Alys D. Avalos-Rivera

Continuing Lecturer


  • BA, Universidad Veracruzana (Veracruz State University)
  • MA, Cristóbal Colón University
  • PhD, Oklahoma State University


Dr. Avalos-Rivera has worked as an English teacher educator, English for Academic Purposes instructor, and curriculum developer in Mexico, The United States, and Canada. As a teacher educator, she has conducted research on the development of foreign language teachers’ identity, focusing on novice in-service teachers. She expanded her research and teaching interests while working as an Academic English lecturer in the University of British Columbia to include the study of academic literacy development among novice writers. At Simon Fraser, her current research and pedagogical interests include novice writers’ intertextuality, the development of novice writers’ identities, and the effects of multi-modal tools on teachers’ feedback. Alys is committed to support her students in their literacy journey in an atmosphere of inclusivity and respect.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.

Recent Publications

Moder, C.L., Avalos-Rivera, A.D., Horton, H.N., Kinfe, M., Sims P., French, S., & Zhao, Y. (2020). University Academic Writing for International Students: A Usage-based Approach. [Open access texbook]:

Avalos-Rivera, A. D. (2020). The role of students in the professional identity negotiations of a Mexican EFL teacher. Journal of Language, Identity & Education19 (5) 312-326.    

Abelló, J., Avalos-Rivera, A., Montavas, S., Prodanovic, V., & Zappa-Hollman, S. (2018). Use of a roleplaying exercise to illustrate design stakeholder roles in a first-year design course. In 2018 Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA-ACEG18) Conf. USE. (1–5).