Faculty Profile

Keith Folse, PhD

Keith Folse, PhD, faculty member in the master of arts program for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, has written over 50 books, in addition to several articles in peer-reviewed journals. With a career that spans 30 years and five countries, Dr. Folse has developed a student-oriented teaching manner. “My teaching philosophy is to make the classes practical, fun and informative. I always try to remember that graduate students are busy adults who have full lives already. Their time is critical, so I try hard to make sure that each class has many useful and practical activities in it,” he says. Dr. Folse has been the recipient of 8 teaching and research awards at UCF, including Graduate Professor of the Year in 2004, and is frequently invited to do talks and workshops all over the world.  (www.keithfolse.com)

Florin Mihai, PhD

Currently an Assistant Professor in TESOL at the University of Central Florida, Florin M. Mihai, PhD, holds a doctorate and an MS in Multicultural and Multilingual Education from the Florida State University, as well as a BA in English and Romanian from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi, Romania. He taught TESOL, second language testing, and applied linguistics courses at the Florida State University, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at the Center for Intensive English Studies in Tallahassee, Florida, and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at a private language institute in Romania. Dr. Mihai's research interests include on the one hand, the effects of globalization on foreign language curriculum development, and on the other hand, the consequences of Florida’s Consent decree on pre- and in-service content area/ESOL teacher education in Florida.

Gergana Vitanova, EdD

Gergana Vitanova, EdD teaches Applied Linguistics and TESOL courses in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She has trained teachers of English and has taught ESL students at Ohio State University, Grand Valley State University, Harvard University, and abroad. Her research interests span issues of identity and gender in second language acquisition and how these are embedded in different discourse practices. She is particularly interested in Bakhtin’s philosophy of language and the self. She has published in national and international journals such as Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Language and Dialogue, and TESL Reporter.  She is also the author of the research monograph Authoring the Dialogical Self: Gender, Agency, and Language Practices (2010) with John Benjamins and a co-editor of the volumes Dialogues with Bakhtin on Second and Foreign Language Learning (2005) with Laurence Erlbaum and Theorizing and Analyzing Agency in Second Language Learning: Interdisciplinary Approaches(2014) with Multilingual Matters.
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