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 serves as associate professor and director of the M.Ed. in TESOL, Literacy, & Culture program 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 and conducts teacher education seminars in both 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 from a constructive developmental perspective. In 2017, she was an invited plenary speaker at the CATESOL conference in Santa Barbara on "Transforming our Instructional Practice through Mindful, Reflective Practice" and most recently, in March of 2018, presented at the International TESOL Convention in Chicago, IL on her work supporting graduate students with action research as they transition from practitioners to practitioner researchers. She is currently working on a book entitled, "The conscious educator: Rediscovering the purpose of education through the lens of wisdom traditions."
Some of her recent publications include:
Molina, S. C. (in press). Mediating teacher candidates sense of agency in response to policy and curricula planning in a community-based English language program. Agentive Responses to Language Planning and Policy. Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism.
Molina, S. C. (accepted). Cultivating a sense of critical consciousness in teacher candidates within a community-based adult ESL program. Advocacy in English Language Teaching and Learning.
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.
Some of her recent presentations include:
Invited Plenary Presentation
Molina, S. C. (2017). Transforming our instructional practice: Becoming mindful, reflective, practitioners. Los Padres CATESOL Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.
Sun, Y., Molina, S., Evans, E., Thu, T. (2018). Action research in the adult education classroom. International TESOL Association. Chicago, IL.
Molina, S. C. (2017). Developing reflective practitioners through action research in TESOL. Los Padres CATESOL Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.
Molina, S. C. (2017). Using authentic classroom case studies in Tesol teacher education courses. International TESOL Association, Seattle, WA.
Molina, S. C. (2016, April). Developing reflective practitioners through action research in TESOL. International TESOL Association, Baltimore, MD.
Manasee, M. & Molina, S. C. (2014, November). Infusing Impactful Reading Strategies into Basic Skills and ESL Classrooms. California Association of Developmental Education (CalADE), Anaheim, CA.
Molina, S. C. (2014, October). Transnational Language Teaching: Opportunities, Challenges, and Implications. California TESOL Conference, Santa Clara, CA.
Molina, S. C. (2014, March). Mentor Text 2: Scaffolding reading instruction for community college ESL. International TESOL Convention, Portland, OR.