Martha Cummings

Professor Martha Clark Cummings has an MA and EdD in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the New School Online University, Hunter College, and at Teachers College in New York and Tokyo. She teaches in the MA in TESOL Program at Hunter College and in the online MA TESOL Program at Anaheim University. She is currently chair of the TESOL Standing Committee on Diversity. She is the co-author of two ESL textbooks, Changes: Readings for Writers and Inspired to Write, and her articles have appeared in The Journal of Basic Writing, The Language Teacher, and PacCALL, among others.


ESL 07, ESL 09, ENG 93, ENG 12 (including fully online), ENG 24


MA in TESOL, Teachers College

MED in TESOL, Teachers College

EdD in TESOL, Teachers College

BA in French literature, New York University

College Teaching 

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

Withrow, J., Brookes, G., & Cummings, M.C. (2004). Inspired to write. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Withrow, J., Brookes, G., & Cummings, M.C. (1996). Changes: Readings for writing.New York: Cambridge University Press.

Cummings, M.C. (1995). Mono Lake stories. Monterey, CA: Rowbarge Press.

Articles, Book Chapters, Proceedings
Cummings, M.C. (2009) Someday this pain will be useful to you Journal of Basic Writing, 28/1: 71-89.

Cummings, M.C. (2010). Minna no Nihongo? Not! In Nunan, D. and Choi, J. (Eds.). Language and Culture: Reflective Narratives and the Emergence of Identity. Routledge. Release: March 2010.

Events and/or Key Dates 

Research Interests

Critical linguistics, Critical Pedagogy, Computer-Mediated Communication

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants
CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, Spring 2009

CUNY Stewart Travel Award, Spring 2009

Japan Ministry of Education, 2003-2004, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, A Study on Establishing Criteria for TOEFL Preparation  3,400,000 Japanese yen ( approx. $30,000)

United States Department of State, English Language Specialist Program

Turkey, 2009; Tunisia, 2003; Thailand, 2003; Cyprus, 2002

Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, 2000

Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award for Women Writers, honorable mention, 1999

Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers Award, 1994

Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Grant in Fiction, 1990

City University of New York Incentive Award in Creative Writing, 1990

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, 1990

US Department of Education, Title VII Bilingual Education Fellow (Spanish) 1984-1987

Institutional Affiliations / Profession Societies
Teachers of English To Speakers of Other Languages

National Council of Teachers of English