Heather Bobrow Finn

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Deputy Chairperson
Academic Literacy and Linguistics

EMAIL: hfinn@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-481K

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8337

Heather Finn’s expertise is in post-secondary language and literacy learning, particularly among adult immigrant and refugee English Language Learners in community college classrooms and community-based organizations. Her publications have focused on barriers to learning among English Learners in the second language writing classroom, the development of language and literacy within accelerated models of instruction, and faculty perspectives on pedagogy and curriculum in community college writing courses. She has taught a range of courses at NYU, John Jay College, and Kingsborough Community College, including second language writing pedagogy, ESL reading and writing, English composition, and critical reading.


Teaching adult learners, Second-Language Acquisition, Second Language Writing, Qualitative Research Methods, Language and Literacy


  • Ph.D. New York University, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages,
  • M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University, International Educational Development,
  • B.A. Cornell University, English,

Courses Taught

Research and Projects


  • Finn, H. (2022). The impact of workforce development policies on literacy instruction for adult English learners. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 65(6), 547-551. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaal.1235
  • Avni, S. & Finn, H. (2022). Remediation reforms and English learners. Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 02, 2022
    https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23977
  • Finn, H. & Avni, S. (2021). Linguistically responsive instruction in corequisite courses at community colleges. TESOL Quarterly, 55(4), 1221-1246. https://doi.org/10.1002/tesq.3080
  • Finn, H. & Avni, S. (2021). Combining developmental writing and first year composition classes: Faculty perspectives on what co-requisite teaching means for curriculum and pedagogy. In M. Siegal & E. Gilliland (Eds.), First Year Composition at the Community College: Empowering the Teacher. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  • Avni, S. & Finn, H. (2020). Meeting the needs of English language learners in co-requisite courses at community college. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 1-15.
  • Avni, S. & Finn, H. (2019). Pedagogy and curricular choice in community college accelerated writing courses. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 43(1), 54-64.
  • Finn, H. (2018). Articulating struggle: ESL students’ perceived obstacles to success in an intensive writing class. Journal of Second Language Writing, (42), 1-6.
  • Finn, H. (2018). Cultural influences in the writing of L2 students. In J. Liontas (Ed.), TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching(pp. 2-6). Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.
  • Finn, H. (2017). Linking the past to the present: Using literacy narratives to raise ESL students’ awareness about reading and writing relationships. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 44(3), 276-288.
  • Finn, H. & Avni, S. (2016). Academic literacy as language policy in community college developmental writing. Current Issues in Language Planning, 3-4(17), 369-384.
  • Finn, H. (2015). A need to be needed: The intersection between emotions, apprenticeship, and student participation in an adult ESL literacy classroom, Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 4(1), 36-47.
  • Finn, H.B. (2014). Encouragement and participation in a community-based adult ESL writing class: Perspectives from two Chinese learners. In W. Ma and C. Wang (Eds.), Learner’s Privilege and Responsibility: A Critical Examination of Chinese Students’ Experiences and Perspectives. Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.
  • Finn, H.B. (2010). Overcoming barriers: Adult refugee trauma survivors in a learning community. TESOL Quarterly, Special Topic Issue on Adult Language Learning and Migration.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • PSC CUNY Award
  • Faculty Publication Grant (with Sharon Avni)
  • William Stewart Travel Award
    2011, 2014

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