Amy Jo Minett

Amy Jo Minett

Professional Details

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: MH-114
Phone: 978-542-2621

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1197 01 ENL109 Foundations of Writing (ESL)
2131 S1 ENG778N Assessment of English Language Learners
3917 P4 EDS796N Graduate Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language
3921 P4 EDS796A Half-Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language

Professional Biography

In addition to many years working with teachers and multilingual writers in higher education, I bring to Salem State's TESOL program and the larger community extensive international experience in higher education. I've worked as a context-sensitive curriculum developer and teacher educator in Kurdistan, Iraq; at the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul, Afghanistan; at Balkh University in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan; and throughout Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, primarily in Hungary, Serbia, and the Transylvanian region of Romania. 

Professional Interests

Teacher Education, Critical Pedagogy, and Reflective Practice

Critical Discourse Analysis

Discursive Constructions of English as an International Language

English, Democracy, Security

The Role of English Language Teaching in Conflict, Post-Conflict, and Transition Countries




Assistant Professor, English/Graduate TESOL.

Principal Faculty Contact, Fulbright Iraqi Visiting Scholars Program, 2014.

Service on multiple department and university committees and working groups.



Selected Publications

Minett, Amy J. “‘Earth Aches by Midnight’: Helping ESL Writers Clarify their Intended Meaning.” ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors. Eds. Shanti Bruce and Ben A. Rafoth. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Publishers, 2009. 60-70. Print. 

Book chapter accepted for Changing Cultures, Changing Identity: Writing Center(ed) Work Across the World, Editors Joan Mullin and Leigh Ryan. “Undercurrents and Contact Zones: The Role of Creative Writing in International Writing Center Work.”

Poetry published in Poetry East, Poetry Northwest, The Jacaranda Review, The Wisconsin Academy Review. 


Selected Presentations

Minett, A.J., Dietrich, S., and Vigue, C. (March, 2015; June, 2015). Intergroup Conflict and Identity: English Language Teaching and the Context of Iraq. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Toronto, Canada; International Society for Language Studies, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Minett, A. J. (2014, September). “Maria,” The Media, and the Other Other: A Contrastive Analysis of U.S. and European Discursive Constructions of the Blonde Stolen Child. Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines. Budapest, Hungary.

Rintell, E., Ippolito, J., Leith, C., Minett, A.J., & Pomerantz, F. K. (2014, March). Lessons learned from unnatural conversations: The effects of using discussion-based protocols for reflecting and acting on ELL student literacy data. Presented at the annual American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Portland, OR. 

Minett, A.J. (2013, June). English, Aid, and Social Justice: An Exploration of the Role of English Language Teaching in the Building of Open Societies. International Society for Language Studies, San Juan, Puerto Rico.