Vita

my photoTim Conrad
1395 Edvalson Street
Department of English
Ogden, Utah 84408-1404
tconrad@weber.edu
801-349-5418 (cell)

*Note: Example chapters of my current intercultural composition book in process can be viewed on the sidebar pages of this same website displaying my vita.

TEACHING & RESEARCH FOCUS

My professional field is TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.  The TESOL field is informed by applied linguistics, culture, composition, and literature.  In addition to the study of standard English and dialects of English, TESOL also researches educational contexts and programs involving multilingual and multicultural perspectives.  Currently, I teach intercultural composition, intercultural discourse, TESOL teacher education, advanced writing & editing, and children’s literature.  I have taught English language learners, dual-language English/Spanish students, international students, and student-teachers both in the United States and in other countries, most recently at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah (currently), the University of Arizona in Tucson (2015), and Desert Shadows Middle School in Nogales, Arizona on the Mexican border (2014).

EDUCATION

PhD in English, Rhetoric/Linguistics (TESOL), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, May, 2000

Secondary Certification (Grades 6-12), Spanish & Social Studies, Weber State University, June 1994

MA in English (TESOL), Utah State University, June 1983

BA, Spanish and Political Science double major, Utah State University, June 1976

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor, now Associate Professor, Department of English, Weber State University, 2000-Present

English/ESL Instructor and ESL Program Director (1988-1990), Weber State University, 1983-2000

Adjunct Composition & TESOL Instructor, Center for English as a Second Language, University of Arizona, Summer, 2015

Adjunct Teacher, Bilingual English/Spanish Program, Desert Shadows Middle School, August, 2014.

ESL Teacher/Tutor, Mount Ogden Middle School, Shadow Valley Elementary School, Ogden High School in conjunction with my teacher education courses at Weber State University, 1995-2012

Research Assistant and Composition Instructor (mixed class of international students and American students), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Fall and Spring Semesters, 1994-1995 (on leave of absence from Weber State College).

ESL Instructor/Tour Guide, “Discover America” Tour of National Parks of the Western United States for students and professionals from Taiwan, Department of Continuing Education, Weber State University, Summers, 1988 and 1989

Fulbright Lecturer, TESOL, University of Mostar, Bosnia and Robert’s College, Istanbul, 1985-1987 (on two-year leave of absence from Weber State University)

Teaching Assistant and ESL Instructor, Intensive English Language Institute, Utah State University, 1976-1983.

English Tutor/Dorm Counselor, Internado Anahuac Boarding School, Chihuahua, Mexico, Summers of 1975 and 1976

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Sabbatical awarded to complete a textbook entitled Intercultural Composition during this coming Spring Semester, 2019 (see the sidebar pages on this website)

Conrad, Tim. Review of the book Toma y Daca: Transculturación y presencia de escritores chino-latinoamericanos [Give and Take: Transculturation and the presence of Chinese-Latin American writers], by Huei Lan Yen.  West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2016, 164 pp., Forthcoming, Rocky Mountain Review, Spring 2019.

Conrad, Tim. Review of the book Autobiographical Writing in Latin America: Folds of the Self, by Sergio Franco. Rocky Mountain Review, Volume 72, Number 1, Spring 2018

“Beatrix Potter’s Body Politics,” An analysis of image and theme in Potter’s picture books and life.  Paper presented at the Children’s Literature Session, Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association, Cheyenne, Wyoming, October, 2018.

“The Electronic Village & Technology.” Registered for and completed these specially designed sessions about online tools for teaching language and culture, TESOL International Convention, Seattle, Washington, 2017.

“Teaching an Intercultural Composition Course Combining International & American Students,” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Spokane, Washington, October, 2017

“Guest Commentary: Confronting the American Refugee Crisis in Texas.” A report on our translation, computer and other support work for immigration lawyers while volunteering at the largest detention center in the United States holding 2,000 Central-American women and children, Tim and Kerry Conrad, Standard Examiner editorial published January 25, 2016, Page 4A.

“Best Practices for Helping International Students in the Classroom & Beyond.” I presented recent research about writing and other educational support for international students and second/foreign language learners at the International Symposium sponsored by International Programs. My presentation included an interactive website of eight sidebar pages including bibliography and instructional lesson plans and suggested support approaches, Weber State University, November 17, 2016.

“Narnian Time Slips,” a paper I presented at the Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association about my research concerning the use of metaphor, fantasy, and science fiction techniques used by C.S. Lewis in his children’s literature, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 7, 2016.

Taught as a full-time summer adjunct at the University of Arizona in the CESL Program (300 international students): Center for English as a Second Language.  I also completed their mentoring program which involved learning their online second-language instructional system called “Jupiter,” attending workshops on their course design and ESL instructional methods, and participating in the social/entertainment clubs and activities for the international students on campus and in the community, Summer 2015.

“Rhetorical Grammar: Bringing Together Style and Structure.” Boise, Idaho, RMMLA: Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association, October 11, 2014.

ESL Teacher, Desert Shadows Middle School, Nogales, Arizona, August, 2014.

Sabbatical Travel/Research, Spring/Summer 2013, granted by Weber State University: I taught English as a second language for international students (children and adults) in Flagstaff and the border city of Nogales, in both Arizona and Mexico.  In Flagstaff, I taught for The Literacy Center of Coconino County.  In Nogales, Arizona, I taught for two programs: a- the Family Resource Center, a program supported by the University of Arizona, and b- the Kino Park Chamber of Commerce. In Nogales, Mexico, I taught for Educación Municipal, a child/youth program operated by the city throughout some of its poorest barrios.  I also volunteered for three migrant borderlands organizations:  Samaritanos, The Kino Initiative, and “No More Deaths.”  For the past ten years, a sad period that has been called “The Decade of Death,” 200-300 people have died each year crossing the border in the Nogales/Tucson region.  I was involved with many others, including immigration leaders, attorneys, an anthropologist, historian, and a migrant-trails GPS expert to plan and participate in rescue efforts and continue research in order to better understand this humanitarian tragedy and the development of possible solutions.  I wrote a travel journal for Kino Park, Nogales Visitor Center: “Following Eusebio Kino: My Sonora, Mexico Journal.”

Online Practice & Display Portfolios: Integrating the Written Discourse of Face-to-Face and Digital Communication.” My presentation was selected by the refereed “Electronic Village, Annual International TESOL Convention, Portland, Oregon, March 29, 2014.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

I am a current member of the Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association (RMMLA) and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).  I also serve each year on the following committees at Weber State University:  Linguistics/TESOL, Composition, ESL Endorsement/Minor Program, and Personnel Relations.

President (2012) and Past-President (2011) of the regional organization ITESOL–Intermountain Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages–and Program Chair of the 2010 Fall ITESOL Conference held at Weber State University: “Celebrating English Language Learners.”  I have also served at Weber State University as Director of the ESL Endorsement/Minor Program for pre-service and in-service teachers and Director of the ESL Program for international students.