Education Faculty

Kathleen McInerney

Kathleen McinerneyProfessor


Areas of Specialization

Literacy and Culture; English as a Second/Foreign Language and Dual Language Education; Education Technology and Digital Literacies; Migration Literatures; Multicultural Education; Sociolinguistics; Critical, Feminist Pedagogies; Immigration


Kathleen McInerney holds a Ph.D. in language, literacy and culture from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia. She has extensive experience with and research focused on ESL, EFL and dual language teaching, with particular attention to the social contexts affecting emergent bilingual learners, their families and communities. She has taught pre-kindergarten graduate students and also teaches a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate course in the summers in Cuenca, Ecuador. She assists with a trilingual children's school in Cuenca and provides professional development to teachers of English in the U.S. and abroad. She has been named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. McInerney's current interests include issues of power, privilege, and education policy in communities and their schools, using narrative and auto-ethnography as equitable modes of inquiry and expression. She also examines the infusion of Mercy in community-based learning at home and abroad.

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

McInerney, K. & Halstead, M. (2015). The parental, familial, and communal milieu. In The Sage Guide to Curriculum in Education, He, M., Schultz, B., and Schubert, W., (Eds.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.

McInerney, K. (2011). Teaching and learning in GYO: "Beloved community." In Skinner, E., Garretón, M., and Schultz, B. (Eds.), Grow your own teachers: Grassroots change for teacher education (pp.119-130). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Horn, S., Konkol, P., McInerney, K., Meiners, E., North, C., Nunez, I., Quinn, T., Sullivan, S. (2010). Visibility matters: Policy work as activism in teacher education. Issues in Teacher Education, California Council on Teacher Education 19(2), 65-80.

Ebest, S. & McInerney, K. (Eds.). (2008). Too smart to be sentimental: Contemporary Irish-American women writers. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.

McInerney, K. (2007). Local cultures, language politics and service learning in the TEFL certificate course abroad: One approach in the Ecuadorian Andes. In McGarrell, H. (Ed.). Language research in the Americas, (pp. 125-137). NY: TESOL Press.


Saint Xavier University Mission Award, March 2015

Fulbright Specialist Roster, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 2014-2019

Faculty Excellence Award, Chicago State University, May 2007

Distinguished Educator Award, College of Education, Chicago State University, Spring 2005