FACULTY

Yurimi Grigsby, PhD

Associate Professor of Curriculum, Language and Literacy

Program Leader, ESL/TESOL


College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

Dr. Grigsby teaches Socially, Culturally, and Linguistically Diverse Students: Perspectives for Practitioners and Language and Linguistics in Concordia's College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. Among Dr. Grigsby’s areas of research interest are English as a second language, sociolinguistics, heritage language maintenance and loss, and online gaming as a situated, apprenticed and social activity. Before coming to Concordia, she taught Spanish and English as a second language in Tennessee. She has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2006.

Degrees

  • PhD, Literacy, Language and English as a Second Language. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • MAT, Secondary Education. East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn.
  • BA, Spanish. East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn.

Prior Professional and Academic Positions

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Acta Technologica, 2011 to present.
  • TESOL Advocacy, 2012 to present

Academic and Professional Highlights

Presentations

  • "Addressing professional dispositions for teaching P-12 English language learners: Why, when, and how." Grigsby, Y., S. Kim, T. Micek. In J. Huang, (Ed.), Empirical language research: Letting the data speak for themselves (pp.xxx-xxx). Untested Ideas Research Center, Niagara Falls, NY, 2013, in print.
  • "Incorporating our own cultural narratives in TESOL Education: A reflective team approach by four TESOL Educators." Grigsby, Y., S. Kim,  B. Ates, G. Lee. In J. Huang, (Ed.), Empirical language research: Letting the data speak for themselves (pp.xxx-xxx). Untested Ideas Research Center, Niagara Falls, NY, 2013, in print.
  • "Developing the Literacy of Early to Intermediate Language Learners." Concordia University Chicago Reading Conference, River Forest, Ill., February 2011.
  • "Instructional Strategies for Developing the Literacy of English Language Learners." Illinois Resource Center, December 2010.
  • “The Importance of the Heritage Language in English Language Instruction.” Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Bilingual Education Conference, Naperville, Ill., February 2009.
  • “The Heritage Language-Maintenance and Loss.” American Educational Studies Association, Savannah, Ga., October 2008.
  • “Class Secrets: Uncovering Cultural Awareness on Campus.” Association of Educational Service Agencies, Savannah, Ga., October 2008.
  • “What Schools Can Learn from Videogames.” Games+Learning+Society Conference, Madison, Wis., July 2008.
  • “The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student in the Mainstream Classroom.” Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., January 2008.
  • Grigsby, Y., S. Kim, T. Micek. In J. Huang, (Ed.), Empirical language research: Letting the data speak for themselves (pp.xxx-xxx). Untested Ideas Research Center, Niagara Falls, NY, 2013, in print.

Awards and Honors

  • TESOL Professional Development Award, 2009

Memberships

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Illinois TESOL/Bilingual Education (IL TESOL/BE)
  • Institute for Language Education and Policy
  • American Education Research Association (AERA)
  • American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
  • Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)

Extracurricular Activities or Hobbies

  • ESL tutor
  • Mountains
  • Table-top and video gaming

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