Cover art from Dr. Phan’s book.

College of Education (COE) Associate Professor Phan Le Ha has just published her new book, Desiring TESOL and International Education: Market Abuse and Exploitation. Coauthored with Raqib Chowdhury of Monash University in Australia, the book examines how the term ‘international’ has been exploited by the market in the form of government educational policies and agencies, host institutions, academia, student identity, and the mass media in English-speaking Western countries. It critically discusses the symbolic power of English and TESOL and its influence in the creation and exploitation of the identities of international TESOL students.

Phan joined the COE Department of Educational Foundations faculty in January. She holds adjunct and honorary positions at Monash University, Vietnam National University Hanoi, and University of Reading, UK. She has also been appointed Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UH Mānoa to lead the university’s engagement with Southeast Asia. Her research areas include international education, English as an international language, identity studies, academic writing, and higher education.

Desiring TESOL and International Education draws on Phan’s internationally recognized knowledge and expertise in the fields of international higher education and TESOL. Her work is making significant contributions to both the university’s and the college’s commitments to the internationalization of higher education at all levels, including policy, pedagogy, practice, and intellectual engagement.

“The Department of Educational Foundations is extremely pleased that Dr. Le Ha Phan has joined our faculty,” said Department Chair Eileen Tamura. “We welcome her fine scholarship and active participation in the department’s endeavors.”

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