H. Lisa Gardner Flores
H. Lisa Gardner Flores is the Director of the International Language Institute and Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literature at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU). In this capacity, Dr. Gardner Flores directs the intensive English as a Second Language program, develops curricula for Spanish as a Heritage Language, and manages the world language credit-bearing program. As assistant professor, she teaches numerous courses in Sociolinguistics, Spanish, and language teaching methodology.
Dr. Gardner Flores’ 25-year career has been dedicated to bridging sociolinguistic understanding across diverse populations. She has established collaborative language programs across universities, delivered language and cultural awareness courses for faculty, and developed curricula in Spanish and ESL. Dr. Flores has also designed and delivered innovative curricular solutions for transitioning students, including bilingual/bicultural language support programs and integrative teaching approaches. Her work has included the development of placement tests for both Spanish heritage language learners and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students.
Dr. Gardner Flores received her doctoral degree in August 2011 in Hispanic Studies with a concentration in bilingualism/biculturalism from Texas A&M University. During her doctoral studies, she received a fellowship from the Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL), where she conducted research on ESL student transitions. Prior to completing her terminal degree, she directed the International Language Institute at TAMIU for over six years and the Transitional Studies program at Walla Walla Community College in Washington State for two years.
Dr. Flores holds an active research agenda in the areas of U.S. Border Spanish, Spanish Heritage Language Learning, and academic transitions for adult learner populations. She has presented numerous papers at national and regional conferences on ethnolinguistic identity, heritage language learning, adult ESL student transitions, and culturally relevant instructional practices.
Texas A&M University Ph.D. 2011 Hispanic Studies
Regis University ----- 1993 coursework in Communication and Language
Texas A&M International M.A. 1998 Sociology
Evergreen State College B.A. 1975 General Humanities
Current Position: Director, International Language Institute; Assistant Professor, Department of Language and Literature, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, Texas.
Gardner Flores, L. (2011). Dissertation: Promoting Positive Ethnolinguistic Identity in the
Heritage Language Classroom through Dialect Awareness.
Gardner Flores, L. (2005). The transition from adult literacy ESL programs to academic reading
and writing: Next steps for English language learners. Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL).
Chlup, D., Gardner Flores, L. & Coryell, J. (2006). Working for it: The Other Work in Graduate
School, Procuring Fellowship funding & Designing the Research to Accompany the
Funds. University of Minnesota: 47th Adult Education Research Conference Annual.
Gardner Flores, L. (2010). Tying culture to writing: A validation of ethnolinguistic identity. Two-
year College English Association, Laredo Community College.
Gardner Flores, L. & Coryell, J., Chlup, D.(2009). Transitioning adult ESL students: Programmatic
pathways that lead to success. TESOL National Convention, Denver, Colorado.
Coryell, J., Gardner Flores, L., & Clark, C. (2008). Cultural fantasy narratives and heritage
language learning: A case study of adult, Tejana Spanish learners. American
for Applied Linguistics, National Conference, Washington D.C..
Gardner Flores, L. (2006). Dos caras del mismo cuento: La creación de la narrativa oral por
estudiantes bilingües. Linguistic Association of the Southwest, Denver, CO,
Gardner Flores, L. (2006). Lexical adaptations in a Southwest dialect: Creating meaning within a
bicultural context. Linguistic Association of the Southwest, Laredo, TX.
Gardner Flores, L. (2006). Creating connections: Developing language skills through community
involvement. Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE), Houston, TX.
Gardner Flores, L. (2006). Viewing transitions through a multicultural window. Fall Literacy Institute for Adult Education Administrators and Instructors. Atlanta, GA:
Gardner Flores, L. (2005). The transition from ESL to academic reading and writing: Next steps
for English language learners. Adult Language & Literacy Conference, El Paso, TX.
Gardner Flores, L. (2011). Cultural Perspectives Influencing Student Outcomes. New Faculty
Orientation. Texas A&M International University. Laredo, TX.
Gardner Flores, L. (2010). Culturally Relevant Instructional Practices. University of Texas, San
Gardner Flores, L. (2010). Integrating Cultural Content into Math Instruction. Title V-EEP
Gardner Flores, L. (2006). Viewing transitions through a multicultural window. Fall Literacy
Institute for Adult Education Administrators and Instructors, Atlanta, GA.
Gardner Flores, L. (2005). The Transition from ESL to Academic Reading and Writing: Next Steps for English Language Learners. Walla Walla Community College, WA.
Gardner Flores, L. (2003). Life in Two Worlds. Young Women’s; college Association, Walla Walla, WA.
Pletsch de García, K., Hickey, C., González, P & Gardner Flores, L. (2006). On the border:
Spanish heritage language issues. Border Literacy Conference, Laredo, TX.
Gardner Flores, L. (2000). Diversity in the Workplace. Laredo Association of Human Resource Managers, Laredo, TX.
Gardner Flores, L. (1998-2000; 2005-2006). Socio-cultural perspectives on the U.S.-Mexico Border. A monthly workshop presented to medical professionals and students for the South Texas Environmental and Research Project, University of Texas, San Antonio Health Science Center, Laredo, TX.
Chacón, V. & Gardner Flores, L. (2003). Cross-Cultural Dialogues. Walla Walla School District.
Chacón, V. & Gardner Flores, L. (2002). Culture Conversations. Walla Walla School District.
Gardner Flores, L. (2001). Intercultural Communication Workshops. Walla Walla Community College.
American Association of Applied Linguistics, 2005-present
The Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO), 2006-present
International Communication Association, 2006-present
Teachers of English as a Second Language, 1993-2000, 2003-present
Fellowships and Awards:
2006 Chancellor’s List
2005-2006 Fellow, Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning.
2004-2008 Lamar Bruni Vergara Scholarship, Laredo, TX.
2001-2002 Walla Walla Leadership, Walla Walla, WA.