Ph.D. (2011) Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
M.A. (1998) English Language/Linguistics, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
B.S. (1990). Elementary Education. University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Dr. Catalano’s research focuses on language teacher education and migration (including intercultural education and arts integration), and the connection of language and visual communication to ideology, power and social inequality. Dr. Catalano’s book, “Talking about global migration: Implications for language teaching” (Multilingual Matters, 2016), features the stories of migrants from around the world and takes an in-depth look at the metaphors used when migrants talk about their experiences. Her recent book with Linda Waugh Critical Discourse Analysis, Critical Discourse Studies and Beyond (Springer, 2020) introduces CDA/CDS, its important foundational concepts and theories, and traces its development from its early years until it became established. After the relationship between CDA and CDS is discussed, seven commonly cited approaches to CDA/CDS are outlined followed by an overview of critique of CDA/CDS and salient connections to other interdisciplinary areas of scholarship. The final chapter describes how scholars use their knowledge of CDA/CDS to make a difference in the world.
Dr. Catalano currently serves as point-person for the M3 initiative (https://cehs.unl.edu/tlte/m3-initiative/) and as faculty advisor for the TLTE graduate student association. She also co-coordinates the MA plus certification in world language program and the dual language endorsement program.
She teaches courses related to language education including:
- Secondary World Language Methods (TEAC 451, 452R, 894R)
- Linguistics for Language Teachers (TEAC 813K – online)
- Intercultural Communication (TEAC 813J)
- Teaching Multilingual Learners in the Elementary/Secondary Classroom (TEAC 317, TEAC 413M)
- Introduction to Multimodal Textual Analysis (TEAC 930M)
- Foundations of Dual Language Education (TEAC 815A)
- Spanish in the Content Areas (TEAC 815J)
Dr. Catalano’s publications can be accessed through UNL Digital Commons with the search term “Theresa Catalano”.
Catalano, T. & L. R. Waugh. (2020). Critical Discourse Analysis, Critical Discourse Studies and Beyond. In series: Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030493776
Catalano, T., Kiramba, L.K. & Viesca, K. (2020). Transformative interviewing and the experiences of multilingual learners not labeled “ELL” in US schools. Bilingual Research Journal, 43(2), 178-195. https://doi.org/10.1080/15235882.2020.1738287
Catalano, T. (2020). The visual representation of dual language education. Visual Communication. 0 (0), 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1177/1470357220904395
Sierk, J. & Catalano, T. (2020). The downfall: Listening to non-urban communities and their language ideologies. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies. 17 (2), 121-142.
Catalano, T., Traore Moundiba, H.C. & Pir, H. (2019). “I felt valued”: Multilingual microteachings and the development of teacher agency in a teacher education classroom. Critical Multilingualism Studies, 7 (2), 55-76.
Catalano, T. & Musolff, A. (2019). ‘Taking the Shackles off’: Metaphor and metonymy of migrant children and border officials in the U.S. Metaphorik.de. 29, 11-46.
Catalano, T. & Mitchell-McCollough, J. (2019). Representation of unaccompanied or separated children from Central America in the United States: Media vs. migrant perspectives. In A. Musolff & L. Viola (Eds.) Migration and Media: Discourses about Identities in Crisis. (pp. 239-262). London: John Benjamins.
Catalano, T. Reeves, J. & Wessels, S. (2018). "The soccer field, it has dirt”: A critical analysis of teacher learners in contact with emergent multilingual students". Critical Inquiry in Language Studies. 15(1), 1-20.
Catalano, T. (2016). Talking about global migration: Implications for language teaching. In series: New Perspectives in Language and Education. Bristol, U.K.: Multilingual Matters.
Areas of Expertise:
Second, Third and Additional Language Acquisition and Teaching
Critical Discourse Analysis
World Language Education