Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Lynne Alvine, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Sharon K. Deckert, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Michael M. Williamson, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Michele Lee Petrucci, Ph.D.


This dissertation utilizes Narrative Inquiry to examine emotions as part of the re-socialization of five international graduate students in a Master's in TESOL program. This work uses theories of emotion, narrative, socialization and multiculturalism to create a picture of the complex nature of re-socialization in a MA TESOL program. Through the narratives of these five graduate students, this dissertation explores the role of emotions in experience, the forces that are impactful during sojourning, and the transformations that the students undergo as they find agency in their new context. Based on this research, I present five unique ways of sojourning which, when read, offer food for thought to policy makers working with Master's in TESOL students. This dissertation is presented in six chapters. Chapter One introduces the background and purpose of the study as well as researcher positionality and research questions. Chapter Two reviews literature, including theories in emotions and socialization, Narrative Inquiry, and multiculturalism. Chapter Three presents the theoretical framework of Narrative Inquiry, context of the study, researcher positionality, and a detailed description of the methodology, data collection, and the tools used in analysis. Within Chapter Three, I address ethical concerns and give a detailed description of considerations. Chapter Four shares the narratives produced from the stories told by the participants. Chapter Five analyzes those narratives through the Lens of the purpose of the study and the research questions. The Chapter Six presents reflection and analysis.