Paula Villegas

Dr Paula Villegas, EdD


  • International Education Institute
    Kennedy Gardens
    St Andrews
    KY16 9DJ

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Research overview

I am interested in links between educational research and classroom practice. My EdD focused on Flipped Learning and Motivation in the EAP classroom and I continue to research in this area. Academic Literacies and pedagogies in the Higher Education context are key areas in my research interest.   

I am a committed practitioner and researcher. I am the book review editor of the BALEAP Research and Publication subcommittee and I welcome informal queries from prospective book and article reviewers. I am also an executive committee member of SATEFL, where I serve as membership secretary. I act as peer reviewer in EAP and HE focused journals. Additionally, I am a mentor and assessor for HEA fellowships awarded via the St Andrews Recognition Scheme (STARS).


Research interests

My research interest include

  • Flipped Learning
  • Online Learning
  • Technology Enhanced Learning & Technology Mediated Learning
  • Academic Literacies
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Feminist Pedagogies
  • Motivation
  • Multimodality
  • Initial EFL Teacher Training

Projects from former institutions

While working for the English Langauge Teaching Centre, The University of Sheffield, I was part of the team that the developped the Academic Literacy Resources.

Teaching activity

I work in a wide range of programmes at IE. I am the Director of the Academic English Service, our in-sessional support programme. I am also involved in the DProf TESOL programme and the postgraduate courses in International Education and TESOL.

I lead the 'Supporting Learning in TESOL' intensive course.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education, ‘Who Wins When We Flip? Exploring Perceptions of Flipped Learning in an Online EAP Pre-Sessional Course?’ , University of Sheffield


Award Date: 1 Jun 2022

External positions

External Panel Member - MA Education with Technology, Anglia Ruskin University

4 Dec 2023

External Panel Member - MA in International Education, Bishop Grosseteste University

15 Nov 2023

External Examiner at Wrexham University ( MA Education programme), Wrexham University

4 Oct 20234 Oct 2024


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