Menu
Photo of Donna Albrecht

Dr. Donna Albrecht

Associate Professor School of Education
Director of New Neighbors Center
Coordinator of ENL/ESL Programs

Hillside Hall 09
Hausfeldt
Phone: (812) 941-2594
dalbrec@ius.edu

Biography

Dr. Albrecht has taught both English as a second language (ESL) and secondary social studies, and has administered in local and international PK-12 and college settings for over 25 years.  She designed and administered ESL programs in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and in the United States.  Before joining Indiana University Southeast as Associate Professor, Coordinator of ENL/ESL Programs and Director of the New Neighbors Education Center, Dr. Albrecht was the principal investigator for a National Professional Development Grant that began an English Language Teaching Program and Professional Development Academy.   In that role, Dr. Albrecht directed, designed, and taught in the ENL licensure program and conducted Professional Learning Community groups on teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students in various school corporations throughout Indiana.  Dr. Albrecht also led many aspects of successful accreditation processes, including CAEP and TESOL, and is a trained CAEP reviewer.  Additionally, Dr. Albrecht leads a High Ability/English Learner Collaborative in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Education.  Prior to that, Dr. Albrecht was the intermediate/middle school principal at the International School of Indiana where she revamped the newcomer program.  Dr. Albrecht has an M.A. in TEFL from the American University in Cairo, an Ed.S. in School Superintendency from Ball State University, and an Ed.D. from Ball State in Educational Administration and Supervision.  Her research focuses on the attributes, professional development needs, and policy issues related to leadership in PK-12 ENL/ESL programs; identifying and teaching English learners with high abilities; and effective training of teachers who work with English learners. 

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • Ball State University, Muncie, USA
    • Doctor of Education, Major in Educational Administration and Supervision
  • Doctorate

    • Ball State University, Muncie, USA
    • Educational Specialist, Major in Specialist in Education in School Superintendency
  • Masters

    • The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
    • Master of Arts, Major in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Bachelors

    • Anderson University, Anderson, USA
    • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Government; Economics, Minor in History

Professional Interests

Research

Dr. Albrecht's research interests are:

  • The attributes, professional development needs, and policy issues related to leadership in PK-12 ENL/ESL programs; 
  • identifying and teaching English learners with high abilities/gifts and talents;
  • and effective training of teachers who work with English learners. 

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Donna L. Albrecht. (2015). An Exploratory Model of ESL Program Leadership. Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Journal, 12 (2), 86-107.
  • Donna L. Albrecht. (2015). Talking Points and Strategies to Get Your Administrators on Board with WIDA. Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Journal, 12 (1), 51-63.