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Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, with distinction (2004)
M.S. Ed., University of Pennsylvania (1996)
B. A., Bryn Mawr College (1986)

Recent Courses

Assessment Consideration For Esl And Bilingual Populations
S/T: Phoenetics And Phonology: Applications For Esl/Efl Teaching

Personal Statement

I seek to challenge and support students to interrogate second language acquisition research, their own experiences as learners, and their often deeply held notions of teaching and learning. My goal is to create a community of learners who draw on intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning as they wrestle with new ideas.

Teaching Specializations/Interests

ESL methodology, theories of second language acquisition, content-based instruction, and sociolinguistics.

Research Interests

Content-based instruction for ELLs (especially science instruction), gendered second language socialization, and health literacy for English language learners.

Grants/Sponsored Research

Corporation for National and Community Service. This grant provided $1.2 million over a 3-year period to engage students in 18 colleges and universities in service learning. Students provided ESL and naturalization tutoring for older immigrants and refugees.

MetLife Foundation. This grant provided $600,000 over 4 years to conduct research, develop health literacy curriculum, and engage health profession students in service to immigrants.

Artistic/Creative Work

"Education for National Belonging: Imposing Borders and Boundaries on Citizenship". Co-editor of journal special issue with J. Long and M. Fellin. Journal of Social Science Education. September 2015.

Book Chapters

Hogan, T., Gordon, D., & Donovan, C. (2016). A Clinically Rich Teacher Education Model for Bilingual Science Teachers: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned. In Ryan Flessner (Eds.). Case Studies of Clinical Preparation in Teacher Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Gordon, D. (2011). Literacy in Two Lands: Refugee Women’s Shifting Practices of Literacy and Labor. In F. Hult & K. King (Eds.). Applying the Local Globally and the Global Locally in Educational Linguistics. Bristol, UK, United Kingdom: Multilingual Matters.

Gordon, D., Santos, M., & Weinstein, G (2010). Reaching across Languages, Cultures and Disciplines in Service to Older Immigrants. In A. Pelham & E. Sills (Eds.). Promoting Health and Wellness in Underserved Communities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Through Service Learning. Sterling, VA, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Refereed Articles

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Gordon, D., Long, J., & Fellin, M. (2015), Education for National Belonging: Imposing Borders and Boundaries on Citizenship with Difference. Journal of Social Science Education, 14, 2-8.

Gordon, D. (2011), Trauma and Second Language Learning among Laotian Refugees. Journal of Southeast Asian American Education & Advancement, 6.

Gordon, D. (2010), Disrupting the Master Narrative: Global Politics, Historical Memory, and the Implications for Naturalization Education. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 41, 1.

Gordon, D. (2009), “She’s American Now, I Don’t Like That”: Gendered Language Ideologies in a Laotian American Community. Journal of Southeast Asian American Education & Advancement, 4.

Gordon, D. (2008), Gendered Second Language Socialization. Encyclopedia of Language and Education, 2nd ed., Volume 8, 231-243..

Gordon, D. (2004), "I'm Tired. You Clean and Cook." Shifting Gender Identities and Second Language Socialization. TESOL Quarterly, 38, 3, 437-457.

Invited Presentation/Lecture

Gordon, D. (2010, October). Citizenship Education: Challenges and Opportunities in Southeast Asian American Communities. National Education Association, Washington, DC.

Gordon, D. (2008, August). Reflection Activities for Experiential and Service-Learning Courses. Arcadia University, Philadelphia, PA..

Gordon, D. (2008, May). Immigrant Health Literacy: Reaching Across Language and Culture. University of Missouri-St. Louis..

Gordon, D (2007, November). Engaging Immigrant Youth and Older Adults: Intergenerational and Intercultural Programs. Stony Brook University..

Conference Presentations/Papers

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Gordon, D. and Schwinge, D. (2013). Learning to Teach Far from Home: Adapting to the Needs of Chinese MA TESOL Students. In International Conference on Language Teacher Education. George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Long, J., Stechel, M., Gordon, D., & Bush, M. (2012). Teaching Borders and Boundaries: Anthropological Investigations into Citizenship Education. In American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, California, CA.

Gordon, D. & Schwinge, D. (2012). Action Research: Joining Theory with Practice in ESL Teacher Education. In TESOL Convention. Philadelphia, PA.

Gordon, D. (2011). Trauma and Language Learning among Laotian Refugees. In NAFEA Conference. CSU, Long Beach.

Gordon, D., Bateman, B., Hardman, J., & Schwinge, D. (2011). Developing Reflective Practitioners: Action Research in Preservice Teacher Education. In CARLA Conference on Language Teacher Education. University of Minnesota.

Gordon, D. & Schwinge, D. (2010). Designing Action Research Courses for Preservice Teachers. In TESOL Convention. Boston, MA.

Gordon, D. & Jernick, V. (2010). NOT Just for ESL Teachers Anymore!: Working with English Language Learners. In Celebration of Teaching and Learning 2010. New York, New York.

Gordon, D. & Schwinge, D. (2009). Action Research in Teacher Preparation: Scaffolding Reflective Practitioners. In CARLA Conference on Language Teacher Education. Washington, DC..

Weinstein, G., Gordon, D., & King, J (2009). ESL Partnerships for Immigrant Wellness: Advancing the Field. In TESOL Convention. Denver, CO..

King, J., Weinstein,G., Gordon, D., & Santos, M. (2008). Healthy Collaborations: Partnerships for Immigrant Wellness. In TESOL Convention. New York City..

Weinstein, G., Gordon, D., King, J., & Santos, M. (2007). TESOL Partnerships in Health Literacy. In TESOL Convention. Seattle, WA..

Gordon, D. (2006). "It bothers your mind, cannot study nothing": Laotian refugees, trauma, and language learning. In American Anthropological Association. San Jose, CA..

David, D., Gordon, D., & Bruns, C. (2006). Improving Health Communication Skills of Health Professions Students. In International Service-Learning Research Conference. Portland, OR..

Gordon, D. (2006). "She's independent, she's American now. I don't like that": Shifting gender identities among ESL Learners. In Temple University Language and Linguistics Speaker Series. Philadelphia, PA..

Gordon, D. (2005). “Even if we don’t study literacy, we can still eat rice”: Literacy in Two Lands. In American Anthropological Association. Washington, DC..

Gordon, D. (2005). Identity, Citizenship, and Ambivalence in the Age of Homeland (In)Security. In American Education Research Association. Montreal, Quebec..

Gordon, D. (2004). Shifting Gender Identities and Second Language Socialization. In American Association of Applied Linguistics. Portland, OR..

Gordon, D. & Dillon, P. (2004). Health literacy education in immigrant communities. In Atlantic Region Service-Learning Conference. Philadelphia, PA..

Gordon, D. (2004). Health literacy for ESL students. In Southeast Professional Development Center Regional Conference. Philadelphia, PA..

Gordon, D. & Hayden, L. (2003). This Land is Your Land: Using Learner Narratives in the ESL Classroom. In Pennsylvania Association for Adult and Continuing Education. Hershey, PA..

Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Yoshida, H. and Gordon, D. (2008) Community Treasures: Contributions of Older Immigrants and Refugees. MetLife Foundation Report.

Gordon, D. & Yoshida, H. (2006) Patient Listening: Health communication needs of older immigrants. MetLife Foundation Report.

Honors and Accomplishments

Research Release Awards, Fall 2010 and Spring 2012.

International Faculty Development Grant, Amman, Jordan, Summer 2010.

U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow for Lao language study at Southeast Asian Summer Studies Institute.

Title VII Bilingual Education Graduate Fellow.

Professional Activities

Faculty Consultant, Northeast Regional Recruitment Center for the English Language Fellows Program.

Reviewer, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Applied Linguistics,TESL Canada Journal.

U.S. Student Fulbright National Screening Committee, English Teaching Assistantships.

Member, American Anthropological Association, Council on Anthropology and Education; Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.