Theresa CatalanoAssociate Professor
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 global citizenship education (and the arts), education and migration, and critical language studies. 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.
Dr. Catalano also serves as faculty advisor for the TLTE graduate student association and is co-leader of TLTE’s Master of Arts with emphasis in language teaching and acquisition/ELL (MAlta) program and coordinator of 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)
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:
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.
Catalano, T. & Fielder, G.E. (2018). European Spaces and the Roma: Denaturalizing the naturalized in
online reader comments. Discourse & Communication. 12(3), 240–257.
Catalano, T. (2017). When children are water: Representation of Central American migrant children in
public discourse and implications for educators. Journal of Latinos and Education. 16 (2), 124-
142. DOI: 10.1080/15348431.2016.1205988
Catalano, T. & Gatti, L. (2017). Representing teachers as criminals in the news: a multimodal critical
discourse analysis of the Atlanta schools’ “Cheating Scandal”. Social Semiotics, 27(1), 59-80.
Catalano, T. and Hamann, E. T. (2016). Multilingual pedagogies and pre-service teachers: Implementing
‘language as a resource’ orientations in teacher education programs. Bilingual Research Journal,
39 (3-4), 263-278.
Catalano, T. & Leonard, A. (2016). Moving people and minds: Dance as a vehicle of democratic education.
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice. 1-22. DOI: 10.1177/1746197915626082.
Areas of Expertise:
Second, Third and Additional Language Acquisition and Teaching
Critical Discourse Analysis
World Language Education