1. Equity-driven leadership development in multilingual education contexts;
2. Unique affordances of learning opportunities through language teacher association (LTA) membership;
3. Classroom discourse analysis: effects of teachers' embodied interactions on multilingual learners' learning;
4. Educational programming for non-ESOL certified educators working with multilingual learners across disciplines.

Dr. Drew S. Fagan is an internationally distinguished, multi-award winning scholar, educator, and advocate for multilingual learners and their educators. Having been in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) field for more than 20 years, his professional philosophy is that for multilingual learners to be successful, all stakeholders connected to these learners must come out of their siloes and collaborate. As such, he ensures that all of his work connects with higher education and P-12 academes across disciplines, departments and ministries of education, state- and federal-level policy makers, governmental agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. 

Currently, he is Associate Clinical Professor of Applied Linguistics and Language Education, Director of the Ed.D. in School System Leadership Program- TESOL and Dual Language Education Specialization, and Coordinator of the TESOL Teacher Leadership M.Ed. and TESOL Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs. Prior to this, he worked as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher and teacher educator in PreK-12, higher education, and adult education settings across the United States, Japan, China, Spain, and Mexico, and was the first English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Fulbright Fellow to the Slovak Republic.  

He has authored numerous publications in language learning, applied linguistics, and education peer-reviewed research and practitioner-oriented journals and edited books, as well as reports and monographs with professional associations and state departments of education. He is the co-author the Maryland TESOL Handbook for Educators of English Learners and A Guide to School for Families of English Learners (English, AmharicArabic, Chinese, French, Spanish). He was the 2022-2023 President of the Maryland TESOL Association, during which he established the first-ever state-wide Maryland TESOL Mentorship Program. Prior to being President, he was the Chair of Maryland TESOL's 2021 Conference. Dr. Fagan also works closely with policymakers in the Maryland Legislature and the Maryland State Department of Education to enact change for laws and teacher certification policies related to multilingual learners' equitable access to education.

Presently, Dr. Fagan is Co-PI for the inter-institutional Maryland Initiative for Literacy and Equity (MILE) Grand Challenges Grant, which brings together specialists from education, speech pathology, library sciences, linguistics and languages, and public policy to ensure that all students regardless of background and lived experiences have equitable opportunities for literacy education at all stages of their lives (early childhood through adult). 

(Awards & Honors since being at the University of Maryland; contact me for anything prior)


2023- Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award- Teachers College, Columbia University
                                                                                                         (additional University of Maryland Press Release)

2023- Teacher of the Year- TESOL International Association & National Geographic Learning
                                                         (additional University of Maryland Press Release, San Diego State University Alum Press Release)

2022- Excellence in Teaching Award- University of Maryland, College of Education

2018- Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty for Service- University of Maryland, Provost Office

2017- Distinguished Outreach/Partnership Award- University of Maryland, College of Education


Maryland TESOL Association
1. Offices Held
Immediate Past-President (2023-2024)
**President (2022-2023)**
First Vice President (2021-2022)
Second Vice President (2020-2021)
Chair, Teacher Education Interest Section (2019-2020)
Chair-Elect, Teacher Education Interest Section (2018-2019)

2. Co-Developer and Inaugural Coordinator (2022-present ): Maryland TESOL Association Mentorship Program

3. Chair- 2021 Maryland TESOL Association Conference- Theme: Breaking Through, Pushing Forward Together


(these are main keynotes only; for a complete list of all invited/professional guest speaker talks, see "Publications" section below)

TESOL International Association
Opening Keynote- 2024 Virtual Convention

Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy
Conference Keynote- 2024 Conference

New York State TESOL Association
Conference Keynote- 2016 Applied Linguistics Winter Conference

Washington English Center
Conference Keynote- 2014 Spring Conference

**NOTE: Given the diverse clinical work and stakeholders I collaborate with, this section includes varied forms of scholarship production: Selected Presentations (2023-present), Selected Publications as Author (2022-present), Selected Publications as Contributor/Consultant/Advisor (2022-present), Interviews (2023-present), Government Testimony (2023-present).**

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS (refereed unless otherwise indicated) 2023-present

Fagan, D.S. (Invited). (2024, August). Intersecting research and policymaking in TESOL: A practical approach. To be presented at the Georgia TESOL (GATESOL) Professional Learning Series. Virtual.

Fagan, D.S. (Invited) (2024, May). Maryland’s new multilingual learner programming policies: Ramifications on local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, and language teachers associations. Presented at the annual University of Maryland College of Education Educator Preparation and Assessment Retreat. Virtual.

Fagan, D.S. (Invited). (2024, May). The complex interweaving of family capital and the language learning process for P-12 multilingual learners. Presented for the University of Delaware TESOL Graduate Program. Virtual.

KEYNOTE: Fagan, D.S. (2024, April). Equity-driven leadership in TESOL: Reconciling perception, expectation, and need. Presented at the annual TESOL International Association Conference. Virtual. 

Lazaris, B., Fagan, D.S., Espinoza, J.J., Mendoza, G., Hong, S., & Newman, K. (Invited). (2024, April). The role of teacher associations. Presented at the annual TESOL International Association Conference. Virtual. 

Fagan, D.S. (Chair), de Jong, E., Valle, R., Winkle, C., Trinh, E., Gomez Portillo, M., & Hakemian, J. (Invited) (2024, March). Queerness in positions of TESOL leadership; Rights, roles, & responsibilities. Panel presented as the LGBT PLN Session at the annual TESOL International Association conference. Tampa, FL.

Kuttig, K.-D. (Chair), Fagan., D.S., Trinh, E., Pawan, F., Rashed, D., & Phung, L. (Invited) (2024, March). REAPing directions in TESOL: Recognition, empowerment, action, and pursuit. Panel presented at the annual TESOL International Association conference. Tampa, FL.

Rashed, D. & Fagan, D.S. (Co-Chairs), Bai, Y., Growney, L., Siebold, C., & Siemer, D. (2024, March). Exploring dynamic mentor-mentee growth in a TESOL affiliate mentoring program. Panel presented at the annual TESOL International Association conference. Tampa, FL.

Fagan, D.S., Rashed, D., & Suarez, D. (2024, March). Maryland TESOL's mentorship program: Connecting the otherwise unconnected. Paper presented at the annual TESOL International Association Conference Leadership Forum. Tampa, FL.

KEYNOTE: Fagan, D.S. (2024, March). Reflection, adaptation, and collaboration: Navigating your teaching journey. Presented at the biannual Montgomery County Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) Conference. Germantown, MD. 

Walker, M., Lewis, S., Fagan, D.S., Moody, E., & Nguyen, N. (2024, March). Capturing professional track (PTK) achievements in faculty reporting and merit processes. Presented at the annual University of Maryland Professional Track Faculty Symposium. College Park, MD.

Fagan, D.S., & Kanney, M. (Invited) (2024, February). Building teacher capacity from already existing teacher populations through mutually equitable IHE-LEA partnerships. Presented at the inaugural University of Maryland Teacher Education Summit. College Park, MD.

Fagan, D.S. (Chair), Sampson, T.L., Key, K., Silva, A., Phillipson, E., & Jones, L. (Invited) (2023, November). Moving literacy forward with Maryland's multilingual learners. Panel presented as the inaugural Multilingual Learner Workshop Series for the Maryland Initiative for Literacy and Equity (MILE) and The Reading League of Maryland. Virtual. 

Fagan, D.S. (Chair), Suarez, D., Rashed, D., Bai, Y., Scott, D., Johnson, Z., Haddaway, C., Bienkowski, M.C.,  & Moser, A. (Invited) (2023, November). Considering professional advancement? Come learn about the Maryland TESOL Mentorship Program! Panel presented as a "SPOTLIGHT SESSION" at the annual Maryland TESOL Association conference. Virtual.

Kulavuz-Onal, D. (Chair), Fagan, D.S., Rojas, C., & Arrentaguí, B. (Invited) (2023, November). Presidential Panel- Teacher burnout in 2023. Panel presented at the annual Maryland TESOL Association Conference. Virtual.

Fagan, D.S., Jones, L., & Kanney, M. (2023, November). Considerations for equity-driven, successful, and enduring TESOL university-school district partnerships. Paper presented at the annual Maryland TESOL Association Conference. Virtual.

Fagan, D.S. (Invited). (2023, September). Maryland's Blueprint and multilingual learners' success: Recommendations vs. practicalities vs. necessities. Presented at the University of Maryland annual Language Science Day Conference. College Park, MD.  

Fagan, D.S. (Invited) (2023, June). Conversation analysis: Research methodology and teacher reflection tool all in one. Presented at the TESOL Research Collaboration Network (TERECONET). Virtual. 

Fagan, D.S. (Invited) (2023, May). Elevating achievement for English learners with exceptionalities. Presented at the annual Maryland English Language Learner Family Involvement Network (MELLFIN) conference. College Park, MD.

Fagan, D.S. (Invited) (2023, May). Submitting a proposal to the TESOL International Association Conference: A conversation. Workshop facilitator for the Maryland TESOL Association's Professional Development Series. Virtual. 

Phillips, C. (Chair), Gentile, D., McGinnis, S., Kirwan, B., Fagan, D.S., Bolger, D.J., & Huang, Y.T. (Invited) (2023, April). What everyone wants: Aligning state, federal, and university interests in language. Presented at the Advancing National Priorities In Language, Culture, and Technology: A University-Government Forum. College Park, MD.

Fagan, D.S. (Invited) (2023, March). Towards embodying the multidimensional role of ESOL teacher in 2023. Presented as the "TEACHER OF THE YEAR/ TESOL IN FOCUS" session at the annual TESOL International Association conference. Portland, OR.

Fagan, D.S., Suarez, D. & Rashed, D. (2023, March). Fostering TESOL mentorship excellence through affiliates. Presented as a "BEST OF AFFILIATES" session at the annual TESOL International Association conference. Portland, OR.

Fagan, D.S., & Kanney, M. (2023, March). Educating K-12 administrators in TESOL: The why's and how's. Presented at the TESOL International Association's annual conference. Portland, OR.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (as author) (2022-present) 

Lyons, S., Pentón Herrera, L., & Fagan, D.S. (Eds.). (forthcoming). Language teacher associations, professional development, and learning across spaces [Special issue]. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching.

Fagan, D.S. (in press). An era of rapid educational changes for Maryland's P-12 multilingual learners: 2018-2024 and beyond. Maryland TESOL Quarterly. https://marylandtesol.com

Gómez, M., Fagan, D.S., & Baptista, G. (2024, February 29). Educators call for social justice for Maryland's multilingual learners [Editorial]. Maryland Matters. https://www.marylandmatters.org/2024/02/29/commentary-educators-call-for-social-justice-for-marylands-multilingual-learners/. 

Fagan, D.S. (2023). Words of wisdom. The University Grapevine: For English Language Teachers, 18.  https://www.theuniversitygrapevine.com/past-issues

Fagan, D.S. (2023, June). Expanding my community of "learning collaborators" at the TESOL Convention. TEIS: The Newsletter for the TESOL International Association Teacher Education Interest Section. https://tcnewsletter.s3.amazonaws.com/newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/issues/2023-04-01/3.html 

Fagan, D.S. (2023, Spring). President's Letter- Maryland TESOL: At the precipice for moving the field into tomorrow. Maryland TESOL Quarterlyhttps://marylandtesol.com 

Fagan, D.S. (2023, Spring). Maryland TESOL: A success at the TESOL International Conference! Maryland TESOL Quarterly. https://marylandtesol.com

Fagan, D.S. (2023, Winter). President's Letter: Let Maryland TESOL help get you into your rhythm for 2023! Maryland TESOL Quarterly. https://marylandtesol.com

Fagan, D.S. (2022, Fall). President's Letter: "Fall" into advocacy. Maryland TESOL Quarterlyhttps://marylandtesol.com

Fagan, D.S. (2022, Summer). President's Letter: An exciting new year ahead! Maryland TESOL Quarterlyhttps://marylandtesol.com

Fagan, D.S., & Pentón Herrera, L.J. (2022). Supporting English learners with disabilities. The State Education Standard: The Journal of the National Association of State Boards of Education22(1), 26-31. https://www.nasbe.org/supporting-english-learners-with-disabilities/ 

Fagan, D.S. (2022, Spring). A state of change: The future for Maryland’s English learners. Maryland TESOL Quarterly. https://marylandtesol.com

Fagan, D.S. (2022, Winter). “Breaking Through, Pushing Forward Together”: Celebrating Maryland TESOL’s 41st Annual Fall Conference. Maryland TESOL Quarterly. https://marylandtesol.com

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (as contributor/consultant/advisor) (2022-present)

Maryland State Department of Education (forthcoming- 2024). Language access policy for family and community engagement

In collaboration with the office of Maryland House Delegate Lorig Charkoudian (with S. Gutierrez, M. Martin-Beltrán, A. Perez Belda, A. Taboada Barber) (2023). Maryland House Bill 56: Public Schools- Dual Language Education- Teacher Certification, Program Implementation, and Study.  

Maryland State Department of Education. (2022). Blueprint for Maryland's Future: Workgroup on English learners in public schools final report

INTERVIEWS (2023-present)

"EdTerps advocate for education policy in Annapolis." (Emily Schuster & Maison Holcomb, Interviewers). University of Maryland, College of Education News, April 2024

"Academia willing to help with Blueprint education reform plan." (William J. Ford, Interviewer). Maryland Matters, April 11, 2024.  Republished in The Southern Maryland Chronicle and MoCo360

"We are more than language specialists! Associate clinical professor and TESOL program coordinator honored for his work with multilingual learners." (Natifia Mullings, Interviewer). University of Maryland, College of Education News, November 2023.

"Spotlight on the TESOL Teacher of the Year: Drew S. Fagan." (Luan T. Nguyen, Interviewer). TESOL Connections: The E-Newsletter for the TESOL International Association, April 2023

"TESOL Program Coordinator to Receive Top Teaching Honor for English Language Educators." (Emily Schuster, Interviewer). University of Maryland, College of Education News, February 2023. 

"More Connected than Ever: Taking Advantage of Global ELT Associations' Online Offerings." (Sheilynn Riel, Interviewer). BridgeUniverse E-Magazine, February 2023.

"College of Education Experts Testify to bring Bilingual Teacher Certification to Maryland." (Natifia Mullings, Interviewer). University of Maryland, College of Education News, February 2023. 


Maryland House Bill 0569: Credit for All Language Learning (CALL) Act (Sponsored by Delegate Jared Solomon). Testified on February 13, 2024. **BILL SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR MOORE APRIL 25, 2024.** 

Maryland House Bill 0056: Dual Language Education Teacher Certification, Program Implementation, and Study (Sponsored by Delegate Lorig Charkoudian). Testified on January 23, 2023.


Current Grants:

University of Maryland Grand Challenges Institutional Grant
TitleThe Maryland Initiative for Literacy and Equity (MILE)
PIs: DJ Bolger
Amount Awarded: $3,000,00.00
Period of Grant: March 1, 2023- February 28, 2026
My Role: Co-PI

National Science Foundation 20-539: Computer Science for All
Title: C-STEM for Sustainability: Leveraging a Research-Practice Partnership to Design a High-quality Professional Learning Model for Integrating Computer Science into K-8 STEM Classrooms 
PIs: Jennifer Radoff & Amy Green
Amount Awarded: $721,534.00
Period of Grant: September 1, 2022- August 31, 2025
My Role: Advisory Board Member- English Learner Education

Current Projects:

1. Developer (final approval 2021 from Maryland Higher Education Commission) and Director (2022-2032)- Doctorate of Education Program in School Systems Leadership- Specialization in TESOL and Dual Language Education (cohort 1 begins Fall 2022): Focuses on school- and district-level administrators to address and make school system change for multilingual learners from the "top-down".

2. Developer (final approval 2015 from Maryland Higher Education Commission) and Director (2017-present)- TESOL Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program (Prince George's County Public School Teachers 2017-2024; Anne Arundel County Public School Teachers 2018-2023): Introduces non-ESOL PreK-12 teachers to working with English learners across disciplines in their classrooms from the "bottom-up".

3. Co-Developer  (Fall 2023-present): Multilingualism and Literacy Workshop Series: Bringing together literacy and ESOL educators to examine, reflect, and collaborate on best ways to ensure the Science of Reading is culturally responsive to multilingual learners' needs across the curriculum and across grade spans. Co-sponsored by the Maryland Initiative for Literacy and Equity, the Maryland State Department of Education, and the Maryland Reading League. 

4. Multilingual Learner Advocate, Higher Education Representative (Spring 2024-present): Language Access Policy for Family and Community Engagement Development Workgroup. Invited by the Maryland State Department of Education State Superintendent's Office.  

5. Multilingual Learner External Advisor (Spring 2024-present): Maryland State Department of Education Assessment and Accountability Task Force. Invited by the Maryland State Department of Education State Superintendent's Office. 

The following are courses I teach in various programs:

Applied Linguistics and Language Education Certificate, Master's, Ph.D. Programs:

  • TLPL 646: Linguistics in Education
  • TLPL 656: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners
  • TLPL 657: Cross-Cultural Communication and Multilingual Learners
  • TLPL 662: Second Language Acquisition
  • TLPL 666: English Grammar for TESOL
  • TLPL 791: Qualitative Research I: Design & Fieldwork
  • TLPL 793: Methods of Discourse Analysis
  • TLPL 898: Ph.D. Pre-Candidacy Research
  • TLPL 899: Ph.D. Dissertation Advising

School System Leadership Ed.D. Program

  • EDUC 701: Applied Research and Data-based Decision Making for School Leaders
  • EDUC 702: Applied Research Design for Education Leaders
  • EDUC 705: Education Policy Making and the School Leader
  • EDUC 828: Ed.D. Mid-Point Evaluation
  • EDUC 829: Ed.D. Capstone Advising
  • EDUC 888: Applied Apprenticeship in Education