Shuzhan Li

Assistant Professor, Department of Education
School: School of Humanities and Sciences

Academic Focus

Educating culturally and linguistically diverse learners, teacher education, TESOL, bilingual education, and rural education

Academic Background

Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction (ESOL/Bilingual Education), University of Florida, 2020

M.Ed., English Language Learners, Vanderbilt University, 2014


My research agenda revolves around the ideas that both educators and students need responsive and relevant opportunities to learn and grow, and that language plays a central role in the complex processes of teaching and learning. With this research agenda, I write about teacher identity, translanguaging, and professional development in rural contexts. Click here for my ResearchGate page.

Current Research Project

Currently, I'm working on a three-year research project, Supporting teachers of English learners in rural Upstate New York, funded by Ithaca College Center for Faculty Excellence (Summer 2022) and Spencer Foundation (2022 - 2025). 

Course Offerings

EDUC50100: Literacy Development for Linguistically Diverse Learners

EDUC34000: Social and Cultural Foundations of Education 

EDUC22900: Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning in Education 

Latest Book Read

Linguistic diversity and social justice: An introduction to applied sociolinguistics by Ingrid Piller

What works may hurt: Side effects in education by Yong Zhao

When Not Working

You can find me playing soccer at Cass Park.

What I Love About Ithaca College

The close connections with colleagues, students, and educators in Ithaca and surrounding communities. Plus, Ithaca is "Gorges"!

Fun Fact

I am an Ithaca Firsts mentor for first-generation college students at IC and I have a black labrador retriever named Alex.