Positions

Overview

  • Presently, I am Associate Professor of English Learner Education, Program Director of Secondary Education and K-12 Single Subject teaching fields, and Principal Investigator for professional development grants from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA). I hold an undergraduate degree in Linguistics from the University of California in San Diego, a master's degree in teaching German from the University of California Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (English as a Second Language) from the University of Alabama.

    I have established a research agenda on the preparation of educators for effectively serving English learners and coupled it with my career interest in issues related to English learner pronunciation. In a recent study, my colleagues and I have examined the impact of our National Professional Development grants. In another study, we are examining the oral English proficiency of non-native English speakers pursuing graduate degrees in education and factors related to their identity and perceptions of self-efficacy as teachers. In earlier studies, we examined how mainstream teachers learn to implement ESL Best Practices and how they help their colleagues through collaborative mentoring. I also explored how visual analogies in "The Fun-Analogy Train" served to empower graduate students in understanding phonological concepts and in using such concepts to help ELLs improve their pronunciation.

    I currently teach EESL 625 "Phonology for Second Language Teachers" in the master's degree program for teaching ESL and world languages, EDC 732 "Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Instruction" for the EdS in ESL and secondary education, and EDC 760 "Engaging Glocal Communities" in the Educational Studies in Diverse Populations PhD program. I have given presentations at over 80 conferences (in 20 states and 5 countries) and have conducted professional development workshops for over 4,000 educators in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi as well as Nicaragua, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

    My major service activity entails leadership roles in the Alabama-Mississippi TESOL affiliate and the regional Southeast TESOL council, such as chairing the 2016 AMTESOL conference and the 2017 SETESOL conference. I also serve on the Speech/Pronunciation/Listening Interest Section (SPLIS) board for the TESOL International Association. My service to UAB includes serving on the Faculty Senate and chairing the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

    Before coming to UAB, I was a teacher educator in Paraguay for 20 years. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer, I taught linguistics at Paraguay's National University, English at a language institute associated with the British Council, and Spanish as a Second Language at the American School of AsunciĆ³n where I also served as Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator.
  • Teaching Activities

  • EDA690 - Internship in Art Educ N-12 (Fall Term 2016)
  • EDA690 - Internship in Art Educ N-12 (Fall Term 2018)
  • EDA690 - Internship in Art Educ N-12 (Spring Term 2017)
  • EDA690 - Internship in Art Educ N-12 (Spring Term 2018)
  • EDC706 - Dynamics of Educational Change (Summer Term 2017)
  • EDC711 - Analysis and Eval of Teaching (Summer Term 2013)
  • EDC713 - Edu Issues and Human Diversity (Fall Term 2009)
  • EDC713 - Edu Issues and Human Diversity (Spring Term 2017)
  • EDC713 - Edu Issues and Human Diversity (Summer Term 2008)
  • EDC713 - Edu Issues and Human Diversity (Summer Term 2009)
  • EDC713 - Edu Issues and Human Diversity (Summer Term 2010)
  • EDC720 - Problems and Issues in Educ (Spring Term 2010)
  • EDC720 - Problems and Issues in Educ (Summer Term 2008)
  • EDC720 - Problems and Issues in Educ (Summer Term 2009)
  • EDC720 - Problems and Issues in Educ (Summer Term 2010)
  • EDC720 - Problems and Issues in Educ (Summer Term 2012)
  • EDC720 - Problems and Issues in Educ (Summer Term 2013)
  • EDC720 - Problems and Issues in Educ (Summer Term 2017)
  • EDC732 - Culturally and Ling Resp Inst (Fall Term 2011)
  • EDC732 - Culturally and Ling Resp Inst (Fall Term 2012)
  • EDC732 - Culturally and Ling Resp Inst (Fall Term 2014)
  • EDC732 - Culturally and Ling Resp Inst (Fall Term 2016)
  • EDC732 - Culturally and Ling Resp Inst (Fall Term 2018)
  • EDC732 - Culturally and Ling Resp Inst (Fall Term 2020)
  • EDC732L - Field Exp for Resp Inst (Fall Term 2011)
  • EDC732L - Field Exp for Resp Inst (Fall Term 2012)
  • EDC732R - Sch Based Pro Res for Res Ins (Fall Term 2011)
  • EDC760 - Engaging Glocal Communities (Summer Term 2018)
  • EDC760 - Engaging Glocal Communities (Summer Term 2018)
  • EDC760 - Engaging Glocal Communities (Summer Term 2018)
  • EDC760 - Engaging Glocal Communities (Summer Term 2018)
  • EDC760 - Engaging Glocal Communities (Summer Term 2018)
  • EDC760 - Engaging Glocal Communities (Summer Term 2018)
  • EDC760 - Engaging Glocal Communities (Summer Term 2019)
  • EDC760 - Engaging Glocal Communities (Summer Term 2019)
  • EDC760 - Engaging Glocal Communities (Summer Term 2019)
  • EDC760 - Engaging Glocal Communities (Summer Term 2021)
  • EDC760 - Engaging Glocal Communities (Summer Term 2021)
  • EDC760 - Engaging Glocal Communities (Summer Term 2021)
  • EDC760 - Engaging Glocal Communities (Summer Term 2021)
  • EDC793 - Directed Reading (Spring Term 2019)
  • EDC793 - Directed Reading (Spring Term 2020)
  • EDC795 - Selected Topics (Spring Term 2021)
  • EDC795 - Selected Topics (Spring Term 2022)
  • EDC795 - Selected Topics (Summer Term 2019)
  • EDC797 - Dissertation Seminar (Fall Term 2020)
  • EDC797 - Dissertation Seminar (Spring Term 2020)
  • EDC799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2020)
  • EDC799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2021)
  • EDC799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2021)
  • EDC799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2022)
  • EDC799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2021)
  • EDU500 - Education as a Profession (Fall Term 2014)
  • EDU500 - Education as a Profession (Fall Term 2014)
  • EDU500 - Education as a Profession (Spring Term 2014)
  • EDU500 - Education as a Profession (Spring Term 2014)
  • EDU500 - Education as a Profession (Summer Term 2014)
  • EDU600 - Education as a Profession (Fall Term 2014)
  • EEC573 - Teaching in Multi-Cultural Soc (Summer Term 2008)
  • EEC660 - Reading Teaching and Learning (Fall Term 2014)
  • EEC660 - Reading Teaching and Learning (Spring Term 2016)
  • EEC692 - Curriculum Projects (Summer Term 2011)
  • EEC692 - Curriculum Projects (Summer Term 2013)
  • EEC693 - Independent Studies (Spring Term 2010)
  • EEC693 - Independent Studies (Summer Term 2011)
  • EEC694 - Field Study (Spring Term 2014)
  • EEC694 - Field Study (Summer Term 2016)
  • EEC694 - Field Study (Summer Term 2017)
  • EEC694 - Field Study (Summer Term 2017)
  • EEC695 - Prac Supervision in ECE/ELE (Summer Term 2017)
  • EESL512 - Curriculum Program Policies (Summer Term 2019)
  • EESL512 - Curriculum Program Policies (Summer Term 2021)
  • EESL525 - Phonlgy for Scnd Lang Tchers (Fall Term 2019)
  • EESL525 - Phonlgy for Scnd Lang Tchers (Fall Term 2021)
  • EESL525 - Phonlgy for Scnd Lang Tchers (Spring Term 2018)
  • EESL525 - Phonlgy for Scnd Lang Tchers (Spring Term 2019)
  • EESL525 - Phonlgy for Scnd Lang Tchers (Spring Term 2020)
  • EESL525 - Phonlgy for Scnd Lang Tchers (Spring Term 2022)
  • EESL560 - Effective Teach and Learn (Fall Term 2019)
  • EESL560 - Effective Teach and Learn (Fall Term 2020)
  • EESL560 - Effective Teach and Learn (Fall Term 2021)
  • EESL560 - Effective Teach and Learn (Spring Term 2020)
  • EESL560 - Effective Teach and Learn (Summer Term 2021)
  • EESL590 - Intshp in Sec and Foreign Lang (Spring Term 2019)
  • EESL600 - TESOL Residency (Spring Term 2020)
  • EESL600 - TESOL Residency (Spring Term 2022)
  • EESL600 - TESOL Residency (Summer Term 2019)
  • EESL600 - TESOL Residency (Summer Term 2020)
  • EESL600 - TESOL Residency (Summer Term 2021)
  • EESL610 - Second Language Acquisition (Fall Term 2007)
  • EESL610 - Second Language Acquisition (Summer Term 2008)
  • EESL612 - Curr Pgrms and Policies (Summer Term 2019)
  • EESL612 - Curr Pgrms and Policies (Summer Term 2020)
  • EESL612 - Curr Pgrms and Policies (Summer Term 2021)
  • EESL613 - Teaching ESL in a Multicu Soc (Fall Term 2009)
  • EESL613 - Teaching ESL in a Multicu Soc (Summer Term 2013)
  • EESL615 - Grammar for ESL Teachers (Fall Term 2007)
  • EESL615 - Grammar for ESL Teachers (Fall Term 2010)
  • EESL615 - Grammar for ESL Teachers (Summer Term 2008)
  • EESL617 - Tchng Engl in a Global Context (Spring Term 2020)
  • EESL620 - Special Topics in ESL (Spring Term 2009)
  • EESL620 - Special Topics in ESL (Summer Term 2012)
  • EESL625 - Discourse Analysis/ESL Teacher (Fall Term 2008)
  • EESL625 - Discourse Analysis/ESL Teacher (Fall Term 2009)
  • EESL625 - Discourse Analysis/ESL Teacher (Fall Term 2010)
  • EESL625 - Discourse Analysis/ESL Teacher (Spring Term 2008)
  • EESL625 - Discourse Analysis/ESL Teacher (Spring Term 2009)
  • EESL625 - Discourse Analysis/ESL Teacher (Spring Term 2010)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Fall Term 2012)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Fall Term 2013)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Fall Term 2019)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Fall Term 2021)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Fall Term 2021)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Spring Term 2011)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Spring Term 2012)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Spring Term 2013)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Spring Term 2016)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Spring Term 2018)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Spring Term 2018)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Spring Term 2019)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Spring Term 2020)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Spring Term 2022)
  • EESL625 - Phonology for ESL Teachers (Summer Term 2014)
  • EESL627 - Teaching Adult Lang Lrners (Fall Term 2012)
  • EESL627 - Teaching Adult Lang Lrners (Summer Term 2020)
  • EESL630 - Methods/Materials Teaching ESL (Fall Term 2011)
  • EESL640 - Teaching ESL Thru Rdng/Writing (Spring Term 2012)
  • EESL640 - Teaching ESL Thru Rdng/Writing (Spring Term 2012)
  • EESL647 - Instr Assessment: Rdg Writing (Fall Term 2011)
  • EESL647 - Instr Assessment: Rdg Writing (Fall Term 2020)
  • EESL650 - Strat for Tch Mth Sci to ELLs (Summer Term 2014)
  • EESL660 - Effective Teach & Learn (Fall Term 2017)
  • EESL660 - Research in ESL (Fall Term 2014)
  • EESL660 - Research in ESL (Spring Term 2017)
  • EESL660 - Research in ESL (Summer Term 2016)
  • EESL660 - Research in ESL (Summer Term 2017)
  • EESL670 - Engaging Fam and Community (Spring Term 2022)
  • EESL677 - Field Studies (Fall Term 2017)
  • EESL680 - Research in ESL (Fall Term 2020)
  • EESL680 - Research in ESL (Fall Term 2021)
  • EESL680 - Research in ESL (Spring Term 2019)
  • EESL680 - Research in ESL (Spring Term 2020)
  • EESL680 - Research in ESL (Spring Term 2022)
  • EESL680 - Research in ESL (Summer Term 2018)
  • EESL681 - National Boards in English (Spring Term 2020)
  • EESL687 - Pract Sem Adult Engl Lang Tchg (Fall Term 2014)
  • EESL687 - Pract Sem Adult Engl Lang Tchg (Spring Term 2014)
  • EESL689 - Internship Seminar in ESL (Summer Term 2010)
  • EESL689 - Internship Seminar in ESL (Summer Term 2013)
  • EESL689 - Internship Seminar in ESL (Summer Term 2014)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Fall Term 2007)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Fall Term 2007)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Fall Term 2007)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Fall Term 2008)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Fall Term 2009)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Fall Term 2009)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Fall Term 2010)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Fall Term 2011)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Fall Term 2012)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Fall Term 2012)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Fall Term 2013)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Fall Term 2014)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2008)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2008)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2008)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2009)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2009)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2009)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2010)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2010)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2011)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2012)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2012)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2013)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2014)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Spring Term 2015)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Summer Term 2010)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL N-12 (Summer Term 2010)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Fall Term 2016)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Fall Term 2016)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Fall Term 2017)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Fall Term 2017)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Spring Term 2016)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Spring Term 2016)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Spring Term 2016)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Spring Term 2017)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Spring Term 2017)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Spring Term 2018)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Spring Term 2018)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Summer Term 2019)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Summer Term 2020)
  • EESL690 - Internship in ESL P-12 (Summer Term 2021)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium (Fall Term 2019)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult ELLS (Fall Term 2011)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult ELLS (Fall Term 2013)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult ELLS (Spring Term 2012)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult ELLS (Spring Term 2013)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult ELLS (Spring Term 2014)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult ELLS (Summer Term 2012)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult ELLS (Summer Term 2014)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Fall Term 2014)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Fall Term 2015)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Fall Term 2016)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Fall Term 2017)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Fall Term 2018)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Spring Term 2015)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Spring Term 2016)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Spring Term 2017)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Spring Term 2018)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Spring Term 2018)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Spring Term 2019)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Summer Term 2015)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Summer Term 2016)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Summer Term 2017)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Summer Term 2018)
  • EESL697 - ESL Practium: Adult Learners (Summer Term 2019)
  • EESL717 - Teach English Global Context (Spring Term 2020)
  • EESL780 - Research in ESL/EFL (Fall Term 2019)
  • EESL780 - Research in ESL/EFL (Spring Term 2019)
  • EFL569 - Methods II: World Languages (Fall Term 2021)
  • EFL691 - N-12 Foreign Lang Internship (Fall Term 2016)
  • EFL691 - N-12 Foreign Lang Internship (Fall Term 2017)
  • EFL691 - N-12 Foreign Lang Internship (Fall Term 2018)
  • EFL691 - N-12 Foreign Lang Internship (Spring Term 2018)
  • EFL691 - N-12 Foreign Lang Internship (Spring Term 2019)
  • EHS430 - Practicum (Spring Term 2017)
  • EHS430 - Practicum (Spring Term 2018)
  • EHS430 - Practicum (Spring Term 2019)
  • EHS470 - Practicum II (Fall Term 2017)
  • EHS470 - Practicum II (Fall Term 2018)
  • EHS490 - Sec School Student Teaching I (Fall Term 2016)
  • EHS490 - Sec School Student Teaching I (Fall Term 2017)
  • EHS490 - Sec School Student Teaching I (Fall Term 2018)
  • EHS490 - Sec School Student Teaching I (Spring Term 2017)
  • EHS490 - Sec School Student Teaching I (Spring Term 2018)
  • EHS490 - Sec School Student Teaching I (Spring Term 2019)
  • EHS497 - Special Problems in Education (Spring Term 2019)
  • EHS530 - Practicum (Fall Term 2018)
  • EHS530 - Practicum (Spring Term 2017)
  • EHS530 - Practicum (Spring Term 2017)
  • EHS530 - Practicum (Spring Term 2018)
  • EHS530 - Practicum (Spring Term 2019)
  • EHS569 - Methods II: World Languages (Fall Term 2019)
  • EHS570 - Practicum II (Fall Term 2017)
  • EHS570 - Practicum II (Fall Term 2018)
  • EHS570 - Practicum II (Spring Term 2019)
  • EHS597 - Special Problems in Education (Spring Term 2019)
  • EHS600 - Sec Educ Curric and Methods I (Spring Term 2017)
  • EHS600 - Sec Educ Curric and Methods I (Summer Term 2012)
  • EHS653 - Current Issues in Sec Educ (Summer Term 2008)
  • EHS653 - Current Issues in Sec Educ (Summer Term 2013)
  • EHS680 - National Board for Sec Edu (Spring Term 2017)
  • EHS681 - Special Topics in Education (Spring Term 2017)
  • EHS681 - Special Topics in Education (Spring Term 2019)
  • EHS681 - Special Topics in Education (Spring Term 2019)
  • EHS691 - Secondary School Internship (Fall Term 2016)
  • EHS691 - Secondary School Internship (Fall Term 2017)
  • EHS691 - Secondary School Internship (Fall Term 2018)
  • EHS691 - Secondary School Internship (Spring Term 2017)
  • EHS691 - Secondary School Internship (Spring Term 2018)
  • EHS691 - Secondary School Internship (Spring Term 2019)
  • EHS692 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Fall Term 2014)
  • EHS692 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Fall Term 2015)
  • EHS692 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Spring Term 2014)
  • EHS692 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Spring Term 2015)
  • EHS692 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Spring Term 2016)
  • EHS692 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Summer Term 2015)
  • EHS692 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Summer Term 2016)
  • GRD711 - Special Topics (Fall Term 2012)
  • Full Name

  • Susan Spezzini
  • Fax

  • 205-934-4792