Weena Isabelle Gaulin
Associate Professor and Director of the Reading/Reading Specialist Program

About Me

Dr. Weena Isabelle Gaulin presently serves as an Associate Professor and Director of the Reading/Reading Specialist Program at Marygrove College, Detroit, MI.

Now a French-American, she is a native of Reunion Island (French overseas department). She holds two Master’s Degrees, one in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and one in English Language, Civilization, Linguistics, and Literature. She obtained her Doctoral Degree (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction from West Virginia University (WVU) in 2006.

She boasts of over 20 years of experience in higher education – at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Her background is in andragogy, educator preparation, educational leadership, foreign language, TESOL/ESL, assessment, accreditation, and institutional effectiveness. She has co-founded and managed several adult-learner centers in her native Reunion Island, being responsible for daily operations such as curriculum, personnel hiring and supervision, budget and fundraising, marketing and other human resources programming.

As a tenure-tracked Associate professor, she has held positions at Virginia Union University (Richmond, VA), Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA), Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College (Terre Haute, IN), and Ave Maria University (Ave Maria, FL). On many occasions, she has been called upon to initiate new curricular or programmatic ventures as Department Chair or School Dean, lead accreditation processes with SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and the former NCATE – now CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). 

Her areas of predilection are educational leadership, reading/literacy, elementary education, accreditation/assessment, Catholic education, Phenomenology, and Educator preparation. She has traveled quite extensively and completed her studies in Oxford, England and Perth, Australia. She is quatrilingual, loves to cook, and in her spare time, enjoys an animated movie or two! 



  • Office: LA 329B
  • Phone: (313) 927-1312
  • Email: wgaulin@marygrove.edu
Weena Isabelle Gaulin  Faculty Bio

Honors and Awards

  • 2010-2012: Panelist for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s No Child Left Behind Teaching Quality/Clinical Faculty Grant

  • 2008: Collaboration and Input on Mathematics and Science Initiative (UNCF/ Altria Group – Amount requested: minimum $125,000.00 yearly; funding received in the amount of $347, 000.00 over a three-year period, 2009-2012)

  • 2006: FORD Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) Grant for the Schools of Business and Education at Historic Black Colleges & Universities (amount funded: $31, 000.00);


Areas of Interest

  • Educational Leadership

  • English as a Second Language/ English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Elementary Education & Reading Specialist

Research Projects

  • Phenomenology in Teacher Preparation

  • Educational Leadership

  • Accreditation (CAEP and SPA Volunteer)


  • "Phenomenology as a Path to English as a Second Language (ESL) Praxis, Curriculum and Theory-Making" in Rethinking 21st Century Diversity in Teacher Preparation, K12 Education and School Policy (Book Chapter, Springer, 2019; Editors: Suniti Sharma, Althier Lazar). https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030022501


  • Master of Arts, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

  • Master of Arts, English Language, Civilization, Linguistics, and Literature

  • Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, West Virginia University (WVU)


  • RDG 559 (Literature-Based Approaches to Reading Instruction)

  • RDG 649 (Seminar for Reading Specialists)

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