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Kanika Verma

Title/Position
Sessional Lecturer
Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy

Kanika has a B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. in Geography from the University of Delhi, India and a Ph.D. in Geospatial Thinking from Texas State University. In her award-winning doctoral dissertation, she focused on the understanding of geospatial thinking of undergraduate students in public universities in the U.S. Kanika is currently pursuing her second master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from York University. Her teaching interests include English as a Second Language (ESL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Writing Studies, language skills and assessment (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking), and Quantitative Methods (Statistics). Her research interests include teacher learning, ESL/EAP learning, writing, geospatial thinking, higher education, active learning, and undergraduate students. She has presented her award-winning research studies at more than 40 professional conferences. Kanika has authored five peer-reviewed journal articles, two peer-reviewed book chapters, and one peer-reviewed e-book: Texas Education Atlas (2015).

Kanika has been teaching university and college courses since 2012. She has taught geography and statistics courses at Texas State University and Texas Christian University in the U.S. She taught ESL and EAP courses at the Academy of Learning Career College, Sheridan College, and the International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC) for four years before joining ISUP in August 2022.

Kanika writes poetry in Hindi. She has published more than 30 Hindi poems in several literary magazines. Her poetry has won awards and recognitions.

Education
Ph.D. (Geospatial Thinking, Texas State University)
M.A. (Geography, University of Delhi, India)
B.Ed. (English and Social Sciences, GGSIP University, India)
B.A. (Hons.) (Geography, University of Delhi)