About Shawna Shapiro

I am an Associate Professor at  Middlebury College, where I teach courses in writing, linguistics, and education. I also direct the Writing & Rhetoric Program.

My research focuses on high-school-to-college transitions for immigrant and refugee students, as well as on curricular innovation in courses that include multilingual/ESL writers.

Curriculum Vitae (updated Nov 2018)


October 2018: I presented from my research on student conceptions of inclusivity at the Fall Faculty Forum.

June 2018: Published an article at The Conversation on how refugee students strengthen US schools. I also wrote a piece for Inside Higher Ed reporting on my research into students’ experiences engaging across difference.

May 2018: Our co-edited collection is now in print! Orders and review copies available here!  Here’s a link to the introductory chapter, for more info.

February 2018: Our editedcollection (see below) is now available for pre-order from the publisher, Multilingual Matters.

December 2017: My forthcoming collection, co-edited with Raichle Farrelly and Mary Jane Curry, will be out this Spring, via Multilingual Matters!  Here’s the advance flyer with authors and chapter titles.

January 2017: I am now an Associate Professor (i.e.,  tenured!).

October 2016: I gave a talk as part of Middlebury’s faculty lecture series, entitled “From Trauma to Resilience: New Directions in Literacy Education Research in Refugee Resettlement Communities.”

Summer 2016: I started working as a consultant with Burlington School District, helping to design and facilitate a review of the English Language Learner Program.

December 2015: We received a wonderful range of chapter proposals for our edited collection on refugee-background students, including authors from 10 countries and a variety of institutional contexts. Very exciting!

July 2015: I am proud to share the Call for Chapter Proposals for a book collection on refugee-background students I’ll be co-editing with two amazing colleagues from other institutions.

Sept 2014: My co-authored book, Fostering  International Student Success in Higher Education, has just been released by TESOL Press.

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