Karen Englander

Researcher, ESL/EAP Specialist & Teacher Educator

International Foundation Program

Karen Englander

Researcher, ESL/EAP Specialist & Teacher Educator

International Foundation Program



  • PhD. in English, specializing in Applied Linguistics & TESOL. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, USA, 2006, granted with Distinction.
  • MA. in English, California State University Chico, CA, USA, 1995
  • Hon. BA, in English and Economics. York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Toronto, Canada.

Academic Life

Research Officer, International Foundation Program
University of Toronto, Canada (40% appointment 2019 - )
Design, undertake and dissemination findings of research projects of a university-based English for Academic Purposes program. Projects include: Acculturation of international students while living and studying in Canada, EAP Landscape Review and IFP Proficiency after IFP Instruction.

Assistant Professor, Languages, Literatures & Linguistics (2012-2017)
York University, Toronto, Canada
Teaching and researching English as a second language; Course design; Scientific and technical writing; Leading faculty workshops; Obtaining and accounting for grant monies.

Professor, Faculty of Languages (1999-2012)
Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Ensenada, Mexico.
Leading curriculum renovation; Teaching future teachers of English as a second language; Organizing conferences; Writing and publishing research; Collaborating internationally. Traditional and on-line courses for undergraduate and graduate students.

Technical Writer, Editor, Proofreader (2006-Present)
Freelance contracts for knowledge mobilization, manuscript reviewer, technical and scholarly writing.

Research and Publications

Researcher and Author of 4 Books:

➢ Co-author with J. Corcoran. English for Research Publication Purposes: Critical Plurilingual Pedagogies. Routledge. (2019)
➢Co-editor with J. Corcoran & L. Muresan. Preparing International Scholars for Publishing Research in English: Pedagogies and Policies in a Global Context. Routledge. (2019)
➢ Author of Writing and Publishing Scientific Papers: A Global Perspective. Springer.(2014).
➢ Co-author with D. I. Hanauer. Scientific Writing in a Second Language. Parlor Press. (2013).

Author, more than 20 Articles in Professional Journals and Chapters in Books, including:

  • 2022. Englander, K. & Russell, B. Community of Inquiry Perceptions and Divergences between Students and Instructors. System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, 16, 102777.
  • 2021. Englander, K., & Russell, B. Pedagogical Lessons for Remote/Blended Online Classrooms. TESL Ontario Contact, November, pp. 5-13.
  • 2021. Englander, K., & Corcoran, J. N. Power, Identity, and Academic Literacy: A Coda. In L. Muresan Academic Literacy Development: Perspectives on Multilingual Scholars’ Approaches to Writing, pp. 329-343. London: Palgrave.
  • 2019. Hanauer, D. I., Sheridan, C., & Englander, K. Linguistic Injustice in the Writing of Research Articles in English as a Second Language: Data from Taiwanese and Mexican Researchers. Written Communication, 36 (1), 136-154.
  • 2018. Lum, L., Alqazli, M. & Englander, K. Academic Literacy Requirements of Health Professions Programs: Challenges for ESL Students. TESL Canada Journal, 35 (1), 1-28.
  • 2016. Lum L., Dowedoff P. & Englander K. Internationally educated nurses’ reflections on nursing communication in Canada. International Nursing Review 63, 344–351.
  • 2015. Uzuner-Smith, S. & Englander, K. Exposing ideology within university policies: A critical discourse analysis of faculty hiring, promotion and remuneration practices. Journal of Education Policy, 30 (1) 62-85.
  • 2013. Englander, K., & Uzuner-Smith, S. The role of policy in constructing the peripheral scientist. Language Policy, 12, 231-250.
  • 2012. Englander, K., Yánez, C., & Barney, X. Doing science within a culture of machismo and marianismo. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 13 (3) 65-85.
  • 2012. Englander, K., Yáñez, C., & Barney, X. Doing gender, doing science: A qualitative investigation in a Mexican research institute. Selected Articles from the Third International Qualitative Research Conference. Quanajuato, Mexico.

Moderator and/or Presenter, more than 30 International and Regional Conferences in Canada, U.S. Mexico and Europe.