Debbie Lamb Ousey

Deb Ousey
Assistant Teaching Professor, English
Vairo Library
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063

Debbie Lamb Ousey is the Coordinator of Multilingual Student Programs, Co-Coordinator of the Multilingual Student Course Cluster, advisor to the campus Multicultural Club, and campus liaison for Penn State’s Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA).  She received her B.A. in English (with minors in Writing and Secondary Education) from Loyola University Maryland and her M.A. in TESOL from West Chester University.   She has previously taught in Thailand and has traveled to 13 countries in Europe and Asia.  Her book Teaching Developmental Immigrant Students in Undergraduate Programs:  A Practical Guide (co-authored with Dr. Myra Goldschmidt) addresses the academic and holistic needs of a growing multilingual student population by sharing practices used in Penn State Brandywine’s highly successful Multilingual Student Course Cluster.  Her latest publication is a co-authored chapter that discusses a partnership between her multilingual First-Year Composition students and pre-service teachers in West Chester University’s M.A. TESOL program. 

Mrs. Ousey’s teaching and research interests include multilingual and bicultural learners, developmental and at-risk learners, writing instruction, international student engagement, student transitions to college, and comprehensive approaches to student success in college.  She is privileged to learn from the global citizens she encounters in her classroom and sees the diversity of the Penn State Brandywine student body as one of its greatest strengths.

Books and Book Chapters

Crosby, C., Ousey, D.L. &  Goldschmidt, M.M. (2015).  Learning from each other: Pairing pre-service teachers with U.S.-educated multilingual writers.  In Roberge, M., Losey, K., and Wald, M. Teaching U.S.-Educated Multilingual Writers: Practices from and for the Classroom.

Goldschmidt, M.M. and Ousey, D.L.  (2011). Teaching Developmental Immigrant Students in Undergraduate Programs:  A Practical Guide.  Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press.

Refereed Journals

Ousey, D. L., Brown, C. F., & Goldschmidt, M.M.  (2014). Developmental immigrant students: What cross-disciplinary faculty should know.  Research and Teaching in Developmental Education, 30(2), 65-79.

Goldschmidt, M.M., Ousey, D.L , & Brown, C. (2012).  Expanding the learning experience beyond the classroom walls for developmental students, part II.  Research and Teaching in Developmental Education. Volume 29:2.

Goldschmidt, M.M., Ousey, D.L , & Brown, C. (2011).  Expanding the learning experience beyond the classroom walls for developmental students, part I.  Research and Teaching in Developmental Education.  Volume 28:1.

Goldschmidt, M.M., & Ousey, D. L. (2006). Jump start to resolving developmental immigrant students’ misconceptions about college. Research and Teaching in Developmental Education, Vol. 22:2, 16-30. 

Recent Presentations and Workshops – International, National and Invited

Ask the Students: ESL and the Transition to College.  (with Brown, C.F. and six Penn State Brandywine students).  State-Wide ELL Symposium, Chester County Intermediate Unit, August 2014.

Teaching global literacy to developmental immigrant students.  Invited speaker (via Skype) in Cate Crosby’s Multiple Literacies class for doctoral students.  University of Cincinnati, February 2014.

Supportive communities for U.S.-educated multilingual student college success. (with Brown, C.F.) International TESOL Convention, Dallas, TX, March 2013.

Supporting developmental immigrant students.  (with Goldschmidt, M.M.).  Invited presentation.  Penn State Abington, April 2012.

Building reading-writing connections with online video and film.  Electronic village.  International TESOL Convention, Philadelphia, PA, March 2012.

Best Practices in teaching developmental immigrant students.  (with Goldschmidt, M.M. & Brown, C.F.) Invited speakers.  Penn State English Spring Pedagogy Conference, University Park, March 2012.

Retaining developmental immigrant students through a course cluster approach.  (with Goldschmidt, M.M. & Brown, C.F.)  National Association of Developmental Educators (NADE) Convention, Orlando, FL, February 2012.

Literacy practices and the immigrant student.  (with Goldschmidt, M.M.).  Featured presentation.  PennTESOL-East Winter Mini-Conference, Holy Family University, January, 2012.

Supporting developmental immigrant students.  (with Brown, C.F.)  Invited presentation.  Faculty Development on Immigrant and International students.  Penn State Worthington-Scranton, Summer 2011.