Alicia Pousada

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

Contact Information

Office location: English Department, College of Humanities, Pedreira Building, Office #108 (Richardson Seminar Room) and Office #4
Office hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 3-6 pm & Fridays 12-4:30 pm in Pedreira 108 (Richardson Seminar Room). Appointments are recommended to avoid scheduling conflicts with other students.
Phone: (787) 764-0000 ext. 89626 or 89653.
Messages: (787) 764-0000 ext. 89611 (at the English Department office)


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 has 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. Since 1987, she has been 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 has served as Conversational English Coordinator. Academic Advisor, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, and English Majors Association advisor. Since 2007, she has been the Director of the Lewis C. Richardson Seminar Room, a small graduate library. She is also the webmaster of the department website and maintains the department Facebook pages and Google Group mailing list. Her publications and presentations focus on the areas of language policy and planning, multilingualism, and teaching of English as a Second Language worldwide. 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: Among her many other interests are: computer technology, jewelry making, science fiction, and world music. To see her presentations and publications, go to

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