Ailing Kong, Ph.D.
Discipline Taught: Education
Ailing Kong, Ph.D., came to Saint Joseph's in 2000. Dr. Kong taught English as a foreign language to students at elementary, secondary, and university levels in China before coming to the United States in 1992. At Saint Joseph's University, Dr. Kong teaches Reading/Literature I, Creative Expressions, Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language, English Linguistics, and some other literacy related courses. Her research interests include first/second language development, literacy instruction, culturally and linguistically diverse learners, and children’s literature of diverse cultures. She has published articles in professional journals, including The Reading Teacher, Research in the Teaching of English, Pennsylvania Reads, Reading Matrix, and Yuwen Jianshe, a Chinese journal on language, culture, and education. She serves on the advisory board of Pennsylvania Reads and the editorial board of Novitas: Research on Youth and Language. Dr. Kong also presented at international, national, and local conferences, including those of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), The International Reading Association (IRA), and the PENN TESOL East. She received the Allan C. Purves Award in 2004 from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for the article, “The road to participation: The construction of a literacy practice in a learning community of linguistically diverse learners”, coauthored with P. David Pearson.