Fránquiz Leaving for University of Utah
María E. Fránquiz, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, has announced that she will be leaving The University of Texas at Austin to become dean of the University of Utah’s College of Education, effective January 2014.
“María Fránquiz is a nationally recognized scholar in the field of education who brings to Utah and the university a rich and extensive background of teaching, research and community engagement,” said Michael Hardman, interim senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “She is committed to the highest quality faculty scholarship, has a lifelong passion for teaching and possesses a deep understanding of literacy, learning and culture.”
Fránquiz received her doctorate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1995 and currently teaches qualitative research methods and bilingual teacher education in UT Austin’s College of Education. She also is an affiliate faculty member in the Center for Mexican American Studies and holds the Maxine Foreman Zarrow Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Education.
Fránquiz has coedited two books and is author of numerous publications in professional journals and academic books. She is coeditor of the Bilingual Research Journal, the premier journal in the field of bilingual education, and has served on various national and international editorial boards.
“The outstanding work, reputation and commitment of the faculty and staff in addressing the issues facing education during challenging economic times led me to accept the invitation for this position,” Fránquiz said. “I’m especially looking forward to strengthening existing school-community-university partnerships recognized in the region and beyond.”
Michael Gardner, professor of educational psychology at the University of Utah, is serving as interim dean until Fránquiz’s arrival in January of next year.
“It’s with a very heavy heart that we say goodbye to Dr. Fránquiz,” said Manuel J. Justiz, dean of UT Austin’s College of Education. “In addition to being an exceptional scholar and teacher, she also has become a very good friend to me and so many others in our college. We’ll miss her energy, her willingness to mentor and support, and her unflagging dedication to bringing high quality education to all students. She’s been a driving force behind so many of our efforts to make diversity – in our student body, our faculty and our curriculum – a top priority.”