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JoAnn Parla-Palumbo

Emeritus Faculty | Florida Institute of Technology

Adjunct Faculty | Online Learning

Contact Information
(321) 674-7491
Frederick C. Crawford Bldg, 614

Educational Background

Ph.D. - Applied Linguistics/Spanish State University of New York at Buffalo
M.A.- Spanish American Literature State University of New York at Buffalo
M.Ed. - Second/Foreign Language Education State University of New York at Buffalo
B.A. - Spanish/Latin American Studies/Portuguese State University of New York at Albany 

Professional Experience


Director, Center for the Study of Critical Language, FIT, 2009 - 2010

Director, Master's TESOL program; SUNY - Fredonia; 2001 - 2004

Executive Director - University Prep Progs; SUNY - Buffalo,1988-91                                                         

Director - Bilingual Education - Erie Community College, Buffalo, NY 1986 -88

Director/Principal Investigator - several grant-funded projects 1978 - 2010


2008 – Present: Assistant Professor of Languages & Linguistics, Florida Tech
2007 - 2008: Adjunct instructor of ESL, Florida Tech
2004-2006: Visiting Associate Professor of Education-TESOL, UCF
2004-2006: Summer Adjunct Professor of Education/Literacy, Niagara University
1991-2003: Associate Professor – Education, SUNY-Fredonia; 2004 - retired Professor Emerita
1983-1993: Adjunct Professor, University at Buffalo
1986-1988: Professor of Spanish/Adjunct, Erie CC
1978-1986: Associate Professor, Bilingual Education and English, D'Youville College
1973-1978: Bilingual Education and ESL Teacher, City of Buffalo Public Schools
1969-1970: Spanish Teacher (Grades 7 – 12), Holland Central Schools

Current Courses

COM 1101

COM 1102

Selected Publications

  • Consultant to Niagara University School of Education development of curriculum for undergraduate program in TESOL, 2004.
  • Parla, J and Karnes M. (in progress). Best practices for teaching English as a second language.
    Member, State of New York Regents appointment: Professional Standards and Practices Board, NYSED, Albany, NY 1999- 2001.
  • Parla, J., Karnes, M.A., Ludlam, D. E. 1996. Preservice Education Integrating Multicultural Perspectives in the Content Areas. The Journal of Educational Issues of Language Minority Students. Special Issue - Multicultural Education. 17, 87 - 102.
  • Parla, J. 1996. Promising Practices: A Handbook for Services for the Handicapped Culturally and Linguistically Diverse College Student. VESID, New York State Education Department.
  • Parla, J. Training Teachers for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: A Model for All Teachers, NY - SABE Journal, June, 1994 (refereed)
  • Associate Editor, NABE Annual 1992-1993 Conference Journal; published February 1994, Washington, D.C. and NABE'87: Theory, Research and Application: Selected Papers, editorial review board, Fall River, Massachusetts: National Dissemination Center.
  • Parla, J. The Use of the Present Progressive Among English and Spanish Dominant Bilinguals; The Journal of New York SABE; spring, 1987, pp. 50-59.
  • Parla, J. New Research Backs Bilingual Education; Invited guest column, Viewpoints; Buffalo News, October 17, 1985.
  • Parla, J. Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Teaching Spanish to Bilingual Students; 1983. ERIC; ED 240 841 FLO 14208
    January 1999: NABE Conference: Gardners MI Theory: Applications for Bilingual Classrooms, with Melinda Karnes. Denver, CO.
  • October 1998: NYS - TESOL Conference Presentation: Applying Multiple Intelligence Theory to Educating LEP Students, with Eduardo Mendez-Bernal. Marc Anthony Hotel, Buffalo, NY
  • March, 1998: NY- SABE Conference:
    Gardners MI Theory Applied to the Bilingual Classroom, with Melinda Karnes. Rye Town Hilton, Rye, NY

Recognition & Awards

NYS Teaching Certification/Qualification:  Spanish ( 7 - 12) ; TESO (N - 12) L; Bilingual Education(N -12);Elementary Education (N - 6)


Critical Languages

Research & Project Interests

Multiple Intelligence Theory
Project-based instruction applied to ESOL

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