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Catherine M. Mazak

Catherine M. Mazak, Ph.D.
Department of English
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagez
PO Box 9265, Mayagez,
Puerto Rico 00681-9265
cathymazak@mac.com

 

Research Interests
Second language literacy practices, particularly in colonial language contexts. ESL teacher training and curriculum development.

Education
Ph.D. Michigan State University, 2006
M.A. University of Arizona, 2000
B.A. Indiana University, 1996

Professional Service
Graduate Committee Member, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagez, 2006-present
Pre-Basic Course Coordinator, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagez, 2006-present
Technology Committee Chair, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagez, 2006-2007
ESL Sector Committee, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagez, 2005-present
ELC Curriculum Committee, Michigan State University, 2000-2003
CEA Accreditation Committee, Michigan State University, 2001
ELC Intern Search Committee, Michigan State University, 2001
Final Exam Committee, University of Arizona, 2000
Chair of Curriculum Review Committee for ESL Composition Course, University of Arizona, 2000
Volunteer ESL Tutor, Literacy Volunteers of Pima County, Tucson, Arizona, 1998-1999
Volunteer ESL Tutor, Literacy Volunteers of Pima County, Tucson, Arizona, 1998-1999

Employment
Assistant Professor, 2005-present, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagez
Visiting Instructor, 2000-2003, Michigan State University English Language Center
Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2003-2004, Michigan State University English Department
Graduate Composition Instructor (ESL and native speakers), 1998-2000, University of Arizona

Awards
USDA/CSREES Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grant, 2007-2009
Spencer Exemplary Dissertation Award Finalist, 2007
Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, 2005-2006
Recipient of Provosts Special Funds for Professional Development, 2005
Nominee for University Distinguished Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2003
Nominee for Outstanding First Year Teacher Award, University of Arizona, 1999
Graduate Fellowship Recipient, University of Arizona, 1998-1999
Chancellors Scholar, Indiana University, 1995-1996

Publications
Mazak, C. M. (2008). Negotiating el dificil: Uses of English text in a rural Puerto Rican Community. CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Volume XX. Number 2. Spring 2008.


Cushman, Ellen, Stuart Barbier, Catherine Mazak, and Robert Petrone.(2006). Family and Community Literacies. In Smagorinsky, P. (ed.) Research on Composition, 1983-2003. National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy.


Mazak, Catherine. (2006). Appropriation and Resistance in the (English) Literacy Practices of Puerto Rican Farmers. In Purcell-Gates, V. (ed.) Cultural Practices of Literacy. Mahwah, NJ: Laurence Erlbaum Associates.


Stafford-Yilmaz, Lynn, Lawrence Zwier and Catherine Mazak. (2006). The Michigan Guide to Teaching English for Academic Success and Better TOEFLScores. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.


Mazak, Catherine, Lawrence Zwier and Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz. (2004). The Michigan Guide to English for Academic Success and Better TOEFL Scores. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.


Mazak, Catherine. (2004). Book review of Audible Differences: ESL and Social Identity in Schools by Jennifer Miller. SSLA (Studies in Second Language Acquisition) Journal. 26:4.