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Huseyin Uysal


Huseyin Uysal

Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

As a teacher, I feel affirmed when I can facilitate productive conversations, co-create knowledge, and engage in inquiry with pre-service teachers. Some aspects of my teaching include rigorous thinking, criticality, and deliberateness about reflections. I encourage pre-service teachers to claim agency in their learning and inquire into ways to ground their leadership in their daily teaching. Also, I aim to embed care into practitioner inquiry, promote individualized learning and provide an inclusive, equitable, and accessible learning environment.

My scholarship is driven by the values of social justice and grounded in understanding power, identity, and inclusivity in linguistically and culturally diverse schools. I position myself within the critical and constructivist paradigms by advocating for emergent bilinguals. Some of my research interests include fairness, justice, and equity in language testing, test-taker perspectives on assessment practices, and language learner identity.

Years at Knox: 2021 to present


Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction (specialization in ESOL/Bilingual Education), 2021, University of Florida 

M.A., Linguistics, 2015, Ankara University

B.A., English Language Teaching, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Awards, Honors, and Fellowships

Southern Education Leadership Initiative Summer Fellowship (Placement site: Texas Appleseed, Austin, TX), given by Southern Education Foundation, Atlanta, GA, 2021.

AACTE Holmes Scholar inducted by University of Florida Chapter of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Holmes Scholars Advisory Group, Gainesville, FL, 2019-2021.

Third Place Award (International Students category) for The eye to the inspiring blue, given by
University of Florida, Office of Financial Aid, 14th Annual Global Culture Photography Contest,
Gainesville, FL, 2017.

Honorable Mention for Poster Presentation given by University of Florida, College of Education,
Gainesville, FL, 2017.

Graduate School Fellowship given by University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2015-2016.

Award for Academic Achievement given by Hasan Kalyoncu University, Gaziantep, Turkey, 2014 & 2015.

Grant Projects

Accessible Parking at the Disability Resource Center, Coordinator, University of Florida, 2017-2018.

Representation du Genre dans la Société [Representation of Gender in the Society], Coordinator, Quimperlé, France & Nevsehir, Turkey, 2012-2013.

American Room and American Floor Project, Coordinator, Hasan Kalyoncu University, Gaziantep, Turkey, 2012-2013.


Uysal, H. (Under review). [Review of the book Empowering long-term ELs with social emotional learning, language and literacy, by M. Calderón & H. Montenegro]. TESOL Journal.

Uysal, H. (Under review). Reclassification of English learners. In J. Liontas (Ed.), The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching.

Uysal, H. (under review). Emergent bilingual voices from the new destination: (Re)considering diversity at rural schools in the US. In P. Chamness Iida (Ed.), English language education in rural contexts: Theory, research, and practices. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill Sense.

Uysal, H. (In press). [Review of the book Communicating identities, by G. Barkhuizen & P. Strauss]. Journal of Latinos and Education.

Uysal, H. (2021). Immigrant students are rural students too. Follow the Leader, 2(1), 42.

Uysal, H. (2021). [Review of the book Transforming literacy education for long-term English learners: Recognizing brilliance in the undervalued, by M. D. Brooks]. The CATESOL Journal, 32(1), 221-222.

Kim, H. J., & Uysal, H. (2021). Shifting the discourse of plagiarism and ethics: A cultural opportunity in higher education. International Journal of Ethics Education, 6(1), 163-176.

Uysal, H., & Holloway, J. (2020). Distributing leadership within rural schools: Sharing responsibility for diverse student needs. In A. Slapac & S. A. Coppersmith (Eds.), Beyond language learning instruction: Transformative supports for emergent bilinguals and educators (pp. 126-145). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Adams, A. (2019, December 30). Teaching and research as a job in academia: A conversation with Dr. Alyson Adams (Interview by H. Uysal). Anadolu Öğretmen Dergisi, 3(2), 258-264.

Otani, M., Uysal, H., & Lee, Y. J. (2019). Finding the sweet spot in teaching English: Liberal education, pedagogy of caring and active learning in schools of Japan. Language Teacher Education, 6(1), 144-151.

Karakaş, A., & Uysal, H. (2017). Lingua franca research explained [Review of the book English as a lingua franca: Perspectives and prospects: Contributions in honour of Barbara Seidlhofer, edited by M. -L. Pitzl, & R. Osimk-Teasdale]. ELT Research Journal, 6(4), 337-342.

Sığın, A., Uysal, H., & Uysal, Ş. (2017). The girl who survived because she stood up for her education rights: An analysis of “Ben Malala” from the perspective of social change and gender equality. Uşak Üniversitesi Eğitim Araştırmaları Dergisi, 3(2), 114-123.

Thomas, D., & Brown, J. S. (2016). Yeni nesil öğrenme kültürü: Sürekli değişen bir dünya için hayal gücü yetiştirmek [A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change] (H. Uysal, Ed. & Trans.; A. Sığın, İ. Çelik, H. Çakmakcı, M. Özdemir, S. Bilgin, & A. Güven, Trans.). Ankara, Turkey: Pegem Akademi. (Original work published 2011).

Uysal, H. (2016, June 4). Florida adventure on the path of education. Ordu Hayat, p. 6.

Uysal, H., & Cakmakci, H. (2016). Insight into educational aspects of formulaic language for multicultural counseling. Forum Pedagogiczne, 2016(2), 289-303.

Bulut, T., Uysal, H., & Wu, D. H. (2016). Processing asymmetry between subject and object relative clauses in English as a second language. Dilbilim Dergisi, 1(29), 45-68.

Karakaş, A., Uysal, H., Bilgin, S., & Bulut, T. (2016). Turkish EFL learners’ perceptions of native English-speaking teachers and non-native English-speaking teachers in higher education. Novitas-ROYAL (Research on Youth and Language), 10(2), 180-206.

Uysal, H., & Garibova, J. (2016). The impact of parental input on children’s discourse development.
International Journal of Early Childhood Education Studies, 1(2), 1-6.

Bulut, T., & Uysal, H. (2016). Processing relative clauses in Chinese: Commentary on paper by F. Hsiao and E. Gibson [Peer commentary on “Processing relative clauses in Chinese,” by F. Hsiao, & E. Gibson]. Ankara Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi, 7(2), 192-198.

Uysal, H., & Gökmen, S. G. (2016). Idiom comprehension and prototypicality effect in monolingual children. Ankara Üniversitesi Dil ve Tarih-Coğrafya Fakültesi Dergisi, 56(1), 287-323.

Uysal, H. (2015). Peer commentary on “Reading comprehension and understanding idiomatic
expressions: A developmental study,” by M. C. Levorato, B. Nesi, & C. Cacciari]. idil, 4(17), 169-

Bulut, T., Bilgin, S., & Uysal, H. (2014). Developing pragmatic skills and conversational strategies in speaking competence. Humanising Language Teaching, 16(4).

Bulut, T., Uysal, H., & Saygili, H. K. (2014). To what extend should explicit grammar teaching techniques be applied in order to promote implicit learning? Humanising Language Teaching, 16(2).

Ozdemir, M., & Uysal, H. (2014). The time course of meaning activation in jokes: Bilinguals vs. monolinguals. Turkophone, 1(2), 5-19.

Uysal, H. (2014, December). Are you a good fit for us?: The key question in picking the right PhD program [Letter to the editor]. Journal of Child Language Acquisition and Development, 2(6), 30-31.

Uysal, H. (2013, July 31). In academia we trust: Young researchers in action. North Cyprus Free Press Online Newspaper.

Uysal, H., Bulut, T., & Al Hosein, Y. (2013). Using concordances as supplementary materials in teaching grammar. Studies about Languages, 2013(22), 113-118.

Uysal, H. (2010, September 25). What is literature and what is the importance of using literature in teaching English? Dilbilirim E-dergi, 2010(10), 5-7.

Uysal, H. (2010, August 25). A glance at the Indo-European family of languages with particular regard to comparative linguistics. Dilbilirim E-dergi, 2010(9), 23-26.


Uysal, H. (2021, August). Navigating graduate school as an international student. Invited talk given at Department of Foreign Language Education, Faculty of Education, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Burdur, Turkey.

Uysal, H. (organizer/chair), Brooks, M. D., & Kibler, A. K. (discussants). (2021, April). Reassessing the Long-term EL: Theorizing and conceptualizing multilingual learners in research, policy and practice. Symposium organized at Annual American Educational Research Association Meeting.

Uysal, H. (2021, April). National policies, local practices and long-term English learners. Invited talk given at Business Meeting of School/University/Community Collaborative Research Special Interest Group at Annual American Educational Research Association Meeting.

Uysal, H., & Sah, P. K. (2021, March). Teacher ideologies of home language use at US schools. Paper presented at TESOL Graduate Student Forum at 2021 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.

Uysal, H. (2020, November). Writing a killer travel grant proposal for TESOL conferences. Workshop presented at Sunshine State TESOL 1st Virtual Annual Conference.

Uysal, H. (2020, March). Being an international doctoral student in the United States. Invited talk given at Department of Education, Woosuk University, Jeonju, South Korea.

Uysal, H. (2020, February). Questioning reclassification criteria: An exit strategy to do justice to emergent bilinguals. Roundtable presented at 2020 Holmes Scholars Pre-Conference at American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education 72nd Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Uysal, H. (2020, January). Reimagining multilingualism: Emancipatory stance through translanguaging. Workshop presented at 2020 Multicultural Leadership Summit, Tallahassee, FL.

Uysal, H. (2019, November). From hero to collaborative individuals: Distributed leadership at rural schools. Poster presented at 64th Annual Meeting of the Florida Educational Research Association, St. Petersburg, FL.

Uysal, H. (2019, November). Home language as problem or resource in teacher ideologies. Poster presented at 2019 Southeast Regional TESOL Conference, Orlando, FL

de Jong, E. J., Uysal, H., & Otani, M. (2019, March). Inclusion and equity for emergent bilinguals in a rural district. Poster presented at 4th Annual College of Education Research Symposium, Gainesville, FL.

Uysal, H. (2019, February). Catching a glimpse of teachers of emergent bilinguals in rural schools. Poster presented at Journal of Language and Literacy Education Winter Conference, Athens, GA.

Yılmaz, E. (Narrator). (2017, August 21). Amerika'da araştırma kariyeri ve eğitim olanaklarına dair [About research career and education opportunities in the US] [Radio broadcast episode]. In B. Sert (Producer), Misafir Odası. Eskisehir, Turkey: Radyo A.

Uysal, H. (2017, July). Write on and seek funding!: A motivational talk for teachers. Invited talk given at Instituto de Idiomas, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia.

Jódar Sánchez, J. A., Park, J., Uysal, H., Dolgunsöz, E., & Barcelona Sánchez, A. (2017, June). Prototypicality effect in processing metonymic meaning: An eye-tracking study in American monolinguals. Paper presented at Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference, Mahón, Islas Baleares, Spain.

Uysal, H., & Uysal, S. (2017, June). Student-centered pedagogy in Turkey: Is it fun on a bun for EFL teachers? Paper presented at 5th Annual Action Research Network of the Americas Conference, Cartagena, Colombia.

Uysal, S., & Uysal, H. (2017, May). Flipped classroom in mathematics instruction at higher education: Applicable or not applicable? Poster presented at Annual CALICO Conference, Flagstaff, AZ.

Xu, J., Qiu, T., Uysal, H., & Zhang, W. (2017, May). Academic vocabulary input in teacher talk. Roundtable presented at Sunshine State TESOL 39th Annual Conference, West Palm Beach, FL.

Zhang, W., Qiu, T., Uysal, H., & Xu, J. (2017, May). Academic English use in peer collaboration: A qualitative study in a second-grade dual language program. Roundtable presented at Sunshine State TESOL 39th Annual Conference, West Palm Beach, FL.

Kimball, T., & Uysal, H. (2017, May). Mastering the game of contractions using American television series. Paper presented at Sunshine State TESOL 39th Annual Conference, West Palm Beach, FL.

Uysal, H. (2015, March/April). Idiomatic language processing in Turkish monolingual children. Invited lecture given at School of English and American Studies, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary (14 hours of lectures)

Professional Service

  • Co-Founder & Co-Chair, Test-Taker Insights in Language Assessment (TILA) Special Interest Group, International Language Testing Association, 2021-present
  • Editorial Board Member, NABE Journal of Research and Practice, 2021-present
  • External Review Board Member, Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 2021-present
  • Newsletter Co-Editor, Bilingual Basics, Bilingual-Multilingual Education Interest Section, TESOL International Association, 2021-present
  • Webinar Committee Member, Graduate Student Assembly, International Language Testing Association, 2021-present
  • Copy Editor, Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress, 2020-present
  • The Social Media Working Group Member, Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association, 2020-2021
  • Graduate Student Review Panel Member, Florida Journal of Educational Research, 2019-2021
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