Pamela Stacey comes to Fulbright University Vietnam with 10 years of experience teaching intensive English programs and providing academic support to university students, both in her home state of Michigan and abroad, in Korea, Thailand, and now Vietnam. Before moving to Ho Chi Minh City and joining Fulbright, she lived and studied Vietnamese in Hanoi, where she picked up her northern Vietnamese accent.
Pamela completed her M.A. in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii in 2014, specializing in English Teaching. While pursuing her graduate studies, she conducted her primary research in the area of interactional sociolinguistics (IS), a form of discourse analysis. In her work with learning support programs, she identified micro-behavioral “moves”, such as laughter, telling of narratives, pauses, and interruptions, that both tutors and tutees make in one-on-one reading and writing conferences. These moves form one part of a larger picture that determines the success of one-on-one learning interactions.
After receiving an M.A. degree, she has continued researching in the area of academic writing development for university students. Prior to her graduate studies, Pamela received a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, where she first became interested in teaching language. She loves learning languages, including Spanish, Japanese, and Korean, and is now working on her Vietnamese.
Pamela believes in the power of student-centered classrooms, where all students are empowered to make their own choices and to use the available resources to guide their own learning journey. She also uses her teaching to create safe learning environments for all students, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+. She hopes to continue this work by helping build an inclusive campus at Fulbright.