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Kathleen McInerney

Office:Warde Academic Center


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. 


Ph.D in Language, Literacy and Culture
University of Iowa

M.A. in English
SUNY Fredonia

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

Chair Specialized Clinical Interests

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 

  • Linguistics
  • Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Methods of Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language to Adults
  • Methods of Teaching Bilingual Education
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education
  • Rhetoric; College Writing
  • Advanced Expository Writing
  • Travel Writing
  • Latin American and Caribbean Literature
  • Language and Culture of the U.S.
  • Writing Center Tutoring Theory and Practice
  • Women's Literature
  • Methods of Teaching English in Secondary Schools
  • Methods of Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools
  • Methods of Teaching Writing in Secondary Schools
  • 21st Century Literacies
  • College Reading
  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Fulbright Specialist Roster by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars
  • 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


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.