Virginia P. Collier, Ph.D


is Professor Emerita of Bilingual/Multicultural/ESL Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, located in the metropolitan area of Washington, DC. She is best known for her work with senior researcher, Dr. Wayne Thomas, on school effectiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse students, working with many school districts in all regions of the US over the past 29 years. Spotlighted by the national and international media, their award-winning national research studies have had a substantial impact on school policies throughout the world. Since 1988, Drs. Thomas and Collier have been regularly interviewed by the popular media, with 182  published newspaper articles and interviews on television and radio in the US and abroad, reporting on their continuing research findings. A popular speaker, Dr. Collier has given 226 keynote speeches and 445 invited and refereed presentations to international, national, state, and local conferences over the past 34 years. She and Dr. Thomas have also conducted educational leadership training for superintendents, principals, and education policy makers in 32 US states and 15 countries.


Drs. Collier and Thomas are authors of three new books that summarize all their research of the past 29 years: Educating English Learners for a Transformed World (2009), Dual Language Education for a Transformed World (2012), and Creating Dual Language Schools for a Transformed World: Administrators Speak (2014), all three books published by Dual Language Education of New Mexico and Fuente Press ( These books present a readable synthesis of research in the field, written for all educators and policy makers, including an overview of the Thomas & Collier research findings with  research figures for staff developers to use.  In addition, Dr. Collier has 66 other publications in the field of language education.


In 1989, Dr. Collier received the Distinguished Faculty Award from George Mason University for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Proficient in Spanish and English, having lived in Central America five years of her childhood, she has served the field of bilingual/ESL education for 43 years as parent, teacher, researcher, teacher educator, and doctoral mentor. As a retired emeritus professor, she is currently working with Dr. Wayne Thomas on continuing longitudinal research with school districts and writing books. In 2005-2006, they served as visiting scholars at the University of Texas-El Paso, the University of Texas-Pan American, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.