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Phuong Minh Tran

Assistant Professor Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy

Phuong Minh Tran is an Assistant Professor of Writing Studies in the Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy. She earned a Ph.D. in Second Language Studies/ESL and Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue University, a dual Master’s in TESOL and Linguistics from Ball State University, and a Bachelor’s in Business and English from Hanoi Foreign Trade University. Her scholarly work revolves around issues of intercultural competence in writing studies, transnational composition pedagogies, second language writing, and World Englishes.

As a scholar and practitioner of both mainstream and ESL composition, Phuong is dedicated to fostering writing proficiency and intercultural competence in students from all sociocultural and linguistic backgrounds to actualize institutional initiatives of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. At Purdue University, she collaborated with colleagues in designing and administering Transculturation in Introductory Composition, a programmatic project focused on cultivating intercultural sensitivity in first-year writing students ( This project has won various grants, including the Targeted Research Grant of the Council of Writing Program Administrators in 2018. Currently, Phuong is compiling a multicultural reader that mentors students in diversity engagement through cultural readings, experiential learning, and reflective writings. She is also working with other interculturalists to develop the Intercultural Pendulum Framework which offers students, expatriates, and culture-crossers strategies to resist intercultural fluctuations and anchor in intercultural stability.

Phuong is delighted to join ISUP and looks forward to bringing meaningful, transformative educational experiences to diverse students at the University of Toronto Mississauga.


Panahi, P., Banat, H., Tran, P., Sims, R., & Dilger, B. (forthcoming). Transnational curriculum design for intercultural learning in writing programs. In B. Horner and C. Donahue (Eds), Teaching and Studying Transnational Composition. Modern Language Association of America.

Banat, H., Sims, R., Tran, P., Panahi, P., & Dilger, B. (2021). Developing intercultural competence through a linked course model curriculum: Mainstream and L2-specific first year writing. TESOL Journal, 00e1-16.

Tran, P., Lucas, K., & and Tanemura, K. (2021). Investigating translingual practices in first year writing courses: Implications for transnational writing program administration. In W. Ordeman (Ed.), Creating a Transnational Space in the First Year Writing Classroom. Vernon Press.

Tran, P., & Tanemura, K. (2020). English in Vietnam: A sociolinguistic profile. World Englishes, 39 (3), 528-541.

Tran, P. (2017). The presence of Asian/Asian American scholars in College Composition and Communication (1950-2010). In S. Park, J. Sano-Franchini, and T. Monberg (Eds.). Building a Community, Having a Home. Parlor Press.


Current Courses: 
ISP010 The Basics of Writing in English (BoWiE); ISP100 Writing for University and Beyond
Ph.D. (Second Language Studies/ESL & Rhetoric and Composition, Purdue University)
M.A. (TESOL & Linguistics, Ball State University)
B.A. (Business & English, Hanoi Foreign Trade University)