Alicia Pousada (retired)

Alicia_Pousada_headshotAcademic Degree: PhD, University of Pennsylvania (1984)

Areas of Expertise: Educational Linguistics, Language Policy & Planning, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Language & Gender, Bilingualism, Academic Technology

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Brief biography

Alicia Pousada, descendant of Gallego immigrants, was born in Mt. Kisco, NY and raised in the Hudson River hamlet of Montrose. She received her B.A. in Languages and Literature (Honors Program) in 1976 from Hunter College, CUNY and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics in 1978 and 1984, respectively, from the University of Pennsylvania.

During her career, she carried out sociolinguistic research in the Puerto Rican communities of North Philadelphia and East Harlem, taught linguistics and language pedagogy in numerous colleges in New York and New Jersey, served as Title VII bilingual program evaluator in N.Y.C. public schools, and worked as E.S.L. instructor in Adult Basic Education, community college, and private tutoring programs. From 1987 to 2019, she was a professor of linguistics in the English Department of the College of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. At different points, she served as Conversational English Coordinator. Academic Advisor, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, and English Majors Association advisor.

From August 2007 to June 2019, she was the Director of the Lewis C. Richardson Seminar Room, a small graduate library. She also served as the webmaster of the department website and maintained the department Facebook page and Google Group mailing list.  In 2012, she was granted the PRTESOL Marie Aloise Lifetime Achievement Award for her service to English teaching in Puerto Rico.

In 2017, she edited a collection of linguistic autobiographies produced by department graduate students under the title of Being Bilingual in Borinquen: Student Voices from the University of Puerto Rico: Her publications and presentations focus on the areas of language policy and planning, multilingualism, and teaching of English as a Second Language worldwide. Among her many other interests are: computer technology, handcrafts, science fiction, and world music. To see her presentations and publications, go to:

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