For decades, Maria Brisk’s work has focused on language and education—individually and where they intersect. Teaching since the 1950s, her expertise has centered on how literacy and bilingualism are developed.
After joining the Lynch School in 1999, Brisk served as Chair of the TESpECI Department from 2007–2012. She uses systemic functioning linguistics to teach English and Spanish and implement genre-based pedagogy, most recently and successfully at Russell Elementary School.
Brisk earned her first degree from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina, her master’s degree from Georgetown University, and her doctorate from the University of New Mexico. She recently won the AERA Bilingual Research SIG Lifetime Achievement Award and was appointed chair of the International System Functional Congress.
Her illustrious career includes dozens of book and scholarly journal publications, as well as speaking engagements around the world. Brisk has been a translator, Spanish instructor for the U.S. Peace Corps, and even served as an expert witness on several court cases on desegregation and bilingual education. She is a long-standing member of the Board of Editors for the Bilingual Research Journal.
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