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Anastasia Amabisca

English Faculty

Division of Arts and Composition

Anastasia Amabisca


Ph.D Education: Urban Schooling/Curriculum & Teaching Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
M. A. Education: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Stanford University
B. A. Secondary Education/English
Arizona State University

I am originally from the West Valley, my family having thrived in the Buckeye area for more than three generations.  While I have enjoyed working as an educational researcher, program developer/evaluator, and professional development provider, my real love is teaching.  I currently teach:

  • ENG 081: Basic Writing Skills
  • ENG 091: Fundamentals of Writing
  • ENG 101: First-Year Composition

When I'm not teaching, you will likely find me walking my two dogs, playing with my two cats, or playing violin and busting out a bolero in the SMCC Mariachi Montana del Sur.

Academic Interests
Developmental Education; Critical Pedagogy; Cultural/Media Studies; Chican@ Studies; English Language Learner (ELL) Policy/Practice
College Service
2014-present, CTL Advisory Committee
2014-present, International Student Leadership Organization Faculty Advisor
2014, Co-chair for Fine and Performing Arts Week, April 21-25
2012-2014, Student Academic Achievement Committee
2012-present, Developmental Education Coordinating Committee
2012-present, Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee
District Service
2013-present, Developmental English Task Force
2013, Participant Master Teacher Seminar
2011, Maricopa Summer Institute for Developmental Education
Arizona Advocates for Academic Excellence (Vice-President)
Publications & Intellectual Contributions

Aguirre-Munoz, Z., & Amabisca, A. A. (2010). Defining Opportunity to Learn for English Language Learners: Linguistic and Cultural Dimensions of ELLs' Instructional Contexts. Journal Of Education For Students Placed At Risk, 15(3), 259-278.

Aguirre-Munoz, Z., Park, J., Amabisca, A., & Boscardin, C. (2008). Developing Teacher Capacity for Serving ELLs' Writing Instructional Needs: A Case for Systemic Functional Linguistics. Bilingual Research Journal, 31(1-2), 295-322.

Aguirre-Munoz, Z., Boscardin, C., Jones, B., Park, J., Chinen, M., Shin, H., & ... National Center for Research on Evaluation, S. A. (2006). Consequences and Validity of Performance Assessment for English Language Learners: Integrating Academic Language and ELL Instructional Needs into Opportunity to Learn Measures. CSE 678. National Center For Research On Evaluation, Standards, And Student Testing (CRESST),

Amabisca, A. A.  (1999).  Alone together: The social integration of immigrant students at the middle school level.  The Multilingual Educator, 2(2), 10-14, 29.

Amabisca, A. A. (1994).  [Review of Forked tongue: The politics of bilingual education.]. Hispanic journal of behavioral sciences, 16, 510-515.