SRIS Webinar: Critical Theory and Critical Pedagogy: Bridging the Gap

When:  Aug 12, 2020 from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM (ET)


In order to understand social justice issues in TESOL more effectively, intersectional study is a necessity. This panel takes a deeper look into how applied linguistics concepts and teacher education practices can be impacted by social justice issues both in and outside the TESOL classroom.


Jenna Cushing-Leubner (Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater) developed the Heritage Language Education program for practicing teachers and teaches in UWW’s Bilingual Education/ESL program. Participatory design and action research shapes her approaches to critically conscious language teacher development. Her scholarship is shaped through theories of critical race and ethnic studies, settler colonialism, and raciolinguistics.

Amin Davoodi is a doctoral student in ESL, technology and teacher education at Texas A&M University. As a teacher trainer, he has had workshops in the US, Mexico, Armenia and Iran. His areas of research interest are sociopolitics of language learning, language and identity and educational technology.

Allison Yasukawa (Associate Professor & Director of English Language Learning, California College of the Arts) is an interdisciplinary visual artist and ESP Art & Design educator. Her work focuses on communicative overlaps between language learning and art/design learning framed from critical art education and language justice perspectives. Website:

Laura B. Liu, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor and English as a New Language Program Coordinator in the Division of Education with Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. Laura integrates art-based approaches into her teaching and into her three primary research areas: glocalization, diversity sustaining pedagogies, and teacher educator international professional development.

Sari Brodey is a graduate of the Teacher Preparation Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, and completed coursework to earn dual licensure in elementary education and teaching English as a new language. Sari applied for and completed an IUPUC Office of Student Research project with her faculty mentor, Laura Liu.​

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