UTSA | COEHD | University of Texas at San Antonio | College of Edcuation and Human Development
Tue, October 22, 2019
Martha Sidury Christiansen

Assistant Professor
Bilingual Bicultural Department  -  TESL/Applied Linguistics




     

Biography


M. Sidury Christiansen, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and a Department of State English Language Specialist. Her research interests include sociolinguistics and digital literacies, especially on learners’ engagement with each other in online social network spaces. She explores the intersections between literacy and language ideologies, identities, and culture online. In the area of digital literacy, her current work focuses on the use of digital technologies for second language writing development (e.g., digital storytelling, use of apps and video making to advance academic essay writing), and on the teaching of academic writing for research and publication. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Written Communication, Writing & Pedagogy, Journal of Sociolinguistics, International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Research, and the Journal of Response to Writing. She regularly presents at and attends state, national, and international conferences.

Dr. Christiansen earned a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (2013) after completing MA coursework in Rhetoric & Composition/Linguistics (2007) and a Graduate TESOL Certificate at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (2007), and a BA in English Language Teaching from the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico (2002).

She began her career as an EFL teacher in Mexico teaching various age and educational levels, and as an ESL teacher in the U.S. teaching recently arrived immigrant adolescents and adult refugees. She has also taught ESL composition to international students. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Dr. Christiansen was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University in Ohio.

All these experiences motivated her research interests in sociolinguistics and second language writing. Her research foci is on transnational bilinguals and English language learners' engagement with each other in digital spaces, exploring the intersection between literacy and language ideologies, identities, and culture. She has published and presented at state, national, and international levels. 


 
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