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MATESOL Faculty

  • Our program’s seven faculty members are teacher-scholars in the true sense of the term. They teach introductory undergraduate as well as graduate courses. They publish books with presses whose titles are used in graduate programs across the country: Heinemann Boynton/Cook, Cambridge University Press, the National Council of Teachers of English, Hampton Press, TESOL Publications, and the University of Michigan Press, to name a few.

    Our faculty members’ articles have appeared in journals such as College Composition and Communication, Computers and Composition, English Journal, English Teaching Forum, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Journal of Reading, The Language Teacher, PRE/TEXT, Research in the Teaching of English, TESOL Journal, TESOL Quarterly, and The Writing Instructor.

    Look for them at conferences such as the American Association of Applied Linguistics, the National Council of Teachers of English, the College Language Association, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Linguistics Society of America, the International Writing Centers Association, and the annual TESOL Convention. 

    Sharon K. Deckert

    Research Interests

    • Identity Construction, Power, and the Multilingual Writer

    Publications Appearing in

    • Critical Inquiry in Language Studies
    • Sociolinguistic Studies
    • Journal of Language, Identity, and Education

    Honors

    • Director of Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL

    Dana Driscoll

    Research Interests

    • Transfer of learning, Research Methods, Writing Centers, Learning Theories, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    Publications Appearing in

    • Writing Center Journal
    • Composition Forum
    • Across the Disciplines
    • Communities of Engagement 2.0
    • Teaching and Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal
    • Computers and Composition
    • Journal of Teaching Writing

    Honors

    • “Theory, lore, and more: An analysis of RAD research in the Writing Center Journal, 1980-2009” won the International Writing Center Association’s Outstanding Article award.

    David Hanauer

    Research Interests

    • Academic literacy Across Disciplines, Poetry Reading and Writing in L1 and L2, Assessment in the Sciences, the Processes of Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Writing in L1 and L2

    Publications Appearing in

    • TESOL Quarterly
    • Journal of Applied Linguistics
    • Discourse Analysis
    • Research in the Teaching of English
    • Poetics Today
    • Cognitive Linguistics
    • Teaching and Teacher Education

    Honors

    • Recipient of five-year grant from the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for research into relationships between literacy, science, biology, and microbiology

    Gloria Park

    Research Interests

    • Applied Linguistics, Teacher Education, Second Language Literacy, TESOL pedagogy

    Publications Appearing in

    • ELT Journal
    •  International Journal of Innovation in English Language Teaching and Research
    • TESOL Quarterly

    Curt Porter

    Research Interests

    • Language Pedagogy, Critical Pedagogy, Cultural Studies, Curriculum Theory, Educational Philosophy

    Publications Appearing in

    • Journal of Language, Identity, and Education

    Honors

    • Recipient of more than $10,000 in grants from the University Senate Research Committee, Research Initiative Fund, and President’s Research Fund.

    Ben Rafoth

    Research Interests

    • Composition Theory and Pedagogy, Writing Centers, Research Methods

    Publications Appearing in

    • Journal of College Reading and Learning
    • Writing Program Administration
    • Journal of Teaching Writing
    • Research in the Teaching of English

    Honors

    • Ron Maxwell Award for Distinguished Leadership, International Writing Centers Association
    • Book of the Year Award with Shanti Bruce for ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors, International Writing Centers Association. Second edition published February 2009.

    Lilia Savova

    Research Interests

    • Teacher Education, Methodology, Second Language Teaching, Linguistics, Instructional Design, Technology

    Publications Appearing in

    • TESOL Journal

    Honors

    • Past chair for TESOL Teacher Education Interest Section; past president; Three Rivers TESOL; as well as past IUP MATESOL program coordinator