María E. Fránquiz
Assistant Dean for Faculty Development
As Assistant Dean for Faculty Development in The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education, Dr. María E. Fránquiz provides support for faculty in the areas of research and teaching. Her academic appointment is in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as a full professor in the Bilingual – Bicultural Education program area. She is also an affiliate faculty in the Center for Mexican-American Studies.
Dr. Fránquiz received a B.A. in Latin American Studies, an M.A. in Educational Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Language, Culture, and Literacy all at the University of California in Santa Barbara. From 1995 – 2002 she was a member of the faculty at the University of Colorado in Boulder and from 2002-2008 she was a member of the faculty at the University of Texas in San Antonio. She joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008.
A native of Puerto Rico and a childhood in a military family provides a resourceful foundation for books published such as Inside the Latin@ Experience, A Latino Studies Reader (co-edited with Normal Cantu in 2010) and Scholars in the Field: The Challenges of Migrant Education (co-edited with Cinthia Salinas in 2004). Other publications include chapters in academic handbooks, chapters in edited books, and articles in peer-reviewed professional journals. Since 2007, Dr. Fránquiz has served as editor of The Bilingual Research Journal, the premier journal in the field of bilingual education.
From 2002 – 2008, Dr. Fránquiz served as Director of Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color, a mentoring program of the National Council of Teachers of English. In recognition of contributions to the development of the National Council of Teachers of English professional community, in 2010 she was the recipient of the Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award. In the same year the American Education Research Association awarded her a Division G (Social Context in Education) Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award.