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My central area of research is higher education pedagogy. Currently, my research focuses on integrating writing instruction into teacher education programmes. Additionally, I'm interested in strengthening reflective practice among teachers and teacher candidates as a part of developing pedagogies that sustain the cultural identities and languages of all students. 

I collaborate with an international group of scholars to develop and assess pedagogies that integrate intercultural competence into writing courses. Our most current article, 'Developing intercultural competence through a linked course model curriculum,' can be found here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/tesj.613. More about this work can be found at http://writeic.org

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.

While at Purdue, I worked for the Purdue Writing Lab (home of the OWL) and the Oral English Proficiency Program. Primarily, I taught 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 situations. Explicit metalanguage helps experienced professionals mentor students and new professionals on discipline-specific writing skills. 

My areas of teaching expertise include academic writing skills, oral and written English for EAL learners, religious and moral education pedagogy at the primary level, and teacher education courses. I am a faculty advising editor for the journal Young Scholars in Writing

I also serve as an honorary chaplain for the University chaplaincy. More information can be found here: https://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/ourcampus/whatsoncampus/faithspiritualitysupport/

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Investigating Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices in First-Year Composition, Purdue University

24 Aug 20168 May 2021

Award Date: 8 May 2021

Master of Arts, To see in a mirror dimly: An ecology of ritual transmission, Purdue University

24 Aug 20145 Aug 2016

Award Date: 5 Aug 2016


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