ECPS Department Head (pro tem)
Scarfe Office Block 2514


Lee Gunderson is a Professor, Head pro tem of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in second language reading, language acquisition, literacy acquisition, and teacher education. He has served as a pre-school teacher, a primary-level elementary teacher, a reading specialist, a teacher of primary gifted students, a primary learning disabilities teacher, a principal, and a vice-principal in a bilingual school.

Dr. Gunderson received the David Russell Award for Research, the Killam Teaching Prize at the University of British Columbia and the Kingston Prize for contributions to the National Reading Conference. In 2008 he was granted the British Columbia Deans of Education Media Contributor of the Year Award and in 2009 he received the UBC President’s Award for Education through the Media and the BC TEAL Lifetime Contributors Award and in 2010 an Honorary Life Membership in the Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver. He has served as Chair of the Publications Committee of the International Reading Association and is founding Chair of the Pippin Teacher’s Professional Library. He is a Past President of the National Reading Conference. He has conducted long-term research that explores the achievement of approximately 35,000 immigrant students. He has published articles, books, and commentaries and in 2009 his research formed the basis for a documentary film called “Planet Vancouver.”


Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver, Honorary Lifetime Membership for Contributions to Research in Learning Disabilities, March, 2010
BC TEAL Lifetime Contributors Award, May, 2009
UBC President’s Award for Education Through the Media, March, 2009
British Columbia Deans of Education Association, 2008/2009 Media Contributor of the Year Award , 2008

Selected Publications:

D’Silva, R. & Gunderson, L. (2014, January) Teaching to Kinetic Diversity Multicultural Canadian classrooms in the 21st century. Education Canada.

Gunderson, L, D’Silva, R, & Murphy Odo (2014). ESL (ELL) literacy instruction: A guidebook to theory and practice (3rd ed.). NY: Routledge.

Gunderson, L. (2014). Theorizing Multiculturalism: Modeling the Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion in School–Based Multicultural Settings. In K. Shimizu & W.S. Bradley (Eds.) Multiculturalism and Conflict Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific: Migration, Language and Politics. (62-78). London: Palgrave.

Gunderson, L., D’Silva, R. & Murphy Odo, D. (2012). Immigrant Students Navigating Canadian Schools: A Longitudinal View. TESL Canada Journal, v. 29, n. 6, pp. 142-156.

Murphy Odo, D., D’Silva, R. & Gunderson, L. (2012). High School May Not Be Enough: An Investigation of Asian Students’ Eligibility for Post-Secondary Education. Canadian Journal of Education, v. 35. n. 2, pp. 249-267.

Gunderson, L. (2011.2012) “Bi-cultural identity as an academic variable”, AMSSA Cultures West. v. 29, n. 2: Winter 2011/12, pp. 22-23.

Angerilli, M., Beatty, K., D`Silva, FR., Gunderson, L., Helmer, S., Humphries, C., Kosel, B., LaRizza-Evans, R., McMillan, D., Murphy Odo, D., Monkman, G., Neilson, D., Shea, D., Tijman, D., & Wright, J. (2012). “LOMERA” BC Teacher, v. 24, n 4, January/February, available at

Siegel, L., & Gunderson, L. (in press). The Assessment of Individual Learning Needs of Students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds. Victoria, BC: Ministry of Education, Skills and Training.

Gunderson, L.,  Murphy Odo, D. & D’Silva, R. (2011). Assessing the English Language Learner. In D. Lapp &  D Fisher (Eds.),  Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts (3rd ed.)  (pp. 343-349). New York: Routledge.

Gunderson, L., Murphy Odo, D., & D’Silva, R. (2011). Second language literacy. In E. Hinkel (Ed.), Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning (Vol. 2) (pp. 472-487). New York: Routledge.

Gunderson, L., D’Silva, R., & Chen, L. (2011)Second language reading disability: International themes.  In A. McGill-Franzen & R.L. Allington (DEds.), Handbook of reading disability research (pp.13-24). New York: Routledge.

Gunderson, L. (2011). Preface to Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt and Althier Lazar, We Can Teach and We Can Learn: Achievement in Culturally Responsive Literacy Classrooms. NY: Routledge.

Gunderson, L. (2010). Foreword to Guofang Li & Patricia Edwards (Eds.), Best Practices in ELL Instruction. NY: Guilford Publications.

Gunderson, L., Murphy Odo, D., & D’Silva, R.  (2010). Manual for the Lower Mainland English Reading Assessment (LOMERA). Vancouver: Lower Mainland ESL Assessment Consortium.

Gunderson, L. (2009), Book Review of Social Justice through Multilingual Education. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Robert Phillipson, Ajit K. Mohanty & Minati Panda (Eds.). Toronto: Multilingual Matters, 2009, pp. xviii +389, ISBN: 978-1-84769-189-7 (pbk).  Language and Education, London: Routledge.

Gunderson, L. (2009). ESL(ELL) Literacy Instruction: A Guidebook to Theory and Practice (2nd ed.). NY: Routledge.

Besseling, L. (Director). (2009). Planet Vancouver. In C. Hunter (Producer), Canada: Vancouver Film School. (Documentary movie on immigrant students.)

Gunderson, L. (2008). Commentary: The state of the art of secondary ESL teaching and learning. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 52(3), 184-188.

Gunderson, L. (2008). Bilingual education. In S. Mathison & W. Ross (Eds.), Battleground Schools (pp. 57-64). Westport, CN: Greenwood Press.

Gunderson, L. (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). The Burnaby English Reading Assessment.  Burnaby: Burnaby School District. (Normative data and manual).

Gunderson, L. (2007). English-only instruction and immigrant students in secondary schools: A critical examination. Mawah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Gunderson, L. (2007). A Review of ESL Services in the Abbotsford School Board (pdf).

Gunderson, L. (2007). Where have all the immigrants gone? Contact, 32, 18-128. TESL Ontario, available at

Gunderson, L. (2007). A review of immigrant students and literacy by Gerald Compano.Teachers College Journal. Invited review.

Gunderson, L. (2006). But she speaks English! In R. Jimenez & D. Ong-Pang (Eds.), Race, Ethnicity, and Education (pp. 1-20). Westport, CT: Routlege (Taylor & Francis).

Lopez, M., & Gunderson, L. (2006). Oaxacan parents’ perceptions of literacy. In R. Jimenez & D. Ong-Pang (Eds.), Race, Ethnicity, and Education (pp. 95-115). Westport, CT: Routlege (Taylor & Francis).

Lopez, M., & Gunderson, L. (2006). Parental views of literacy learning: A Mexican View. English Quarterly, 38(10), 6-13.

Gunderson, L. (2006). Foreward to Li, Guofang. Culturally Contested Pedagogy: Battles between Mainstream Teachers and Asian Immigrant Parents. Buffalo: State University of New York Press.

Gunderson, L. (2006). Foreword to Schmidt & Ma, 50 literacy strategies for culturally responsive teaching. NY: Corwin Press.

Chen, L., Seror, J., & Gunderson, L. (2005). Multiple perspectives on Educationally Resilient Immigrant Students. TESL Canada Journal.

Gunderson, L. (2004). The Language, Literacy, Achievement, and Social Consequences of English-Only programs for Immigrant Students. In J. Hoffman & D. Schallert (Eds.), The NRC Yearbook (pp. 1-27). Milwaukee: National Reading Conference.

Gunderson, L. (1995, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). The Richmond English Reading Assessment. Richmond, BC: The Richmond School District. (Normative data and manual).

Research Projects:

Predictors of Immigrant Achievement in English-Only Instructional Environments: The Role of Background Variables on English Acquisition and Academic Achievement

Multicultural Views of Mainstream Instructional Practices