Dr. Md Mijanur Rahman

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College of Arts and Letters
Department of English
Office Location: ET A612

Dr. Rahman is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Writing Studies (Translingualism/Multilingualism) in the Department of English at California State University, Los Angeles. A teacher-scholar, he brings in interdisciplinary expertise in Applied Linguistics and Writing Studies, especially in areas like ESP/EAP, genre theories, language ideologies, L2 pragmatics, NNEST, applied sociolinguistics, multilingualism, and translingualism. Before joining Cal State LA, Dr. Rahman taught at Illinois State University, Millikin University, Lincoln Land Community College and Northern University Bangladesh.

ACADEMIC TRAINING:

Doctor of Philosophy, TESOL/Applied Linguistics (with secondary expertise in Rhetoric & Composition), Illinois State University, Normal, IL, Graduated: August 2020

Alt-Instruction Certificate, Center for Effective Teaching and Learning, California State University, Los Angeles, CA, Completed: Summer 2020

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Illinois State University, Normal, IL, Completed: May 2017

Certificate of Specialized Instruction in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CSI-SoTL), The Graduate School, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, Completed: April 2017

Master of Arts, English (with an emphasis on TESOL), University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Graduated: September 2008

Bachelor of Arts (Honors), English (British literature), University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Graduated: January 2007

COURSES TAUGHT:

ENGL 1005A – College Writing

ENGL 1010 – Accelerated College Writing

ENGL 2100 – Language and Society (Cross-listed with ANTH 2300)

ENGL 3000 – English Tutorial: Reading & Writing in the Major

ENGL 3010 – Advanced College Writing

ENGL 3060 – Discourse Analysis for Language Studies

ENGL 4101 – Introduction to English Linguistics

ENGL 4180 – Issues in English Language Teaching

ENGL 5100 – Seminar: Language & Literacy (Topic: The Pragmatics of Politeness)

PUBLICATIONS:

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

2021. “Making Sense of Materials: Negotiating the Global and the Local in L2 Writing Pedagogy”. EnglishUSA Journal, 5(Fall/Winter 2021), 11-17. https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.englishusa.org/resource/resmgr/journal/2021_fall_journal/englishusa_journal_2021_fall.pdf

2020. “Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice in Bangladesh: A Socio-Historic and Language Ideological Perspective.” Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 41(4), 289-304. DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2019.1617296

2017. “‘Spam, Spam, Spam…’: A CHAT Perspective.” Grassroots Writing Research Journal, 7(2), 131-140. Retrieved from http://isuwriting.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Rahman-Md-Mijanur-GWRJ7.2.pdf

2015. “Interpreting Orwell’s 1984 in Derrida’s Terms.” Praxis: Journal of the Department of English, Rajshahi University, 7, 137-145.

2012. “A Case for Teaching Cohesion in EFL Classrooms in Bangladesh.” Northern University Studies in English, 1(2), 54-60.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

2022 (In Press). “Affordances and Constraints of Pursuing a TESOL Ph.D. in an English Studies Model". In Narratives of TESOL Professionals: Navigating the Doctoral Program, edited by H. Kayi-Aydar, A. Steadman, and K. Shea. Information Age Publishing.

2020 (In Press). “Multilingual Writing Teacher Identities and Institutional Ecologies: A Collaborative Narrative Inquiry.” Written in collaboration with Seloni, L, Khor, S. Y., Martin, C. S., Rahman, M. M., & Yigitbilek, D. In Nonnative English-Speaking Teachers of Writing, Ch 3., edited by M. Tseptsura & T. Ruecker. The WAC Clearing House

Book Reviews

2021. Review of the Book Professional Discourse, authored by K. Kong. LINGUIST List: The International Linguistics Community Online, 32(2843). Retrieved from: https://linguistlist.org/issues/32/32-2843/

2019. Review of the Book Letter Writing and Language Change, edited by A. Auer, D. Schreier, & R. J. Watts. LINGUIST List: The International Linguistics Community Online, 30(4527). Retrieved from: https://linguistlist.org/issues/30/30-4527/

Op-Ed/Opinion Articles (Selections)

2021. "Recruiting Top Talents at Univs: Where We Are Doing It Wrong." The New Age, November 18, 2021, pp. S5, S7-8. https://www.newagebd.net/article/154962/where-we-are-doing-it-wrong

2016. “RU Professor Murder: RKS is Dead! Long Live RKS!” The Daily Sun, May 4. https://www.daily-sun.com/arcprint/details/133347/RKS-is-Dead-Long-Live-RKS/2016-05-04

2015. “The Bias Against Madrasa Students.” The Daily Star, Dec 23. https://www.thedailystar.net/op-ed/the-bias-against-madrasa-students-191032

2014. “Contradicting Congratulations.” Dhaka Tribune, Jan 7. https://www.dhakatribune.com/uncategorized/2014/01/07/contradicting-congratulations

2013. “Electoral Politics: Issues and Non-Issues.” The Daily Star, Sept 22. https://www.thedailystar.net/news/electoral-politics-issues-and-non-issues

2013. “Standardising Recruitment Tests in Bangladesh: A Few Words.” The Daily Sun, June 12. 

2012. “Admission Tests Are Necessary.” The Daily Star, Aug 17. https://www.thedailystar.net/news-detail-246416

2012. “Arrest of Nafis: The Orwellian Socialist Syndrome in ‘Capitalist’ America.” The Daily Star, Oct 25. https://www.thedailystar.net/news-detail-255152

PRESENTAITONS:

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers

2023. “An English Studies Model for TESOL Ph.D.: Affordances and Constraints”. Accepted for presentation at The TESOL 2023 International Convention & English Language Expo to be held on 22-24 March in Portland, Oregon, USA.

2022.  “Analyzing ‘a Sound House’: Teaching Accents in an Introductory English Linguistics Course”. Accepted for presentation at The 2022 Annual Curriculum & Pedagogy Conference to be held October 18th - 20th in State College, Pennsylvania

2021. "Bangladeshi Accents in English: Some Phonological Characteristics". The “14th International Conference on Native and Non-native Accents of English” at the University of Łódź, Poland, 9-11 Dec, 2021. (Session cancelled)

2021.  “NNEST Identity-as-Pedagogy in U.S. Writing Classrooms: A Collaborative Narrative Inquiry.” Presented in collaboration with Seloni, L, Khor, S. Y., Martin, C. S., & Yigitbilek, D. TESOL ​2021 International Convention & English Language Expo, Houston, Texas, March 23–26 2021

2020. “From Cultural to Colonial: Exploring Differential Values in Bangladeshi and U.S. School Letters.” The 2020 Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Denver, CO, March 28-31. (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)

2020. “From Cultural to Colonial: Differential Writing Practices and a Negotiation of Genre’s Value-Laden Nature in FYC Classes.” The 2020 Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Milwaukee, WI, March 25-28. (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19; Presentation materials shared online)

2019. “Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice: Spreading the Word.” 2019 Culturally Responsive Campus Community (CRCC) Conference: Building Solidarity Across Movements, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, November 18-19.

2019. “Exploring Genre Values in Bangladeshi and U.S. School Letters: Implications for EAP/ESP Classes.” The 2019 MITESOL Conference: Collaboration for Success, Grand Valley State University, MI, November 1-2.

2018. “Colonial Rhetorical Constraints in Bangladeshi Letter Writing Practices: Implications for Genre Based Critical Writing Pedagogy.” The 17th Symposium on Second Language Writing (SSLW) titled "Second Language Writing in Multilingual Contexts", Vancouver, Canada, August 2-4.

2018. “Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice in Bangladesh: A Socio-Historic and Language Ideological Perspective.” The 2018 Conference of American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, Chicago, IL, March 23-26.

2018. “Learner Variability in L2 Ultimate Attainment: A Tale of Two Learners.” TESOL 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo, Chicago, IL, March 27-30.

2017. “Engaging the Disengaged: SPACEed Assignments in a Professional Writing Course.” Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE) conference titled “Reimagine”, Normal, IL, October 21-22.

2017. “(De)colonizing Genre: (Un)changing Practices of Letter Writing.” Graduate Conference in Literature and Composition “A Dystopian Future, A Dystopian Past: Structure, Power, and Language in English Studies”, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, IL, March 31- April 1.

2016. “Addressing Conundrum: Considerations for Pedagogy Involving Multilingual Students.” Pedagogy, Multilingualism and Assessment Panel in “Wordsworth,” the English Studies Graduate Student Conference, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, March 18-19.

2011. “Developing Learners’ Discourse Skill at the Higher Secondary Level in Bangladesh.” BELTA National ELT Conference “Sustaining Innovation in English Language Education,” University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh, January 7-8.

Peer Reviewed Conference Posters

2021. “(De)hailing: Genre Conventions and Politeness Strategies in Admissions Decision Letters.” TESOL ​2021 International Convention & English Language Expo, Houston, Texas, March 23–26 2021

2019. “From Cultural to Colonial: Exploring Differential Genre Values in School Letters.” WATESOL 2019 Fall Conference, Catholic University, Washington, DC, Oct 5. (Poster session cancelled)

Invited Talks

2021. “Making Sense of Materials: Negotiating the Global and the Local in L2 Writing Pedagogy” in the Department of English, Northern University Bangladesh, June 22, 2021

2021. “You Already Sound Perfect: Celebrating Linguistic Diversity in Classrooms and Beyond” in the Department of English at Leading University, Sylhet, Bangladesh, June 3, 2021

Campus and/or Departmental Talks

2020. “International Student Career Series Alumni Panel.” Illinois State University Career Services and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), October 23, 2020

2020. “All about Genres”. First Year Writing Program Conference – Fall 2020, California State University, Los Angeles, October 16

2017. “CHATting: First Year Composition and Beyond.” Writing Summit, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, January 13.

2014. “Teaching Grammar to Low Proficiency Students.” Workshop on Teaching Quality Improvement, Northern University Bangladesh, Dhaka.

2013. “A Framework for Teacher Development.” Workshop on Teaching Quality Improvement, Northern University Bangladesh, Dhaka.