Alissa Blair, Ph.D.
Faculty, English as a New Language
Alissa Blair is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami. Alissa’s research focuses on the education of K-12 multilingual learners, in particular meaning-making discourse in academic contexts at school and beyond. Her research interests include academic language, bilingual education, family engagement, qualitative research, and teacher education. In these areas she has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and teacher resources. Alissa earned her B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and her M.Ed. at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to completing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in ESL and Bilingual Education, Alissa lived in Chile for five years where she worked as a ChACE (ACE in Chile) teacher at Saint George’s College and teacher trainer at the Chilean Ministry of Education English Opens Doors Program. Alissa is passionate about working with educators and families to make schooling more equitable for linguistically and culturally diverse children and youth. She has teaching experience at the elementary, high school, and college levels, although parenting two young emergent bilingual children most tests everything she knows and believes about education.