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Department of Teaching and Learning

Foreign Language Education/ESOL Faculty


Assistant Professor

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College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
University of South Florida
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Tampa, FL 33620-5650



Ph.D., Language and Literacy Education

World Languages & TESOL Education

University of Georgia       


M.A., Curriculum and Instruction

University of Mississippi


B.A., Spanish & Economics

Millsaps College



Dr. Colomer began her teaching career as a Ford Fellow during her junior year at Millsaps College. Fascinated by the dynamics and synergy of learning environments, she joined the Mississippi Teacher Corps upon graduation. She taught grades 7-12 Spanish and ESOL in Mississippi and Georgia, and attained National Board Certification. In addition to her K-12 experience, Dr. Colomer has taught Spanish at the University of Mississippi, and World Language/ESOL Education at the University of Georgia.


Dr. Colomer joined the Teaching and Learning Department in 2012. She serves as an assistant professor of Foreign Language/ESOL Education, and is a core faculty member of the Second Language Acquisition & Instructional Technology (SLA/IT) doctoral program. She currently teaches the Advanced Seminar in Foreign Language Education course, and is slated to teach Methods of Foreign Language Education in the Secondary School, Dual Language Education, and Theory and Practice of Teaching English Language Learners.



Dr. Colomer studies the positioning of Latina/o teachers and bilingual faculty in schools with growing Latina/o student populations. She is particularly interested in teacher recruitment policies and teacher preparation practices. Furthermore, she looks at how teachers’ self-perceptions and ethnic identities impact their student-teacher relationships, their instructional choices, and their emerging roles in schools with continuous demographic changes.


A number of organizations have supported Dr. Colomer’s research with generous funding and professional mentorship. She has been the recipient of a Southern Regional Education Board Dissertation Scholarship, an American Evaluation Association Graduate Education Diversity Internship, and an American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Graduate Fellowship.


Selected Publications

Harklau, L., & Colomer, S. E. (In press). Defined by language: The role of foreign language departments in Latino education in southeastern new diaspora communities. In E. T. Hamann, S. Wortham, & E. G. Murillo, Jr. (Eds.), Revisiting Education in the New Latino Diaspora: One of Twelve and Rising. Charlotte, NC: Info Age Press.

Hasko, V., & Colomer, S.E. (2011). Foreign language teacher technology education: Innovation through social networking. In A. Honigsfeld & A. Cohan (Eds.), Breaking the Mold of Pre-Service and In-Service Teacher Education: Innovative and Successful Practices for the 21st Century (pp. 177-188). New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Colomer, S.E. (2010). Dual role interpreters: Spanish teachers in new Latino communities. Hispania, 93,490-503.

Colomer, S.E., & Harklau, L. (2009). Spanish teachers as impromptu translators and liaisons in new Latino communities. Foreign Language Annals, 42, 658-672.

Callahan, R.M., & Colomer, S.E. (2009). Bilingual Education. In Carr, D., Crosnoe, R., Hughes, M.E., and Pienta, A.M. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, 1, 47-50. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA.



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