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Maria Dantas-Whitney

Maria Dantas-Whitney

Professor, Division of Education and Leadership

503-838-8636 | dantasm@wou.edu | RWEC 223

Ph.D in Education, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
B.A. in English and Portuguese, Universidade Santa Ursula, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil




Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney is Professor of ESOL and Bilingual Education at Western Oregon University. Originally from Brazil, Dr. Dantas-Whitney has taught ESL and teacher education for over 25 years in Colorado, North Carolina and Oregon. She has been a Fulbright scholar in Mexico (2008-2009) and in Panama (2016-2017), where she conducted ethnographic classroom-based research in primary and secondary schools, taught courses for her host institutions, and offered professional development opportunities for local teachers and educational leaders. She has directed several grant projects (sponsored by the federal and state governments), which provided professional development activities for Oregon K-12 teachers such as coursework, mentoring and guidance on classroom-based research.

Dr. Dantas-Whitney is the recipient of the AERA Outstanding Dissertation Award in Second Language Research and the TESOL/College Board Award for Teacher as Classroom Researcher. She has served as president of Oregon TESOL and ORATE (Oregon Association for Teacher Educators). Her publications and presentations focus on linguistically and culturally responsive pedagogy in teacher education, critical reflective practice, and classroom ethnography.



Courses taught:


ED 446D Environments for Diverse Learners
ED 483D Culture, Community and the ESOL/Bilingual Classroom
ED 484D First and Second Language Acquisition and Educational Linguistics
ED 491D Curriculum Models, Instructional Approaches and Assessment Strategies for ELLs
ED 492D Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL and Bilingual Students


ED 603 Thesis and Professional Project
ED 630 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in the Schools
ED 631 Methodology: Second Language Learning and Content
ED 633 Research and Writing
ED 683 Fostering Cultural and Community Connections in ESOL/Bilingual
ED 684 Language Acquisition and Educational Linguistics
ED 691 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Strategies for ELLs
ED 692 Classroom Strategies in First and Second Language Reading & Writing


Link to professional website (including Current Vita)