Solange A. Lopes-Murphy is a teacher educator in the fields of English as a Second Language and Foreign Languages. Prior to coming to TCNJ, Dr. Lopes-Murphy was an Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at Indiana State University and an Associate Professor and the former program coordinator of the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) minor at James Madison University.
Dr. Lopes-Murphy has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses leading to a TESL or Language Studies Degree as well as English classes to international students, and classes in Portuguese and Spanish.
Dr. Lopes-Murphy has dedicated her career to teaching and service activities to PK-12 schools. Her work in those two areas has awarded her a Fulbright-Hays Seminar to China in 2010 and led to her nomination of the 2008 Provost Award in Excellence in Student Advising, the 2006 Diversity Enhancement Awards Program, the 2005 Provost Award for International Education Excellence, the 2002 Essie K. Glass Faculty Award, and the 2000 Madison Best Award on Diversity.
In the area of scholarship, Dr. Lopes-Murphy values collaboration and has engaged in a range of collaborative scholarly work in the areas of multiculturalism in teacher education, cultural competence, cultural intelligence, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), that resulted in publications in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Journal of Effective Teaching, Vida Hispanica, Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning and Teaching, Teacher Educator Journal, TESOL Case Studies Series, among others.
Dr. Lopes-Murphy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpretation in Brazil, her Master’s degree from Radford University and her doctoral degree from Virginia Tech University in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in English as a Second Language and Foreign Languages.