Cynthia Wiseman

Picture of Cynthia S Wiseman, Ed.D.

Academic Literacy and Linguistics


Office: N-499C

Office Hours: By Appointment

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8373

Associate Professor Cynthia S. Wiseman served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Vietnam (2015) at Pham Van Dong University in Quang Ngai, Central Vietnam where she worked with English language teachers in the Department of Foreign Languages.

Professor Wiseman has taught English as a Second/Foreign Language for more than 40 years, teaching English as a Foreign Language in Senegal, West Africa; Catalao, Brazil; Colima, Mexico; Paris, France; Shilou, Xinzhou & LinXian, Shanxi Province; QingLong and Shizhizhuang, Hebei Province; Chifeng Inner Mongolia; Binhai, Haiuan, and Xinghua, Jiangsu Province; and Huang Ping County, Guizhou Province in China; and English as a Second Language (ESL) in New York, Maryland, Vermont and New Jersey in the United States. She has also taught French and Spanish in high school and middle school, as well as Linguistics and Evaluation and Assessment in MA teacher training programs in New York.

Dr. Wiseman is active in professional organizations including the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYSTESOL). She served as President of NYS TESOL from 2000-2001 and currently serves as Business Manager. Professor Wiseman earned an Ed.D. in the Applied Linguistics program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on assessment of second language writing.


Linguistics, Language and Literacy, English Education, Distance Learning,  Assessment of Second Language Writing, Evaluation & Assessment, Curriculum Design, Program Development, Critical Thinking, English for Specific Purposes


  • M.S. School for Professional Studies CUNY 2017, Business Leadership and Management,
  • B.A. University of Mississippi, English,1974
  • M.A. School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT, ESL/French Pedagogy,1983
  • Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University, Applied Linguistics,2009

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

Communicative Language Teaching: Teacher Training in Vietnam

  • Dr. Wiseman completed a Fulbright at a local university in Central Vietnam doing teacher training and conducts teacher training in language education in China each summer.  She is interested in examining the communicative approach in English language learning in English as a Foreign Language contexts, particularly in China and Southeast Asia.

Look Who’s Talking: Investigating characteristics of L2 writing: ESL, Generation 1.5, and NS of English

  • Dr. Wiseman is investigating characteristics of L2 writing among three populations of emerging writers:  Native speakers of urban dialects, Generation 1.5 English speakers, and ESL speakers.  The purpose of the study is to identify surface grammatical features, e.g., systematic spelling errors, lexical choices, grammar errors, and syntactical complexity that characterize the writing of these populations.

Technology and Education

  • What are the pedagogical uses of technology such as wikis, digital storytelling, online games, and ePortfolios in the ESL writing classroom?  How do these technologies promote language acquisition and writing skills?


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Award for Professional Achievement, Teachers College, Columbia University, Department of Arts and Humanities.
  • Award for Professional Achievement. TESOL New York 2008.  Teachers College, Columbia University, Department of Arts and Humanities.
  • Woman of Distinction New  York State Assembly Citation for contribution in Academia, February 2008
  • Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria, 2005, Participant.
  • Special Award for Tireless Advocacy Efforts on Behalf of Part-time Instructors. Special Award, NYSTESOL, presented at 33rd Annual NYSTESOL Conference at Rye Brook, NY, November 8, 2003.
  • Professional Development Award, TESOL San Antonio 2005.
  • US Fulbright Scholar, Vietnam, AY 2014-2015.  Dr. Wiseman was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for teaching/scholarship in teacher training/language education in Vietnam in the AY 2014-2015. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
  • Travel Award to Associate Professors, 2018 CUNY Academy and the Central Office of Research, April 2018.
  • Fellowship Award for Academic Year 2017-2018. Project to investigate impact of curriculum enhanced to integrate global competencies in the Humanities. 
  • Award for Support for Academic/Creative Scholarship, Moving from Associate to Full Professor, CUNY Office of Academic Affairs, Fall 2017.
  • Faculty Publication Grant, BMCC, 2016-2017.

Additional Information

Dr. Wiseman’s dissertation “Investigating selected facets in measuring second language writing using holistic and analytic scoring methods,” was an investigation of the performance of a direct assessment of L2 writing in a community college setting. The study examined the main effects of four facets of the assessment context: examinee L2 writing ability, rater severity, prompt type, and scoring rubric. This was a mixed-methods study,that employed both quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis. Multi-faceted Rasch Measurement (MFRM) was used to measure the main effects of the four facets. Verbal reports (think aloud protocols and a retrospective questionnaire) were used to further investigate rater decision-making behaviors.