Affiliated Scholars

Yilmin Koo

Yilmin Koo, who is a graduate assistant for the Meadows Chair, is currently a doctoral candidate at UNT in the PhD program in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Language and Literacy Studies.  With a background in English language and literature from Sogang University in Korea, he has studied in the fields of formal linguistics and applied linguistics, including the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). While studying applied linguistics for his MA degree at Northern Arizona University, Koo also taught English as a Second Language and was awarded Teacher of the Year for 2011 and 2012.  He has presented and published papers in pragmatics, L2 writing, corpus linguistics, and educational policy. His current research project, which relates to a longstanding interest in pragmatics and corpus linguistics, focuses on the framing of policy discourse.

Yilmin Koo

Dung Nguyen

Dung Nguyen, a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction, is pursuing research into the translingual practices of university students who are bilingual in Vietnamese and English. Her bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as Second Language (TESL) is from the University of Education, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and her master’s degree in TESL is from Hawaii Pacific University. In Vietnam she filled a leadership role with teacher development projects, which included Project 2020, coordinated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training, and also a program in Binh Duong Province that she helped develop when she was a Ford Foundation Scholar. In addition to her research, she teaches courses in Teacher Education for undergraduate students and also assists with the Center for Teacher Preparation. Besides translanguaging, her research interests include TESL, contrastive linguistics, and extensive reading.

Dung Nguyen

Adepeju Olaniyi

Adepeju Olaniyi is a doctoral candidate whose research interests include language policy analysis, comparative studies, and discourse analysis. Her major is Curriculum and Instruction, and her concentration area is Language and Literacy Studies. She is an experienced facilitator who has participated in various kinds of international and national educational experiences through organizations working on advocacy and gender issues as well as educational policy. Now a graduate assistant and teaching fellow in Teacher Education and Administration, she holds a master’s degree in Curriculum Development from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria, and she has presented and published papers locally and internationally. Her current research project is a critical analysis of language policy.

Adepeju Olaniyi

Sherril English

Sherril English, a PhD Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Science degree from Texas A & M University-Commerce. English’s 30-year educational background includes multiple teaching positions from elementary school to college and a ten-year principalship.  Currently, English is a clinical assistant professor in the Simmons School of Education at SMU, where she teaches graduate students, supervises beginning teachers in Dallas ISD, and provides collaborative support on school culture to non-profits and schools in the West Dallas area.  She has presented at numerous conferences and has published on elementary students’ cross-linguistic transfer of reading skills.  Her research interests include student voice, school culture, and urban education; and her current research project focuses on urban elementary students’ conceptions of learning inside and outside of school.

Sherril English