Theresa Catalano, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

Theresa Catalano has a doctorate in second language acquisition and teaching from the University of Arizona. She has taught Italian, English as a Second/Foreign Language and Spanish at various levels throughout her career, including elementary school, middle school, adult education, community college and university. She has traveled extensively and lived, studied or taught in Italy, Turkey and Pakistan.

Catalano teaches graduate and undergraduate courses for language educators, such as secondary world language methods, linguistics for the ELL teacher, intercultural communication, teaching ELLs in the elementary classroom, and schooling and the multilingual mind. In addition, she teaches a course in multimodal textual analysis (offered every other year) that incorporates the use of semiotics, cognitive linguistics and critical discourse analysis into qualitative research.

Catalano’s research focuses on issues related to world language pedagogy and learning, language teacher education, intercultural communication and the incorporation of the arts in democratic education. As an applied linguist, she employs scholarly perspectives from critical (multimodal) discourse studies and cognitive linguistics to the educational arena and other areas of interest working to expose groups in power such as CEOs and the Mafia while moving toward social justice for groups they oppress, such as immigrants, Roma, Occupy participants and teachers.