College of Education and Human Development

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Samuel David

  • Pronouns: he, him, his

  • Assistant Professor

  • Office Hours

    By appointment

Samuel David

Areas of interest

language and literacy, ESL, bilingual education, CLD students in mainstream classrooms, translingual pedagogy, culturally responsive pedagogy, teacher learning, educational equity


PhD, Vanderbilt University
MA, Brooklyn College
BA, Pomona College


Sam David is an assistant professor of Second Language Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His research focuses on the literacy development of culturally and linguistically diverse students in mainstream classrooms, and on teacher learning of translingual and culturally responsive pedagogies. In 2015, Sam and his coauthors received the Alan C. Purves Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, an award given annually for an article published in Research in the Teaching of English judged as "likely to have the greatest impact on educational practice." He has presented at local, national, and international conferences in the areas of literacy research, bilingual education, and applied linguistics. Prior to academia, Sam worked as a Spanish-English bilingual special education teacher in elementary and middle grades in Brooklyn, NY.


  • Alan C. Purves Award, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). 2015
  • CUNY/Americorps Education Award. 2009
  • CUNY/Americorps Education Award. 2006


  • AERA, American Educational Research Association 
  • LRA, Literacy Research Association 
  • NABE, National Association for Bilingual Education  
  • NAME, National Association for Multicultural Education 
  • ILA, International Linguistics Association

Sponsored projects

  • TRANSLATE (Teaching Reading And New Strategic Language Approach To Emergent bilinguals), project will run three years and yield findings in late 2021. Sponsored by the Spencer Foundation.
  • SLATE (Strategic Language Approaches for Teachers of English learners), Robert T. Jiménez, PI, June 2012. Sponsored by the Peabody Small Faculty Research Grant

News stories

Vanderbilt University - “Reading curriculum for immigrant children funded by Spencer Foundation," Nov 30, 2018


David, S., Pacheco, M., Jiménez, R.T. (2019). Designing translingual pedagogies: exploring collaborative translation through a classroom teaching experiment. Curriculum & Instruction 37(2), 252-275.