Alexandra Shaeffer (PhD)

Meet our multilingual research wiz, Alexandra. 

With over 12 years’ experience in academia, Alexandra has lectured, advised and supervised students, ranging from undergrads to PhDs.

Alexandra’s methodologically diverse set of research skills, combined with a passion for education, heaps of compassion and endless patience, make her an invaluable asset to anyone needing help with their research project.

Quick facts

  • Methodologies: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods
  • Collection methods: Experimental design, questionnaires, interviews, surveys, observation
  • Analysis methods: Qualitative content analysis, discourse analysis, content analysis, grounded theory, statistics
  • Research interests: Learning & education, linguistics, educational technology
  • Supported software: Word, Excel, Google Suite, R, SPSS


Before joining Grad Coach, she served as Distance Education Advisor at Unity College. Prior to this, Alexandra was the coordinator of the Center for Global Languages and Cultures at John Carroll University. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of French and Linguistics at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, where she taught courses in French, foreign language pedagogy, and linguistics.

In addition to her teaching and administrative experience, Alexandra has supervised and supported several student research projects and theses, from initial topic ideation and refinement, all the way through to final edit.


Alexandra completed her BA in Modern Languages and Literatures (French and Russian) at Kenyon College in Ohio. She then went on to earn her MA in French (and even lived in France!), with specialisations in French and Francophone Literature and Culture from Illinois State University. During her MA, she developed a passion for language teaching and learning, which motivated her to pursue a PhD in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Iowa. Addicted to lifelong learning, she recently completed a PGDip in Education, from the University of Exeter in the UK.

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Interested in working with Alexandra? Book a no-obligation consultation online today, to discuss how you could work together to conquer your research project.