University at Buffalo

Erin Kearney

Erin Kearney

Associate Professor 10 Months

LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION


Specialty/Research Focus

Contact Information
554 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-4058
ekearney@buffalo.edu


Education and Training:
  • Post Doctoral Associate, Yale University (2009)
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania (2008)
Awards and Honors:
  • Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize; The prize is awarded for an outstanding work in the fields of language, culture, literacy, and literature with strong application to the teaching of languages other than English. Citation for the award: Erin Kearney’s Intercultural Learning in Modern Language Education, which advocates for intercultural learning and meaning making in the second-language classroom, challenges the current practice and theory of how we teach modern languages. This original, insightful work—developed from data from an in-depth ethnographic study of a French classroom—is remarkably well-grounded in the overall state of modern language education in the United States and provides an on-the-mark analysis of the prevailing models framing language teaching. Kearney successfully and compellingly documents the viability of intercultural learning and the expansion of meaning-making potentials through classroom-based cases studies and accompanying work samples; Modern Language Association; 2018-01-06;
  • Anthony J. Papalia Award for Outstanding Article in a State or National Foreign Language Education Publication; ; New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT); 2015-10-30;
  • Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Leave Fellowship; Competitive award program for leave from teaching in order to focus on research.; UUP-University at Buffalo; 2015-01-26;
Grants:
Grant:
  • K-12 Foreign Language Educators’ Appropriation of Core Practices in Culture Teaching; Foundation and Research Organization; American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages; Awarded; (08/01/2015-08/01/2016)
Contract:
  • Growing Multilingualism, Year 2; Federal; CAO Head Start of Erie County; Awarded; (08/14/2017-08/14/2017)
  • Growing Multilingualism; Local; Head Start of Erie County; Awarded; (07/02/2015-06/30/2016)
Publications:
Book or Monograph:
  • KEARNEY, E. (2015). Intercultural learning in modern language education: Expanding meaning-making potentials. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.
Journal Article:
  • Evans, R. & KEARNEY, E. (2018). The Multiple voices shaping a preservice FLEX teacher’s process of becoming. Language Association Journal, 67 (1), 35-52.
  • KEARNEY, E. & Barbour, A. (2015). Embracing, contesting and negotiating new languages: Young children’s early socialization into foreign language learning. Linguistics and Education, 31, 159-173.
  • Johnson, J., Yerrick, R.K., & KEARNEY, E. (2014). Supporting linguistically diverse students in an era of science education reform. Science Scope, 37 (5), 23-31.
  • KEARNEY, E. & Ahn, S. (2014). Preschool world language learners’ engagement with language: What are the possibilities? Language Awareness, 23 (4), 319-333.
  • KEARNEY, E. (2014). Addressing culture in introductory levels of world language teaching: Insights from research in pre-K to post-secondary classrooms. Language Association Journal: New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, 64 (2), 17-38.
  • KEARNEY, E. (2015). A high-leverage teaching practice: Leading an open-ended group discussion. Foreign Language Annals, 48 (1), 100-123.
Other:
  • KEARNEY, E., Barbour, A., Choi, Y.-A., Evans, R., Mykula, V., Pytlak, M. & Zhai, L. (2017). Growing multilingual awareness: A Guide for engaging young children with languages. Buffalo, NY: University at Buffalo.
  • Growing Multilingualism: A Guide for Engaging Young Children with Languages.
Presentations:
Conferences:
  • KEARNEY, E. (2017, November). Launching a Successful Job Search, Crafting an Attention-Getting CV for Post-Secondary Positions, Navigating the Job Interview and Negotiating an Offer, and Balancing Roles and Responsibilities as a Post-Secondary Teacher. Four sessions presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Conference, Nashville, TN;
  • Paesani, K., Willis Allen, H., KEARNEY, E. & Donato, R. (2017, February). Perspectives on High-Leverage Teaching Practices in Foreign Language Education. Paper presented at the Tenth International Conference on Language Teacher Education, Los Angeles, CA.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2015, November). Core Practices in Culture Teaching. Paper presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2016, January). Modern and Late-Modern Tensions in the Talk and Work of Language Teacher Educators. Paper presented at the Fifth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, Tucson, AZ.;
  • KEARNEY, E. & Barbour, A. (2015, March). Instructional Stances and Moves for Cultivating Deep Engagement with Language in Preschool Foreign Language Learners. Paper presented at American Association of Applied Linguists Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.;
  • KEARNEY, E. & Palpacuer-Lee, C. (2015, May). World Language Teachers' Negotiation of their Roles as Intercultural Mediators. Paper presented at the Ninth International Conference on Language Teacher Education, Minneapolis, MN.;
  • KEARNEY, E. & Zepper, A. (2014, November). Stretching Options for Speakerhood in Foreign Language Classrooms. Paper presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2015, February). Lenses and Methods for Understanding Refugees’ Experiences with American Educational Settings. Panel organized and paper presented at 36th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2015, May). High-Leverage Practices in Culture Teaching. Paper presented at the Ninth International Conference on Language Teacher Education, Minneapolis, MN.;
Invited Lectures:
  • KEARNEY, E. (2017, October). Teaching and Learning Habits that Develop Intercultural Competence in the World Languages Classroom. Institute of World Languages Fall Symposium. (keynote);
  • KEARNEY, E. (2016, April). Developing Symbolic Competence in Modern Language Classrooms: Expanding Meaning-Making Potentials. Berkeley Language Center, Berkeley, CA.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2016, June). Growing Multilingual Awareness and Intercultural Competence through Engagement with Diverse Texts. Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2014, November). High-Leverage Teaching Practices of Novice World Language Teachers. Paper presented at American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.;
Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Ad Hoc Manuscript Reviewer for Foreign Language Annals
    09/01/2014-12/31/2017
  • Ad Hoc Manuscript Reviewer for Language Awareness
    06/01/2014-12/31/2017
  • Abstract Reviewer for American Association of Applied Linguists Language, Culture and Society Strand and Pragmatics Strand
    08/01/2013-05/31/2015
Professional Service:
  • Member, New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Strategic Review and Planning Committee
    01/01/2018-05/31/2018
  • Member, Editorial Review Board, Journal of Research in Childhood Education
    12/06/2016-05/25/2018
  • External reviewer for tenure and promotion cases: University of Pennsylvania, Stony Brook University.
    09/01/2016-12/01/2017
  • Elected to 3-year term as At Large member of the Board of Directors of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
    01/01/2016-01/01/2019
  • Member, American Association of Applied Linguists Promotion and Tenure Taskforce
    06/01/2014-04/10/2015
  • Member, Foreign Language Methodologists Roundtable, New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers
    10/01/2009-05/31/2017
  • Member, Post-Secondary Committee, New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers
    10/01/2009-05/31/2015
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    Contact Information

    554 Baldy Hall
    North Campus
    Phone: (716) 645-4058
    ekearney@buffalo.edu