Sarina Molina

Sarina Molina
Phone: (619) 260-7819
Fax: (619) 849-8159
Office: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 205E

Associate Dean and Associate Professor

  • EdD University of San Diego, Leadership Studies
  • MA University of Hawai'i, East Asian Languages and Literature: Linguistics, Second Language Pedagogy
  • BA University of Hawai'i, East Asian Languages and Literature: Japanese; Minor: Comparative Religions

Dr. Sarina Chugani Molina serves as Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Learning and Teaching at the University of San Diego.  She has over 25 years experience working with marginalized and under-served communities of students such as migrant, immigrant, refugee, language learners, and international students in multiple settings from international schools abroad to private schools, community colleges, community-based programs, and institutes of higher education in the United States. 

Her research interests include:
1) teaching English as an international and transnational language where she explores socioculturally salient pedagogical practice;
2) supporting the needs of marginalized populations of students including immigrants, migrants, refugees, international students and the rural poor from a responsible, crtical and ethical space; 
3) teacher development through responsive mediation drawing on constructive-developmental and sociocultural lenses;
4) mediating teacher learning through classroom research with a focus on improving instructional practice and evolving identities as practitioner-researchers; and
5) contemplative, mindful, and conscious education blending the work from eastern and western wisdom traditions and contemporary research on positive psychology.

She has authored several books on working with multilingual users of English based on socioculturally salient pedagogical practice, textbooks on English language teaching, and co-authored a book on Family, School, Community Engagement and Partnerships with colleagues.  She is currently working on a book entitled, "The conscious educator: Rediscovering the purpose of education through the lens of wisdom traditions." She has published numerous articles in the areas of language education, lesson study, action research, and teacher development from constructive-developmental, socio-cultural, ecological and critical perspectives. She also serves as a reviewer for several academic journals.

She has designed and developed online and onsite teacher education programs and provides seminars and training for teachers and students in China, India, Kenya, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. 

Areas of Expertise

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Scholarly Work

Molina, S. C. (2019). Cultivating a sense of critical consciousness in teacher candidates within a community-based adult ESL program.  In H. Linville & J. Whiting (Eds.) Advocacy in English Language Teaching and Learning (pp. 57-70). New York, NY: Routledge.

Molina, S. C. (2019).  Mediating teacher candidates sense of agency in response to policy and curricula planning in a community-based English language program.  In G. Glasgow & J.Bouchard (Eds.) Agentive Responses to Language Planning and Policy (pp. 125-146). New York, NY: Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism.

Molina, S. & Spencer, J. (2019). Feedback sessions as mediation spaces: Empowering teacher candidates to deepen instructional knowledge and engage in the construction and transformation of theory in practice. Educational Action Research.

Spencer, J. & Molina, S. (2018) Mentoring graduate students through the action research journey using guiding principles.  Educational Action Research, 26 (1), 144-165.
DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2017.1284013

Molina, S. C. (December, 2018). Enhancing global consciousness: Inviting our international student voices into our communities of practice. ACPA Foundation. Link

Molina, S. C. (September, 2018).  Shifting the paradigm in the era of world Englishes: What teacher leaders need to know.  Global Ed Leadership.orgLink

Molina, S. C. (2017). English language teaching in China: Teacher agency in response to curricular innovations. English language teaching: Teacher agency and policy response.
Ng, P. & Boucher-Yip (Eds.) Routledge.

Molina, S. C. (December, 2016). Developing reflective practitioners through action research in TESOL.  Teacher Education Interest Newsletter.  International TESOL Organization.

Molina, S. C. (2016). The complexity of providing feedback when teachers and students speak different varieties of English: A case study. Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, 4 (1), pp. 61-69.

Quezada, R., Alexandrowicz, A., & Molina, S. (2015). Family, school, community engagement, and partnerships: Theory & Practice. London: Routledge.

Conferences and Presentations

Invited Plenary Presentation
Molina, S. C. (2017). Transforming our instructional practice: Becoming mindful, reflective, practitioners. Los Padres CATESOL Conference,Santa Barbara, CA.

Conference Presentations
Molina, S. C. (2019, March). Japanese lesson study for improving instructional practice in TESOL. International TESOL Association. Atlanta, GA.

Farmer, R., Farmer, S., Molina, S. & USAHE (2019, January). Mindful teacher in human values education. Center for Human Development, Boston, MA

Sun, Y., Molina, S., Evans, E., Thu, T. (2018). Action research in the adult education classroom.  International TESOL Association. Chicago, IL.

Molina, S. C. (2017). Developing reflective practitioners through action research in TESOL. Los Padres CATESOL Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.

Molina, S. C. (2017). Using authentic classroom case studies in Tesol teacher education courses.  International TESOL Association, Seattle, WA.

Molina, S. C. (2016, April). Developing reflective practitioners through action research in TESOL.  International TESOL Association, Baltimore, MD.

Manasee, M. & Molina, S. C. (2014, November). Infusing Impactful Reading Strategies into Basic Skills and ESL Classrooms. California Association of Developmental Education (CalADE), Anaheim, CA.

Molina, S. C. (2014, October).  Transnational Language Teaching: Opportunities, Challenges, and Implications. California TESOL Conference, Santa Clara, CA.

Molina, S. C. (2014, March). Mentor Text 2: Scaffolding reading instruction for community college ESL.  International TESOL Convention, Portland, OR.