Description: UCEA Headquarters doctoral student Amy Reynolds interviews Executive Committee candidate Mariela Rodriguez.
Candidate bio: Mariela A. Rodríguez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from New Mexico State University in 2003 under the direction of Dr. María Luisa González, where Mariela was a W. K. Kellogg Doctoral Fellow through the Hispanic Border Leadership Institute. While a doctoral student, she participated in the David L. Clark Graduate Student Educational Leadership Research Seminar.
Mariela is in her 9th year at UTSA and is currently director for the Ed.D. Program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She previously served as director of the M.Ed. and certification programs. She teaches courses in both the Ed.D. and M.Ed. programs and has been a three-time nominee for the UTSA President’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Rodríguez previously served as UTSA’s Plenum Session Representative to UCEA, and was a member of the Annual Convention Planning Committee in 2009. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the UCEA Barbara Jackson Scholars, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the UCEA Review. Mariela is Chair-Elect of the AERA Division A – Outstanding Dissertation Award Committee. Her area of scholarly research focuses on the role of school principals who support ELLs in additive language programs, specifically dual language education. Mariela’s scholarly research has been published in Journal of School Leadership, International Journal of Leadership and Education, Journal of Research in Leadership Education, and Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.
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