIL program in Mexico. Experience in Mexico and South Asia.

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Steve and Cathy Marlett

Steve and Cathy Marlett

Steve and Cathy Marlett

Steve and Cathy Marlett


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Archie and Kristine Trammell

Archie and Kristine Trammell

Archie and Kristine Trammell

Archie and Kristine Trammell


Archie keeps everyone happy by putting out fires (metaphorical ones, fortunately) with our IT systems. Kristine teaches courses related to Literacy, and has consulted for literacy projects in Latin America and Africa.

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Adam Baker

Adam Baker

Adam Baker

Adam Baker


Adam is a phonologist with computer programming skills, a sense of humor, and lots of deep thought. Fieldwork: Iranian and Turkic Languages.

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Kathy Hansen

Kathy Hansen

Kathy Hansen

Kathy Hansen


Kathy specializes in the phonology of signed languages. If "phonology" and "signed languages" seems like an odd combination to you, you really need her help! Fieldwork: American Sign Language in the USA.

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Heather and Robb Fried

Heather and Robb Fried

Heather and Robb Fried

Heather and Robb Fried


Heather teaches Ethnographic Methods and Robb is a grammar writer who has most recently taught Typology and Discourse. Do you know a typologically unusual language? Robb wants to hear about it!

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Doug and Meg Fraiser

Doug and Meg Fraiser

Doug and Meg Fraiser

Doug and Meg Fraiser


Doug teaches anthropology, so nothing you do will surprise him. Meg collects your money as our finance manager, and sometimes even gives some back. Fieldwork locations: The Philippines and Thailand.

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Dan and Sarah Eberle

Dan and Sarah Eberle

Dan and Sarah Eberle

Dan and Sarah Eberle


Sign language specialists who both did their MAs here at UND, Dan and Sarah have taught a number of classes. Fieldwork location: currently Kenya, but they've been in Ecuador, Italy, and Romania too!

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Elke and Mark Karan

Elke and Mark Karan

Elke and Mark Karan

Elke and Mark Karan


Elke mostly teaches our Writing Systems course—just try to find a script she can't identify. Mark is an SIL senior consultant who has taught sociolinguistics, language survey, translation, and many other subjects. Fieldwork location: mostly Africa, but if you're interested, set aside half an hour to ask them sometime!

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Jan and Larry Allen

Jan and Larry Allen

Jan and Larry Allen

Jan and Larry Allen


Jan is a nomadic professor who's taught in Illinois, Texas, and New York besides North Dakota. She teaches Syntax II at UND. Larry has taught Translation and served as receptionist. Fieldwork location: The Philippines.

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Joan Baart

Joan Baart

Joan Baart

Joan Baart


Joan manages the SIL-UND working papers in linguistics, guides thesis students, and sometimes offers special lectures on acoustic phonetics with his special, dry wit. Fieldwork location: Asia.

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Karl and Kristen Anderbeck

Karl and Kristen Anderbeck

Karl and Kristen Anderbeck

Karl and Kristen Anderbeck


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Larin and Pam Adams

Larin and Pam Adams

Larin and Pam Adams

Larin and Pam Adams


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A number of these smiling people are members of UND’s Graduate Faculty, which means they can serve on MA Thesis committees. If you’d like to see who those faculty are, and learn about their research interests, please have a look at this page on the UND website.

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