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Lisa Farley

Lisa DiMaio, EdD

Teaching Professor of English
Coordinator, Multilingual Learner Writing Resources, University Writing Program
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: MacAlister Hall 5016


  • EdD, Education (Policy, Planning, and Administration), West Chester University, 2020
  • MEd, English Education/TESOL, Temple University, 1997
  • BA, English, West Chester University, 1995

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Multilingual writing pedagogy
  • Second language acquisition
  • Linguistic diversity
  • Tutoring strategies for multilingual writers
  • Sociocultural theory


Dr. Lisa DiMaio has been a member of the Drexel community since 1997, when she first started her teaching career as an Instructor at the English Language Center. In 2001, she became a member of the Department of English and Philosophy, where she began teaching in the First-year Writing Program. Her specialization is TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) and she continues to teach composition courses designed for multilingual learners. In 2023, she received The Provost's Award for Undergraduate Teaching Impact, which recognizes full-time faculty who have made a distinctive impact through excellence in teaching primarily at the first- or second-year undergraduate level.

As Coordinator of Multilingual Learner Writing Resources for the University Writing Program, Dr. DiMaio tutors in the Drexel Writing Center and regularly offers trainings for peer readers and professional development workshops for faculty across the university. She is passionate about teaching and learning and is very interested in helping faculty and staff understand the unique nature of multilingual learners’ writing and effective pedagogy to support multilingual learners.

Her research interests include tutoring multilingual learners, multilingual learners’ writing and feedback, critical discourse analysis, and diversity and inclusion. She frequently presents at local conferences. In terms of professional service, she is currently the chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee in the Department of English and Philosophy. She also serves as the Assistant Editor of Voices, the Penn-TESOL East newsletter.