jennifer robinson

Jennifer Robinson, PhD



Jennifer Robinson is the Program Chair for BA English Language Learner Studies and an Assistant Professor in the College of Education.  She earned a Ph.D. in Education with specializations in Literacy and English as a Second Language from Washington State University, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Ohio University, and a B.S. in Psychology (specializing in Human Development/Gerontology and Cognition) from Washington State University.

Dr. Robinson began her adult-career trajectory as a social worker and fell in love with teaching through her positions as a social worker. She then discovered the field of ESL/Bilingual Education and moved forward into teaching full-time. She received the Outstanding Leadership award for her cohort during the MA program and recently published a chapter in an edited book. Dr. Robinson has taught in Washington, Ohio, and Wisconsin and has presented at US TESOL, MexTESOL, and at the Association for Middle Level Education.

She has taught K-12 ESL, elementary and middle regular education, higher education ESL, and undergraduate and graduate school. Her favorite thing about Ashford is how kind and caring the faculty are toward students. They really want all students to be successful in their academics and life outside of school. The faculty model how being guides in education allows students to spread their wings and find themselves through their higher education studies.

Her research interests include using professional learning communities in online teaching environments, supporting online students, and English language learners’ reading and writing.

Dr. Robinson currently lives in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband of 24 years, tween son, teen daughter, and her college-age adult son. When not teaching, she is an avid reader and loves to quilt.

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