Dr. Maria R. Coady is the Irving and Rose Fien Endowed Professor and Associate Professor of second language education at the University of Florida, School of Teaching and Learning. She is a UF Term Professor and serves as the Program Coordinator for the ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages)/Bilingual Education program area. Dr. Coady is also the current President of the Florida Association for Bilingual Education (FABE).
Dr. Coady received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2001, where she was a US Department of Education Title VII Fellow. Her dissertation, Policy and Practice in Bilingual Education: Gaelscoileanna in the Republic of Ireland, was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Kathy Escamilla and investigated bilingual education programs in Ireland where Irish Gaelic and English are used as mediums of instruction.
Dr. Coady has worked locally with rural and immigrant bilingual students and families, and internationally conducting teacher education and professional development in countries such as China, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. She is a US State Department Fulbright Specialist Scholar and has worked in South Africa in that capacity with Dr. Leketi Makalela.