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Denise Furlong

Dr. Denise Furlong

Assistant Professor/Director of Advanced Programs for Reading Specialist & ESL


School of Education


Advanced Studies

Office Location:

Raymond Hall 207

Office Hours:

Office hours are by appointment.

Educational Background

  • Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education
    • Ed.D., Literacy Education with a Concentration in ELs
    • Magna Cum Laude
  • Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education
    • Ed.M., Language Education
    • Magna Cum Laude
  • The College of New Jersey
    • BS, Elementary Education & Spanish
    • Summa Cum Laude

Professional Experience

  • Georgian Court University (2021-present)
    • Assistant Professor
    • Director of Advanced Studies for Reading Specialist & ESL
  • Brick Township Schools
    • EL interventionist
  • Freehold Borough Schools
    • ESL/Spanish/Bilingual teacher
    • SLIFE instructional coach
    • Bilingual liaison
  • Old Bridge Township Schools
    • Spanish and Basic Skills teacher

Research / Creativity Interest Area

  • Newcomers and SLIFE
  • Literacy for diverse students
  • Holistic professional learning

Additional Information

  • Published works:
    • Furlong, D. (2022). Voices of Newcomers: Experiences of multilingual learners. EduMatch Publishing.
    • Furlong, D. (2022). A place for everyone: Inclusion for multilingual learners. NJTESOL/NJBE Annual Voices Journal, 2. 
    • Furlong, D., & Spina, C. (2022). Holistic professional learning in times of crisis. In A. Wilmot & C. Thompson (Eds.), Handbook of research on activating middle executives’ agency to lead and manage during times of crisis (pp. 274-302). IGI Global.
    • Furlong, D., & Lugo, P. (2022). Empowering teachers to find their joy. In S. Thomas (Ed.), EduMatch snapshot on education 2022 (pp. 193-218). EduMatch Publishing.
    • Furlong, D. &  Tang, S.S. (2023) Ben and the amazing animal adventure. EduMatch Publishing.
  • Conferences:
    • SWFL TESOL 2022: “Leveraging Your Newcomers’ Backpack of Experiences”
    • SLIFE Conference 2022: “SLIFE and SEMH” (with C. Spina)
    • The Confident ESL Teacher Virtual Conference 2022: “Supporting the SEMH of MLs with Authentic & Meaningful SEL”
    • West Jersey Reading Council Fall Literacy Conference 2022: “Engaging & Empowering MLs in Literacy” (with M. Campesi)
    • NJASCD Early Childhood Summit 2022: “Creating a Collaborative Approach to Welcoming Newcomer English Learners” (with C. Zimmer)
    • National Association for English Language Administrators (NAELPA) 3rd Quarter webinar: “Effective Literacy for Secondary Multilingual Learners” (with C. Salva)
    • NJASCD Central Region webinar (November 2022): “Supporting Multilingual Learners in the Content Areas”
    • NJASCD Early Childhood Summit (December 2022): “Creating a Collaborative Approach to Welcoming Newcomer English Learners” (with C. Zimmer)
    • NJTESOL/NJBE Shore Chapter (February 2023): “Supporting Multilinguals with Educational Differences in the Content Areas”
    • NJASCD Whole Child Conference (April 2023): “Supporting Newcomer English Learners Through Collaboration and Advocacy” (with C. Zimmer)
    • NJTESOL/NJBE Spring Conference (May 2023): “Explicit Literacy Instruction for Multilingual Learners” (with K. Williver, graduate student)
    • NEA Aspiring Educators Conference (June 2023): “Nurturing an Environment in Which Your Multilingual Learners with Thrive” (with C. Spina)
    • Delta Kappa Gamma International Conference in Phoenix (July 2023): “Motivating Learners with Diverse Needs Through Empowering Their Educators”
    • Delta Kappa Gamma International Conference in Tampere, Finland (July 2023): Considering Opportunities, Contributions, and Impact of our Newcomer Students


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