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My work focuses on preparing teachers to thrive in culturally diverse classrooms through implementation of asset-based pedagogies. I'm particularly interested in strengthening reflective practice among teachers and teacher candidates as a part of supporting pedagogies that sustain the cultural identities and languages of all students.
I completed my PhD in English at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA in May 2021. My dissertation, Investigating Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices in First-Year Composition, focused on mixed-methods evaluation of culturally responsive teaching among college writing instructors. I collaborate with an international group of scholars to develop and assess pedagogies that integrate intercultural competence into writing courses. More about this work can be found at http://writeic.org.
While at Purdue, I worked for the Purdue Writing Lab (home of the OWL) and the Oral English Proficiency Program. Primarily, my roles involved teaching written and oral communication skills to STEM graduate students. I have an ongoing interest in collaborating with professionals in STEM disciplines, with specific attention to developing metalaguage for STEM writing applications. Metalanguage for writing enables experienced professionals to identify their implicit understanding of writing and articulate how they communicate effectively in various situtations. Explicit metalanguage helps experienced professionals mentor students and new professionals on discipline-specific writing skills.
In addition to research focused on writing and teacher education, I also do some work on religious practices in digital spaces. My MA thesis and several publications investigate how religious rituals propagate in online spaces, and how online faith interacts with traditional, in-person ritual practice.
My areas of teaching expertise include academic writing skills, oral and written English for EAL learners, and teacher education courses. I am a faculty advising editor for the journal Young Scholars in Writing.
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In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University
24 Aug 2016 → 8 May 2021
Award Date: 8 May 2021
Master of Arts, Purdue University
24 Aug 2014 → 5 Aug 2016
Award Date: 5 Aug 2016
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17/02/22 → 21/05/22
Project: Knowledge Exchange (Training / Short Course)
Sims, R., Banat, H., Tran, P., Panahi, P. & Dilger, B., 15 Jul 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Writing and Pedagogy. 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Developing intercultural competence through a linked course model curriculum: mainstream and L2-specific first year writingBanat, H., Sims, R., Tran, P., Panahi, P. & Dilger, B., 31 Mar 2022, In: TESOL Journal. 13, 1, e613.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review6 Downloads (Pure)