Position: Lecturer

Department: Programs in English as a Second Language

Campus Address: 518B Nebraska Hall East

Email: bingraham2@unl.edu

Brenda has been teaching in the PIESL program at UNL for over 25 years. Her professional interests include language acquisition and use, as well as the ways in which creative forms of expression such as poetry and music can facilitate language use. She has a keen interest in academic composition and in creative writing, as well. In addition to spending her time with PIESL and with the Learning Disabilities Project at UNL, Brenda has published and presented widely, including a 2010 presentation in Hong Kong, China. A grandmother with three grown children and five grandchildren, Brenda enjoys listening to classical and indigenous folk music, cooking, playing the piano, reading with her grandchildren, and writing poetry.  She enjoys hearing from former students and takes great delight in their achievements both at and post-UNL.


In recent years, Brenda has generally taught courses related to Academic Composition, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Areas of Expertise

Writing, both academic and creative

Working with both beginners and with highly advanced students in order to strengthen their individual ability to communicate effectively and independently in a highly competitive academic setting…. and beyond

Degrees and Universities

B.S  in Education, with a minor in Music, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

M.Ed. in Remedial Reading, with an emphasis on the Structure of Language [Linguistics]

Honors and Recognition

Seven publications and six Presentations, to date, including one in  “The Learner’ of the U. of IL/Champaign-Urbana

Associate editor [on-call] for ‘The Learner’ peer-reviewed Journal, U. of IL/Champaign-Urbana

Recipient: Ruth Crymes TESOL Academy Fellowship  2004

A Finalist for UNL’s Sue Tidball Award for Creative Humanity 2003

Nominated for Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Service to Students 2005

Recipient of UNL Teaching Council for Contributions to Students 2007 AND 2016

Former Academic Advisor 2012-2014 UNL’s Intensive English Program  [IEP]

Professional Organizations

TESOL [Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages]

MidTesol  [regional]

Phi Delta Gamma [International Studies Honorary]