University at Buffalo

Erin Kearney

Erin Kearney

Associate Professor

LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION


Specialty/Research Focus

Cultural Studies; Curriculum and Instruction; ESL  / ENL / Bilingual; Sociolinguistics; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Qualitative Research Methods; Virtual Reality

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:
  • Special Recognition Award; American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages - Teaching and Learning of Cultures SIG; 2018-11-16;
  • Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize; 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; UUP-University at Buffalo; 2015-01-26;
Grants:
Grant:
  • Collaborating to Create Virtual Reality Experiences for Shaping Teacher Candidates’ Professional Dispositions; State; SUNY - TeachNY; Awarded; (12/06/2019-06/30/2021)
  • Enhancing Teacher Candidates' Observational Skills and Instructional Practice through Video-Based Learning Platforms; State; SUNY Innovation Instruction Technology Grant (IITG); Awarded; (08/01/2019-06/30/2020)
  • Enhancing Teacher Candidates' Observational Skills and Instructional Practice through Video-Based Learning Platforms; State; SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant; Awarded; (05/07/2019-06/30/2020)
  • EnvisionTeaching: Developing perception and pedagogical abilities in pre-service teachers through virtual reality; Federal; SUNY TeachNY Implementation Fund Grant; Awarded; (11/20/2018-06/30/2019)
  • 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:
  • KEARNEY, E. (2015). Intercultural learning in modern language education: Expanding meaning-making potentials. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.
Journal Article:
  • KEARNEY, E. (2019). Data and insights on world language teacher shortage in New York State: A report. Language Association Journal, 68 (2), 7-22.
  • KEARNEY, E., Hildebrandt, S.A., & Swanson, P. (2018). Bringing the teacher shortage in world languages education into focus. The Language Educator, August, 23-28.
  • 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.
  • KEARNEY, E. (2015). A high-leverage teaching practice: Leading an open-ended group discussion. Foreign Language Annals, 48 (1), 100-123.
  • 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.
Book Chapter:
  • KEARNEY, E. (2019). Professional (re)visions of language teaching for interculturality. In Dupuy, B. & Michelson, K. (Eds.), AAUSC 2019 Pathways to paradigm change: Critical examinations of prevailing discourses and ideologies in second language education. Cengage.
  • KEARNEY, E. (in press). Transformation of learners’ meaning-making repertoires through classroom instruction. In Leaver, B. & Davidson, D. (Eds.), Transformative philosophy of foreign language education: Theory, praxis and programs. Cambridge University Press.
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.
Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • KEARNEY, E. (2019, October). Defining and Promoting Intercultural Learning in University-Level World Languages Education. Language Institute, University of Wisconsin.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2020, April). Expanding Language Learners’ Meaning-Making Repertoires through Engagement with Cultural Narratives. Romance Languages and Literatures Guest Lecture Series. Harvard University.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2019, March). World Language Teacher Shortage in NYS. Invited panelist at the NYSAFLT Regional Conference. Nazareth University, NY.;
  • 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.;
Conferences:
  • *Han, Y. & KEARNEY, E. (2020, January). Faculty and International Graduate Students' Perceptions in Internationalized US Universities. Paper presented at the Seventh International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, Tucson, AZ.;
  • Karalis-Noel, T., KEARNEY, E., Gorlewski, J. & Stone-Johnson, C. (2019, October). Introducing our new EdD in learning and teaching in social contexts. Paper presented at Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate Annual Convening, Columbia, SC.;
  • Karalis-Noel, T., KEARNEY, E., Gorlewski, J. & Stone-Johnson, C. (2019, October). Workshopping Ideas for a New Improvement Science Course for Two Types of EdD Students. Paper presented at Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate Annual Convening, Columbia, SC.;
  • KEARNEY, E. & *Evans ,R. (2019, June). Creating and researching virtual reality modules that enhance teacher education practice and teacher candidates’ professional vision. Paper presented at the Eleventh International Conference on Language Teacher Education, Minneapolis, MN.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2020, January). Internationalizing the Outlook and Instructional Practices of Pre-Service Teachers. Paper presented at the Seventh International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, Tucson, AZ.;
  • KEARNEY, E. & Evans, R. (2019, June). Creating and researching virtual reality modules that enhance teacher education practice and teacher candidates’ professional vision. Paper presented at the Eleventh International Conference on Language Teacher Education, Minneapolis, MN.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2018, 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, New Orleans, LA;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2018, October). Getting a grip on the world language teacher shortage in NYS. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Rochester, NY.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2019, January). Developing interculturality in modern language education: A professional vision perspective on current practices and future directions. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2019, June). Core practices in culture teaching. New York State World Language Design for Global Proficiency. Paper presented at Queens College, NY.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2019, March). Learning to see core practices in intercultural language teaching: A study of pre-service and in-service world languages educators. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Association of Applied Linguists, Atlanta, GA.;
  • KEARNEY, E. (2019, May). Core practices in intercultural teaching. Online. (invited ACTFL Teaching and Learning of Cultures SIG webinar);
  • 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.;
Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • 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
    12/06/2016-05/23/2019
  • 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
News:

    Contact Information

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