Susan Hopewell

Areas of Expertise
Bilingual and Bicultural Education, Classroom Instruction, Elementary Education, English as a Second Language, Literacy, Multicultural Education, Teacher Education

Biography

Susan Hopewell is an assistant professor of education in the division of Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity. She is interested in issues of language, culture, equity, and identity especially as they impact, or are affected by, literacy practices. Dr. Hopewell utilizes mixed-methods designs to conduct research focused on strengthening biliteracy education for Spanish – English bilingual children in the United States. Her current research studies examine the strategic use of Spanish during ESL literacy, the impact that teacher-student interactions have on bilingual writing development, and a longitudinal K-5 biliteracy study aiming to reconceptualize the how we assess, interpret, and understand the development of biliteracy. Prior to joining the CU faculty, Dr. Hopewell was a research assistant with the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education where she directed federal teacher preparation grants and served as Assistant Editor of the Bilingual Research Journal . Her K-12 public school teaching experience includes 8 years as a classroom teacher in a dual-language elementary school, and 4 years as the literacy coach in a maintenance bilingual program.

Susan Hopewell currently serves as Secretary for the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) where she also chairs the committee to recruit and select presenters for the annual CABE conference. Additionally, she is a member of numerous professional organizations including the National Association for Bilingual Education and the American Education Research Association.

Education

2010 PhD, Education Equity & Cultural Diversity, University of Colorado Boulder
1998 Linguistically Diverse Educator Endorsement, Bilingual Education, University of Colorado Boulder 
1995 K-6 Teaching License, University of Colorado, Boulder
1991 M.A., Art History, University of Virginia 
1988 B.A., Art History, University of Boulder