Susan Bosher

Professor

651-690-6862

sdbosher@stkate.edu

I received my M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1984 and my PhD in Second Languages and Cultures Education from the University of Minnesota in 1995. From 1984–1986, I taught in the English Program for International Students at University of Minnesota and from 1984–1988 in the Commanding English Program, a 1-year transitional program for high school immigrant youth, at General College, University of Minnesota. As Curriculum Coordinator for the Commanding English Program, from 1988–1992, I was responsible for evaluating and revising the curriculum to focus on content-based academic reading and writing.

From 1992–1994, I taught EFL and American Studies at the University of Munich in Germany and from 1994–1996, I was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in the M.A. TEFL Program at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. In 1995, I completed my dissertation on Acculturation, Ethnicity, and Second-Language Acquisition: A Study of Hmong Students at the Post-Secondary Level. From 1996–1997, I was Visiting Assistant Professor in the M.A. ESL program at the University of Minnesota. Since 1997, I have been working at St. Catherine University, as Professor (promoted in 2011) and Director of ESL, English Department. I am also on the graduate faculty at Hamline University as a capstone adviser for students in the M.A. in ESL program.

Ph.D., Second Languages and Cultures Education
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1995

Master of Arts, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, Minnesota, 1984

Bachelor of Arts, French and Modern Languages
Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Iota, 1978

St. Catherine University. (2015). Recognized as a Faculty Mentor for student nominated for All-College Student Leadership Award. April 2015.

St. Catherine University. (2014). Nominated for Faculty of the Year.

St. Catherine University. (2014). Recognized as a Faculty Mentor for two students nominated for All-College Student Leadership Award.

St. Catherine University. (2013). Selected to participate in India Faculty Development Seminar as part of St. Catherine's Internationalization Initiative. Visited BPS Women’s University, IRRAD (Institute for Rural Research and Development), and USIEF (United States-India Educational Foundation) in or near Delhi with group of 10 faculty.

St. Catherine University. (2013). Recognized as a Faculty Mentor for two students nominated for All-College Student Leadership Award.

Bosher, S. (2013). "The Effects of Linguistic Modification of Multiple-Choice Nursing Exam Test Items on Test Performance of Non-Native and Native Speakers of English."

ACDC Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant (2012).

Professor and Director of ESL, St. Catherine University, 1997–Present

Capstone Thesis Adviser, Hamline University, 2004–Present

Book Chapters

Bosher, S. (2012). English for Nursing. B. Paltridge & S. Starfield, The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes (pp. 263-281). Malden, MA, John Wiley & Sons

Bosher, S. (2012). English for Nursing. C. A. Chapelle, The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (1961–1966). Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell

Journal Articles

Bosher, S. (2010). "Acquiring discipline-specific literacy in a second language: A case study of an ESL nursing student." Taiwan International ESP Journal. (2, 2, 17-48)

Bosher, S. & Stocker, J. (2015). "Nurses’ narratives on workplace English in Taiwan: Improving patient care and enhancing professionalism." English for Specific Purposes. (38, 109-120)

Book

Bosher, S. (2014). Talk Like a Nurse: Communication Skills Workbook, New York, Kaplan Nursing

Bosher, S. (2015). "Developing Linguistically Appropriately Multiple-Choice Exam Items." Workshop for College of Nursing & Health Sciences Faculty, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Bosher, S. (2015). "Developing Discipline-Specific Literacy with ESL Students." Challenges and Promises of Infusing Writing across the Curriculum. Center for Innovative Teaching, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Bosher, S. (2015). "Increasing ESL Nursing Students’ Comprehension of Multiple-Choice Test Items through Linguistic Modification." In-Service Presentation/Workshop for Baccalaureate-Degree Nursing Faculty, St. Catherine University

Bosher, S., Obah, T. & Gibson, A. (2014). "Understanding and Working Successfully with ESL/Multilingual Learners." Opening Faculty Workshop, St. Catherine University

Bosher, S. (2014). "Increasing EAL Nursing Students' Comprehension of Multiple-Choice Test Items through Linguistic Modification." Presentation/Workshop to Nursing Faculty at Oregon Health Sciences University

Bosher, S. (2014). "Strategies for Working Effectively with ESL Writers in Nursing." Presentation/Workshop to Nursing Faculty at Southern Oregon University

Bosher, S., Obah, T. & Gibson, A. (2014). "Helping the ESL Writer." CORE Faculty Development Workshop

Bosher, S. (2014). "Increasing EAL Nursing Students' Comprehension of Multiple-Choice Test Items through Linguistic Modification." Presentation/Workshop to Nursing Faculty at New Jersey City University

Bosher, S. (2013). "Working with ESL Writers: Common Myths, Helpful Strategies." In-service workshop for writing assistants, O’Neill Center for Academic Development, St. Catherine University

Bosher, S. (2013). "Student Assessment: Leveling the Playing Field for ESL and Multilingual Nursing Students." University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing

Bosher, S. (2012). "Evaluating the Writing of Students Who are Non-Native Speakers of English." In-house workshop for Public Health faculty

Bosher, S. (2012). "Plain English for Nursing: Increasing EAL Nursing Students’ Comprehension of Test Items Through Linguistic Modification." Bethel/Kaplan Nursing’s Transforming Nursing Education Conference for Nurse Educators

Bosher, S. (2012). "ESL Nursing Students: Preparing for Multiple-Choice Nursing Course Exams." In-service workshop for Teaching Assistants, Pathophysiology Course, Nursing Department. St. Catherine University

Bosher, S. (2012). "English as a Lingua Franca in Nursing: The Case of Taiwan." Fifth International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF 5)

Bosher, S. & Wilkins, M. (2012). "English for Nursing: Preparing ESL Students for Excellence." TESOL 2012, English for Specific Purposes Academic Session on English for Medical Purposes (EMP)

Bosher, S. (2011). "Increasing EAL Nursing Students’ Comprehension of Test Items through Linguistic Modification." Kaplan Nursing Webinar

Bosher, S. (2011). "Working with Students Who are Non-Native Speakers of English." Teaching Spiral for New Faculty, St. Catherine University

Bosher, S. & Gottschalk, L. (2011). "Developing Critical Academic Literacy through Sociological Content." MinneTESOL Conference

Bosher, S. (2011). "Increasing EAL Nursing Students’ Comprehension of Test Items through Linguistic Modification." Kaplan Nursing Conference: Students with Academic Challenges: A Day-long Seminar on Improving Outcomes

Bosher, S. & Gottschalk, L. (2011). "Creating Access & Success in Higher Education for Multilingual Students: Update on ACTC Leaders for Literacy (L4L) Project." MNADE (Minnesota Association of Developmental Education) Conference

Bosher, S. (2011). "Working with ESL Writers: Common Myths, Helpful Strategies." In-Service Workshop for Writing Assistants, O’Neill Center for Academic Development, St. Catherine University

Bosher, S. (2011). "Avoiding Linguistic Bias in Multiple-Choice Nursing Course Exams." Presentation/Workshop for Associate Degree Nursing Program Faculty, St. Catherine University Evaluation & Testing Boot Camp

Bosher, S. & Obah, T. (2011). "Coaching ESL Writers." Workshop for Core Faculty, St. Catherine University