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Sandra Mercuri, Ph.D.

Sandra Mercuri, Ph.D. 

Sandra Mercuri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Language, Literacy,
and Intercultural Studies


Ph.D. in Education with emphasis in Language. Literacy and Culture. University of California at Davis, 2007
M.A. in Bilingual Cross-Cultural Education, Fresno Pacific University, 2000
Bilingual Specialist Credential, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 1999
Licenciada en Letras (equivalent of a M.A. degree) Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina, March 30, 1996. with a specialization in Spanish linguistics and literature.


Dr. Sandra Mercuri is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, Brownsville. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching in Argentina and the United States in K-12 schools and at the college level. She teaches courses in bilingual education and biliteracy and is working on research on the development of academic language across the content areas and the effect of long-term professional development for teachers of English learners. She provides training for teachers nationwide. She presents at national and international conferences on issues of second language acquisition and bilingualism, teacher training and ESL strategies. Dr. Mercuri has also published articles in professional journals about bilingual learners and the application of second language theories into classroom practice in the TESOL Quarterly, Talking Points and the NABE journal as well as professional journals in Spanish such as GIST. She has also co-authored the books Closing the Achievement Gap and Dual Language Essentials with Drs. Yvonne and David Freeman and Research-based Strategies for English Language Learners with Denise Rea. These books can be found at ( Dr. Mercuri a native of Argentina is a fluent speaker of Spanish.


Sandra Mercuri, Ph.D.

Courses in Bilingual and ESL education, Second Language Learning Pedagogy, Policy and Practice and Sociolinguistic


BILC 6324 Language Acquisition and Implications of Teaching
BILC 6361 Issues in Bilingual and ESL Education
BILC 6365 Action Research in Bilingual and ESL Classrooms
BILC 6366 Academic Spanish Across the Content Areas
BILC 8342 Content Area Instruction in Bilingual Programs
EDSL 4307 Foundations of Bilingual and ESL
EDSL 6325 ESL for Bilingual and Intercultural Setting
EDSL 6327 ESL Techniques in the Content Areas

Area of Specialty and Responsibility:

The development of Academic literacy of Emergent Bilingual, Professional development for Teachers of Emergent Bilinguals, Dual Language Curriculum, Bilingual Program Coordinator (Master Level), Bilingual off-site Cohorts Advisor, Language Literacy and Intercultural Department Chair and NCATE Executive Council Member.

Office Hours
Spring 2015

Monday: 2:30pm-5:00pm
Tuesday: 3:30pm-5:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am-12:00pm
Thursday: By Appointment
Friday: By Appointment

Office: MAIN 2.306D
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