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Dr. Christine Mallinson on NPR's All Things Considered

LLC faculty member, Christine Mallinson, was interviewed on NPR's "All Things Considered" about the innovative use of 'yo' as a gender-neutral pronoun among Baltimore City youth. Audio and text versions can be found at the links below.



The Keys to Success in Teaching English to Young Learners

Joan Kang Shin, LLC alumna and assistant professor in the UMBC Department of Education, has three new publications published by National Geographic Learning:

1. Book co-authored with Jodi Crandall: Teaching Young Learners English: From Theory to Practice.
2. A book series co-edited with Jodi Crandall: Our World, a 6-level primary school English language program.
3. A book chapter in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language called "Teaching young learners in ESL and EFL settings."

On April 24, 2013, Joan will be conducting a TESOL Virtual Seminar called "The Keys to Success in Teaching English to Young Learners"

April 24th, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
For information on the seminar and to register, please see

See her Google site for the latest updates on her work around the world:

Prof. Craig Saper Named Bearman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship

Craig Saper, professor and chair of Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC), has been named the Bearman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship.

The Bearman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship was established by The Herbert Bearman Foundation to acknowledge and honor the contributions of Dr. Arlene Bearman to the UMBC community. This chair recognizes and supports outstanding teaching skills, an interest in entrepreneurship, and a strong record of scholarship in entrepreneurial studies or a field related to entrepreneurship.

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LLC Associate Faculty, Sara Poggio's New Section on International Migration in Latin American Studies Association

Dr. Sara Poggio from MLLI, had created a new Section on International Migration in the prestigious Latin American Studies Association.

(LASA) is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 7,000 members, forty-five percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one Association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe.

The New LASA Section on International Migrations will promote networking and dialogue related to academic work and debates on immigration from, to and within Latin America and the Caribbean among researchers, professors, students, and activists. It will organize a pre-conference, and will organize awards for scholarly work among its members.

Wisniewski & Saper Selected 2012-2013 HASTAC Scholar & Mentor

Kevin A. Wisniewski, first year Ph.D. candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program, was named a 2012-2013 HASTAC Scholar. Dr. Craig Saper, Director of the LLC program, was selected to serve as Wisniewski’s HASTAC Mentor.

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, pronounced "haystack") is a virtual organization of over 7000 individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer for shaping how society learns, teaches, communicates, creates, and organizes at the local and global levels. It was founded by Cathy N. Davidson, former Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and co-founder of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, and David Theo Goldberg, Director of the University of California's state-wide Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI),

The HASTAC Scholars program is an annual fellowship program that recognizes graduate students who are engaged in innovative work across disciplines. Among their duties, HASTAC Scholars blog, host forums, organize events and discuss new ideas, projects, experiments, and technologies that re-conceive teaching, learning, research, writing and structuring knowledge. They also function as links between their home institutions and the virtual community they foster on the HASTAC site.

Wisniewski’s research investigates the future of the book and changing face of publishing in the digital world. In the upcoming weeks, he will be founding a new group and forum at HASTAC dedicated to the digital publishing.

Prof. Fred L. Pincus to Retire

LLC thanks Dr. Fred Pincus for his wonderful teaching and mentoring of students!

Fred L. Pincus, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will retire at the end of the semester after spending 44 years at UMBC. He came to Baltimore from UCLA as a 26-year-old instructor in 1968, the third year of UMBC’s existence. In addition to all the committee work needed to build the department and the university, Pincus taught courses in race relations, social psychology and introductory sociology. He also became very involved in the movement against the war in Vietnam and promoted campus policies to increase the number of African American students on campus. He was an early supporter of Black Studies and Women’s Studies.

In 1972, Pincus visited the People’s Republic of China. He was excited to see a non-capitalist country and for the next dozen years he learned all he could about China. He developed a course called “Social Organization in the People’s Republic of China,” wrote several articles about Chinese education and served on the editorial committee of New China, a magazine published by the US-China Friendship Association. He also became the China writer and later the education writer for The Guardian, an independent radical newsweekly published in New York.

In the late 1990s, Pincus joined the steering committee of UMBC’s (then) new Language, Literacy and Culture (LLC) doctoral program. He became interested in diversity in the United States in terms of race, class, gender and sexual orientation. He took over the graduate seminar “Constructing Race, Gender and Class” and developed the undergraduate course “Diversity and Pluralism: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.”

Over the years, Pincus published four books and monographs and several dozen scholarly articles on a wide range of topics including the role of community colleges in higher education, race relations, affirmative action, conservative education policy and diversity. Over the course of his career, he has taught between 6,000 and 7,000 undergraduates and several hundred graduate students in applied sociology, LLC, public policy and intercultural communication.

For the past several years, he has also been working on a memoir and has taken creative writing classes through the Gotham Writers Workshop based in New York City.

UMBC thanks Fred L. Pincus for his tremendous service to our community and to the field of higher education over the past 44 years. (see original post - HERE)

Celebrate the Career & Retirement of Dr. Jodi Crandall

We invite you to join us in a special event to celebrate the career and mark the retirement of Dr. Jodi Crandall, Professor Emerita and Former Chair, Department of Education, Former Director of the Language, Literacy, and Culture Ph.D. Program, and Former Coordinator of the TESOL Program at UMBC.

The event will be held on April 25, 2012, from 5 to 8 pm, on the 7th floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library on the campus of UMBC.

Jodi will give a short, retrospective talk on her work, followed by a sharing of tributes by current and former colleagues and students as well as a light reception.

In honor of a life-time of achievement and to recognize Jodi's 14 years as the founding director of the Language, Literacy, & Culture doctoral program, we are also establishing the Jodi Crandall Fellowship for Research in Language, Literacy and Culture. For more information about the fellowship, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at the event! If you have any questions please contact:

Dr. Bev Bickel
Interim Director of the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program

Christine Mallinson's Co-Create Profile

Check out a profile of Christine Mallinson on Co-Create UMBC!

Dr. Mallinson addresses teaching and research for the public good, and (in the bonus video) language in Baltimore.

Prof. Saper at Martha B. Reynolds Speakers Series, Univ. of Kentucky

Prof. Saper presented his research on the future of reading and literacy in the Martha B. Reynolds Speakers Series at the University of Kentucky. He presented "WRD UP 2.0: Teaching \R\E\A\D/I/N/G/" on November 11th as part of the series sponsored by the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Digital Media. His presentation proposes a type of course sequence which addresses the poetics of reading as a practice. We will need to learn different types of reading practices the way we have learned types of rhetorical appeals in writing, genres in poetics, or medium-specific practices in the arts.

Dr. Christine Mallinson's students create podcasts on language variations in Baltimore

In the spring, students in the seminar LLC 612 taught by Dr. Christine Mallinson researched the languages and language varieties heard in and around Baltimore. Now, their findings—which took students from the white marble steps of Hampden’s “hons” to immigrant communities —have been summarized in a series of podcasts that uncover some of the linguistic charm of Charm City.

You can listen to the podcasts here:

Dr. Christine Mallinson receives NSF grant to study STEM classrooms

Congratulations to Dr. Christine Mallinson who has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the ways in which language plays a role in the educational challenges that often affect culturally and linguistically diverse students in STEM classrooms. You can read the full story on the UMBC News Blog.

Christine Mallinson on the radio

Our very own faculty member, Dr. Christine Mallinson was interviewed for WAMU Radio's program on the dialect in Tangier Island. Here's a short description from their website:

Tangier Islanders Retain Unique Dialect
June 27, 2011 - Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay is only a 90-minute ferry ride from the mainland of Virginia and Maryland, but the dialect of English spoken there transports tourists to a place that feels much more remote.

To listen to the report and Dr. Mallinson's interview, visit:

Claudia Galindo

Claudia Galindo is one of the editors of the very important Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, to be published by Sage in 2012. See the flyer below for the impressive list of editors and topics in this 4-volume publication. Copies of the flyer are also available in the LLC office or on the table outside the office.
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Christine Mallinson Gives Plenary Address at NWAV Conference

Christine Mallinson, assistant professor in the LLC Program, gave a plenary address at the international New Ways of Analyzing Variation sociolinguistics conference. Her talk was entitled "Borrowing and Lending: Contributions to the Study of Language and Social Stratification across
Sociolinguistics, Sociology, and Education." To learn more about the talk, visit the conference website here:*

New Book by Christine Mallinson featured on UMBC Blog

Christine Mallinson, assistant professor in the LLC Program, recently
co-authored the book Understanding English Language Variation in U.S.
(Teachers College Press, 2011). To view the book on
click here*. Her research and book
have also been profiled on the UMBC Talking Heads blog -- to view the post,
click here

Dr. Christine Mallinson's New Book

A new book by Dr. Christine Mallinson, LLC Assistant Professor, is now
available on ( *Understanding English
Language Variation in U.S. Schools,* a new title in the Teachers College
Press Multicultural Education Series, tailors information about language
variation to U.S. educational contexts. The book focuses primarily on
connections to K-12 education, but the material is also relevant to other
education professionals, including college/university instructors, school
counselors, speech-language hearing scientists, as well as to parents and
anyone interested in learning more about language variation in diverse
school settings. Dr. Mallinson and her co-author, Dr. Anne H. Charity
Hudley of the College of William & Mary, have a book website,, and a book facebook page,

Claudia Galindo and Bruce Fuller's Research in Education Week

Claudia Galindo and Bruce Fuller's research on Latino children's social skills and their relationship to math achievement is featured in the May 3rd edition of Education Week. Access the article here.

Dresher Center Summer Faculty Fellows 2010

The decision has now been made about the 2010 Dresher Center Summer Faculty
Fellowships.* We received a number of excellent applications, but we could only
fund three. Funding for these awards comes from the Dresher Center for the
Humanities, the CAHSS Dean's Office and the Office of the Vice President for
Research. The three Fellows and the topics for which they will be applying for
external funding are:

Gloria Chuku (Africana Studies): "Confronting the Silences: Gender, Ethnicity and
the Biafra-Nigeria War"

Piotr Gwiazda (English): "Translation of Kopenhaga by Grzegorz Wroblewski"

Nicole King (American Studies): "Community Development Corporations and a Center
for Community Studies in Baltimore"

Please join me in congratulating these Fellows.

*DC Summer Faculty Fellows receive monetary support ($5000) during the summer to
help them complete preliminary humanities research in order to be able to refine
external grant/fellowship proposals, which will be submitted in the coming year.
After the draft proposal is completed (by the end of the summer), the Dresher
Center will provide constructive criticism of the narrative proposal for
revision purposes.

These faculty members have been working with LLC.

Christine Mallinson's Workshop

Christine Mallinson, an assistant professor in the LLC program joined with Dr. Anne H. Charity Hudley of The College of William and Mary to offer a week-long summer workshop entitled “Language Variation in the Classroom: An Educator’s Toolkit.”

For More information on the workshop:

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