“I measure my success as a teacher by the achievements of my students,” Nicholas Uliano, Ed.D., says.
Uliano practices a highly interactive, student‑centered teaching style that engages students and holds them accountable for their performance and progress.
He knows he has done well when students tell him they have realized the importance of fully grasping a foreign language and that they genuinely enjoy speaking Spanish.
Uliano taught Spanish as an adjunct professor for three years and served as a member of the instructional team for a children’s Spanish-language immersion experience, Casa Cabrini, when a full-time position became available in the Romance Languages and Literature department.
In 2002, Cabrini College welcomed Uliano as a full-time assistant professor, and in 2008 he was granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor.
“I love Cabrini and am happy to be a member of its very highly regarded faculty,” he says. “With a distinguished faculty, talented staff, and outstanding students, the College is a jewel in the crown of colleges along Philadelphia’s Main Line.”
When speaking about Cabrini’s fulfilling educational experience, Uliano is quick to note the College’s academic and co‑curricular programming.
“Cabrini College is second to none for an institution of its size,” he says.
Uliano works with students to fulfill Cabrini’s longstanding tradition of service learning and helps them experience firsthand the importance of community activism. For several years, he and his students worked in classes with English language learners in the Norristown Area School District’s elementary schools.
His students also have volunteered in the Norristown after-school program run by Accion Comunal Latinoamerica de Montgomery County (ACLAMO) [Latin-American Community Action of Montgomery County], whose mission is to promote improved access to economic, educational, social, and cultural resources and opportunities for low-income citizens of Montgomery County.
Outside of the classroom, he is a member of the Mother of Divine Providence Parish community in King of Prussia, and is involved in a number of professional organizations.
Uliano has worked closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, World Languages division. He served as a member of the writing team for the Commonwealth’s Standards for Foreign Language Instruction, and most recently has worked as a member of the writing team for the Standards Aligned System (SAS) of instruction in foreign language.
His expertise in foreign language pedagogy is a result of his academic work at the doctoral level, and the practical experience he gained as a high school Spanish instructor and K-12 foreign language coordinator for a local public school district.
Stemming from his interest in international education and his role as Cabrini's Study Abroad Coordinator, travel always has been a great passion of Uliano’s, dating to his first study abroad experience in Salamanca, Spain.
“I still love visiting Europe,” he says. Uliano has taught four short-term study abroad courses, for which he has traveled with Cabrini students to Mexico, Italy, and Spain. He counts Spain and Italy as his favorite countries to visit. He now has visited all of the Latin American countries, a goal he had been hoping to accomplish nearly all his life.
Uliano received a B.S. in secondary education/Spanish from Pennsylvania State University, an M.Ed. in foreign language education/Spanish and an Ed.D. in foreign language education/Spanish, both from Temple University.
His undergraduate faculty/student research interests include international education and foreign language pedagogy. He has presented work at several state, national, and international conferences on Spanish language pedagogy, international education, and service-learning.
Uliano is the recipient of several prestigious teaching awards, including a Penn State College of Education Alumni Award for outstanding teaching. He was named “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 2001 Teacher of the Year” as part of the oldest, most prestigious national honors program for excellence in teaching—the National Teacher of the Year program. Uliano also has received five nominations for the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Uliano has authored and co-authored several publications, including the most recent, co-authored with colleagues Raquel Green, Ph.D., and Cynthia Halpern, Ph.D., titled “Civic Engagement for Enhanced Language Education in the 21st Century,” which they presented at the One Voice: Institute of Elemental Ethics and Education conference in New York.
A native of Philadelphia, Uliano resides in King of Prussia, Pa.
Contact Information: Nicholas J. Uliano, Ed.D. Assistant Professor, Romance Languages Study Abroad Coordinator Grace Hall, Room 218 610-902-8383 firstname.lastname@example.org