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Kate Menken

Kate menken

Advisor: Ofelia Garcia

TC Degree, Program, Specialization and Year of Graduation: Ed.D., IED/Bilingual-Bicultural Education, 2005

Dissertation Title: When the Test is What Counts: How High-Stakes Testing Affects Language Policy and the Education of English Language Learners in High School

Description of your current position:I am an Assistant Professor of Linguistics, and currently hold a joint position at the CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College. At Queens College, I teach courses about pedagogy, practices and policy in the education of English learners. I am also a Research Fellow at the Research Institute for the Study of Language in an Urban Society of the CUNY Graduate Center, where I engage in research about language minority students in publics schools (

Something special about your TC experience: The things that immediately come to mind are:

  • Individualized course of study with few required courses -- this flexibility was wonderful as my interests straddle the worlds of international education, bilingual education, and U.S. public education reforms;
  • Excellent dissertation committee and sponsor -- there are many outstanding professors at TC; and,
  • Other students in the department -- great, supportive, collegial, and knowledgeable.