• Professor/ESOL Coordinator, Department of Teaching and Learning
  • College of Education, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  • Lecturing: Collaboration in TEFL Teacher Training and Program Development for Mexican Institutions
  • University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico
  • January-May 2009

Dr. Eileen N. Whelan Ariza is a professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, USA.  She received her doctorate in multilingual/multicultural education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; a master’s degree in TESOL, Spanish as a second language, and bilingual education at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont; and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (summa cum laude) at Worcester State College, Worcester, MA.  Before moving to Florida, Dr. Ariza was a Teaching Fellow in the English Language Institute at Harvard University, and taught English learners and related work in several countries (Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Brazil, Spain, and the Philippines).  Dr. Ariza’s involvement in the Fulbright programs include a 2008/2009 Fulbright award as García Robles scholar at La Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico; Fulbright Ambassador for fall 2013 - summer 2015;  Fulbright Peer Reviewer (TEFL) 2014-2015; Senior Specialist Roster Reviewer 2008-2010; and candidate on the Fulbright Specialist Roster, 2010-present.

Dr. Ariza’s expertise is preparing teachers to be successful instructors of English learners, especially in the mainstream classroom. She has authored and coauthored multiple internationally popular books such as Not for ESOL Teachers: What Every Classroom Teacher Needs to Know About the Linguistically, Culturally, and Ethnically Diverse Student (Pearson Publishing), Why TESOL? Theories and Issues in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in K-12 Classrooms, and Fundamentals of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in K-12 Mainstream Classrooms (Kendall Hunt), and over 45 publications that focus on teacher preparation and language learning and has been an invited presenter on related topics at conferences and workshops in many countries and in a multitude of national and international venues.

Dr. Ariza has won many awards such as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year (FAU) at the college and university level, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, at the college  level (FAU), Broward Achievement Award (FAU) for undergraduates, Outstanding Alumni Award from Worcester State College, MA, and Excellence in Teaching at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.  For several years she was the editor of Essential Teacher, the flagship publication of the international TESOL organization, which reached over 14,000 members in 159 countries.

Dr. Ariza’s interests are on content adaptation for English learners, foreign language methodology, and integrating technology into content to further background knowledge.