Dr. de Oliveira’s research focus on two main strands: (I) the teaching and learning of English language learners (ELLs) in the content areas and (II) teacher education for ELLs, advocacy, and social justice. Within her first strand, she examines the language challenges of teaching and learning the content areas by ELLs. One of her main areas of focus is second language writing. Within her second strand, she investigates the preparation of all teachers to work with and advocate for ELLs, including mainstream content area teachers and second language specialists. Her interdisciplinary research work has drawn upon systemic functional linguistics to investigate issues related to content and language integration in mainstream content area classrooms and teacher preparation for such work.
Dr. de Oliveira has received several awards for her research, including the 2017 Mid-Career Award by the Second Language Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). This award honors an outstanding scholar who has developed a research agenda covering significant issues in the field of second/foreign language pedagogy and instruction between six years to fifteen years after receipt of the doctoral degree. She also received the 2012 Early Career Award by Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group of AERA. This award recognizes an individual for outstanding accomplishments in the early stages of her or his career no later than 10 years after receipt of the doctoral degree.
In addition, Dr. de Oliveira received the 2011-2012 Dean’s Fellow Program Award in the College of Education at Purdue University. Designed for faculty who have an interest in exploring leadership opportunities and university administration to work on a specific project that advances the goals of the College of Education’s strategic plan. Her project was entitled Inclusive Representation: Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Minority Faculty and Students.
Dr. de Oliveira has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 20 books, including a series focused on the Common Core State Standards and ELLs published by TESOL Press. Her latest mini-series is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan and has four books, each focused on one of the main content areas:
- de Oliveira, L. C., & Civil, M. (Eds) (in preparation). Teaching mathematics to English language learners: Preparing pre-service and in-service teachers. Palgrave Macmillan.
- de Oliveira, L. C., & Obenchain, K. (Eds) (in press, expected publication January 2018). Teaching history and social studies to English language learners: Preparing pre-service and in-service teachers. Palgrave Macmillan.
- de Oliveira, L. C., & Wilcox, K. C. (Eds) (2017). Teaching science to English language learners: Preparing pre-service and in-service teachers. Palgrave Macmillan.
- de Oliveira, L. C., & Shoffner, M. (Eds) (2016). Teaching English language arts to English language learners: Preparing pre-service and in-service teachers. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Dr. de Oliveira has published in journals such as Teachers College Record, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Journal of Literacy Research, Voices from the Middle, International Multilingual Research Journal, Journal of Language and Literacy Education, Language and Education, Teaching for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics, Teaching Exceptional Children, Journal of Teacher Education, Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Journal, English Teaching: Practice and Critique, English Education, The Social Studies Review, and Multicultural Education. Her work has also appeared in numerous edited volumes.