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

I have also been investigating the experiences of Middlebury undergraduates with engaging across difference, and their conceptions of inclusivity. (see Research>>Current Projects for more info)

Curriculum Vitae (updated Feb 2020)


August 2019– published a piece with The Conversation about links between discomfort and sense of belonging.

June 2019– I presented at the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing in Sweden.

May 2019– I published a second piece with Inside Higher Ed on student conceptions of inclusivity.

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.

March 2018: The reprint of our 2014 volume Fostering International Student Success in Higher Education (NAFSA/TESOL) is now available. (See here for TOC, sample chapter, and reviews)

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.

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