Katy Arnett

Professor of Educational Studies

Katy Arnett

SMCM Alum , Class of 2000

Biography

Since joining the faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2005, Katy Arnett has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in Educational Studies. Previously, she was a high school teacher of French in the Baltimore area, where she taught both beginner and Advanced Placement classes to students with a wide range of learning needs. She is currently Associate Professor of Educational Studies and Department Chair. Dr. Arnett’s teaching and research interests in inclusive teaching practices and methods within second language classrooms began as an undergraduate student and has expanded in recent years to consider how newcomer students navigate the process of developing English within the content classroom. Her research has been disseminated in multiple venues, including peer-reviewed journals in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom and practitioner-oriented publications in Canada and Switzerland. She has presented at conferences in the United States and Canada, and has been invited to speak to various school districts in the U.S. and Canada, provincial Ministries of Education in Canada, and at professional conferences for classroom teachers across Canada. Dr. Arnett’s first book, Languages for all: How to support and challenge students in a second language classroom was published in 2013 by Pearson Education Canada. Directed to classroom teachers, the book synthesizes her research and teaching interests from the last decade. Also in 2013, and in collaboration with Dr. Callie Mady of Nipissing University, she co-edited and contributed a chapter to the volume, Minority populations in Canadian second language education, which was published by Multilingual Matters in the United Kingdom. Dr. Arnett is also an Honorary Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick, where she is affiliated with the Second Language Research Institute of Canada (L2RIC). During her sabbatical in 2012-2013, Dr. Arnett was a Fulbright Scholar at L2RIC, where she completed research projects considering inclusive teaching practices in French second language classrooms and the experience of late adolescent newcomers to Canada navigating the public education system.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Second Language Development for students with Language-based learning difficulties
  • Educational Experiences of Newcomer Students
  • Teachers' beliefs and practices

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Methods of Teaching
  • Language-based learning challenges

Education

  • B.A. in Foreign Language (French) at St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2000
  • M.A. in Second Language Education at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, 2001
  • Ph.D. in Second Language Education at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, 2004
  • Certificate in MD Standard Professional Certification, French, Grades 7-12 at , current - 2018

Spotlight

  • Languages for All: How to support and challenge students in a second language classroom
  • Minority populations in Canadian Second Language Education