George Bunch

TitleAssociate Professor of Education
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentEducation Department
AffiliationsChicano Latino Research Center
Web Site George C. Bunch
OfficeMcHenry Library, Rm 3144
Office HoursBy appointment
Campus Mail StopEducation Department
MailUCSC Education Dept.
Santa Cruz, CA
George Bunch

Research Interests

My research focuses on language and literacy challenges and opportunities for language minority students in K-12 and higher education, and on policies and practices designed to serve such students. I am also active in efforts to prepare teachers for working with English Learners.

I recently served on the English Learner Advisory Panel for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and I am a founding partner of the Understanding Language Initiative (, formed to heighten awareness of the role of language for English learners as new common core standards are implemented throughout the United States.

Prior to my research and teacher education career, I taught high school ESL, social studies, and Spanish in Maryland and Washington, DC.

Areas of interest: Education of language minority students in US schools; language and literacy for academic purposes; language policies and practices in community colleges; preparation of K-12 teachers for linguistic diversity; second language acquisition; bilingualism.

Biography, Education and Training

PhD, Education (Educational Linguistics), Stanford University, 2004

MA, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Bilingual Education, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1996

BA, American Studies and English, Georgetown University (Magna Cum Laude), 1989

Honors, Awards and Grants

2010-2011 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship.

2010-2011 Special Research Grant, Academic Senate Committee on Research: “Generation 1.5 students in community college: Language demands, students’ voices, and academic progress” ($8,000). With Eduardo Mosqueda.

2007-2010 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, “Language minority students and California’s community colleges: Testing, placement, and academic pathways” ($435,000).

2006-2007 Spencer Foundation, “Language demands of science performance assessments” ($40,000). With Jerome Shaw.

2006-2007 Special Research Grant, Academic Senate Committee on Research, University of California, Santa Cruz: “Language demands of high school science assessments for English learners” ($10,000). With Jerome Shaw.

2005-2006 UC Linguistic Minority Research Institute (UC/LMRI), Faculty Research Grant: “Development of presentational language in linguistically diverse mainstream classrooms” ($20,000).

2005-2006 UC All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (UC/ACCORD), Faculty Research Seed Grant: “English learners, language policy, and transitions to higher education” ($10,000).

2003-2004 Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education.

2003-2004 Dissertation Grant, American Educational Research Association (AERA)/ Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

Selected Publications

Teaching Interests

Educ 141 Bilingualism and Schooling
Educ 128 Immigrants and Education
Educ 204 Methods of English Language Development for Secondary Teachers
Educ 273 Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, and Education
Educ 276 Theory and Practice of Writing
Educ 280 Academic Language