Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts
English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center
Bryan Buschner

Bryan Buschner

Director, EPPIC Language Advising

Office: 017 Thomas Building
Mailing Address:

234 Sparks Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802



Ph.D., Applied Linguistics and Asian Studies, Pennsylvania State University
M.A., History, New Mexico State University
B.A., History, Florida State University


Dr. Bryan Buschner is a linguist with over 15 years of teaching experience in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Learning, in the U.S. and abroad. His research interests include Advising in Language Learning (ALL), Language for Specific Purposes (LSP), second language acquisition and pedagogy, discourse analysis and cognitive linguistics. At Penn State University, Dr. Buschner has taught in a wide variety of programs including EPPIC, the Department of Applied Linguistics, Penn State Law, and the Intensive English Communication Program (IECP). In these organizations, he has taught both graduate and undergraduate students in courses ranging from academic writing and speaking to discourse analysis and figurative language. In his role as director of EPPIC language advising, Dr.Buschner is currently building a place for this model of advising to thrive at Penn State. His advising work applies research-based methodologies to help multilingual students become more effective as autonomous learners. At present, language advising programs of this type are a rarity in the United States, and those that are aimed at graduate students and professionals are even more rare. Dr. Buschner’s recent research focuses on language advising designed for foreign language students in a Japanese university setting. His current work aims to establish the value of this approach to advising for academic professionals.

Research Interests:

Advising in Language Learning, English for Specific Purposes, Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Pedagogy, Discourse Analysis, Cognitive Linguistics.