Cynthia S. Wiseman

Cynthia S Wiseman

Academic Literacy and Linguistics


Office: N-499C

Office Hours: By Appointment

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8373


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; Xinzhou, Wuhan 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

Related Work Experience

  • PuHua Summer English Camp, Purwokerto, Indonesia.  Conducted a 3-day workshop of English games, songs, and activities for 159 middle- and high-school students at Puhua School.  Co-teacher. August 2023
  • Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto, Purwokerto, Indonesia. Series of workshops for English language teachers and learners, including Developing English Proficiency for Studying and Working Abroad, Developing an Outcome-based Education Curriculum, New Trends in English Teaching, Creative Writing Workshop, Academic Writing & Publications Workshop. August 2023
  • Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Facultad de Educacion, Departamento de English Language Teaching.  Taught an undergraduate online course in cross-cultural communication in the English Language Teaching department to pre- and in-service teachers.
  • Zigen Rural English Teacher Training Program, Xinzhou, Wuhan; Linxi, Inner Mongolia; Shiloh & LinXian, Shanxi; Huang Ping County, Guizhou Province; & QingLong & Shijiazhuang, Hebei Normal University, Hebei Province, China.  Assistant Director & Teacher Trainer.  Developed 3-4-week programs, curriculum, assessment instrument for placement, and program evaluation for a teacher training program for 55+ rural primary, middle school and high school English teachers.
  • Xinzhou Teachers University-CUNY Summer Colloquium, Teacher Trainer, Shanxi, Xinzhou.  Invited to serve on a team of 3 visiting university professors to develop a theme-based curriculum in English as a Foreign Language and conduct a 2-week colloquium for 120 English teachers and students.
  • Kaoshiung Teacher Training Program, Wen Shien Elementary School, Kaoshiung, Taiwan. Developed and conducted a 3-day intensive workshop in English language pedagogy for a cohort of 35 elementary and middle school English teachers.
  • We Teach in China, Jiangsu Education Services for International Exchange (JESIE), Jiangsu Province, China:  Huai’an Shi Fazhan Xue Yuan; Binhai No. 1 Middle School, Yancheng; Xinghua Middle School, Taizhou, Teacher Trainer.  Conducted intensive workshops for cohorts of 25+ primary, middle, and high school teachers

Professional Development/Service

  • TESOL International, Board of Directors, 2023-2026.  Elected 3-year position to Board responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization towards the achievement of TESOL’s vision and mission.
  • National Screening Committee, Fulbright US Student Program, Reviewer, 2021-2024.  Served on screening committee that reviewed applications and selection of candidates for 2021-2024 Fulbright award cycles.
  • Volunteer Peer Reviewer for CEA.  Attended CEA Reviewer Training in White Plains, NY in November 2019.  Volunteer peer reviewers for CEA must undergo an application process whereby a committee of the CEA Commission reviews applications and chooses candidates based on their knowledge of and experience in English language teaching and/or administration; their commitment to professional service in the field; and their experience with program evaluation and/or accreditation.  Qualified applicants are invited to participate in an initial Reviewer Training Workshop, and successful completion of this workshop allows applicants to become active peer reviewers for CEA.  Serving as a peer reviewer requires knowledge of the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions, training in CEA‘s site visit procedures, and an ability to work collaboratively with fellow review team members to carry out fair, standards-based site reviews.  The process involves:  extensive preparation time and detailed planning before the site visit; typically, a three-day site visit that involves interviews, on-site observations, and document review; and completion of a report, in collaboration with the other members of the review team, following the site visit.  Peer reviewers do not make accreditation decision, and do not speak for the CEA Commission. peer reviewers ar obligated to follow strict codes of conduct, confidentiality, and conflict of interest protocols.
  • Fulbright Scholar Discipline Peer Reviewer, Fulbright Discipline Peer Review Committee, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), 2017-2018 Peer Review Cycle; 2018-2019 Peer Review Cycle.
  • Peer Reviewer, Fulbright ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer for English Teaching Assistantship Program, US Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA), January-February 2016
  • Proposal Reviewer, Evaluation/Assessment Strand, TESOL Annual Convention, 2016-2022.
  • Proposal Reviewer, Higher Education & Teacher Education Strands, NYS TESOL Annual Conference.  2017-2021.
  • Reviewer, MEXTESOL Journal, 2020-Present.
  • Reviewer, VietTESOL International Convention 2019 (VIC2019), Hue University of Foreign Languages, Hue City, Vietnam, October 2019.
  • NYSTESOL Journal, Reviewer, 2019-Present.
  • Sage Open Manuscript, Article Editor, 2015-2019.
  • Language Assessment Quarterly, Reviewer, 2009-Present.
  • Iranian Language Testing Journal, Editorial Board & Reviewer, 2011-Present.
  • TESOL Journal, Reviewer, Fall 2012-2022.
  • Applied Linguistics, Reviewer, Fall 2009-2012.
  • Assessing Writing, Reviewer, 2013-Present.
  • Journal of Pragmatics, Reviewer, 2012-Present.
  • Common Ground Publishing, Reviewer, 2013.


  • “Did you use ChatGPT? Using Linguistic Analysis to Identify AI-generated Text (or not?),” NYSTESOL, Albany NY, November 2023.  Co-Presenter.
  • “Friend or Foe:  A multi-perspective Overview of AI Applied to ELT,” ANUPI-COPEI, Huatulco, Mexico, November 2023. Panelist.
  • “Using Trauma-informed Pedagogy to Create a Culture of Care to Facilitate Learning,” ANUPI-COPEI, Huatulco, Mexico, November 2023. Keynote Speaker.“Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT is the new (and not so new) flavor of the month!” ARTESOL Argentina TESOL, Virtual Presentation, June 4, 2023.“But what’s my grade? Grading vs. Ungrading,” BMCC Assessment Day 2023, New York, NY, May 12, 2023.  Co-Presenter
  • “Three pillars to guide contextualized grammar instruction,” TESOL 2023 International Convention, Portland OR, March 24, 2023.  Co-Presenter.
  • “But what’s my grade?: Grading vs. Ungrading,” ANUPI-COPEI 19th International Conference for English Teachers, November 2022, Cancun Mexico, Co-Presenter.
  • “Creating Assessments and Using Rubrics for Measuring Speaking Proficiency,”  Panel on Best Practices for Evaluating Spoken English in Online Formats, Congreso Internacional de Educacion de Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Facultad de Educacion, Guatemala, November 10-11, 2021.  Co-Panelist.
  • “The Creation of an Artificial Language to Facilitate Expression,” ANUPI-COPEI 18th International Conference for English Teachers, March 2021, Co-Presenter.
  • Sound Affiliate Leadership Roles & Responsibilities,” Affiliate Workshop, TESOL International 2020, July 22, 2020.  Co-Panelist.
  • “ESL in Higher Ed:  The Co-Requisite Model:  Pros and Cons,” NYS TESOL Annual Conference 2019, November 16, 2019, White Plains, NY.  Co-presenter.
  • “Immersion:  Kick-Start Academic Success for ELLs,” NYS TESOL Annual Conference 2019, November 15, 2019, White Plains, NY.  Co-presenter.
  • “ePortfolios:  Tapping into the Imagination to Motivate Learning,” ANUPI-COPEI, Ixtapa, Mexico, October 17-19, 2019.
  • “Developing Program Outcomes for Literacy and Linguistics,” BMCC Assessment Day 2018, BMCC CUNY, December 13, 2018.
  • Using Newsela to support reading and writing.  In Ho Chi Minh City University of Food Industry ELT Upgrade Conference 2018 (December 1, 2018), Virtual Presentation. Co-presenter.
  • “Testing and Evaluation: Developing Analytic & Holistic Rubrics for Classroom Assessment” COPEI ANUPI 2018, Huatulco Mexico, October 18-20, 2018, Panel Presentation.


  • 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

Related Training

  • Summer Faculty Resource Network, June 2021, “Time Warrior,” FRN New York University, Participant.
  • NYU University Associate, Faculty Resource Network (FRN), Spring 2020.
  • Summer Faculty Resource Network, June 2018, “Designing Student Assessment with Technology & Media,” FRN New York University, Participant.
  • Supplemental Instruction Workshop, BMCC, June 2016, Participant.
  • Summer Faculty Resource Network, June 2015, “Yellow Peril/Islamophobia – Asian Stereotypes,” New York University, Participant.
  • Infusing Global Competencies into the Curriculum, 4-day seminar, BMCC, Participant.
  • Summer Faculty Resource Network, June 2013, “Play, Games, and Education in the Digital Age,” New York University, Participant.
  • Pre-Convention Institute, “Common Core,” TESOL 2013, Attendee.
  • Leadership Development Certification Program, TESOL, 2013-2014.

Courses Taught

LIN 250 (Forensic Linguistics)

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 investigated 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?  How have these online tools become critical during and since the pandemic?


  • Wiseman, C.S.  (July 2023).  Ask a TESOL Leader: “Should I be worried about ChatGPT?” TESOL Connections, pp. 1-2.
  • Santos, F., & Wiseman, C.  (2021).  The creation of an artificial language to facilitate expression.  In (Rodriguez Hernandez, J.M. (Ed). ANUPI-COPEI Conference (March 20, 2021) Proceedings from Bringing the World into the ELT Classroom, ISSN: 1870-2074.  Retrieved from
  • Wiseman, C., Carvalho, F., & Michiele, G. (2019).  ePortfolios:  Tapping into the Imagination to Motivate Learning.  In (Rodriguez Hernandez, J.M. (Ed). ANUPI-COPEI Conference (October 17, 2019) Proceedings from The Impact of New Approaches to Research and Practice in ELT, pp. 1-12.  ISSN:  1870-2074.  Retrieved from
  • Belknap, J., Tran, M.D., & Wiseman, C.  (2018).  Using Newsela to support reading and writing.  In Ho Chi Minh City University of Food Industry ELT Upgrade Conference 2018 (December 1, 2018) Proceedings of A Focus on Fluency, pp. 505-512.  ISBN:  978-604-67-1159-9. Retrieved from
  • Wiseman, C.  (April 2018).  Cultivating global competencies in a diverse world:  Pedagogical strategies and assessment of student learning in the community college classroom.  In NYU FRN National Symposium (November 17, 2017) Proceedings from Engaging with Diversity in the College Classroom.  Retrieved from
  • Wiseman, C.  (December 2017).  The subordination of teaching to learning.  Language Magazine.  December 2017, pp. 18-21.
  • Wiseman, C. (2017).  Integrating global competencies into the Curriculum.  In FRN National Symposium Proceedings from Teaching a New Generation of Students.  Retrieved from
  • Wiseman, C.  (2016). Integrating global competencies in the curriculum. In Ramos, F. (Ed). Proceedings from the II International Colloquium on Languages, Cultures, Identity, in School and Society (pp. 1-11). Retrieved from
  • Wiseman, C., & McConnell, S.  (2016).  The value of collaboration and game play.  Asian Journal of Education and e-Learning (4)3, pp. 104-119.
  • Wiseman, C. (2016). Washback effects of the gao kao on Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) in the EFL Classroom in China.  In J. Fox & S.V. Aryadoust (Eds). Trends in Language Assessment Research and Practice:  The View from the Middle East and the Pacific Rim.  Cambridge:  Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 464-485.
  • Wiseman, C.  (2015).  Using Web 2.0 Applications to Support Collaboration in the Language Learning Classroom.  Lembaga Bahasa & Pendidikan Profesional LBPP LIA Research Journal 8(1), 643-648.
  • Wiseman, C.  (2014).  Cultivating global competencies in the BMCC classroom:  A BMCC strategic steering committee on globalization initiative.  BMCC Faculty Focus.
  • McNamara, G., Rennis, L., & Wiseman, C.  (2014). Measurement of College Students’ attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding sustainability. The International Journal of Sustainability Education, 9(3), pp. 31-46.
  • Glisson, L., McConnell, S., Palit, M., Schneiderman, J., Wiseman, C., & Yorks, L.  (2014).  Looking in the Mirror of Inquiry:  Knowledge in our students and in ourselves.  Teaching & Learning Inquiry:  The ISSOTL Journal, 2(1), pp. 7-20. DOI:  10.2979/teachlearninqu.2.1.7.
  • Wiseman, C., & Juza, P. (2013).  Compliment Response Behaviors of ESL and Bilingual Speakers in an Urban CollegeThe Linguistics Journal, 7(1), pp. 68-81.
  • Wiseman, C. & Belknap, J. (2013).  Wikis: A Knowledge Platform for Collaborative Learning in ESL Reading.  TESOL Journal, 4(2), pp. 359-369.
  • Wiseman, C.  (2013).  The Journey to a Sustainable Future.  BMCC Faculty Focus
  • Wiseman, C.  (2012). Book review of Understanding Language Testing by Dan Douglas, 2010.   In Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, 12(1), pp. 55-58. New York:  Teachers College, Columbia University.  DOI
  • Wiseman, C. S.  (2012). Rater effects: Ego engagement in rater decision- making, Assessing Writing 17, pp. 150–173.
  • Wiseman, C.  (2012). “A Comparison of the Performance of Analytic vs. Holistic Scoring Rubrics to Assess L2 Writing.”   Iranian Journal of Language Testing (2)1, pp. 56-92.
  • Wiseman, C. & Messitt H. (2011).  “Academic Advisement to help students engage with the community:  Faculty perspectives on the Process.”  Faculty Resource Network, November 19-20, 2010, Washington, DC.  Conference Proceedings.
  • Wiseman, C.   (2010).   Book review of Language development over the lifespan  by Kees de Bot and Robert W. Schrauf, Eds. New York: Routledge. 2009.  New York:  Routledge.  Teachers College, Columbia University Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, (10) 2, pp. 37-40.
  • Wiseman, C. & Messitt, H.  (2010). “Identifying Components of a Successful Academic Advisement Program:  BMCC Faculty Advisors Reflect on Academic Advisement,” NACADA (30), Fall 2010.]
  • Wiseman, C. (2009).  Rubrics:  A Compass to Navigate the Way.  Faculty Focus.  BMCC.  Spring/Summer 2009.
  • Wiseman, C. (2008).  Investigating selected facets in measuring second language writing ability using holistic and analytic scoring methods.  Unpublished dissertation. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.
  • Wiseman, C. (2007).  Blogging into L2 Writing.  Idiom, 37(1), 1, 21.  New York:  NYSTESOL.
  • Wiseman, C. (2007).  “The Globalization of American Slang.” In (Eds.) Sanabria C., & Sanabria, K.  Academic Listening Encounters:  American Studies.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.  Contributing Lecturer
  • Wiseman, C. (2006).  Salzburg Seminar:  Professional development in a global village.  Inquirer 13, 84-89.
  • Wiseman, C. (2006). “Are there any alternatives? Portfolio Assessment.” Idiom, 36(1), 13, 27.  New York:  NYSTESOL.
  • Wiseman, C. (2005).  “Revisiting Educational Solutions at 99 University Place,” Idiom, 35(3), 1, 20-21.  New York:  NYSTESOL.
  • Wiseman, C.  (2005).  Book review of Studying Speaking to Inform Second Language Learning by Diana Boxer & Andrew H. Cohen (Eds), 2004.  In Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, 4(2).  New York:  Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • Wiseman, C. (2003).  TELC faculty members help set division’s goals.  TELC Faculty News.  New York:  LaGuardia Community College TELC.
  • Wiseman, C.  (2001).  CUNY, New Caucus elected to leadership of Professional Staff Congress (PSC).  C.O.N.C.E.P.T., Newsletter of Caucus on Part-Time Employment Concerns.  Washington, DC:  2001.
  • Wiseman, C. (2000).  When film frames process.  Idiom(30), 3.  New York:  NYSTESOL.
  • Purpura, J.E.; Kim, J.W.; Krohn, N.; & Wiseman, C.  Unpublished.  “An Analysis of the Foreign Language Needs of SIPA Students at Columbia University.”  The SIPA Needs Assessment Project.  Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • Wiseman, C.  (1987).  Teaching in the Silent Way with a Focus on Idioms.  MA TESOL Collection.  655.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Fellowship Award for Academic Year 2017-2018. Project to investigate impact of curriculum enhanced to integrate global competencies in the Humanities. 
  • Travel Award to Associate Professors2018 CUNY Academy and the Central Office of Research, April 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Award for Professional Achievement, Teachers College, Columbia University, Department of Arts and Humanities.2005
  • Professional Development Award, TESOL San Antonio 2005.
  • Special Award for Tireless Advocacy Efforts on Behalf of Part-time Instructors. Special Award, NYS TESOL, presented at 33rd Annual NYS TESOL Conference at Rye Brook, NY, November 8, 2003.

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.