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John Kania
Associate Professor of English and ESL
Teaching Fellow
School of Applied Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
General Studies
(860) 913-2007
Office Location
247 Riverside Drive - First Floor
Courses Taught
ENG 090, ENG 095, ENG 101, and ENG 102
I have taught all grade levels from pre-school through graduate school and have focused on teaching reading and writing. With nearly twenty years in elementary education, I have worked in teaching fundamental literacy skills.

For the last few years, I have taught at community colleges in Connecticut and Massachusetts. I have worked with students in both ESL and Foundational English classes.

My research interests lie in expanding my understanding of acquiring a second language such as English so as to assist ESL students in learning the academic language and vocabulary associated with the college classroom. Teaching students study skills that allow them to comprehend content area material and learn effectively and efficiently is also of great interest to me.

At Goodwin University, I look forward to working with my colleagues in providing students the tools for success and working with students to acquire those tools that they will not only use in other classes but for a lifetime.
B.A. Assumption College
M.Ed. Harvard Graduate School of Education
M.S. Anna Maria College
Ed.D. University of Massachusetts
Areas of Interest / Study / Research
Study Skills, English Literature for ESL students, Vocabulary Development.
Wisniewski, L.M.and Kania, J.S. (2021). The silent immigrant group:The College choice process of Polish immigrants. In K. Ziolkowska-Weiss (ed.) Minorities in the U.S. : Past and Present. Krakow: Wydawnictwo Naukowe UP.

Kania, J. and Sperger, D. Building a Support System for English Language Learners at a Career College. Presented at the Symposium on Second Language Writing, November, 2014 at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

Kania, J. (2005). Using Science logs to improve content area writing. Primer, Massachusetts Reading Association.

Devine,T.G. and Kania, J. (2003). Study skills: Strategies and systems. In J. Flood and D. Lapp (Eds.) Handbook of Research in Teaching the English Language Arts. (2nd Ed.) ( pp. 942-954). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishing Company.
Conference Presentations
Kania, J. Curriculum Design with Students in Mind: Universal Design for Learning (UDL). (In-person). Presented at the Southern Regional Faculty & Instructional Development Consortium. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. March 10th, 2022.

Wisniewski, L. and Kania, J. The Silent Immigrant Group. (Virtual) Presented at the World Education Research Association. Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July, 2021.

Wisniewski, L. and Kania, J. UDL during Covid-19: Access and equity.(Virtual). Presented at the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Virginia Tech. February, 2021.

Goods, K,. Kania, J. and Wisniewski, L. Twenty ways to engage students in the classroom: Using UDL as a roadmap. Presented at the Learning Assistance Association of New England Conference at Greenfield Community College (MA). November 2, 2019.

Kania, J, and Wisniewski, L. Building Expert Learners at Goodwin University: UDL in Action . Presented at CAST's 5th Annual Symposium: Becoming Expert Learners at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. August 7th, 2019.

Kania, J. and Wisniewski, L. Universal Design for Learning: How Pedagogy can Shape Access in Higher Education. Presented at the International Round Table Symposium at Oxford University, England, July 18-20, 2019.

A. Posey, L. Nave, and Kania, J. Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education. Presented at South by Southwest EDU, Austin Texas, March 5, 2019.

K. Goods, J. Kania, and L. Wisniewski. Student voices and experiences: The role of support in education. Presented at the Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE), Fall, 2018 Conference at Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA.

LaRocco, D.J., Dowd, P., Goods,K., Kania, J., Myers, K. & Sheehan, D. (2018, May). Transformational professional development in Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Paper symposium accepted for presentation at the 50th Annual Meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization. Portsmouth, NH.

Kania, J. Goods, K. and Wisniewski. L. Reading Across the Academic Disciplines (RAAD), workshop on reading in the content areas. Workshop presented to Goodwin University faculty. Summer, 2018.

Beauchemin, A., Brewer, N. and Kania, J. Initiatives to Increase Student Completion of Developmental Courses. Presented at the Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE), Fall, 2017 Conference at Rivier University, Nashua, New Hampshire.

Beauchemin, A., Kalagher, K. and Kania, J. Access for All: Assessing a Transitional Education Program. Presented at the New England Educational Assessment Network (NEEAN), Fall 2015 Forum. November 6, 2015 at Worcester, Massachusetts.

Aljoe, J., Beauchemin, A., Kallagher, K. and Kania, J. Access to All: Goodwin Achievement Program (GAP). Presented at the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE). National conference in Greenville, South Carolina, February, 2015.

Teaching Philosophy
All students can learn if given the opportunity and tools to succeed.