Lisa Marie Westbrooks

Lisa Marie Westbrooks

Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Bilingual and Bicultural Education

(313) 577-1742

Office Hours: By Appointment

225 Education Building

Lisa Marie Westbrooks

Degrees and Certifications

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Candidate
Bilingual/Bicultural Studies

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction (2013-2016)
Bilingual/Bicultural Studies

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Master of Art in Teaching, Secondary Education (2007-2012)
Concentration: English
Minor: English as a Second Language
Certifications: Secondary Education
Endorsement: English as a second Language

Oakland University, Rochester, MI 

Bachelor of General Studies (2003-2006)
Major: General Studies

Minor: Linguistics


  • Teach and collaborate with program faculty to develop and schedule ESL, BBE and World Language undergraduate and graduate courses, for PK-12 and adult educators
  • Serve as the BBE program coordinator and lead continuous improvement and program assessment
  • Grow partnerships with school districts for endorsement, cohort teacher initiatives, and/or certification opportunities
  • Advise, mentor, and help recruit and retain undergraduates
  • Recruit and evaluate part-time faculty teaching in Bilingual/Bicultural Education
  • Facilitate Bilingual/Bicultural Education meetings, and participate in TED and College of Education meetings
  • Work with program faculty to advance, nurture, and sustain a vision for the program that includes open communication, collaborative decision-making, and transparency

Academic Interests

  • Social Justice in Education
  • Culture/s
  •  Culture and Linguistic Identities
  • Diversity
  • Linguistics (Grammar)
  • Language Acquisition
  • Equitable Education

Area of Expertise

  • Secondary English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Linguistics
  • Bilingual and Bicultural Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction

Research Interests

  • Culture/s
  •  Elder Knowledge
  • African American Language
  • First and second language acquisition
  • Cultural and linguistic equities and inequties in education
  • Language Policies
  • African and African American Storytelling


  •  Golden Key International Honour Society
  • King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship (2017-2020)
  • Rumble Fellowship (2019-2020)
  • Graduate Professional Scholarship (2020-2022)


  •  (June, 2017) Understanding the power of language Identity through urban drama. Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed.
  •  (May 2021). Breaking Westernized academic traditions with African American linguistic story works. Michigan Academy of Science and Letters (MASAL).
  • (April, 2023). Revealing haints: Utilizing the black storytelling tradition casting them out with Theatre of the Oppressed. American Education Research Association (AERA).


Westbrooks, L. (in progress). Recovering and reclaiming cultural and linguistic identities: revealing haints with Black Storytelling tradition and casting them out with the theatre of the oppressed.

Westbrooks, L. (2018). Skooz be hat’in: My story navigating and negotiating standard American English. Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal, 3(1), 1-25.

Westbrooks, L. (2020). Texts white lies and a videotape: White teachers teaching African American literature. Journal for Multicultural Education, 14(3/4), 239-253.

Courses taught by Lisa Marie Westbrooks

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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