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Dr. Amanda Giles

Clinical Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction Outreach Director, Project DIAL


301 Sparkman Drive
Roberts Hall
Room 410
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Alabama
  • M.A., Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.A., Spanish, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.A., English, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Honors & Awards

  • (2019-2020) Teacher of the Year, Simmons Middle School
  • (2018-2019) Most Outstanding Graduate Student, College of Education, University of Alabama
  • (2018-2019) George W. Hansberry Memorial Endowed Scholarship, College of Education, University of Alabama
  • (2017-2018) Sarah L. Healy Endowed Graduate Scholarship, College of Education, University of Alabama
  • (2016-2017) Paul G. Orr Memorial Fellowship in Educational Administration, College of Education, University of Alabama
  • (2016-2017) Parent Teacher Organization Grant, Simmons Middle School
  • (2013-2014) Teacher of the Year, Simmons Middle School
  • (2008-2009) Most Outstanding Arts and Sciences Scholar, Department of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama
  • (2005-2009) Honor Student in English, Department of English, University of Alabama


  • Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
  • Alabama-Mississippi Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (AMTESOL)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Recent Publications

  • Giles, A. & Yazan, B. (Forthcoming, 2023). Constructing teacher identity in teacher collaboration: What does it mean to be a teacher of culturally and linguistically diverse English learners? Journal on Efficiency and Responsibility in Education and Science.

    Giles, A. & Yazan, B. (2022). “All the Way Better”: Teacher collaboration and ESL students’ participation. In D. Virtue (Ed.), New directions in middle level research. Routledge. [Invited]

    Giles, A. (2022). "Leadership roles at different points": Collaborating to plan for and teach ESL students in a secondary social studies classroom. In B. Yoon (Ed.), Effective teacher collaboration for ELL: Crosscurricular insights from K-12 classrooms. Routledge. [Invited]

    Giles, A. & Yazan, B. (2021). “More mindful of ESL students”: Teacher participation and learning in ESL and science teachers’ collaboration in a middle school classroom. MEXTESOL Journal, 45(2), 1-10.

    Giles, A. (2021). Empowering student-centered transformative conversations. TESOL Journal, 12(3), 1-7.

    Giles, A. (2020). ‘They’re participating way more’: The impact of ESL and content teachers’ collaboration on students’ participation. Language Teaching, 53(4), 1-4.

    Giles, A. & Yazan, B. (2020). “They see us together:” Collaborative activity in a math middle school classroom. In M.G. Dove & A. Honigsfeld (Eds.), Co-teaching for English learners: Evidence-basedpractices and research-informed outcomes. Information Age Publishing.

    Giles, A., Yazan, B., & Keles, U. (2020). Educational language policies in the United States: A critical discourse analysis of ELPA21. European Journal of Language Policy, 12(1), 5-35.

    Giles, A. & Yazan, B. (2020). “You’re not an island”: A middle grades language arts teacher’s changed perceptions in ESL and content teachers’ collaboration. Research in Middle Level Education Online, 43(3), 1-15.

    Giles, A. & Yazan, B. (2019). ESL and content area teachers’ collaboration. Indonesian Journal of English Language Teaching, 14(1), 125-142.

    Keles, U., Yazan, B., & Giles, A. (2019). Bilingual content on a virtual linguistic landscape: A focus on a university website. International Multilingual Research Journal, 14(1), 1-19.

    Giles, A. (2018). Navigating the contradictions: An ESL teacher’s professional self-development. TESL Canada Journal, 35(2), 104-127.

    Giles, A. (2017). [Review of the book The Assessment Practices of Emergent Bilingual Bilinguals: Supporting English language learners by Kate Mahoney, (2017)]. International Multilingual ResearchJournal, 12(1), 62-64.