Stephen L. Walter, Ph.D.

Senior Literacy and Education Consultant


  • Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington, 1980
  • M.A., General linguistics and semantics, University of Texas at Arlington, 1976
  • B.A., Religious education, theology, Biblical studies, Washington Bible College, 1969

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Literacy and Education Consultant, SIL International, 2012–
  • Associate Professor, Principles of Multilingual Education, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL), Dallas, Texas, 2010–
  • Chair, Department of Applied Anthropology, GIAL, Dallas, Texas, 2003– 
  • Associate Professor, Social Science Research Methods, GIAL, Dallas, Texas, 2000– 
  • Associate Professor, Statistical Methods, GIAL, Dallas, Texas, 2000–
  • Member, GIAL Academic Affairs Committee, 2000– 
  • Associate Professor, Literacy Megacourse, GIAL, Dallas, Texas, 1999–
  • Editor, SIL Series in Language and Education, 1999– 

Other professional experience and service

  • SIL International Literacy and Education Consultant, 2000–2011
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Doctoral Seminar in Research Methods, University of Texas at Arlington, 2008
  • Literacy Consultant, Early reading assessments, Mali and Niger, PLAN USA, 2007
  • Literacy Consultant, Instructional Time Study, Mali, World Bank, 2007
  • Literacy Consultant, Development of standardized tests for schools providing Ixil-medium education, Guatemala, HELPS International, 2007
  • Literacy Project Consultant, Research, Education and Development (READ)project, Mondolkiri province, Cambodia, International Cooperation Cambodia (ICC), 2005
  • Leader, Research Design Workshop: comparing mother tongue and non-mother tongue approaches to education, SIL Cameroon Branch, Yaounde, Cameroon, 2005
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Literacy program management course, University of North Dakota, 1997, 2000, 2005
  • Leader, Research Design Workshop: comparing mother tongue and non-mother tongue approaches to education, SIL Philippines Branch, Lubuagan, Philippines, 2004
  • Consultant, Development and design of an international strategy for doing literacy assessment, UNESCO Institute of Statistics, 2004
  • Project Leader, Research team of international/national educators to design, implement, and analyze a National Reading Survey assessing reading instruction in primary schools in Eritrea, 2002
  • Assistant Professor, Seminar on Multilingual Education, University of North Dakota, 1999
  • SIL International Literacy Coordinator, 1988–1999
  • Training Program Leader, Seminar for SIL literacy consultants in Africa, SIL Africa Area, Nairobi, Kenya, 1997
  • Seminar Leader, Training in design/funding of literacy projects for NGOs working in Asia, SIL Indonesia Branch, Jakarta, Indonesia, 1996
  • Consultant, Organizational assessment of SIL in Burkina Faso, Papua New Guinea, Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy and Bible Translation (GILLBT), and Translators’ Association of the Philippines (TLAP), with written reports, Canadian International Development Agency, 1991, 1992
  • Director of Language Programs, SIL Colombia Branch, 1984–1988

Professional memberships

  • International Reading Association, 1991–
  • Comparative and International Education Society, 1988–

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • Spanish: ILR 3+/4
  • Tzeltal: ILR 2
  • French: ILR 1+

Research interests

  • Minority language education
  • Language of instruction issues
  • Bilingual education
  • International education
  • Quantitative research
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