Katya Aguilar, PhD

Katya Aguilar

Professor, Teacher Education

Dr. Aguilar’s research focuses on professional preparation and development among teacher candidates, in-service teachers, and faculty in effective practices for enhancing the educational opportunities of English learner (EL) students across secondary and post-secondary classroom settings. Specific threads her scholarly work in this area include exploring avenues for:

  • Supporting the academic language development of linguistically diverse future educators
  • Promoting equity through co-teaching and professional learning communities
  • Challenging beliefs and assumptions held by educators about English learner students


  • Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Kansas State University
  • M.S., Secondary Education, Kansas State University
  • B.A., Psychology, William Jewell College

Recent Publications

  • Drouin, S., Karathanos-Aguilar, K., & Lehmkuhl-Dakhwe, V. (2019). Affordances and Constraints: Pre-service science educators co-teaching in support of ELLs. Journal of Education and Culture Studies, 4 (1). Available at http://www.scholink.org/ojs/index.php/jecs/issue/view/305.

  • Karathanos-Aguilar, K. & Sidnman-Taveau, R. (2016). Academic writing development and self-efficacy: A model for linguistically diverse pre-service teachers, Issues in Teacher Education, 25(2), 133-147.

  • Sidman-Taveau R. & Karathanos-Aguilar, K. (2015). Academic Writing for Graduate-Level English as a Second Language Students: Experiences in Education, CATESOL Journal, 27(1), 27-52. Feature Article.

  • Karathanos, K. & Mena, D. (2014). Exploring the experiences of linguistically diverse College of Education student writers, Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 11(3).

Recent Presentations

  • Karathanos-Aguilar, K. (2020, April 19-20). Professional growth among mentor teachers in a co-teaching model of preservice education [Roundtable Discussion]. California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) Policy Action Network (SPAN) Conference, San Jose, CA, United States. (Conference canceled)
  • Karathanos-Aguilar, K., Kassab L., & Flora, T. (2017, Oct. 19-22). Fostering academic language development through a co-teaching/PLC model [Research presentation]. California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL), Santa Clara, CA, United States.
  • Karathanos-Aguilar, K. (2016, April 11). Academic writing development and self-efficacy: a model for linguistically diverse pre-service teachers [Poster presentation]. AANAPISI Showcase, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, United States.

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • Karathanos K. & Felton, M. (2012-2017). Principal Investigator, The Trio Project: Addressing Academic Language Development across the Teacher Continuum. U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition. National Professional Development Grant funded for $1,765,885.

Online Resources

Areas of Research Interest

  • Academic language development
  • Biliteracy teacher education
  • Co-teaching
  • English learners
  • Linguistic diversity
  • Teacher beliefs

Personality Playlist

Listen to Katya's playlist below and access all of the personality playlists on our Lurie College of Education Spotify account