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Austin Pack

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Education & Social Work

Austin Pack is a language educator interested in understanding and creating engaging learning experiences. His research interests include the psychology of language learning, motivation in language teaching and learning, complex dynamic systems, network analysis, and technology-enhanced language learning. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has served as an English Language Fellow for the U.S. Department of State (Shanghai, 2016-2017).


  • Ph.D. English, University of Liverpool, 2021
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Supporting Learning in higher Education, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 2020
  • Master’s TESOL, BYU, 2013
  • Certificate in TESOL, BYU, 2012
  • Bachelor’s Chinese, BYU, 2011

Selected Publications

  • (2021) An investigation of the motivational profile of EAP learners at a transnational education English Medium Instruction university. Journal for the Psychology of Language Learning, 3(1), 107-114.
  • (2021) Understanding learners’ acceptance of high-immersion virtual reality systems: Insights from confirmatory and exploratory PLS-SEM analyses. Computers and Education, 169, 1-17.
  • (2019) Phonetics and phonology. In C. Chen & G. Morris (Eds.), How language works: A brief introduction to linguistics. London: Macmillan Red Globe Press.

Teaching Experience

  • Senior lecturer, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (2017-2020)
  • English Language Fellow, Shanghai Normal University (2016-2017)
  • Lecturer, Shantou University (2014-2016)
  • Special lecturer, Oakland University (2013-2014)
  • English and Greek teacher, BYU (2008-2013)


  • Greek
  • Mandarin Chinese