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Tina Howlett

Tina Howlett

Assistant Professor of TESOL

College of Education and Health Professions

(CIED)-Curriculum & Instruction

Phone: 479-575-7517

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Kristina (Tina) M. Howett is an Assistant Professor of TESOL (Teaching English for Speakers of  Other Languages) in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in TESOL education. She is Past President of ARKTESOL (Arkansas Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages) and currently serves as the Scholarship/Awards Chair. Her professional experience includes serving on the Arkansas Department of Education English Language Proficiency Frameworks, Range Finding, and Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives Committees. She is coordinating and researching the Arkansas Biliteracy Award, a partnership with ARKTESOL and AFLTA (Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association) to recogonize high school students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages. She is the recipient and coordinator of numerous grant-funded programs serving ELLs of all ages. As the founding member and chair of the HEMEY (Higher Education for Migrant ESOL Youth) Scholarship Committee, Dr. Howlett helped raise $50,000.00 for college tuition scholarships for language minority students. She serves as Treasurer of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Iota Chapter, an organization of key women educators. Prior to her teaching career, she gained leadership experience as an international tour director in Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, and Tunisia. Dr. Howlett  presents regularly at state and national conferences, and she is fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian. Her research interests include multicultural education, social justice, community partnerships, teacher preparation and professional development, and service learning.

  • Second Language Methodologies
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Second Language Assessments
  • Social Justice and Multicultural Education
  • CIED 4403 Understanding Cultures in the Classroom
  • CIED 5933 Second Language Methodologies
  • CIED 5983 ESL Practicum
  • CIED 1013 Introduction to Education
  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Curriculum and Instruction, 2005
  • M.P.S., Manhattanville College, TESOL, 1993
  • B.A., The University of Connecticut, Italian, 1982


Book Chapters

Refereed Journal Publications

  • Howlett, K., Lincoln, F., & Bowles, F. (in press). Infusing multicultural literature into teacher education programs: Three instructional approaches. Multicultural Education.

Book Review


  • Howlett, K. M. (2005). The impact of an english as a second language professional development program on teacher practice (Order No. 3201505). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ University of Arkansas Fayetteville; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305027924). Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.library.uark.edu/docview/305027924?accountid=8361 sertation


Howlett, K. M. (2018, March). The Voices and Experiences of Biliterate Youth in Northwest Arkansas. Presentation at the TESOL 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo, Chicago, IL.

Davis, W. & Howlett, K. M. (2017, November). The Arkansas Biliteracy Award: First Year Successes, Findings, and the Future. Paper Presented at the Annual Arkansas TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Conference, Hot Springs, AR.

Howett, K.M. & Davis, W. (2017, October). Developing Bilinguistic Cultural Capital: Voices of Biliterate Young Adults. Presentation at the Annual Southeast TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Conference, Birmingham, AL.

Howlett, K. M. & Bowles, F. (2017, August). Infusing Multicultural Literature into Teacher Education Courses. Paper Presented at the Annual Conference for the Association of Teacher Educators. Pittsburgh, PA.

Howlett, K. M. & Lincoln, F. (2017, July). Formative Assessment for English Language Learners. Workshop presented at Bentonville High School, Bentonville, AR.



Assistant Professor of TESOL, University of Arkansas


ESOL/Migrant Curriculum Specialist, Rogers Public Schools, Rogers, AR


Lead ESOL Teacher, Elmwood Junior High and Greer Lingle Middle Schools, Rogers, AR


ESOL Teacher, Grades K-12, Easton Public Schools, Easton, PA

ESOL, GED, and Adult Education Teacher, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA



  • Finalist, Outstanding Faculty Member Nominee, University of Arkansas


  • President Elect, ARKTESOL (Arkansas Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages)


  • Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year, University of Arkansas, College of Education and Health Professions


  • Teacher of the Year, Greer Lingle Middle School, Rogers, AR



  • Teaching Faculty and Support Center Grant: ESL Teacher Buddies


  • Arkansas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ARKESOL) Educator Grant: ESL Summer Camp


  • Rogers Educational Foundation Grant: Girls with Goals Fun Fitness Program


  • First Book Grant: Expanding ESL Classroom Libraries


  • Association for Library Service to Children "Light the Way" Grant: Bilingual Teens as Teachers and Tutors


  • Dollar General Youth Literacy Foundation Grant: Reading Counts


  • MetLife Libraries for the Future: Great Expectations: Growing Up Hispanic in the U.S.A.


  • Arkansas Humanities Council Grant: Our Community: Past, Present and Future