Diep Nguyen, Ph.D.

Diep Nguyen, Ph.D., President and CEO, effective July 1, 2024

Diep Nguyen, Ph.D., will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Applied Linguistics from July 1, 2024. Dr. Nguyen earned her Ph.D. in Educational Studies and her M.A. in French Literature from Ohio State University. She received her B.S. in Secondary Education from West Virginia University.

Dr. Nguyen has over three decades of experience in teaching, research, and leadership in PreK-12 schools and institutions of higher learning (IHEs) and a proven record of organizational management and thought leadership in bilingual/multilingual education.

Before joining CAL, Dr. Nguyen served as the Director of Educational Learning Research and Practice and subsequently as Senior Director of Research and Outreach for the WIDA Consortium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she led a team of researchers and Professional Learning specialists to provide the WIDA ELD standards and professional resources to educators serving multilingual learners across the consortium.

Prior to WIDA, Dr. Nguyen served as Chair and Associate Professor of the Teacher Education program at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). She had conducted research on the long-term impacts of Dual Language Education programs on students and teachers’ efficacy to serve multilingual learners. She also investigated the experiences of Asian American educational leaders as they navigate racism and other forms of discrimination in K-12 settings and academia.

Before joining NEIU, Dr. Nguyen spent more than a decade leading instructional programs in PreK-12 settings, including implementing bilingual/dual language programs in multiple languages and serving as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.

Her selected publications include:

Morita-Mullaney, T. & Nguyen, D. (2023). Asian American teachers as interlocutors: Racializing agendas of ascription and skills. Asian American Review: A Harvard School Kennedy Publication (33)55-64.

Djuraeva, M., Nguyen, D. & Castro, M. (2022). Bilingual investment in dual language immersion program alumni, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 25:9, 3214-3227, DOI:10.1080/13670050.2022.2039095.

Nguyen, N. & Commins, N. (2020). Teaching for Equity: The CLEAR Paradigm. WCER Working Paper No. 2020-4. Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

Viesca, K. M., Gray, T., Masterson, J., Demers, K., Dray, B., Nguyen, D., Terrell, K., Guzman, M., & Pollard-Durudola, S. (2020). Content teacher ideologies and perspectives on multilingual learners. In S. Hammer, K.M. Viesca, & N. Commins (Eds.) Teaching content and language in the multilingual classroom: International research in policy, perspectives, preparation, and practice. New York, NY: Routledge.

Gottlieb, M. & Nguyen, D. (2007). Assessment and Accountability in Language Education Programs. Philadelphia, PA, Caslon Publishing.