TELL Faculty

Afra Hersi, Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. from Boston College in Teacher Education and Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Language, literacy and culture
  • Special areas of expertise: Immigration and social identity, literacy and language development of adolescent English language learners, and social context education

Mark Lewis, Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. from University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Classroom experience working with ELL students
  • Dissertation work with Latino students
  • Special areas of expertise: Evocative and imaginative frameworks for reading/telling stories; sociocultural conceptions of adolescence and young adult literature

Wendy M. Smith, Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. from University of Wyoming in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on literacy and special education
  • Special area of expertise: children’s literature

Margarita Zisselsberger, Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. from Boston College in Teacher Education and Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Literacy Education
  • Special areas of expertise: English Language Learners