Dominick De Filippis holds a Bachelors of Science degree in languages and linguistics, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the School of Languages and Linguistics, Georgetown University; a Master of Arts degree from New York University in Paris; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Pittsburgh. His doctoral research focused on second-language acquisition.
He has served on various committees during his tenure at Wheeling Jesuit University but considers his work in chairing the study abroad and global initiatives committee and in advising undergraduates to be among his most important contributions to the university. In 2008, he received the Cyrus Vance award for his work in the field of international education. Dr. De Filippis' service work has focused on improving the living conditions in Haiti. He is active in professional organizations and has held offices at the local, regional and national level, most notably with the American Association of Teachers of French and Alpha Mu Gamma, the national collegiate modern language honorary society. His classroom teaching was recognized by Dartmouth College's Rassias Foundation and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS) for excellence in using Yale University's Capretz method.
Dr. De Filippis' articles have appeared in Foreign Language Annals, The French Review, Hispania, and The Canadian Modern Language Review. He is also the author of several chapters in books. He regularly reviews college-level language textbooks in French, Spanish, and English as a Second Language. His primary area of research is second language acquisition and he currently is working on a series of ESL cultural readers.