Troy E. Spier, Ph.D.

Troy E Spier



Office Hours

Tucker Hall Rm #441

Monday • 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Wednesday/Friday 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m.

Current Semester Schedule

ENC 1102 Freshman Communicative Skills II • Mon.Wed.Fri. — 10:10 a.m.11:00 a.m.
ENC 1102 Freshman Communicative Skills II • Mon.Wed.Fri. — 11:15 a.m.12:05 p.m.
LIN 4680 Advanced Grammar • Mon.Wed.Fri. — 12:20 p.m.-1:10 p.m.
LIN 4060 History of the English Language • Mon.Wed.Fri. — 2:30 p.m.3:20 p.m.

About Me

I am an educator and scholar based in Tallahassee, though I have also lived in New Orleans, Quito, Warner Robins, Skopje, Berlin, and Jersey City. Additionally, I have spent considerable time in Phoenix, Arusha, and Mansa. I specialize in language documentation and description in East and East-Central Africa (particularly in Zambia, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo) and discourse analytic approaches to intersections of language, power, ideology, and religion. I am currently Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics at Florida A&M University and Editor-in-Chief of the Arusha Working Papers in African Linguistics. My scholarship has been published in a variety of academic journals, including Discourse & Society, The Journal of Asian and African Studies, Studies in African Languages and Cultures, Lenguaje, Critical Research on Religion, The Teaching and Learning Anthropology Journal, Teaching Anthropology, World Literature Today, and Language. Text. Society. Finally, I have worked on the digitization and typesetting of literary works from the Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem era (1877-1917), which can be found on my website.

Areas of Interest

  • Language Documentation and Description
  • (Critical) Discourse Analysis
  • Linguistic Landscapes
  • Corpus Linguistics


  • Dallas International University • 2022
    Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies 
  • Tulane University • 2020
    Ph.D. in Linguistics
  • Tulane University • 2018
    M.A. in Linguistics
  • Kutztown University • 2014
    B.S. Ed. in English/Secondary Education
  • Reading Area Community College • 2012
    A.A., General Studies

Work History

  • Assistant Professor • Present
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Courses Taught At FAMU

  • ENC 1101 - Freshman Communicative Skills I

  • ENC 1102 - Freshman Communicative Skills II

  • LIN 4060 - History of the English Language
  • LIN 4680 - Advanced Grammar