Rebeca Fernández


Ed.D,  Ed.M. Harvard University
B.S., Boston University


My academic and professional interests center on the language development and academic socialization of linguistic minorities. Early in my career, I taught transitional bilingual education and helped develop bilingual performance-based assessments for large urban school districts. While pursuing my graduate studies, I assisted with research on commercially available reading programs and worked with vocabulary intervention data for bilingual school-aged children. 

I have also worked with nontraditional adult students, developed many contextualized, content-based and English for Specific Purposes courses, and conducted efficacy research on the online professional development of adult English-as-a-second-language teachers.

When appropriate, I prefer a mixed methods approach to research that allows for both granular and generalizable results. Currently, I am collaborating with my colleagues Shireen Campbell and Kyosung Koo on a longitudinal project examining the rhetorical and linguistic development of advanced multilingual writers.

I work closely with multilingual and novice writers at Davidson both as a language specialist and a writing professor. In my teaching of writing overall, I strive to make transparent the often-opaque expectations of American academic writing and to help students draw connections between their own taken-for-granted notions about inquiry and discovery and the argumentative essay.


WRI 101 Language Policy and Education in a Multicultural Society
WRI 101 Languaging Across Words and Worlds
EDU 301 Introduction to Educational Linguistics