Anastasia Amabisca

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English Faculty
 Phone: 623.935.8489
 Location: EST N 270
9:00 am-10:00 am
8:00 am-9:00 am
9:00 am-10:00 am
11:00 am-12:00 pm
9:00 am-10:00 am
Office Hours Additional Information 
Also available by appointment for virtual or in-person meetings. Send me an email or Canvas message to set up an 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 in a variety of educational roles, 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 dancing (swing, ballroom, club Latin, and hip hop), belting show tunes, lifting weights, or doing burpees. I also teach MixxedFit at the Southwest Valley YMCA Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 9:30am.

Academic Interests 
Developmental Education; Critical Pedagogy; Cultural/Media Studies; Chican@ Studies; English Language Learner (ELL) Policy/Practice
College Service 
2020-present, Faculty Developer/PAR Coordinator
2012-present, United Way Planning Committee, Faculty Tri-Chair
2012-present, Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee
2012-2023, Developmental Education RIT
2018-2019, Faculty Senate, Senator at Large
2016-2018, PAR Committee
2014-2016, CTL Advisory Committee
2014, Co-chair for Fine and Performing Arts Week, April 21-25
2012-2014, Student Academic Achievement Committee
District Service 
2020-present, Faculty Developers Council
2013-2015, Developmental English Task Force
2013, Participant Master Teacher Seminar
2011, 2018, 2019 Maricopa Summer Institute for Developmental Education
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

Recent Professional Development Activities 

2024, MixxedFit Certified Instructor

2023, Athletics and Fitness Association of America/National Academy of Sports Medicine GFI Certification

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