Joan Oigawa Aus

Associate Professor / Chair, Elementary Education

I am originally from Sherman Oaks, California and moved to North Dakota in 2000. I was immediately struck by the quaint, old world charm of Valley City with its tree-lined streets and beautiful bridges. The campus shares the same Norman Rockwellian feel and is a true learner-centered university.

I spent the majority of my professional career specializing in second language acquisition education, first as an ELL teacher, and then as a professor who trains ELL teachers. I worked with new immigrant and political refugee students as well as American Indian English learners at Standing Rock and Fort Berthold reservations and I'm committed to promoting academic achievement and equity for all students, particularly ELL students.

I am currently the Concentration Chair of the Graduate English Language Learner (ELL) program, as well as a full-time professor in the School of Education. My fields of specialty are ELL pedagogical methods as well as multicultural education, and my areas of research include monolingual English and bilingual instruction for ELLs, with the majority of my publications targeting classroom practices of ELL teachers. My doctorate is in Education with an emphasis in the teaching and learning of culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Joan Oigawa Aus Ed.D.

Spring 2020 Semester Courses

Course Name Course Title Section
EDUC 283 Undrstnd Cultural Diversity Ed 1
EDUC 613 Reading & Multiple Literacies 1
EDUC 663 Methods of Teaching ELL 1