Rutgers English Department News

 Nicole Houser  imageCongratulations to Dr. Nicole Houser, Rutgers English Language Institute Director and Faculty, who was awarded a Rutgers Global 2020 International Collaborative Research Grant. Grant funds will support Dr. Houser's research titled, Neurodiversity and English Language Learners: Creating a Pedagogy of Inclusion for the Global Classroom, an international project between Rutgers English Language Institute (RELI) and the Language School at San Miguel de Allende, ENES León, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

Project Description:

Neurodiversity and English Language Learners: Creating a Pedagogy of Inclusion for the Global Classroom
What are the best practices for teaching neurodivergent multilingual learners of English, and how can English language programs cultivate an awareness of neurodiversity through sustained faculty development? Rutgers English Language Institute (RELI) and the Language School at San Miguel de Allende, ENES León, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) will collaborate to create curriculum and faculty development materials that take neurodiversity into account for learners of English as an additional language. Awareness of best practices in this field is particularly important for contexts without an established system of diagnosis and accommodation. Faculty will collaborate virtually to create guidelines for both contexts, and RELI will host UNAM visiting scholars for a weeklong workshop on inclusive teaching for neurodivergent students featuring experts from Rutgers University. Participants will develop inclusive classroom materials, a digital storytelling project connecting students from both institutions, faculty development guides, and scholarly articles sharing the results of this collaboration.

About the Rutgers Global Grants: Rutgers Global offers yearly grants to all Rutgers faculty, including tenured, tenure-track, clinical, and NTT faculty. This year, there were four categories of grants: International Collaborative Research Grants, Global Health Seed Grants, Global Environmental Change Grants, and Study Abroad Grants. The International Collaborative Research Grants support international research, projects, and programs initiated by faculty with scholars around the world. The aim is to promote collaborative and inter-institutional research and scholarship with existing or new international partners.

View the full list of 2020 Recipients of all Rutgers Global Grants