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Education at Aquinas College

Briana Asmus, Ph.D.

Briana Asmus
Assistant Professor of Education, ESL/Bilingual Program Director
Phone: 
(616) 632-2428
Office: 
AB 234

Biography

Dr. Briana Asmus is Assistant Professor of Education, ESL/Bilingual Program Director, and Project Director of a National Professional Development (NPD) grant program administered by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. She received her PhD in English education with a minor in postcolonial studies from Western Michigan University. Prior to her career in higher education, Briana was an ELA teacher at the secondary level. She also taught English as a foreign language (TEFL) in South Korea, Japan, and China where she also designed and directed bilingual summer programs. For several years, Briana worked as a literacy consultant in migrant education, where she completed her dissertation research studying the critical practices of teachers who were former migrants themselves. Briana's research interests lie at the intersection of ELA, ESL, social justice, and critical literacy. She has authored several publications, most recently as the Co-Editor of Engaging the Critical in English Education: Approaches from the Commission on Social Justice in Teacher Education published under Peter Lang Education. Briana serves as a member of the Michigan Department of Education ESL Advisory Council and Michigan Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) EL Collective. She is also a member of NCTE, MITESOL, and AERA. Briana’s hobbies include teaching fitness classes (Pilates and dance), building and riding mopeds, and reading Queer YA Literature.