Research, Inclusion & Innovation Speaker Series

As part of ongoing efforts to promote research culture and inclusive excellence by the College of Professional Education, COPE introduces its first annual Research, Inclusion & Innovation Speaker Series. The lineup for this year's series includes speakers with wide-ranging backgrounds and topics so do not miss out on the right experience(s) for you.

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Speaker Series Lineup

Glenda Flores, PhD

October 6, 2021 - 3 p.m.

Glenda Flores, PhD

A look at Latina Teachers: Creating Careers and Guarding Culture

Glenda Marisol Flores, PhD, is an associate professor of Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her book "Latina Teachers: Creating Careers and Guarding Culture" won the 2018 Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the Race, Gender and Class Section of the American Sociological Association.

Her research on Latina professionals, in particular Latina teachers, has been published in several venues such as Qualitative Sociology, City and Community, Ethnography and Gender, Work and Organization. Her research agenda centers on the social mobility patterns of Latinas/os into the middle class, and their workplace experiences in the white-collar world, especially teaching and medicine, and how Latinx cultures emerge in their fields. Her new research project is on Latina/o/x physicians.

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Jorge Burmicky, PhD

October 20, 2021 - 5:30 p.m.

Jorge Burmicky, PhD

Rethinking Leadership by Design: A Competency-Based Framework for Developing Future Leaders in Higher Education

Jorge Burmicky, PhD, is an assistant professor in educational leadership and policy studies at Howard University. Burmicky received his PhD in educational leadership and policy from the University of Texas at Austin where he was as an assistant director of research at UT Austin’s Project MALES, a mentoring and research initiative committed to advancing equitable educational outcomes for men of color. Burmicky also worked as a higher education and student affairs practitioner for 12 years in the admissions, residence life and housing, student activities, and diversity and community engagement. 

His research examines the leadership pipeline in higher education, with an emphasis on racially minoritized leaders at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), community colleges, and regional universities. His work also explores policies and practices that support the educational outcomes of men of color, specifically the impact of men of color programs and initiatives on student success. 

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Cristina Huertas, PhD

November 17, 2021 - 12 p.m.

Cristina Huertas, PhD

Educational Technology and Pluriliteracies Applied to Bilingual Education: A Step Further from the CLIL Approach

Cristina A. Huertas is an associate professor of education at the University of Córdoba (Spain). Her research interests include Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), bilingual education, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and teacher training.

She has participated in several national and international research projects, and published numerous scientific articles in prestigious journals. Huertas teaches at master’s level at the UCO and UCA (Spain) and at the Ateneum-University in Gdansk (Poland). She has taught both in formal and non-formal contents and has directed and taught several specialization courses on Bilingual Education, Translation Studies, and Second Language Acquisition. Presenting around the world in Spain, Germany, Poland, France, Turkey and Bahrein, among others, Huertas has had international academic stays in Chile and in the US. She is a member of the research group Research in Bilingual and Intercultural Education, and the co-founder of the Ibero-American Research Network on Bilingual and Intercultural Education (IBIE).

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Joanna Wong, PhD

November 17, 2021 - 5:30 p.m.

Joanna Wong, PhD

Teacher Inquiry into Asset-Based Literacy Pedagogy for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

Joanna Wong is an associate professor of elementary education at California State University, Monterey Bay.

As an elementary education literacy teacher with over 14 years of teaching and learning with diverse students in public elementary schools, Joanna has worked in service of asset-based, socially just literacy education across multiple contexts.

Her research interests include culturally and linguistically sustaining writing pedagogy, critical literacy education, biliteracy education, and asset-based teacher education for culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

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Zhongfeng Tian, PhD

February 16, 2022 - 5:30 p.m.

Zhongfeng Tian, PhD

Challenging the “Dual”: Designing Translanguaging Spaces in a Mandarin-English Dual Language Bilingual Education Program

Zhongfeng Tian is an assistant professor of TESOL/applied linguistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. With a PhD in curriculum and instruction from Boston College, he was an English and Mandarin teacher in China, Cambodia, and U.S.

Theoretically grounded in translanguaging, his research centers on working with classroom teachers to provide bi/multilingual students with an equitable and inclusive learning environment in ESL and dual language bilingual education contexts, and preparing culturally and linguistically competent teachers with social justice orientations.

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Julio Ruiz, PhD

March 30, 2022 - 12 p.m.

Julio Ruiz, PhD

The IMAS Project: An innovative approach for improving mathematical competence and achieving student success

Julio Ruiz Palmero is an associate professor in didactics and school organization at Universidad de Málaga in Spain.
He is the director of the Innoeduca research team which specializes in research in educational technologies and the editor of the International Journal of Technology and Educational Innovation. Ruiz has coordinated research projects in Spain and the European Union.

He holds a PhD in educational technology from Universidad de Málaga (Extraordinary Award), a master's in new technologies applied to education, a certificate in virtual training environments, and a bachelor's in mathematics.

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Sarah Rodriguez, PhD

March 30, 2022 - 5:30 p.m.

Sarah Rodriguez, PhD

Beyond Broadening Participation: Implementing Identity Development and Facilitating Success for Latina/o/x students in STEM

Sarah L. Rodriguez is an associate professor of higher education & learning technologies at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Her research addresses issues of equity, access, and retention in higher education, with a focus on community colleges, Latina/o/x students, and students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Currently, Rodriguez is involved with several large-scale interdisciplinary research projects focused on institutional environments and STEM identity development that are sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Kapor Center. Rodriguez was selected as an Early Career Awardee and Faculty Fellow with the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and a NASPA Emerging Faculty Leader. She also received the Barbara Townsend Early Career Scholar Award by the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) and gave the distinguished ASHE-CAHEP Barbara Townsend Lecture.

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Danny Martinez, PhD

April 20, 2022 - 5:30 p.m.

Danny Martinez, PhD

Languaging in Solidarity: Black and Latinx Youth Ingenuity in Everyday Classroom Interactions

Danny C. Martinez is an associate professor in language, literacy, and culture in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis. His research explores the cultural and linguistic practices of Black and Latinx youth in literacy learning contexts, and teacher learning as it relates to leveraging youths’ rich communicative resources.

Martinez's research is inspired by his experience as a literacy teacher in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He teaches graduate courses on qualitative methods and ethnography, teacher education courses on literacy and language, and undergraduate courses that explore languaging experiences of Chicanx and Latinx communities in educational contexts. Martinez is from South Gate, California.

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