Aleksandra Olszewska

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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Henrik Wergelands hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1102 Blindern 0316 Oslo

Academic interests

linguistic justice; migration; teacher education for refugee- and immigrant-background students; bilingual and multilingual education; multilingual identities and practices; language ideologies; humanizing research methods; decolonization; narrative research; socially just pedagogies

Educational background

  • 2020. Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, ESOL/ Bilingual Education, School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of Florida, USA
  • 2013. M.A. Applied Linguistics, Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • 2013. Postgraduate Studies, Latin America in the Modern WorldCenter for Latin American Studies (CESLA), University of Warsaw, Poland
  • 2012. Postgraduate Studies, Cultural Diplomacy, Collegium Civitas, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2012. Erasmus Student Exchange, École de Traduction et Interprétation ISTI – Cooremans, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • 2011. Bilateral Exchange Program (University of Warsaw award), Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA
  • 2010. B.A. Applied Linguistics, Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw, Poland

Academic positions held

  • Research Assistant, in Project STELLAR (Supporting Teachers of English Language Learners Across Rural Settings) funded by US Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), Washington, DC. (P.I.: Maria R. Coady, Ph.D.), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

  • Research Assistant, Irving and Rose Fien Endowed Professorship (P.I.: Maria R. Coady, Ph.D.), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

  • Teaching Assistant, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Selected awards

  • Fulbright Graduate Student Award 
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Society International: World Fellowship 
  • Finalist of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Second Language Research Special Interest Group (SIG) Outstanding Dissertation Award (2020)
  • Early Career Scholar Speaker Award, International Symposium on Bilingualism ISB 13 (2021), University of Warsaw, Poland

Selected scientific events

Courses taught

  • TSL 4100 ESOL Curriculum, Methods & Assessment (Spring 2018), School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida 
  • TSL 4324 ESOL Strategies for the Content Area Teacher (Fall 2017), School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida 
Tags: Multilingualism, Bilingualism, Linguistic justice, Migration, Refugee-background students, Identity, Language ideologies, Language policies, Translanguaging, Multilingual practices, Polish, Second language, Workplace studies, Narratives, Humanizing research methods, Teacher education, Critical pedagogy, Language Pedagogy, Decolonization


Olszewska, A., Bondy, E., Hagler, N., & Kim, H. J. (2021). A humanizing pedagogy of engagement: beliefs and practices of award-winning instructors at a U.S. university. Teaching in Higher Education: Critical Perspectives. 

Coady, M. R., Miller, D., Zeyuan, J., Heffington, D. V., Lopez, M. P. S., Olszewska, A., De Jong, E., & Ankeny, R. (2019). Can English language learner teacher effectiveness be observed?: Validation of an ELL-Modified Danielson Group Model. TESOL Quarterly.

Coady, M. R., Heffington, D. V., Lopez, M. P. S., & Olszewska, A. (2019). Can a short term study abroad impact teacher dispositions towards English learners? Special topics issue. S. Yang & B. Ates (Eds). International Journal of TESOL and Learning, 8(2), 51-70. 

Coady, M. R., & Olszewska, A. (2019). A review of Teacher leadership for social change in bilingual and bicultural education, by D. K. Palmer, Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters. Kultura i Edukacja Journal, 2(124), 187-191.

Coady, M. R., Olszewska, A., & Lopez, M. P. S. (2018). Scholarly contributions to twenty-first century multilingualism. A review of Shifting lenses: Multilanguaging, decolonisation and education in the global south, edited by L. Makalela, Cape Town, The Center for Advanced Studies. International Journal of Multilingualism, 15(4), 472-474.

Published Apr. 9, 2021 12:28 PM - Last modified June 19, 2021 10:15 AM


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