Jonathan Choti headshotJonathan Choti is Assistant Professor (Fixed-Term) of African languages and cultures in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages. He holds a PhD in linguistics from MSU. He teaches Swahili language and a course in the Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities (IAH) Program that focuses on African cultures, languages, and literature. Choti is also the faculty leader of a 6-week education broad program known as Sustainable Community Development in Tanzania. He obtained his MA (English language and linguistics) and BA (English and Swahili) from Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya. Choti is a member of Association of Contemporary African Linguists (ACAL), National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), African Language Teachers’ Association (ALTA), Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA), and Chama cha Ukuzaji wa Kiswahili Duniani (Chaukidu). Choti’s research interests focus on the phonology and morphology of Bantu languages and second language pedagogy. He is the 2019 recipient of the Mid-Michigan Spartans Quality in Teaching Award and the 2020 Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship.