Kimberly  Ferrario

Kimberly Ferrario

Associate (Teaching) Professor of Education

PhD, University of California, Davis

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Kimberly Ferrario

Dr. Kimberly Ferrario is an Associate (Teaching) Professor at the Rossier School of Education. Currently, Ferrario teaches Learning Theories, Integrating Literacy in Secondary Content Instruction, and Instruction for English as a New Language for the on-line MAT program at USC.

Her research interests include sociocultural aspects of language and literacy development, assessment, teacher professional development, classroom discourse, writing pedagogy, and ways English learners can move from novice participant to legitimate positions in discourse communities of the classroom. Dr. Ferrario received the UC Linguistic Minority Research Institute Dissertation Research Grant to fund her study that focused on high school English learners’ opportunities to use English in their various school contexts and in their out-of-school lives. Findings from her study build toward a more comprehensive notion of legitimate student participation, and a research agenda that integrates in-school and out-of-school resources to help teachers support their English learners in the classroom.

Ferrario has 20 years combined experience teaching for a school district in the North Bay Area in California at the elementary level, as a reading specialist, and as a literacy coach/coordinator of professional development in literacy for K-12 teachers. Prior to joining the USC Rossier School of Education, she taught an academic literacy course for teachers and supervised student teachers in the credential programs for CSU Sacramento and UC Davis. She received her Master’s Degree in Language and Literacy in the School of Education at California State University, Sacramento and completed her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture at the University of California, Davis.


Professional Experience:


  • American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Honors and Awards:

UC ACCORD, All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity

  • Selected as a finalist to present dissertation study to a panel of top scholars in Education

Teacher Education Fellow, UC Davis, 2006-2007

  • Selected to supervise and support credential students in their student teaching placements

School of Education Summer Fellowship, UC Davis, 2006

  • Selected and awarded $5,000 to analyze data from a pilot study and write dissertation proposal

Teacher of the Year, Golden Apple Award, California Reading Association, 2006

  • Selected by teachers and administrators in the Napa Valley Unified School District


  • UC Linguistic Minority Research Institute, Dissertation Grant, 2007-2008
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