Adrian J. Wurr
With over twenty years of experience in language and literacy education, I have taught and administered a wide range of courses and programs in applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition, and English education in different educational settings in the U.S. and Asia. I have taught dozens of different graduate and undergraduate courses to American and international students in the U.S. and abroad, working with a variety of academic, community, and government organizations to offer students and faculty opportunities for engaged scholarship in both local and global arenas.
Most of my professional work focuses on the acquisition and teaching of language and literacy to culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners. I am particularly interested in the use of service-learning and other forms of experiential education as a research and teaching method when working with diverse learners. I have published and presented over 100 professional reports in the U.S. and abroad that examine the interrelated fields of applied linguistics, literacy studies, and service-learning. These fields help to inform not only my research and teaching, but also my understanding of the unique and complementary characteristics of each.
Education and Degrees Earned
- Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona, 2001
- M.A., English (TESL/TEFL) San Francisco State University, /1994
- B.A., English Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1988
Areas of Academic Specialty
- Applied Linguistics (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
- Literacy Studies
- Composition Studies
- English Education
Areas of Research Focus
My research focuses on the acquisition and teaching of language and literacy to culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
Previous Teaching Experience
I have taught and administered a wide range of courses and programs in applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition, and English education in different educational settings in the U.S. and Asia, including but not limited to the following positions:
- Assistant Director of Service-Learning & Internships, University of Idaho, 2009-2012
- Academic Faculty, Washington State University (American Intensive Language Center), 2008-2009
- Assistant Professor of English , University of North Carolina, Greensboro 2001-2008
- Fulbright Lecturer, Vietnam, 2007
- Instructor, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan, 1994-1996
Previous Relevant Work Experience
- Co-Chair University Metrics Committee, University of Idaho, 2009-2012
- TESOL Consultant, Vietnam International University
- Assistant Director of Service-Learning, UNCG, 2007-2008
- Linguistics Committee, UNCG, College of Arts & Sciences, 2002-2008
- Assistant Director of Composition, University of Arizona, 1998-2000
- Rater, Educational Testing Service, Test of Written English & iBT rater (8 years)
- Consultant, Nogales High School Portfolio Assessment Team, May 1999-2000
- Business EFL Teacher, Sakura Yu Yu-no Sato, 1995-1996
- Part-time English Instructor, Foothill Community College, 1994-1994
Relevant Pro Bono Work
- Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. 2010-2012
Executive Committee, 2010 – 2012; Conference Chair, 2012; Vice-Chair, 2012
- Guest Lecturer, University of Hyderabad, India, Department of English, 2011.
- Conference on College Composition and Communication Research Network Forum, 2003-2010
- Centro de Acciòn Latino, Board of Directors, 2004-2006.
- Manuscript Reviewer
Critical Situations. New York: Longman, 2006.
Blair, Kris. Cross Currents: Cultures, Communities, Technologies.
New York: Wadsworth/Thompson, 2005.
Johnstone, Barbara. Discourse Analysis 2nd ed. Malden, MA:
- College Composition and Communication (CCC)
- International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARCLCE)
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)