Netta Avineri, PhD

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey | TESOL/TFL, Intercultural Competence
Assistant Professor (TESOL/TFL), Committee Chair (Intercultural Competence)

Dr. Netta Avineri is assistant professor of TESOL/TFL. She also serves as the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey’s Intercultural Competence Committee Chair and co-founded the Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project. She teaches Service Learning and Teacher Education courses at California State University, Monterey Bay. Dr. Avineri is passionate about building community partnerships through critical service-learning and narrative. She is committed to collaborative environments in which societal inequities can be both explored and resisted through the inclusion of diverse voices and ways of knowing.  Dr. Avineri is an applied linguist and linguistic anthropologist who teaches Anthropology, Education, Intercultural Competence, Linguistics, TESOL/TFL and Service-Learning courses. Previously she taught at UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, CSU Long Beach, and Pierce College. Dr. Avineri has co-developed curricula for service learning in TESOL, international internships, Spanish-English tandem learning, and intercultural competence for practitioners. In addition, she has served as coordinator, consultant, and trainer for language assessment program and writing centers. In 2014 Dr. Avineri was awarded the Russ Campbell Young Scholars Award in Heritage Language Education, and in 2010 she received the American Association of Colleges and Universities K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award. She currently serves as the American Association for Applied Linguistics Public Affairs and Engagement Committee Chair. She earned her BA in Anthropology, MA in Applied Linguistics/TESL, and PhD in Applied Linguistics, all from UCLA.  Dr. Avineri’s research interests include critical service-learning and interculturality, language and social justice, and heritage and endangered languages. Recently, she has co-written about topics including the “language gap”, sports team mascot names, bilingual education, the confederate flag, silence in social justice movements, and professional precariousness in academia. Her individual and collaborative research has been published in various media outlets, academic journals, and books, and her book, Research Methods for Language Teachers: Inquiry, Process, and Synthesis was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2017. She is co-editor of the forthcoming volume Language and Social Justice: Case Studies on Communication & the Creation of Just Societies with Routledge Publishers.