Faculty Profile for Dr. Luz A Maldonado Rodriguez

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Dr. Luz A Maldonado Rodriguez
Associate Professor — Curriculum And Instruction
ED 3052
phone: (512) 245-6410

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Luz A. Maldonado Rodríguez is an associate professor of Bilingual Mathematics Education in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. She earned her PhD in Mathematics Education with a doctoral portfolio in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has a M.S. in Mathematics Education with a Minor in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University.
Dra. Maldonado Rodríguez has taught elementary mathematics methods courses at central Texas universities for over 10 years and conducts yearlong professional development sessions on Cognitively Guided Instruction with K-6th grade teachers from Texas, Arkansas, Florida and California. Dra. Maldonado Rodríguez’s primary research interests follow the mathematical learning experiences of the bilingual learner, from elementary student to pre-service teachers, in particular documenting humanizing teaching and learning practices. Her research is currently focused on understanding translanguaging in the bilingual elementary classroom in which students are encouraged to develop their bilingual identities and utilize their entire linguistic repertoires to engage in mathematics.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Maldonado Rodriguez, L. A., Jessup, N., Myers, M., Louie, N., & Chao, T. (2022). A critical lens on cognitively guided instruction: Perspectives from mathematics teacher educators of color. Mathematics Teacher Educator, 10(3), 191–203. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.5951/MTE.2020.0015
  • Krause, G., & Maldonado, L. A. (2019). Our linguistic and cultural resources: the experiences of bilingual pre-service teachers in mathematics autobiographies. In T. G. Bartell, C. Drake, A. Roth McDuffie, J. Aguirre, E. E. Turner, & M. Q. Foote (Eds.), Transforming mathematics teacher education: An equity-based approach (pp. 161–176). New York, NY: Springer. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21017-5_12
  • Chao, T., Maldonado, L. A., Kalinec-Craig, C., & Celedón-Pattichis, S. (2019). Getting ready: Activities for preparing prospective elementary mathematics teachers to critically engage with the TEACH MATH modules. In T. G. Bartell, C. Drake, A. Roff McDuffie, J. Aguirre, E. E. Turner, & M. Q. Foote (Eds.), Transforming mathematics teacher education: An equity-based approach (pp. 135–146). New York, NY: Springer. https://doi.org/doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21017-5_11
  • Brey, W., & Maldonado, L. A. (2018). Foster fact fluency with number string discussions. Teaching Children Mathematics, 25(2), 88–93. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.5951/teacchilmath.25.2.0086
  • Maldonado, L. A., Krause, G., & Adams, M. (2018). Theorizing a translanguaging stance: Envisioning an empowering emancipatory mathematics education juntos con emergent bilingual students. In Proceedings of the 40th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (pp. 1351–1354). Greenville, SC: University of South Carolina & Clemson University.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas State University, College of Education. August 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Quest for Quality: Exemplary Faculty Practices, Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. May 2014

Selected Grants

  • White, Dorothy Y. (Principal), Maldonado Rodriguez, Luz A (Principal), Silva, Juanita M (Co-Principal), Eley, Peter (Principal). Identifying Systemic Racism in Mathematics Teacher Education: Building a Cross-Site Community with Preservice Teachers of Color, National Science Foundation, Federal, $1377808. (Submitted: January 17, 2023, Funded: October 2023 - Present). Grant.
  • Silva, Juanita M (Principal), Maldonado, Luz A (Co-Principal). Equity and STEM integration: Using wearable technology to enhance STEM education, Teaching and Learning Technology Innovation Grant, Texas State University, $4357. (Funded: September 2019 - August 2020). Grant.
  • Czocher, Jennifer Ann (Principal), Maldonado, Luz A (Co-Principal). Investigating mathematical modeling activities of students from mathematically and linguistically diverse K-12 students. Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $16000. (Submitted: October 2013, Funded: January 2014 - June 2015). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Academic Advisory Council Latina/o Studies Minor AACLATS
September 2018-Present
Faculty Sponsor
Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO)
August 2018-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Manuscript Reviewer for the Bilingual Research Journal
January 1, 2013-Present
Board of Directors
TODOS: Mathematics for All.
May 2020-May 2023
Committee Member
Bilingual Education Research SIG Social Media Committee
January 2019-2022