Melissa Baese-Berk is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon. She is also the Director of the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) Certificate Program at the UO, and is the undergraduate advisor for the Department of Linguistics.
Melissa earned her Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics from Boston University, and then a PhD in Linguistics with a specialization in Cognitive Science at Northwestern University. She then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language and at Michigan State University before moving to Oregon.
In her research, Melissa focuses on phonology and phonetics, typically examining speech perception and production, with special attention to non-native speakers and listeners. Her work has specifically addressed sources of variation in production and how that variation influences listeners in perception. She has also worked extensively on how various aspects of the perception and production systems interact. Her work is currently funded by the National Science Foundation and by an Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives Award from the University of Oregon.
Melissa also enjoys teaching an array of courses. In 2018, she was awarded the A. J. Ersted Faculty Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching, an award given to one instructor at the university each year. The same year, she was also awarded the Tykeson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the College of Arts and Sciences. This award is given to one instructor in each division and was awarded to instructors who show particular excellence in teaching large courses to undergraduate students. She has also been nominated for the university-wide Excellent Faculty Advising award for five consecutive years.