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Mary Sovik Benedetti

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 260D Teachers College
Tel: 513-909-6110
Email: benedems@ucmail.uc.edu

Professor Benedetti received her doctorate in TESL/Literacy from the University of Cincinnati in 1998. She has served as Director of the Center for ESL and Coordinator of Developmental Writing at the University of Cincinnati, where she began teaching in 1987. Prior to coming to UC, Dr. Benedetti taught ESL/EFL in Florida and in South America, where she developed her research interests in immigrant and minority access to higher education, minority rights, and second language literacy. Dr. Benedetti has also lived in the Czech Republic and Spain, where she initiated her current research on Roma and Refugee Education in Europe.  She has been the recipient of a Fulbright Award during which she explored teachers' perspectives of their work in Colombia, China, the U.S., and the Czech Republic. She has led many study abroad initiatives for current and former students.

Research Information

Research Support

  • (PI), Benedetti, Mary Sovik, Summer Professional Development Program For Teachers Of English At Shandong University, Shandong University. (EFL Prof Devel), $17,400.00. 07-01-2008 to 06-30-2009. Status: Closed.


Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Benedetti, M., Barajas, L., Nishida, Y., Szabo, A., & Xiao, T. (2017). (Under Revision). Faculty and student perceptions of international students’ English language needs. . TESOL Journa.
  • Benedetti, M., & Mlýnková, R. (2017). (In Progress). Surveying and Assessing Pre-Service Teachers’ Attitudes to Roma Students: The First Step in Improving Educational Outcomes (Průzkum a zhodnocení postojů studentů učitelských oborů k romským studentům: První krok k zlepšení vzdělávacích výsledků). ..
  • Benedetti, M. (2017). (In Progress). Short-term studies abroad and the development of cultural humility. ..
  • Benedetti, M. (2011). Facilitating great parent-teacher conferences. . OTESOL Journal (3), 13-15.
  • Nam, M., Benedetti, M., & Kim, M. (2008). L2 writing socialization of South Korean graduate students in a North American academic context . CATESOL Journal, 20, 49.

Book Chapters

  • Benedetti,M.; Wilbershied,L. (2003). Hearing every voice. Teacher thinking across cultures TESOL International Publications.
  • Benedetti, M., & Freppon, P. (2006). Foreign language education in the elementary schools: A cautionary tale . Foreign language acquisition at an early age Brno: Masaryk University and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Benedetti, M. (03-2006). Responding to federal mandates: English language teacher education programs in a time of change (keynote address) Foreign Language Acquisition at an Early Age International Conference, Brno, Czech Republic.
  • Benedetti, M. (05-2004). The relationship between teachers' belief and teaching practice Paper presented at the American Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.
  • Benedetti, M. (05-2003). Re-thinking multi-cultural education International Reading Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Benedetti, M. (03-2003). Using TPRS for deep language learning 13th European Conference on Reading, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Benedetti, M. (03-2003). Best practices and innovative strategies for college reading programs 13th European Conference on Reading, Tallin, Estonia.
  • Wilberschied, L. and Benedetti, M. (03-2003). Teacher thinking across cultures International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Baltimore, MD.
  • Benedetti, Mary (04-2002). International practice for teacher ed development TESOL, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Benedetti, Mary (11-2001). Exploring the common space: Combing foreign language and ESL teacher education ACTFL, Washington, DC.
  • Benedetti, Mary (11-2000). What's underneath: How values shape culture? American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, Boston, MA.
  • Benedetti, M. (BAD DATE). Developing curricula for teaching English in the Czech Republic. US Fulbright Teachers in the Czech Republic Meeting, Brno, Czech Republic.

Paper Presentations

  • Benedetti, M. (03-2012). Faculty and student perceptions of international students' English language needs., Philadelphia, PA.
  • Benedetti, M. (03-2012). ESL writers: How long to freshman composition?, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Benedetti, M. (01-2012). Fostering and assessing cultural humility in short-term studies abroad., Tucson, Arizona.
  • Benedetti, M. (06-2011). "Othering" teachers for critical awareness of diversity., Orangested, Aruba.