UMass Boston

Carol Chandler-Rourke

Senior Lecturer III

Areas of Expertise

Composition, Rhetoric, Linguistics, Building and Sustaining University-Community Partnerships, Community Development, Community Engagement and Service, Immigration and Global Studies, ESOL and International Student Experiences and Retention, K-12 Professional Development.


MEd, Bilingual/ESL Studies, University of Massachusetts
MA, English Literature, University of Massachusetts
BA, English/Political Science, Boston College

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Carol Chandler-Rourke has been teaching writing as well as tutor training and graduate teacher-training courses at UMass/Boston since 1984 and has more than three decades of experience in community development, civic engagement and developing community-university partnerships. Formerly the Deputy Director of the Haitian Multi-Service Center in Dorchester (1984-1996) and Director of Community Building at the Massachusetts state Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI) (1997-2013), Carol’s work has focused on creating leadership opportunities for immigrants and refugees, developing community-university partnerships and strengthening community-based organizations at the national, state and grassroots level. Since 1989, Carol has coordinated the Community University Project for Literacy (CUPL) at UMB.

Community-University Collaborations

  • Community-University Partnership for Literacy (CUPL)
  • Community-Based Bilingual Teacher Training Program
  • Immigration Education Campaign with Immigrant Learning Center in Malden
  • Center for Immigrant and Refugee Leadership and Empowerment (CIRCLE)

Grants at UMass Boston

  • National Student Literacy Corps
  • Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education
  • Civic Engaged Scholars Initiative (CESI)
  • CLA Careers/Curriculum Grant

Community Partners

Asian American Civic Center, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Brockton Adult Education Program, Cambridge Community Learning Center, East Boston Harbor Side Adult Education Program, East Boston Ecumenical Center, Haitian- American Public Health Initiative, Haitian Multi-Service Center, Haitian American Women and Families (AFAB), Immigrant Learning Center, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, New American Center, Somali Development Center, St. Mark’s Community Education Program, Quincy Asian Resource Institute, Walter Denney Center Boys and Girls Club/Harbor Point.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • ENGL 101: Composition I
  • ENGL 102: Composition II
  • ENGL 285: ESL Tutor Training Seminar
  • ENGL 284: Language, Literacy and Community
  • First Year Seminars: Aging and Wisdom, Freedom
  • Academic Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking I & II

Graduate Courses

  • APLING - Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development: Perspectives on Immigration for K-12
  • APLING - The World of English Language Learners (Massachusetts Language Academy (MLA) for K-12 teachers)