Laura Quaynor, PhD
Laura Quaynor is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program, specializing in supporting 1st year doctoral students and academic writing development. Laura began her career as an ESL and French immersion teacher in Maryland and Virginia, and has served as teacher education faculty in South Carolina and Illinois, specializing in ESL/bilingual education. As a faculty member, she has developed and led courses on ESL/bilingual teaching methods, cross-cultural studies, linguistics, and comparative education, and created a state-approved online endorsement program. Recent publications appear in the Journal of Teacher Education, Compare, and Globalisation, Societies, & Education. Laura’s scholarship focuses on citizenship and civic education, and how schools enact global citizenship education, particularly for English Language Learners in the United States and students in Liberia, West Africa.
2012 Ph.D. Educational Studies, Emory University
2005 M.T. Education: French & ESL, University of Virginia
2005 B.A. French, African Studies, University of Virginia
Minor: Foreign Affairs
August 2019-Present Assistant Professor, Ed.D. Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Education
August 2015-July 2019 Assistant Professor of Foundations, Leadership & Literacy, College of Education, Lewis University
August 2012-July 2015 Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of South Carolina Aiken
August 2007-May 2012 Teaching & Research Assistant, Division of Educational Studies, Emory University
Quaynor, L. (2018). Remembering West African Indigenous Knowledges and Practices in Citizenship Education Research. Compare. Available at Doi: 10.1080/03057925.2018.1444468.
Quaynor, L., & Murillo, A. (2017). Migration and implications for global citizenship education: Tensions and perspectives. In I. Davies, L.-C. Ho, D. Kiwan, C. Peck, A.Peterson, E. Sant, & Y. Waghid (Eds.), Palgrave handbook of global citizenship and education (pp. 425-438). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Russell, G. & Quaynor, L. (2016). Constructing citizenship in post-conflict contexts: The cases of Liberia and Rwanda. Globalisation, Societies, & Education. Doi: 10.1080/14767724.2016.1195723
Quaynor, L. (2015). Preparing globally-minded citizens? Connections and contradictions in two International Baccalaureate Public Schools serving immigrant students. Teachers College Record, 117, 9. http://www.tcrecord.org/ExecSummary.asp?contentid=18072.
Quaynor, L. (2015). Researching citizenship education in Africa: considerations from Ghana and Liberia. Research in Comparative and International Education, 10, 120-134. doi: 10.1177/1745499914567822.
Quaynor, L. (2015). “The means to speak”: Educating youth for citizenship in post-conflict Liberia. Journal of Peace Education, 15(1), 15-36. doi: 10.1080/17400201.2014.931277.
Quaynor, L. (2012). The implications of privatization for citizenship education: Views from four Liberian schools. Budapest, Hungary: The Open Society Institute. Available at http://www.periglobal.org/role-state/document/document-implications-privatization-citizenship-education-views-four-liberian-sc.
Quaynor, L., & Hamilton, C. (2012). Providing a global education to refugee students. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 25(2), 12-15.
Quaynor, L. (2012). Citizenship education in post-conflict contexts: A review of the literature. Education, Citizenship, & Social Justice, 7, 37-57.
Hahn, C.L. & Quaynor, L. (2012). Gender and civic education. In James A. Banks (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Diversity and Education (pp. 942-951). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Quaynor, L. & Brown, S. (2018). Bilingual Bookmakers: Reflections from an Elementary School Literacy Initiative. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 46 (2), 68-74.
Quaynor, L. (2017). Review of Partnership paradox: The Post-conflict reconstruction of Liberia’s education system edited by Christopher Talbot and Aleesha Taylor. Journal of Education in Emergencies. 3(1): 135-137.
Quaynor, L. (2013). Review of refugee and immigrant students: Achieving equity in education. Teachers College Record. http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=17172.
INVITED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Quaynor, L. (2017, November). Building a just peace? Civic education in urban Liberia, 2009-2012. Paper presented at Education, Youth and Peacebuilding in Conflict-Affected States, Waterloo, Ontario: sponsored by OISE and Wilfrid Laurier University.
Quaynor, L. (2015, October). Human rights in education discourse in post-conflict Liberia. Paper presented at Arnhold Symposium on Education for Sustainable Peace, The New School, New York, NY: Sponsored by the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research.
Quaynor, L., (2012, October). The implications of privatization for citizenship education: Views from four Liberian Schools. Paper presented at the conference on Globalization, Regionalization, and Privatization in and of Education in Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa: sponsored by the Open Society Institute.
PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Quaynor, L. (2018, March). Identity, tolerance, and civic education in post-conflict Liberia. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, Mexico City, Mexico.
Quaynor, L., Solano-Campos, A., & Hopkins, M. (2017, April). Critical experiences in pre-service teacher preparation for multilingual learners: A comparative study. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
Quaynor, L. (2016, April). Human rights in education discourse in Liberia and Ghana. Paper presented at the World Education Research Association, Washington, DC.
Quaynor, L. (2016, March). Power and context: Including indigenous institutions in citizenship education research in Liberia. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, Vancouver, B.C.
Solano-Campos, A., Quaynor, L., Hopkins, M., & Katunich, J. (2016, March). A Review of the literature on pre-service teacher preparation for multilingual learners: Where do we go from here? Paper presented at the National Association for Bilingual Education Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
Quaynor, L., & Russell, G. (2015, March). Constructing citizenship in post-conflict contexts: The cases of Liberia and Rwanda. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, Washington, D.C.
Green, K., Quaynor, L., & Solano-Campos, A. (2014, April). Civic counterstories for critical times: Civic activism among youth in the Global South. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
PRACTITIONER CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Sturm, E. & Quaynor, L. (2018, March). Teachers, twitter, and global citizenship education. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Midwest Association for Teacher Education, Champaign-Urbana, IL.
Quaynor, L. & Karmah, S. (2017, December). Supporting conflict-affected students through extra-curricular activities. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Illinois Association for Multicultural and Multilingual Leaners (IAMME), Oak Brook Hills, IL.
Quaynor, L. & Lulic, M. (2016, December). Translanguaging in the K-12 and University Classroom. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Illinois Association for Multicultural and Multilingual Leaners (IAMME), Oak Brook Hills, IL.
Quaynor, L., & Karmah, S. (2015, December). Healing classrooms for refugee students: Hi tech and low tech tools. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Illinois Association for Multicultural and Multilingual Leaners (IAMME), Oak Brook Hills, IL.
TEACHER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
NOYCE Scholars Workshop, Lewis University: Teaching English Learners in High Needs Schools. Jan. 12, 2017.
De La Salle High School: Literacy and Language Learning Strategies. Oct. 28, 2016.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
- International Association of Lasallian Universities Research Award, Writing Across Borders with Pre-Service Teachers, 2018
- Faculty Scholar Award, Teachers, Twitter, and Global Citizenship Education, 2017
- DISCOVER Mini-Grant for course revisions focused on vocation and meaning, ENLE 31000, Spring 2018; ENLE 44200, Spring 2017
Friends of Liberia
- Small Grants Program, 2018, Vision Leaders in Grand Gedeh county
University of South Carolina Aiken
- Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE), 2015, ESL Teachers in South Carolina
Comparative and International Education Society, CANDE SIG
- Judith Torney Purta Outstanding Paper for New Scholars, 2015
American Education Research Association
- International Curriculum Research Workshop Grant, 2011
Open Society Institute
- Privatization of Education Research Initiative Grant, 2010
Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education
- Research Award, 2010
- Piedmont Fellowship in Sustainability, Teaching, and Curriculum, 2010
- Woodruff Doctoral Fellowship, 2007-2012
University of Virginia, Curry School of Education
- Inge Family Scholarship, 2004
Grant Applications, Unfunded
- Spencer Small Grant Proposal, Tea and talk: Liberian women’s perceptions of Atai shops as sites for civic learning. Feb 1, 2018
- Research Initiative for Summer Engagement, University of South Carolina-Aiken. Towards a theory of globally relevant pedagogy. March, 2014
Courses Taught, Lewis University
2018-Present RDLT 57500: Practical Research for Learning Communities
2016-Present ENLE 51000: Foundations of ELL/Bilingual Education
2015-Present ENLE 51200: Linguistics for Teachers of ELLs
2015-Present ENLE 31000: Foundations of Teaching ELLs
2015-Present ECDE 33500: Linguistics and Language Development
2015-Present ENLE 54200: Cross-Cultural Studies for Teachers of ELLs
2016-Present ENLE 52600: Curriculum and Instruction for Teaching ELLs
2016-Present ENLE 32600: Methods and Materials for Teaching ELLs
Courses Taught, University of South Carolina Aiken
2014-2015 EDUC 635F: Linguistics
2014-2015 EDUC 635C: Cultural Diversity in Education
2014-2015 EDUC 635B: Teaching Reading and Writing to Multilingual Learners
2014-2015 EDUC 635A: Principles & Strategies for Teaching ESL
2012-2014 EDFN 321, Dynamics of U.S. Public Education
2012-2015 EDEL 441, Classroom Management in the Elementary School
2013 EDEL 470, Internship in Elementary/Early Childhood Education
Doctoral Student Supervision
McKenna Lulic, “Student and Mentor Perceptions of of Radical Journaling.” June 2016-Present.
Ken Scott, “The African Diasporic Tradition in Hip Hop Education.” Defended October 2017.
Midwest Social Studies Graduate Student Conference, May 2017. University of Wisconsin.
Mukulika Dattagupta, Fulbright-Nehru Graduate Fellow, Fall 2014-Spring 2015.
June 2006-2009 United States Institute of Peace, High School Program Instructor
June-August 2007 YMCA Outdoor Education Specialist
August 2006, 2007 English Access High School Program, English Instructor
August 2005-May 2007 Maryvale Elementary School French Immersion Teacher
May 2005-July 2005 Crestview Elementary School, ESL Teacher
December 2004-May 2005 Skipwith Elementary School, ESL Teacher
May 2003-August 2003 Center for Multicultural Human Services, Sierra Leone Program
2014 Georgia Teaching Certificate, French P-12; ESL P-12
2005 Maryland Teaching Certificate, French P-12; ESOL P-12; Early Childhood Education
2005 Virginia Teaching Certificate, French P-12; ESL P-12
English (Native speaker)
French (Fluent, ACTFL OPI Advanced rating)
Gã, Twi, Slovak, Spanish (Completed intermediate courses of study)
Service to the Profession
American Educational Research Association Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group, 2015-2017.
Comparative and International Education Society Africa Special Interest Group, 2018-Present.
Comparative and International Education Society Africa Special Interest Group, 2013-2015.
Anthropology & Education Quarterly
Development in Practice
International Journal of Educational Development
International Journal of Testing
Journal of Adolescent Psychology
Social Studies and the Young Learner
South African Journal of Education
Comparative and International Education Society
American Educational Research Association
Aiken Writing Project, Volunteer, Fall 2014
International Rescue Committee, Family Advocate, Fall 2008-Spring 2010
Association for Survivors of Trauma and Torture, Befriender, August 2006-August 2007
University of Virginia School of Law Legal Aid Justice Center, Translator, Spring 2004
International Rescue Committee, Tutor, Fall 2000-Fall 2002
University of Virginia Migrant Aid Program, Charlottesville, VA, Tutor, 2000-2002
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
American Educational Research Association, Critical Educators for Social Justice SIG, Democratic Education SIG
Comparative and International Education Society, Africa SIG, CANDE SIG
Illinois Teachers of Bilingual Education