Dr Joe Fagan



Appointed in 2011 as a Teaching Fellow, I arrived with 15 years of experience working in language education as an EFL/EAP teacher, teacher trainer, course and materials designer in Spain, Egypt and the UK. Additionally, I had worked as an Associate Lecturer on on-campus and online programmes in EAP, TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Aston University and the Universities of Leicester and Birmingham. I was promoted to lecturer in 2016.

I obtained my first degree from the University of Glasgow, and I hold a Cambridge University Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), a Trinity College London Diploma in TESOL, an MSc in TESOL (Aston University), and a PhD in Applied Linguistics (Aston University).

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (awarded 2016).

Teaching duties

I teach on the following Masters level modules:

  • English Linguistics
  • Language for Education
  • Teaching World Englishes
  • TESOL Methods
  • Evaluating TESOL Practice
  • Planning and Communicating Research

Supervision duties

I supervise students on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and on the PhD programme as Thesis Advisory Panel member.

Departmental roles

  • Director of Taught Masters Programmes (Teaching and Learning)
  • Member of the Department of Education's Equality and Diversity Committee
  • Member of the Department of Education's Ethics Committee (2014-19)

University roles

  • Assessor and Facilitator on the York Professional and Academic Development Scheme
  • Member of the University Teaching Committee (2016-19)


Contact details

Department of Education
University of York

Tel: + 44 (0)1904 324584

External activities


  • Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL)
  • British Association of Lecturers of English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP)
  • The Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)