Lecturer - Education for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Elsa has been teaching English learners in higher education since 2006, working as both a teacher and a program administrator.  She previously served as the academic director and center director for the ELS Language Center at Roger Williams University, and currently serves as lecturer at the University of Vermont and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research interests focus on sociolinguistics of educational technology and online pedagogy as well as assessment of and equity for non-native English speaking students in higher education. She currently studies the academic peer discourse of students in asynchronous online courses.

Elsa holds a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA). She is also enrolled as a Ph.D candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at the University of Vermont.

Publications

Richter, E. (2021). “Can anybody hear me?” A qualitative investigation of social presence in an online course in English for Academic Purposes. Dual Language Research and Practice Journal.

Richter, E. (2020). Visibility in virtual space: Racial identity in an online diversity course. In C. Edge, A. Cameron-Standerford, & B. Bergh, Eds. Textiles & tapestries: Self-study for envisioning new ways of knowing. EdTech Books.

Richter, E. (2020). Comparative concentration. In U. Nurmukhamedov & R. Sadler, Eds. New ways in teaching games. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.

Garvey, J. C., Richter, E., Payton, S., Kiemele, R., & Sanders, L. A. (2020). Diversity appreciation among white first-year residential students. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/19496591.2019.1662794

Richter, E. (2019). Identity and engagement in online college courses. Northern New England TESOL Annual Conference, Lewiston, ME. Howard, B., Richter, E., Brown, T., Megivern, L. (2019). But I'm also a peer: Student experiences leading ASB trips. ACPA College Student Educators International Convention, Boston, MA.

Richter, E., Stokes, T., Howard, B., Megivern, L. (2019). Motivational differences by gender for students’ participation in co-curricular service learning. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON.

Garvey, J.C., Richter, E.V., Payton, S., Kiemele, R., & Sanders, L.A. (2018). Exploring the impact of residential environments on first-year White student diversity appreciation. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Richter, E., Haslam, R., Reyes, C., Looby, W., & Netcoh, S. (2018). The “Lifegraph Journal”: Understanding how students engage self-reflection in a diversity-required undergraduate university course. New England Educational Research Organization Annual Meeting, Portsmouth, NH.

Reyes, C., Haslam, R., Richter, E. (2018). Examining intentional reflection in an undergraduate diversity-required course. University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services Scholarship Symposium, Burlington, VT.

Richter, E. (2017). Good peer pressure: Positive interdependence for engaging online classes. NNETESOL Regional Conference, Burlington, VT.

Garvey, J., Richter, E., Dow, L., & Howard, B. (2017). Impact of sense of belonging from co-curricular activities on institutional commitment. University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services Scholarship Symposium, Burlington, VT.

Awards and Recognition

  • Emerging Scholar, AERA Online Teaching & Learning Special Interest Group, 2020
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Vermont, 2016-2020

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • NAFSA Association of International Educators
  • New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO)
  • Northern New England Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NNETESOL), Vermont State Representative, 2018-2020
  • Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education, Eta Upsilon chapter advisor, 2018-2019

 

Elsa Richter

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • TESOL intercultural communication
  • Second language acquisition educational policy

Education

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Vermont (anticipated graduation 2021)
  • M.A., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Adelphi University
  • Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), University of Cambridge, UK
  • B.S., Psychology, Allegheny College

Contact

Office Location:

404 Waterman

Website(s):
  1. Google Scholar Page

Courses Taught

  • ECLD 056: Language Policy Issues, Race, & Schooling
  • ECLD 189: Teaching Reading & Writing to English Learners
  • ECLD 201: Developing Curriculum for English Learners
  • ECLD 102/202: Bilingual Education & Policy
  • BSAD 015: Introduction to Business Communication