MARYANN CHRISTISON portrait
  • Faculty, Urban Institute for Teacher Education
  • Adjunct Professor, Urban Institute for Teacher Education
  • Adjunct Professor, College Of Education-Dean
  • Professor, Linguistics
801-581-5565

Current Courses

Fall 2022

  • LING-3220
    World Englishes
  • LING-6060
    Language and the Brain
  • LING-3220
    World Englishes
  • LING-3950
    Service Learning
  • LING-322
    World Englishes
  • LING-5060
    Language and the Brain
  • LING-6060
    Language and the Brain
  • PEPEC-322
    World Englishes
  • LING-5060
    Language and the Brain
  • EDU-6200
    Teacher Language Aware
  • EDU-5200
    Teacher Language Aware
  • LING-3955
    Internship in Ling

Summer 2022

Spring 2022

Professional Organizations

  • 2018 - 2021. Position : Member.
  • 2014 - 2021. Position : Member.
  • 2004 - 2023. Position : Trustee/Chair, Research Advisory Committee.
  • 1979 - 2021. Position : Member.
  • 1975 - 2019. Position : Member.

Teaching Philosophy

My interest in university-level teaching comes from my own positive experiences with professors as a graduate student and my general love of learning. Over the course of the last 20 years as a professor at the University of Utah, my approach to teaching has shifted from an emphasis on my own teaching, to a central focus on student learning, and finally to a realization that in many ways, the two foci are inseparable. Teaching and learning is similar to communication in general. It is a holistic process in which there is a co-construction of meaning between a teacher and the students. As I reflect on this basic belief about teaching, I have become aware that my mission as a teacher is threefold: to promote a positive learning environment, to spark learners’ enthusiasm for learning, and to provide a strong foundation for lifelong professional learning so that when my students’ formal education concludes, they will have the tools to continue learning for the rest of their lives. To accomplish this mission, I apply a wide variety of strategies in the classroom. The strategies that I use are based on essential educational principles related to cognitive functioning, learning theory, diversity issues, instructional planning, and assessments for learning.

 

Courses I Teach

  • LING-3220 - World Englishes
  • LING-6060 - Language and the Brain
  • LING-3220 - World Englishes
  • LING-3950 - Service Learning
  • LING-322 - World Englishes
  • LING-5060 - Language and the Brain
  • LING-6060 - Language and the Brain
  • PEPEC-322 - World Englishes
  • LING-5060 - Language and the Brain
  • EDU-6200 - Teacher Language Aware
  • EDU-5200 - Teacher Language Aware
  • LING-3955 - Internship in Ling
  • LING-5060 - Language and the Brain
  • LING-3955 - Internship in Ling
  • LING-3950 - Service Learning
  • PEPEC-322 - World Englishes
  • LING-322 - World Englishes
  • LING-3220 - World Englishes
  • LING-3955 - Internship in Ling
  • LING-3950 - Service Learning
  • LING-3220 - World Englishes
  • LING-3220 - World Englishes

Small Group Teaching

  • During this academic year, I have been working with UITE and have developed a series of professional development workshops for UITE faculty related to the development of teacher language awareness in our pre-service teachers. I have worked with my colleague Regina Pickett to develop a Canvas site for these resources.  2018  -  2019
  • I mentor two PhD students from Educational Psychology in the area of second language literacy. We met weekly during Fall Semester 2019 and bi-monthly during Spring Semester 2019. During our time, we designed and carried out a study on literature circles, presented our research at the NRMERA in October 2018. I am currently mentoring them through the process of writing up the results of the research and getting it published.  2018  -  2019