Department of Teaching and Learning
Ed.D. University of San Diego, Leadership Studies Dissertation Research: Examining the role of meaning-making and cultural competence in how
teachers understand and approach their work with culturally and linguistically diverse students.
M.A. University of Hawai'i, East Asian Languages and Literature: Linguistics, Second/Foreign Language Pedagogy
B.A. University of Hawai'i, East Asian Languages and Literature: Japanese; Minor: Comparative Religions
USD Department of Learning and Teaching
Dr. Sarina Chugani Molina currently serves as coordinator of the M.Ed. in TESOL, Literacy, & Culture program and faculty in the Department of Learning and Teaching at the University of San Diego. She has designed and developed online and onsite TESOL programs for both local and international audiences. Dr. Molina conducts teacher training in local and international contexts.
Her research interests include Teaching English as an International Language, supporting the needs marginalized students in academic communities, and TESOL teacher development, particularly as it relates to developing mindful, reflective practitioners. She continues to present in both local and international conferences. In 2016, she presented her work on "Developing reflective practitioners through action research in TESOL" at the International TESOL Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. This year, she presented her work on "Using Authentic Case Studies in TESOL Teacher Education" at the TESOL Convention in Seattle, Washington.
Some of her recent publications include:
Spencer, J. & Molina, S. (2017) Mentoring graduate students through the action research journey using guiding principles. Educational Action Research.
Molina, S. C. (2017). English language teaching in China: Teacher agency in response to curricular innovations. English language teaching: Teacher agency and policy response.
Ng, P. & Boucher-Yip (Eds.) Routledge.
Molina, S. C. (December, 2016). Developing reflective practitioners through action research in TESOL. Teacher Education Interest Newsletter. International TESOL Organization. http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolteis/issues/2016-11-29/3.html
Molina, S. C. (2016). The complexity of providing feedback when teachers and students speak different varieties of English: A case study. Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, 4 (1), pp. 61-69.
Quezada, R., Alexandrowicz, A., & Molina, S. (2015). Family, school, community engagement, and partnerships: Theory & Practice. London: Routledge.