Who We Are
Who We Are


SIG Officers
image638062006493958404 Chair (1 year term)
Magdalena Pando
Associate Professor of Bilingual Education at Southern Methodist University
year term ends: 2024 (will become Past Chair 2024-25)

ZT638295194942335145Chair-elect/Program Chair (1 year term) 

Zhongfeng Tian

Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education
Department of Urban Education at Rutgers University–Newark
year term ends: 2024 (will become Chair 2024-2025)


MCP Headshotparliamentarian (3 year term)

María Cioè-Peña
Assistant Professor of Educational Linguistics    
University of Pennsylvania                                                                                                                            
cioepena@upenn.edu                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        year term ends: 2024

   secretary/treasurer (2 year term)

Maria Teresa (Maite) Sánchez                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education at Hunter College                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ms1850@hunter.cuny.edu                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  year term ends: 2024 


CDN Past Chair/Elections Coordinator (1 year term)

Christina P. DeNicolo
Wayne State Univeristy

year term ends: 2024 

091418_4735_CEHS Rebecca Linares Historian (3 year term)
Rebecca Linares                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Associate Professor of ESL/Bilingual Education

Rowan University
year term ends: 2024


image638060464815477433Communications chair (3 year term)

Ana Solano-Campos
Georgia State University
year terms ends: 2025
Working Groups

Advocacy Working Group

This newly restarted working group will explore the various forms of advocacy of researchers, teachers, community members, families, and students in relation to multilingual learners, educational programs, instructional practices, and policies. The group is very important in today's "post-truth" era. We believe in the power of working together and would like to help our members share their advocacy efforts, as well as expand our reach by providing information on other possible advocacy routes at the local, state and federal levels.


Lina Martin Corredor,  Assistant Professor of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, Metropolitan State University of Denver lmartinc@msudenver.edu

Christina P. DeNicolo, Associate Professor of Bilingual /Bicultural  Education, Wayne State University 



Dan Heiman, Assistant Professor of Bilingual/Biliteracy Education, University of Texas at El Paso

Ryan W. Pontier, Assistant Professor,  Florida International University

Kristen L. Pratt, Assistant Professor, ESOL & Bilingual Education, Western Oregon University

Jorge Solis, Associate Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio

Mentoring Working Group

The Mentoring Working Group of the BER aims to support doctoral candidates and junior scholars by facilitating connections with more experienced and knowledgeable senior scholars, unveiling hidden discourses within the academy, and creating constructive discursive spaces for all to come together to continue to move the research in our field forward.


Zhongfeng Tian, The University of Texas at San Antonio, zhongfeng.tian@utsa.edu 


Suzanne García-Mateus (member), California State University, Monterey Bay, sgmateus@csumb.edu

Clara Amador-Lankster (member), National University, camadorl@nu.edu 

Newsletter Working Group

The BER Newsletter Working Group aims to identify and share timely information to the members of the BER SIG at the local, national, and international levels. The newsletter reflects the linguistic and cultural diversity of the BER members and broader society, and works in collaboration with other SIG groups to build communication, collegiality, and collaborations across members.


  • Magdalena Pando, Associate Professor Southern Methodist University, mpando@gsu.edu


  • Grace Cornell Gonzales, Graduate Student, University of Washington
  • Patricia Ferreyra, Teaching Associate, University of Washington
  • Tabitha Hornby, Graduate Student, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Mina Min, Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University
  • Ève Ryan, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Karen Terrell, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, Loyola University Maryland


Oral History Working Group


Rebecca Linares, Historian, Rowan Univeresity,  linares@rowan.edu 


  • Leah Durán, Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, University of Arizona
  • Natasha Perez
  • Sharon Ulanoff, Professor of Bilingual/Multicultural and Literacy Education, California State University
  • Rick Yoder

Social Media Group

The Social Media Working Group of the BER works to using social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, to serve the community of the BER. Specifically, our aims are to raise awareness of the good work members of the BER are doing and to increase communication, collegiality and collaborations across the BER community. We use social media to post news and information, as well as highlight policy and advocacy events that are of interest to our members.

Chair: Ana Solano Campos, Communication Chair, Georgia State University, 


Structure & Governance