Anastasia A. Amabisca

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English Faculty
Primary Department:
 Phone: 623.935.8489
 Location: EST N 270
9:00 am-10:00 am
9:00 am-10:00 am
9:00 am-10:00 am
Office Hours Additional Information 
Also available by appointment.


Ph.D. Education: Urban Schooling/Curriculum & Teaching Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
M. A. Education: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Stanford University
B. A. Secondary Education/English
Arizona State University

I am originally from the West Valley, my family having thrived in the Buckeye area for more than three generations.  While I have enjoyed working as an educational researcher, program developer/evaluator, and professional development provider, my real love is teaching.  The classes I teach include:

  • ALT 100: Academic Literacy Through Integrated Reading and Writing
  • ENG 101: First-Year Composition
  • ENG 101LL: Expedited English Experience (EEE)

When I'm not teaching, you will likely find me singing Mariachi and opera, belting show tunes, dancing hip-hop or ballroom, or doing burpees.

Academic Interests 
Developmental Education; Critical Pedagogy; Cultural/Media Studies; [email protected] Studies; English Language Learner (ELL) Policy/Practice
College Service 
2020-2023, Faculty Developer/PAR Coordinator
2018-2019, Faculty Senate
2016-2018, PAR Committee
2014-2016, CTL Advisory Committee
2014, Co-chair for Fine and Performing Arts Week, April 21-25
2012-present, Developmental Education RIT
2012-present, Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee
2012-present, United Way Planning Committee
2012-2014, Student Academic Achievement Committee
District Service 
2013-2015, Developmental English Task Force
2013, Participant Master Teacher Seminar
2011, 2018, 2019 Maricopa Summer Institute for Developmental Education
Arizona Advocates for Academic Excellence (Vice-President)
Publications & Intellectual Contributions 

Aguirre-Munoz, Z., & Amabisca, A. A. (2010). Defining Opportunity to Learn for English Language Learners: Linguistic and Cultural Dimensions of ELLs' Instructional Contexts. Journal Of Education For Students Placed At Risk, 15(3), 259-278.

Aguirre-Munoz, Z., Park, J., Amabisca, A., & Boscardin, C. (2008). Developing Teacher Capacity for Serving ELLs' Writing Instructional Needs: A Case for Systemic Functional Linguistics. Bilingual Research Journal, 31(1-2), 295-322.

Aguirre-Munoz, Z., Boscardin, C., Jones, B., Park, J., Chinen, M., Shin, H., & ... National Center for Research on Evaluation, S. A. (2006). Consequences and Validity of Performance Assessment for English Language Learners: Integrating Academic Language and ELL Instructional Needs into Opportunity to Learn Measures. CSE 678. National Center For Research On Evaluation, Standards, And Student Testing (CRESST),

Amabisca, A. A.  (1999).  Alone together: The social integration of immigrant students at the middle school level.  The Multilingual Educator, 2(2), 10-14, 29.

Amabisca, A. A. (1994).  [Review of Forked tongue: The politics of bilingual education.]. Hispanic journal of behavioral sciences, 16, 510-515.

Awards and Recognitions 

2016, NISOD Excellence Award