Professor, Foreign Language, ESL Education
Most of her professional life has been spent teaching in the classroom. Prior to coming to UT, she taught teacher education classes at the University of Houston, French at Baylor University, and French and Spanish in three high schools in Texas.She is a native of southern Californian who enjoys the water (she is a PADI dive master), traveling, gourmet cooking, and learning about world cultures and languages. She holds degrees from the University of California, l’université de Montpellier, and the University of Houston.
Her research publications have focused on the positive impact of world languages on academic achievement, the benefits of early language acquisition, block scheduling in the world language arena, and the changing demographics in the United States. A recent interest of hers concerns the correlation of the GRE with the TOEFL. Past international outreach efforts have included a six-year relationship with Chuncheon National University of Education in South Korean and a winter sojourn at Jilin University in Chanchun, China.
She is an active and enthusiastic presenter at international, national, regional, and state professional organizations in both world languages and ESL. She serves as the editor of The ECHO, the journal of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association, and sits on its board of directors. David-Wiley is Tennessee’s state representative to NNELL (National Network for Early Language Learning), and the curator of the FLES* (Foreign Languages in the Elementary Schools) database for the state. Some of her other professional responsibilities include being the faculty advisor at UT to Pi Lambda Theta (an international educational honor society), and the instructional team leader for art, world languages, and ESL education.