Ellen Riojas Clark

Professor Emerita at University of Texas at San Antonio

Location:
One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas, United States
Company:
University of Texas at San Antonio
HQ Phone:
(210) 458-4161
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Last Updated 12/5/2016

General Information

Education

B. A.  - Trinity University

M. A.  - University of Texas at San Antonio

Ph. D.  - University of Texas at Austin

Affiliations

Board Member  - San Antonio Public Library Foundation

Advisory Board  - Instituto Cultural de Mexico

Member of NABE Executive Board  - Petition Them

Trustee  - San Antonio Public Library System

Board Member  - Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

Web References  

Luminaria: San Antonio Arts Festival

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Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark Author, Educator Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark is Professor Emerita in the Department of Bicultural Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She received a B. A. from Trinity University, an M. A. in Bicultural Bilingual Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the Ph. D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Clark is the Research coordinator for the Academy for Teacher Excellence, a multi-million dollar project and served as Co-PI for the Rockefeller Foundation Project: Knowledge, Culture, and Construction of Identity in a Transnational Community: San Antonio, TX. She served as Content Director for Scholastic Entertainment and PBS $21 million program entitled Maya & Miguel, a bicultural bilingual animated series. She has been awarded three prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities grants focused on Mexican American and Latino literature and culture. Dr. Clark has developed and presented graduate summer institutes at UTSA that have focused on collaborative approaches, curriculum development, cooperative learning, and the restructuring of schools for language minority students. And has also developed curriculum for an AT &T project entitled Developing Multicultural Understanding through Education based at the Institute of Texas Cultures. Her over 75 research publications have appeared in some of the following journals: Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Current Issues in Education, Multicultural Perspectives, Urban Review, Educational Psychology, and the Bilingual Research Journal. Her areas of research have been in the areas of the bilingual education teacher training, and cultural studies. Her areas of research are in the area of teacher and student identity and efficacy, bilingual education teacher preparation, gifted language minority students, and cultural studies. Dr. Clark is one of the authors of La Clase Mágica: Generating Transworld Pedagogy [2013], Teacher Preparation for Bilingual Student Populations: Educar para Transformar [2012], and Multicultural Literature for Latino Children: Their words, their worlds. The popular Tamales, Comadres and the Meaning of Civilization: secrets, recipes, history, anecdotes, and a lot of fun is in its second run. Her newest publication Don Moisés Espino del Castillo y sus Calaveras will be out this fall and she is currently at work on Our Daily Pan Dulce - The Cultural Arts of Mexican Pastries. A documentary The Artist Speaks: Exploring Who I am was selected as a Cinefestival short entry. A second documentary Latina Artists explore their Identity and Works is currently underway. She is a native San Antonian where she attended public schools including Edison High School, San Antonio College, Trinity University, UTSA, and the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Ph. D. Her contributions to the cultural and civic life of San Antonio have been recognized with La Prensa's Latina Women award, the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame, the Yellow Rose of Texas award, the San Anto Cultural Center Queen Huevo, among other awards. Dr. Clark as one of the Dos Abuelas wrote book reviews and travel articles for the San Antonio Express-News. She has been featured in several documentaries, Huipiles: Fabric of Identity, Latino Leaders, In Search of Racial Justice, Nachos, Tequila and more, including Hollydays on PBS, where you can see her every Christmas making her famous tamales. She is the mother of two engineer daughters and the abuela of four granddaughters, the oldest also an engineer.

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