Dr. Lyutykh teaches basic and advanced courses in research methodology, focusing on qualitative and mixed methods. She also supports graduate students and doctoral candidates in the design of their research projects.

As an educational psychologist with extensive cross-cultural experiences, Dr. Lyutykh has used various theoretical and methodological approaches to explore topics pertaining to community and family contexts of teaching and learning. Her interests include heritage language education and bilingual literacy development in diverse settings. She is actively involved with community organizations that support multilingualism. Prior to joining CUC in 2012, she taught ESL to children and adults, coordinated international educational exchange program, engaged in several large-scale research projects, and taught Learning Theories, Child Development, and Foundations of Bilingual Education at Northern Illinois University.


  • EdD, Educational Psychology - Northern Illinois University; DeKalb, IL
  • MS, Adult and Continuing Education - Kansas State University; Manhattan, KS
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies in Social Foundations of Education - Northern Illinois University; DeKalb, IL
  • BA and MA, History and TESOL. Voronezh State University; Voronzeh, Russia

Academic and Professional Highlights

Prior Positions

  • Instructor – Northern Illinois University: College of Education, Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations (2003-2011)


  • 2015 - Faculty Research Award. Community-Based Heritage Language Schools and Bilingual Programs: Exploring Ways to Build Partnerships - Concordia University Chicago.
  • 2013 - Summer Faculty Research Award. Conversations with youths: life with purpose - Concordia University Chicago.

Research Areas

  • Research Methodology
  • Heritage Language Education
  • Bilingual Literacy
  • Socio-cultural Theory
  • Online Pedagogy


  • Strickland, M.J., & Lyutykh, E. (2020). Community, diversity, and marginalization: An ecological construction of immigrant parenting within the U.S. neoliberal home and school contexts. Educational Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131946.2020.1745806

  • Strickland, M.J., & Lyutykh, E. (2020). The unheard storylines: Pakistani families make sense of their children's school experiences in the U.S. In M.J. Strickland (Ed.). Composing Storylines of Possibilities: Immigrant and Refugee Families Navigating School. Information Age Publishing.

  • Miskovic, M., & Lyutykh, E. (2017). Teaching qualitative research online to leadership students: Between firm structure and free flow. The Qualitative Report, 22(10), 2704-2721. http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss10/12

  • Lyutykh, E., Strickland, M., Fasoli, L., & Adera, B. (2016). Third-Parties in Home-School Connections: Learning from Conversations with Families Crossing Cultures. Journal of Family Diversity in Education, 2(2), 35-61.

  • Shumow, L., & Lyutykh, E. (2014). Looking at literacy from the family-school frame of reference. In F.C. Falk-Ross (Ed.). Language-Based Approaches to Support Reading Comprehension, (pp. 67-91). Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Lyutykh, E., & Shumow, L. (2013). Family engagement in heritage language and literacy. In H. Kreider & M. Caspe (Eds.). Promising Practices for Engaging Diverse Families in Literacy. (pp. 59-73). Information Age Publishing.

  • Shumow, L., Lyutykh, E., & Schmidt, J. (2011). Predictors and outcomes of parental involvement with high school students in science. The School Community Journal, 21(2), 81-98.

  • Lyutykh, E. & Polski M. (2009). Parents? perspectives on the role of community in children?s literacy learning: A case of Russian Americans in a weekend school. Thresholds in Education, 35(4), 45-52.

  • Lyutykh, E. (2009). Practicing critical thinking in an educational psychology classroom: Reflections from a cultural-historical perspective. Educational Studies, 45(4), 377-391.


  • Lyutykh, E. (2020, May). Spaces of integration: Exploring perceptions about translanguaging behaviours among parents and teachers of the heritage learners of Russian in the US. Presentation at Heritage Languages Around the World Conference, Lisbon University, Portugal.

  • Strickland, M., & Lyutykh, E. (2017, July). Networked Construction of Immigrant Parenting: Stories of Inclusion and Dissent within US Neoliberal Education Practices. Presentation at the 11th Biennial ERNAPE Conference, London, UK.

  • Miskovic, M., & Lyutykh, E. (2016, April). It's the End of the World as We Know It: In Search of Pedagogies for Teaching Qualitative Research Online. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, DC.

  • Lyutykh, E. (2015, April). Public and Community Schools (Mis)Connections: What Do K-12 Educators Know About Heritage Language Schools. Presentation at the annual meeting of the AERA, Chicago, IL.

  • Lyutykh, E., Konkol, P., & Stumme, S. (2015, September). Heritage Schools Working with Partners to Promote Engagement and Language Development. Workshop at the conference: Community-Based Heritage Language Schools: Promoting Collaboration Among Educators, Families, and Researchers. American University, Washington, DC.

  • Lyutykh, E. (2014, April). Safety zone in spoken word poetry instruction: Insights from a pilot implementation. Presentation at the annual meeting of the AERA, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Lyutykh, E. (2014, March). K-12 and Community School Connections: Exploring Ways of Working Together to Support Language and Literacy Development of Bilingual Children. Presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Community Languages, National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC), UCLA, CA.

  • Schmidt, J., Lyutykh, E., & Shumow, L. (2012, April). A study of teachers, speech and students, perezhivanie in high school physics classrooms. Presentation at the annual AERA meeting. Vancouver, Canada.

  • Lyutykh, E., & Shimizu, H. (2009, June). Using participant-generated pictures to discover cultural values: A methodological exploration. Presentation at the annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Cedarville, OH.