Read Shawna's March 2022 Spotlight on Language, Culture and Justice.
I am an associate professor of writing and linguistics at Middlebury College. My research focuses on the transition to higher education for immigrant and refugee students, and on innovative approaches to teaching linguistically diverse groups of writers. Much of my work focuses on the impact of educational discourse in how English Learners (ELs) are treated at school, and I’ve taken part in a number of initiatives aimed at improving equity for ELs in my local district. I’ve written for a number of peer reviewed journals, as well as for more public audiences, through Inside Higher Ed and The Conversation.
My third book, published with Routledge in early 2022, is Cultivating Critical Language Awareness in the Writing Classroom. I’ve developed a companion website as well, which provides many of my teaching materials and other resources.
You can learn more about my work at https://sites.middlebury.edu/