PhD, University of Kansas
MA, University of Kansas
BA, Western Michigan University
Julie Bruch, PhD, received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and secondary education with minors in German and English from Western Michigan University and went on to earn both her Master of Arts in applied linguistics and her PhD in linguistics from the University of Kansas. A professor of English at Colorado Mesa University since 2002, Bruch teaches the following courses: Language Systems and Linguistic Diversity, History of the English Language, Structure of the English Language, Beginning Japanese I and II, Intermediate Japanese I and English Composition.
In the classroom, Bruch uses a student-centered teaching style that involves ample student-to-student interaction and discussion. She attempts to help students tie classroom concepts to real life. She believes that when students work in collaboration, they can develop new perspectives on unfamiliar or controversial ideas. Her classroom is a space where learning how to ask questions is as important as learning how to answer them.
Bruch spent the early part of her career teaching English as a Foreign Language in Japan, Spain and Puerto Rico and teaching Intensive English as a Second Language at the University of Kansas and University of Colorado, Boulder. She also served as a research associate at CU-Boulder studying the language acquisition of deaf children in Spanish-speaking families living in Colorado.
Bruch's research interests include exploring the language-culture interface and the relationships of language users to their language(s) and language styles. She is also interested in documenting diachronic variation (variation over time) in English and Japanese. She has recently written a Beginning Japanese textbook that applies dynamic systems theory to acquisition of language, and she has participated in a Japanese haiku translation project. Bruch is an avid music lover. She plays piano, Japanese koto, shamisen and mukkuri. She is interested in people and their life experiences and enjoys getting to know students on a one-to-one basis.