My vision of a successful academic career is one in which my scholarship, teaching and research activities positively contribute to increasing the participation of diverse individuals in education in ways that are meaningful to them and which lead to increased educational equity for all students.
My academic mission is to address this vision though interrelated activities of scholarship, teaching and service.
The construction of a body of work that explores multiple perspectives of language socialization, diversity, and educational equity.
To participate in collaborative, disciplined inquiry into the following areas:
development of communication in individuals who speak a home language other than English and/or are identified as having special education needs, alternative assessment practices and systems, and the professional development of teachers who work with diverse individuals.
A classroom climate that fosters thoughtful and respectful consideration of alternative viewpoints and ideas, personal ownership of learning, and individual construction of personally meaningful knowledge.
To facilitate the collaborative construction of the above learning environment via attention to the following:
- whole and small group dynamics;
- increased literacy in academic discourse (comprehension and production, oral and written); and
- opportunities for active engagement with course content and materials.
Collaboration with individuals, organizations, and agencies at the local, regional, and state levels to strengthen participation of diverse individuals in education in ways that are personally meaningful and which lead to increased educational equity for all students.
To carry out this vision by:
fostering constructive relationships with colleagues engaging in mentoring activities with university students, and participating in an array of educational reform efforts.
|Julia Scherba de Valenzuela, Ph.D.||
Last updated: January 12, 2004