Holly Hansen-Thomas, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship

Professor and Program Coordinator

Teacher Education

Holly Hansen-Thomas, Ph.D.

Contact

hhansenthomas@twu.edu
940-898-2265
SH 202E

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Biography

Holly Hansen-Thomas is Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship, Professor and Program Coordinator of ESL and Bilingual Education Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. A two-time Fulbright Scholar and successful grant writer/manager of approximately 7 million dollars in federal funding, Dr. Hansen-Thomas has engaged in teacher training and research for content area teachers of ELLs In the U.S., Europe, and Central America for nearly two decades. Her research interests include ESL training for mainstream secondary level teachers; ELLs' development of academic ESL training for mainstream secondary level teachers; ELLs' development of academic language in mathematics and science; language awareness; and teacher identity

Education

Ph.D., Culture, Literacy, and Language, University of Texas System: San Antonio, 2005
M.A., Bicultural\Bilingual Education, University of Texas: San Antonio, 1999
B.A., Art History, University of Texas: Austin, 1991
Other, Art History, Southern Methodist University, 1989

Research Interests

English Language Learners(ELLs) in Math and Science; Bilingual Education; Bilingualism and Biliteracy; Rural Education for ELLs; Secondary Education; Language Awareness; Culturally Responsive Teaching; Adolescent ELLs

Latest Articles

The Role of Language Objectives: Building Math and Science Teachers' Language Awareness with Emergent Bilinguals in Secondary Classrooms.
Latin American Content & Language Integrated Instruction Journal (2019)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, Juliet Langman, Tiffany Farias Sokoloski

Culture clash in the diverse classroom: A case study from a newcomer school
English Language Teaching (2018)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, SriPadmini Chennapragada

Deictics and the construction of mathematics and science knowledge in the secondary school classroom
Classroom Discourse (2017)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, Juliet Langman

Translanguaging in the secondary class though poetry: The case of a transnational youth
Research in the Teaching of English (2016)
Mary Amanda Stewart, Holly Hansen-Thomas

Family Science Night / Earth Day Celebration: A Project for the International Newcomer Academy using insights from the graduate course 'Teaching in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Environments'
The Science Teacher (2016)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, H Alderman

Books

Engaging Research Series Transforming Practices for the Elementary School (Series Editor)
TESOL Press (2018)
J Sharkey (Editor)

Engaging Research Series Transforming Practices for the Middle School Classroom (Series Editor and Editor)
TESOL Press (2018)
Kristen Lindhahl, Holly Hansen-Thomas

Discourse Analytic Perspectives on STEM Education
Springer (2017)
J. Langman, H. (Eds.) Hansen-Thomas

The Core State Standards in Mathematics for English Language Learners: High School
TESOL Press & NCTM (2015)
A Bright, H Hansen-Thomas, L Oliveira

Chapters

Mini-novelas to incorporate culturally responsive literature with academic writing
in Transforming practices for the elementary classroom | TESOL Press (2018)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

Language Standards in the Classroom
in The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching | Wiley Publishers (2018)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

Heritage Language Development of Pre-Service Bilingual Teachers: How a Practice Situated Intervention Promoted Multiliteracy
in Multiliteracies Pedagogy and Language Learning.Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers | Palgrave (2017)
Liliana Grosso Richins, Holly Hansen-Thomas

The triumvirate of academia
in Coping with gender equities: Critical conversation of women faculty | Rowan & Littlefield (2017)
R. R. Fredrickson, S. K. McMahan, Holly Hansen-Thomas

Current Projects

PIONERAS: Professional Improvement through Optimization of Native-language Education and the Realization of Academic/familial Symbiosis
GOV-Department of Education (DE) | $2,100,000.00 | 2016-2021
Role: Principal Investigator

ELLevate!
English Language Learner Educators Vested in the Advancement of Teaching Excellence
GOV-Department of Education (DE) | $2,100,000.00 | 2016-2021
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

SMARTTTEL: Science and Mathematics for ALL: Rural Teacher Training through Technology for English Learner
GOV-Department of Education (DE) | $1,800,000.00 | 2012-2017
Role: Principal Investigator

Externally Funded Projects

AVANCE-IME Becas Scholarship Program
The Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas | $10,000.00 | 2018
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

AVANCE-IME Becas Scholarship Program
The Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas | $10,000.00 | 2017
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

ELLevate!: National Professional Development grant
Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) | $2,100,000.00 | 2016
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

NPD T365Z120026
Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) | $2,200,000.00 | 2016
Role: Principal Investigator

AVANCE-IME Becas Scholarship Program
The Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas | $20,000.00 | 2016
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

AVANCE-IME Becas Scholarship Program
The Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas | $14,000.00 | 2015
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Professional Affiliations

  • AERA (American Educational Research Association)
  • ALA (Association for Language Awareness)
  • BEAM (Bilingual ESL Association of the Metroplex)
  • CCRI (College and Career Readiness Initiative)
  • KDP (Kappa Delta Pi) Educational Honor Society
  • NABE (National Association of Bilingual Educators)
  • TAA (Text and Academic Authors Association)
  • TABE (Texas Association of Bilingual Educators)
  • TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)