Lily Compton


    Graduate Communication Programs Coordinator, Center for Communication Excellence, Graduate College


     Office: 1137 Pearson Hall

     Email: lcompton@iastate.edu

     Phone: (515) 294-7996


Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction (major) Applied Linguistics and Technology (minor), Iowa State University

M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language, (specialization in Computer-Assisted Language Learning), Iowa State University

B.Ed. Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Southampton, UK

Research Areas

Computer-assisted language learning, online language learning and teaching, teacher education, curriculum and instructional technology


O'Bryan, A., Compton, L., Gutierrez, J.D., & Borges, T.F. (2019). Scaffolding successful MALL experiences for frontline ESL workers: an exploratory study.International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, 12(3). https://online-journals.org/index.php/i-jac/article/view/11182

Compton, L., & Davis, N. (2010). The impact of and key elements for a successful virtual early field experience. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 10(3). http://www.citejournal.org/vol10/iss3/general/article1.cfm

Compton, L., Davis, N. and Correia, A. (2010). Pre-service teachers’ preconceptions, misconceptions, and concerns of virtual schooling. Distance Education, 31(1):37-54.

Compton, L., Davis, N. and Mackey, J. (2009) Field experience in virtual schooling - To be there virtually. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 17(4):459-477.

Compton, L. (2009). Preparing language teachers to teach language online: a look at skills, roles, and responsibilities. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 22(1):73-99

Compton, L. (2007) The Impact of Content and Context on International Teaching Assistants' Willingness to Communicate in the Language Classroom. TESL EJ, 10(4). http://tesl-ej.org/ej40/a2.html

Davis, N.E., Roblyer, M.D., Charania, A., Ferdig, R., Harms, C., Compton, L., & Cho, M. (2007). Illustrating the “virtual” in virtual schooling: Challenges and strategies in creating real tools to prepare virtual teachers. Internet and Higher Education, 10(1):27-39.

Compton, L.K.L. (2006). Is every educational use a fair use? Essential Teacher, Compleat Links, 3(1). https://www.tesol.org/read-and-publish/journals/other-serial-publications/compleat-links/compleat-links-volume-3-issue-1-(march-2006)/is-every-educational-use-a-fair-use-

Compton, L.K.L. (2005). Educational approaches: Virtual schooling. Schome: The education system for the Information Age. 

Chapelle, C.A., Compton, L., Kon, E. & Sauro, S. (2004). Theory, research & practice in CALL: Making the links. In L. Lomicka & J. Cooke-Plagwitz (Eds.), Teaching with Technology (pp. 189 - 208). Boston: Thomson-Heinle.

Compton, L.K.L. (2004). Using text chat to improve willingness to communicate. In J-B Son (Ed.). Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Concepts, Contexts and Practices (pp. 123-144). New York: iUniverse, Inc.

Compton, L. (2004). From chatting to oral fluency: Using chat to improve self-confidence and increase willingness to communicate. Teaching English with Technology, 4(1). http://www.tewtjournal.org/?wpdmact=process&did=MTQ0LmhvdGxpbms


Online course in advanced speaking for international teaching assistants. ELO course development, Engineering-LAS Development Grant. Co-PI E. Cotos (2019)

Select Conference Presentations

Santos, L., Kochem, T., Terrill, K., Compton, L., Richards, M., and Cotos, E. (upcoming 2019, September) The development of an online English speaking consultant training program: Lessons Learned. Paper presented at the annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) Conference, Flagstaff, AZ. US

O'Bryan, A., Compton, L., Gutierrez, J.D., & Borges, T.F. (2019, June). Scaffolding successful MALL experiences for frontline ESL workers: an exploratory study. Paper presentation at the annual International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace, New York City, New York, US.

Compton, L., Cotos, E., Richards, M., Edalatishams, I., & Peterson, S. (2019, March). Online training of English Speaking Consultants through Canvas. Presentation at the annual TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, Atlanta, Georgia, US.

Compton, L., Cotos, E., & Terrill, K. (2019, February). Delivering ITA speaking assessment through a web-based rater platform. Paper presented at the International TA Professional Symposium, Pittsburg, Pensylvannia, US.

Compton, A. & O’Bryan, A. (2012). Framework and teaching tips for online TESL/Applied Linguistic courses. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the MIDTESOL, Ames, Iowa, US

Davis, N., Compton, L. & Mackley, J. (2009, March). Field Experience with a virtual school’s teacher: How can it be done? Brief Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Charleston, South Carolina, US

Compton, L., Davis, N., Graham, R. & Swaharu, P. (2008). Virtual Field Experience – Observing Virtual Teaching at a Distance: A Pilot Study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Honors and Awards

Research Excellence Award (December 2009), Iowa State University

PhD Research Assistantship (Fall 2002 – Spring 2008), Iowa State University

Leadership in Intercultural Educational Technology – International Leadership for Educational Technology (ILET) (Summer 2005), Iowa State University

Quentin Johnson Award (April 2002), Iowa State University

Teaching Excellence Award (December 2001), Iowa State University

Full Scholarship for Bachelor of Education in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (1992 – 1996), Ministry of Education, Malaysia