Professor Profiles

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William Dunn

Associate Dean (Teacher Education), Professor

Education

Secondary Education

About Me

Dr. William Dunn is an Associate Professor in the area of second language education. He received his PhD from Cornell University in 2002. His research investigates connections between language learning and social inclusiveness. For example, he has studied forms of marginalization experienced by language learners, as well as ways in which learners gain a sense of belonging in a second language community. His related work in the area of teacher education explores ways in which future teachers can foster intercultural inquiry and promote social justice and inclusiveness through language teaching. Prior to coming to the University of Alberta, Dr. Dunn was a teacher educator and ESL Coordinator at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He has taught English as a second language in Canada and the United States, and French as a second language in the United States. Dr. Dunn received the Faculty of Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning in 2014 (with Denyse Hayward and Amanda Montgomery). 


Research

Recent Funded Projects

Dunn, W., Glanfield, F., & Ritter, B. (2014-2015). Curriculum development prototyping. Alberta Ministry of Education Program Evaluation Research. $277,870.

Language and inclusion: Social interaction between international and domestic university students, SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2006-2009, $71,455. Co-Investigator: Claude Olivier, King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario.

Promoting the Pursuit of Intercultural Competence Among Pre-Service Teachers, Prairie Metropolis Centre, 2005-2007, $17,221. Co-investigators: Anna Kirova & Miriam Cooley, Department of Elementary Education, University of Alberta.

Meeting Low Proficiency English as a Second Language Learners’ English Language Needs, Faculty of Education Field Experiences Project, 2008-2009, $6,000. Principal Investigator: Marilyn Abbott, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta.


Teaching

Courses Taught

EDSE 307: Language, Literacy and Society in Educational Contexts
EDSE 368: Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Second Language Minors
EDSE 451: Integrating Theory and Practice in the Advanced Professional Term
EDSE 468: Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Second Language I
EDSE 469: Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Second Language II
EDSE 501: Theory and Practice of Task-Based Language Learning
EDSE 501: Innovative Practice in Second Language Education
EDSE 568: Critical Examination of Approaches to Teaching Second Languages

Course Coordination

EDU 100/300: Contexts of Education, 2015 to present

Providing course leadership for approximately 700 students per year taught by a team of approximately 15 instructors in more than twenty course sections per year.

EDSE 307: Language, Literacy and Society in Educational Contexts, 2011-2016

Providing course leadership for approximately 350 students per year taught by a team of approximately 7 instructors in 4 sections and 12 seminars per year.