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Dr. Terry Osborn

Title: Professor
CV:  View CV
Phone: 941 359-4282
Email: terryosborn@usf.edu
Office: SMC C263
Area of Interest: Education

Terry A. Osborn, PhD is a professor of educational leadership.  He taught secondary German for six years in Georgia and Florida prior to entering higher education.  Dr. Osborn served twice as interim chancellor and as vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus. Dr. Osborn was previously dean of the College of Education and held administrative roles on the faculties of Fordham University, Queens College of City University of New York and the University of Connecticut.  As dean, he led in the formation of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus' Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) and led the center to receive a legislatively mandated statewide mission.

He is an academic authority in applied linguistics and critical pedagogy.  Osborn researches and publishes in the areas of foreign/world language education, interdisciplinary education and critical pedagogy.  Osborn's research has received a number of awards, including the American Educational Studies Association's Critic's Choice Award for his book, Critical Reflection and the Foreign Language Classroom, published by Bergin & Garvey in Henry Giroux's series, Critical Studies in Education and Culture. Osborn was awarded the Stephen Freeman Award by NECTFL for the best published article on foreign language teaching techniques. His work on teaching world languages for social justice has likewise been described as seminal in the field.

He was a founding officer of the International Society for Language Studies and founding co-editor of Critical Inquiry in Language Studies: An International Journal currently published by Routledge.  He currently serves as Executive Director of the Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Dr. Osborn is editor of several academic book series in education and also served on the Professional Learning Committee and edTPA Task Force of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Osborn has been a featured expert speaker at The University of Texas Austin, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Georgia, Istanbul Technical University, Calvin College, Lee University, Baylor University, Muhlenberg College and State Foreign Language Associations.

Publications (Since 2005)


  1. Osborn, T. A. (2005). Critical reflection and the foreign language classroom. Rev. ed. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

  2. Osborn, T. A. (Ed.). (2005). Language and cultural diversity in U. S. schools: Democratic principles in action.  Westport, CT:  Praeger Publishing.

  3. Osborn, T. A. (2006). Teaching world languages for social justice: A sourcebook of principles and practices. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

  4. Osborn, T. A. (Ed.). (2007). Language and cultural diversity in U. S. schools: Democratic principles in action.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education [revised from Praeger version].

  5. Smith, D. I., & Osborn, T. A. (Eds.). (2007). Spirituality, social justice, and language education.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

  6. Moss, D. M., Kaufman, D., & Osborn, T. A. (Eds.). (2008). Interdisciplinary education in an age of assessment.  New York: Routledge/LEA.

  7. Moss, D. M., & Osborn, T. A. (Eds.). (2010). Critical essays on resistance in education.  In S. Steinberg (Ed.) Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education series.  New York:  Peter Lang Publishing.


  1. Osborn, T. A. (2005).  Foreign language education:  It’s not just for conjugation anymore.  In T. A. Osborn (Ed.), Language and cultural diversity in U. S. schools, 65-76.  Westport, CT:  Praeger.

  2. Osborn, T. A. & Osborn, D. C. (2005). Participating in democracy means participating in schools.  In T. A. Osborn (Ed.), Language and cultural diversity in U.S. schools, 1-4.  Westport, CT:  Praeger.

  3. Osborn, T. A. (2007).  Confronting the Zeitgeist: Social justice, the spirit of the people, and language education.  In D. Smith & T. A. Osborn (Eds.), Spirituality, social justice, and language education, 3-11.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

  4. Kaufman, D., Moss, D. & Osborn, T. A. (2008).  In praise of complexity: Moving interdisciplinary assessment in education from theory to practice.  In D. M. Moss, T. A. Osborn, & D. Kaufman (Eds.), Interdisciplinary education in an age of assessment, 179-190.  New York: Routledge/LEA.

  5. Moss, D., Osborn, T. A., & Kaufman, D.  (2008). The promise of interdisciplinarity.  In D. M. Moss, T. A. Osborn, & D. Kaufman (Eds.), Interdisciplinary education in an age of assessment, 1-6.  New York: Routledge/LEA.

  6. Osborn, T. A. (2008). Language learning as an interdisciplinary endeavor.  In D. M. Moss, T. A. Osborn, & D. Kaufman (Eds.), Interdisciplinary education in an age of assessment, 107-118.  New York: Routledge/LEA.

  7. Osborn, T. A. (2009).  Reconsidering Roadside Assistance: The problem with Christian approaches to teaching the English language. In M. S. Wong & S. Canagarajah (Eds.), Christian and critical English language educators in dialogue: Pedagogical and ethical dilemmas, 215-218.  New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

  8. Moss, D. & Osborn, T. A.  (2010). Introduction: Considering resistance.  In D. Moss & T. A. Osborn, (Eds.). Critical essays on resistance in education, 1-6.  New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

  9. Osborn, T. A. (2010). Planting the seeds of resistance:  The times they have a-changed. In D. Moss & T. A. Osborn (Eds.), Critical essays on resistance in education, 7-10.  New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

  10. Wagner, M. & Osborn, T. A. (2010).  When worlds collide: Liberal arts and college of education faculty co-teaching the methods courses.  In J. Davis (Ed.), World language teacher education:  Transitions and challenges in the 21st century, 3-16.  Charlotte, NC:  Information Age Publishing.

  11. Cammarata, L., Tedick, D. J., & Osborn, T. (2016). Curricular reforms and content-based instruction: Issues and goals. In L. Cammarata (Ed.), Content-based foreign language teaching: Curriculum and pedagogy for developing advanced thinking and literacy skills, 1-21. New York: Routledge/Taylor Francis.

  12. Reagan, T. & Osborn, T. A. (2017).  Reification of the English language and the hegemonic turn.  In M. Djuraeva & V. Tochon, (Eds.),   Language policy or the politics of language: Reimagining the role of language in a neoliberal society, 281-308.  Blue Mounds, WI:  Deep University Press.

  13. Reagan, T. & Osborn, T. A. (2019).  Time for a paradigm shift in U.S. foreign language education? Revisiting rationales, evidence and outcomes.  In D. Macedo (ed.), Decolonizing foreign language education, 73-110.


  1. Osborn, T. A. (2007).  Teaching world languages for social justice.  Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages, 8, 11-23.

  2. Ness, M. & Osborn, T. A. (2010).  Would you like fries with that: The dangers of customer service in reading teacher education.  Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 7(4), 334-348.

  3. Wagner, M. & Osborn, T. A. (2010).  Depositioning the "foreign": Considering the challenges and opportunities of a postmodern foreign language education.  NYSABE Journal, 1(1), 34-44.

  4. Osborn, T. A., Reagan, T., & Freiberg, J. A. (2011).  Textual Concept Critical Analysis: Toward a research approach for language studies.  Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 8(1), 1-26.

  5. Osborn, T. A. (2016, 28 June). Architects Wanted for Professional Remodeling: A Response to Ennser–Kananen.  The Modern Language Journal, 100(2), 568-570.

  6. Swanson, P., & Osborn, T. A. (2016). Building social capital alongside a strong sense of efficacy. Foreign Language Annals 49(2), 197-198.