Before COA

Before joining COA, Ming-Tso worked mostly as a foreign language educator, teaching Chinese to adult learners and university students and English to adult learners and high school students. He also worked in various capacities while serving as a graduate assistant at the University of Maine, including teaching education-related courses and assisting faculty with research projects.

Scholarly and Creative Interests

Some areas of his current scholarly and teaching interests include: identity and language learning, critical language and literacy studies, social justice education, teacher education, and issues related to identity, language, and eduction in transnational contexts. He is also interested in research methods that involve visual and narrative explorations of identity.

Publications

Hakkola, L., Chien, M., & Pelletreau, K. (under review). Exploring socialization and teaching self-efficacy through a community of practice for international teaching assistants. Submitted to the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Presentations

  • Chien, M. (2019, June). Autoethnography as counter-storytelling from an international teaching assistant. Paper presented at the International Society for Language Studies Conference, Hong Kong.
  • Chien, M. (2019, April). Outsiders within: The complexity of international teaching assistants’ experiences. Paper presented at a roundtable session during the meeting of American Educational Research Association, Toronto.
  • Chien, M. (2019, March). Promoting reflection from the very beginning: A case of pre-service TESOL teachers. Poster presented at the meeting of American Association for Applied Linguistics, Atlanta, GA.
  • Chien, M. (2018, May). An outsider from within: An autoethnography of an international teaching assistant. Paper presented at a roundtable session during the New England Educational Research Organization Conference, Portsmouth, NH.
  • Chien, M. (2018, March). Critical literacy in English teaching and learning. Poster presented at the TESOL 2018 International Convention & English Expo, Chicago, IL.
  • Chien, M. (2017, May). Family language policy and heritage language: An exploratory study on language beliefs, practices, and maintenance strategies of Taiwanese families in New England. Paper presented at a roundtable session during the New England Educational Research Organization Conference, Portsmouth, NH.