Teaching, Research, and Service
Roxanna Senyshyn is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and Communication Arts and Sciences. She teaches undergraduate and post-graduate courses in English as a second language education and undergraduate courses in applied linguistics and intercultural communication.
Prior to this appointment, she was Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Academic Integration Courses (AIC) and ESL Support, a program of specialized courses she developed to meet the needs of domestic and international English learners at Penn State Abington. This program includes basic writing, first-year composition, and business writing courses and writing tutorials for multilingual writers; college reading development and listening skills courses; and first-year seminar courses that encompass development of intercultural communication skills and serve as an orientation for recent immigrant and new international students.
Her research interests include three foci. Her current focus is on transformative intercultural learning in preparation and development of teachers throughout their careers as they prepare to work with linguistically and culturally diverse learners. The other strands of her research center on English learners in higher education with the emphasis on second language writing pedagogy and assessment and socio-linguistic integration of international students.
Her teaching, research and service reflect her commitment to provide educational leadership in conceptualizing and implementing linguistically and culturally responsive practices and curriculum design at primary, secondary and post-secondary levels.
Publications and Presentations
Senyshyn, R. M. (2019). A first-year seminar course that supports the transition of international students to higher education and fosters the development of intercultural communication competence. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. DOI: 10.1080/17475759.2019.1575892
Senyshyn, R., & Smith, P. (2019). Global Awareness Dialogue Project: Exploring potential for faculty transformation through professional development. Journal of Transformative Education. DOI: 10.1177/1541344619833342
Senyshyn, R. (2019). Facilitating Transformative Intercultural Learning. TESOL Connections. http://http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/issues/2019-02-01/3.html
Senyshyn, R.M. (2018). Teaching for transformation: Converting intercultural experience of preservice teachers into intercultural learning, Intercultural Education, 29(2), 163-184.
Senyshyn, R.M. (2018). Facilitating preservice teachers’ transformation through intercultural learning: Reflections from a self-study. In J. Sharkey & M. M. Peercy (Eds.), Self-study of language and literacy teacher education practices: Culturally and linguistically diverse contexts (pp.167-184). London: Emerald Group Publishing.
Chamberlin-Quinlisk, C. R., & Senyshyn, R. (2012). Language teaching and intercultural education: Making critical connections. Intercultural Education, 23(1), 15-23.
Senyshyn, R.M., & Chamberlin-Quinlisk, C.R. (2009). Assessing effective partnerships in intercultural education: Transformative learning as a tool for evaluation. Communication Teacher, 23(4), 167-178.
Senyshyn, R.M. (2001). Learning cross-cultural competencies: Implications for international management education. Perspectives in Higher Education Reform. Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Conference of Alliance of Universities for Democracy, Volume 10, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Senyshyn, R.M., Warford, M., & Zhan, J. (2000). Academic and non-academic issues of adjustment to American higher education. Journal of International Education, 30(1) 17-35.
Senyshyn, R.M. (2000). Strategies for teaching culture in Business English. Publication of Proceedings of the World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Tokyo, Japan.
Senyshyn, R.M. (2000). Designing a course in intercultural communication. Perspectives in Higher Education Reform. Proceedings of the 10th Annual International Conference of Alliance of Universities for Democracy, Volume 9, Budapest, Hungary.
Recent Conference Presentations:
Senyshyn, R. M., Balyasnikova, N.. & Lapornik, B. (August, 2018). Reflexivity in the making of good interculturalists: Three reflections. Conference of the International Association for Language and Intercultural Communication, Helsinki, Finland.
Senyshyn, R.M. (March 2018). Criticality in language education and development of intercultural competence. TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) International Convention, Baltimore, MD.
Senyshyn, R.M. (March 2018). Partnerships with international students: How to prepare for intercultural learning. TESOL International Convention, Chicago, IL.
Senyshyn, R.M. (January 2018). Converting intercultural experience into intercultural learning in teacher education. International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, Tucson, AZ.
Senyshyn, R.M. (April 2017). Facilitating preservice teachers’ transformation through intercultural learning: Reflections from a self-study. Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture: Enhancing and Advancing Teacher Education, Fairfax, VA.
Senyshyn, R.M. (March 2017). Oral Communication in Higher Education Contexts: Closing the Gap, Academic Session sponsored by the Higher Education Interest Section. TESOL International Convention, Seattle, WA.
Senyshyn, R.M., with ACURA (Abington College Undergraduate Research Activity) students. (November 2016). Exploring international students’ perceptions of engagement with American peers. NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Regional Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Senyshyn, R.M. (April 2016). Enhancing college composition for ELLs and assessing its outcomes. TESOL International Convention, Baltimore, MD.
Senyshyn, R.M. & Chamberlin-Quinlisk, C.R. (April 2016). Intercultural studies and teacher education: How far have we come? TESOL International Convention, Baltimore, MD.
Senyshyn, R.M. (March 2016). Toward holistic assessment and placement of first-year multilingual students for integrated academic courses. GURT (Georgetown University Round Table) Useful Assessment and Evaluation in Language Education Conference, Washington, D.C.
Arevalo, D., Senyshyn, R.M. & Smith P. (November 2015). The Global Awareness Dialogue Project: Faculty development at Penn State Abington. NAFSA Regional Conference, Arlington, VA.
Senyshyn, R.M. (March 2015). Intercultural partnerships: Fostering interaction and transforming perspectives. TESOL International Convention, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (2017). Intercultural communication [Translation into Ukrainian]. (R. M. Senyshyn, trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 5. Available from:
Golovátina-Mora, P., & Mora, R. A. (2017). Multiculturalism [Translation into Ukrainian]. (R. M. Senyshyn, trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 19. Available from:
Arasaratnam, L.A. (2017). Intercultural competence [Translation into Ukrainian]. (R. M. Senyshyn, trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 3. Available from:
CI 280: Introduction to Teaching English to English Language Learners
EDUC 466: Foundation of Teaching English as a Second Language
EDUC 469/APLNG 493: English as a Second Language Methods and Assessments
CAS 084/APLNG 083: FYE Seminar on Culture, Language and Communication
CAS 100B: Effective Speech for Multilingual Students
CAS 271: Introduction to Intercultural Communication
CAS 471: Theory and Research in Intercultural Communication
ENGL/ESL 004: Basic Writing for Multilingual Students
ENGL/ESL 015: Rhetoric and Composition for Multilingual Students
ENGL/ESL 202D: Business Writing for Multilingual Students
Selected Awards and Grants
Center for Intercultural Leadership and Communication (CILC) Grant (2018), Penn State Abington
Outstanding Teaching Award (2017), Penn State Abington
Summer Faculty Fellowship (2017), Penn State Abington
Faculty Development Grant (2015-2016; 2016-2017), Penn State Abington
Summer Faculty Fellowship (2014), Penn State Abington
Diversity Initiatives Grant (2003), Visiting Scholar, Salus University
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (2000-2002), Graduate studies, University of Tennessee
U.S. - Ukraine Foundation Grant (Summer 1997), Visiting Scholar, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University
U.S. Information Agency Grant (1996-1997), Visiting Scholar, Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP), University of Tennessee
U.S. Information Agency Grant (Fall 1995), Visiting Scholar, Wayne State University and University of Michigan
U.S. Agency for International Development Grant (Summer 1994), Translator/Interpreter, Management Training Program, Research Triangle Institute
Ph.D. in Education - English as a Second Language Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Diploma in English Philology - Applied Linguistics and English as a Foreign Language, Ivan Franko National University, Lviv, Ukraine