Maris Thompson, PhD
Professor Maris Thompson joined the CSU, Chico faculty in 2008. She received her Ph.D. in the Language & Literacy, Society & Culture program in the Graduate School of Education at UC, Berkeley. Before her graduate work, Dr. Thompson taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at the middle and high school levels in Portland Oregon, Oakland California, and Puerto Villamil in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. In the School of Education, she teaches a variety of courses focused around educational equity, democracy, and adolescent literacy. She chairs the Internationalization Faculty Staff Task Force, sits on the Academic Senate, and serves as a faculty mentor for the REACH program (Raising Educational Achievement in Collaborative Hubs) a first year experience program for first generation college students. She also coordinates the MASCOT (Math, Science, Special Education, English) Co-Teaching program in the Single Subject Program in the School of Education. Her research interests focus on language equity in current and historical contexts, the role of narrative in discourse practices at home and in school, and the experiences of first generation and international students in higher education. Recent publications include, Stories of Trouble and Troubled Stories: Narratives of Anti-German Sentiment from the Midwestern United States. Narrative Works. Spring 2015 (Vol. 5, No.1) and a co-authored publication with Dr. Al Schademan, Are College Faculty and First Generation, Low-Income Students Ready for Each Other? (in press) in the The Journal of College Student Retention.