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Undergraduate mentors in the fields of education:

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    Phone:  512-245-5042

    Research interests: Psychosocial, motivational, and self-regulatory factors for student success, meta-analysis and research synthesis, instructional strategies and feedback, community college students and developmental math, program evaluation and intervention effectiveness, school-to-work transitions and post-secondary pathways.

    Bio: Dr. Carlton J. Fong is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program in Developmental Education within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He completed his Ph.D. and M.A. in Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He also finished a postdoctoral research fellowship in higher education and teaching development. Dr. Fong examines the motivational, psychological, and instructional factors that influence success, achievement, and persistence in postsecondary education, primarily using research synthesis and meta-analytic techniques.

  • Email:

    Phone: 512-245-8492

    Research Interests: Mentoring, Feedback, Latinos and Caring, Cultural Responsiveness.

    Bio: Dr. Rubén Garza is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State University, where he teaches graduate classes. Dr. Garza received his undergraduate degree, B.A., from Texas State University, and his graduate degrees, M.A. & Ph.D., from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Garza has served as Program Chair and Chair of the Mentorship and Mentoring Practices Special Interest Group, Program Chair for Section 7, Division K, of the American Educational Research Association, and member of the Executive Board of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum. He also serves on international journal editorial boards and frequently reviews for various educational journals. Dr. Garza’s publications on youth and teacher mentoring, feedback, teacher residency programs, culturally responsive teaching, and Latino education, have been published in national and international journals. His education career has spanned close to 40 years that incudes teaching high school and community college students, and preparing teachers enrolled in an alternative certification program. Dr. Garza is a nationally recognized Spanish teacher and well known consultant for his fast-paced, highly interactive, and energized presentation style. He has shared his expertise of practical strategies for motivating students, actively engaging students, creating a culture for learning, and culturally responsive teaching, with district, state, national, and international audiences.


  • Email:

    Phone: 512-245-3099

    Research Interests: Biliteracy development of  language minority Latino students living in the US majority culture; educational equity in schooling for language minority Latino students; multilingual, multicultural development  in schooling; teacher preparation in the field of Bilingual Education.

    Bio: Mary Esther Huerta is an Associate Professor at Texas State University, San Marcos. She completed doctoral studies in Culture, Literacy, and Language, and currently serves as Program Coordinator and Graduate Advisor for the Bilingual Bicultural Education Program. Her published research focuses on biliteracy development, the sociocultural contexts of language and literacy development in multilingual settings, and bilingual education teacher preparation.

  • Email:

    Phone: 512-245-3096

    Research Interests: Bilingual Education, Language Ideologies, Biliteracy Development, Language Acquisition, Literacy, Critical Literacy/Pedagogy, Multimodalities.

    Bio: Minda Morren López, PhD, is Associate Professor of Literacy in the College of Education at Texas State University.She also serves as  the Curriculum and Instruction Department Associate Chair.  

    Dr. López teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in reading, writing, English as a Second Language, biliteracy, and language acquisition.  She has worked with Study Abroad courses in South Africa and Panama and now leads an interdisciplinary Study Abroad course focused on International Human Rights, Social Justice, Education, and Social Work to the Dominican Republic.

    Minda began her career in education as a bilingual teacher at Crockett Elementary in the Houston Independent School District.  She went on to pilot the TWI/Dual Language program at Helms Elementary and worked in Spring Branch ISD as a bilingual teacher.  After finishing her M.Ed. in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Houston, Minda taught at the Escola Pan Americana da Bahia, an international school in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.  She taught ESL at Rice University and worked as an ESL/Bilingual Specialist at the Education Service Center, Region 20.  In 2008, Minda completed her Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy, and Language from the University of Texas, San Antonio.  Her award winning dissertation examined language ideologies and biliteracy practices in Two-Way Immersion schools in Texas.  She continues mixed-methods research on topics such as equity, ideologies, literacies, language acquisition, multicultural/multilingual education, and teacher development and has over a dozen publications on these topics.  Recently, Minda has been working with reading specialists who work with diverse students in literacy development and intervention and with teachers who use the Literacy Through Photography curriculum in their work.



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    Research Interests: Critical Pedagogy; Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality in Education; Democratic/Free School Educational Philosophy.


  • Email:

    Phone: 512-245-7802

    Research interests: Food security, geospatial applications in social justice research, place of geography in STEM education, gender equity in education, and Latin America.

    Bio: Dr. Laura Rodriguez Amaya serves as research faculty at the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research. In addition she is the Co-I and Assistant Site Director of the NASA Future Aerospace-engineers and Mathematicians Academy project. She has worked in several research projects and publications with undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests include applications of geospatial technologies in issues of social justice, women in science with a focus on access and equity, and Latin America. She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Geography in 2014 from Texas State University.