Dr. Erika Bruening

Adjunct Instructor of Education
ebruenin [at] NebrWesleyan.edu
Smith Curtis 124
Office hours: 

Fall 2014 semester: Wednesdays, 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm; Thursdays, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm; other times by appointment


I enjoy teaching in the Education department at Nebraska Wesleyan University. I assisted in designing the undergraduate ESL certification programs. In addition to teaching at Nebraska Wesleyan, I also teach graduate-level courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and my full time position involves teaching high school.

I'm a proud graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, and I'm thoroughly enjoying being back on campus to teach undergraduate courses.


Doctor of Education, Educational Studies, Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning - University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 2012
Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction - Doane College, Crete, NE, 2008
Bachelor of Arts, English, Music - Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE, 2004

Certified to teach English grades 7-12, & English as a Second Language

Teaching philosophy: 

I strongly support an inquiry-based learning approach in all of my classes. In one of my classes, you will likely be asked to utilize theoretical knowledge to arrive at a practical application of skills. I strive to help all of my students answer the question, "how does this knowledge help me in my field of interest?"

Courses taught: 

Introduction to Linguistics (offered through English department)
Introduction to Instructing English language learners
Curriculum and Assessment for English language learners
Methods for teaching English language learners

Course schedule: 

Fall 2014:

Introduction to Linguistics (English department), Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8:50 pm
Curriculum and Assessment for English language learners, Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Research and academic interests: 

My research primarily focuses on low-incidence contexts of English language learners in the state of Nebraska. I am particularly interested in looking at the range of student experiences in these contexts, and the ways in which schools and practitioners are prepared to meet the needs of demographically changing communities. My general scholarly interests include multicultural education, policies surrounding the education of English language learners, school policy, and practitioner knowledge. Given the 1-to-1 iPad initiative integrated into my full time teaching position, I am very interested in looking at how technology is changing the teaching-and-learning dynamic in today's classrooms.

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

Member of American Educational Research Association
Member of National Council of Teachers of English