Professor of Linguistics

Dr. Canner served in the past as a military language analyst and interpreter for the INF Treaty. He has cross-cultural experience amongst Russians and Ukrainians, including church planting and discipleship in the former Soviet Union. Dr. Canner has also served as President of Language and Culture Training International (LCTI), a non-profit agency that equips candidates with the language and inter-cultural skills for effective cross-cultural ministry. He has presented at conferences on second language acquisition, cognitive linguistics and issues in missiology. He has published two Russian language textbooks designed for missionaries, language aptitude and proficiency exams, and several articles related to linguistics and issues in Missiology.

His hobbies include history, science, and family genealogy (an interest he shares with his wife, Dale). He especially loves anything in the great outdoors, including winter sports, fishing, hiking, and camping with his family and nine grandkids.

Education and Experience

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics with a Secondary in East Slavic Languages from University of South Carolina, 2013
  • M.A. in Linguistics with emphasis on Second Language Acquisition from University of South Carolina, 2011
  • Teacher Certification in Second Language Pedagogy from University of New Mexico, 1991
  • Diploma with Honors: Advanced Russian from U.S. Army Defense Language Institute, 1986
  • B.A. in Soviet Studies: International Security Affairs from University of New Mexico, 1984