Karla Culligan

Associate Professor


Education, Faculty of

Marshall d'Avray Hall 346


1 506 458 7705


  • PhD, Education, University of New Brunswick, 2018
  • MEd, Education, University of New Brunswick, 2008
  • BEd, Education, University of New Brunswick, 2002
  • BA, Mount Allison University, 2000

Key areas of interest

  • French immersion education, bilingualism/multilingualism and education, mathematics education, codeswitching and translanguaging practices, teacher education, qualitative research methodologies


  • ED 6103 Foundations of Bi/Multilingual Education
  • ED 5575 Reflection on Second Language Theory and Practice
  • ED 5561 Évaluation des apprentissages
  • ED 5429 The Role of Language in the Teaching of Mathematics
  • ED 5422 Teaching Secondary Mathematics
  • ED 5050 Practicum Supervision


As a researcher at the Second Language Research Institute of Canada (L2RIC), I am a member of a research team that includes faculty members, graduate students and faculty associates. Our projects are local and national in scope and involve a wide range of topics related to second language learning and teaching. We are involved several academic and pedagogical projects dealing with literacy, assessment, and content and language teaching in French second language and English second language contexts. The mission of our Institute is "to play a pivotal role in second language education in Canada and abroad including teacher preparation, research, bilingual program evaluation, and policy development" and to support both scholars and educators working in the field of second language in our province and country. L2RIC is a nationally recognized and funded institute, through an Official Languages in Education Program Grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Beyond my research with L2RIC, I am currently a Co-Investigator along with Dr. David Wagner, UNB Faculty of Education, and several local and international collaborators on a SSHRC-funded research project (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2022-2026) titled, “Migration and Indigenous contexts of Mathematics Education (MIME): Changing storylines with strength-based pedagogies.” I am also a member of the Teacher Education Research Consortium, a national team of researchers from UNB, University of Ottawa, and University of British Columbia undertaking work on a project entitled, “Identifying requirements and gaps in French as a second language (FSL) teacher education: Recommendations and guidelines” and funded by a Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) Research Grant (2020-2022).

Professional practice, committees, and volunteer work

  • Member of Faculty of Education Research Ethics Committee
  • Member of Faculty of Education Administrative Support Committee (Awards)
  • Member of Faculty of Education WIPS Committee
  • Communications Officer on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics
  • Member of the National Council (Provincial Representative) for the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers
  • Member of Organizing Committee for Languages Without Borders 2019, National Conference of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers
  • Member of the following organizations:
    • Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics
    • International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
    • Canadian Society for the Study of Education
    • Canadian Association for Teacher Education
    • Canadian Association of Language Assessment
    • Association francophone pour le savoir
    • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    • Canadian Association of Immersion Professionals
    • Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers
    • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction
    • International Association of Applied Linguistics
  • Reviewer for several academic journals and conferences
  • Former Managing & Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics (2012-2019)