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Dr. Andrea Stairs-Davenport | Professor/Associate Dean at USM

Dr. Andrea Stairs-Davenport

Professor/Associate Dean

"At USM, we allow students to pursue topics of their choosing in all courses. We believe each student should learn broadly about TESOL but also go deeply into topics that matter to them."

Degrees Held:

  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction — Boston College, 2006
  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction — Boston College, 1995
  • BA in English — Colby College, 1994

Career Highlights:

  • USM Faculty Senate Award for Teaching Excellence, 2016
  • Published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Published two books: Urban Teaching in America: Theory, Research, and Practice in K-12 Classrooms (Sage, 2012) with Kelly Donnell and Alyssa Hadley Dunn
  • Research on Urban Teacher Learning: Examining Contextual Factors Over Time (IAP, 2010) with Kelly Donnell

In which online degree program(s) do you teach?

MSEd in TESOL

Which class(es) do you teach online?

EDU 607: Teacher Research in Literacy and EDU 635: Seminar in Second Language Literacy

What do you want students to take away from your classes?

I want students to feel confident in identifying their dilemmas of practice and using various forms of data to help them improve their teaching and their students' learning.

What advice would you give to those considering a USM online education program?

At USM, we allow students to pursue topics of their choosing in all courses. We believe each student should learn broadly about TESOL but also go deeply into topics that matter to them.

Why did you start teaching?

I taught middle and high school English before becoming a university professor. I have always loved to teach. I learn as much from my students as I hope they learn from me.


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