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Minda Lopez


Office: Education 3080
Phone: 512.245.3096

Curriculum Vitae


Minda Morren López, Assistant Professor of Reading, graduated with her Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy, and Language from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2008.  Prior to academia, she served as a Bilingual, Dual Language, and ESL teacher for 6 years in Houston ISD, Spring Branch ISD, and the Pan American School of Bahia in Brazil.  She also taught ESL in the Center for Continuing Studies at Rice University and at the University of the Incarnate Word and was a Bilingual/ESL Specialist for Education Service Center, Region 20 in San Antonio.  She holds a B.A. in Art from The University of Texas at Austin and an M. Ed. in Second Language Education from the University of Houston.  Minda conducts mixed methods research and is interested in language and literacy ideologies of children, parents, and teachers.  She also studies classroom discourse centered around literacy practices, the language and literacy acquisition of bilingual children, and literacy policy for multilingual students.  Current research projects include a refinement of her “Teachers’ Language Ideologies” survey instrument, a Critical Discourse Analysis of discussions around literature in a 5th grade ESL social studies class, and a comparison of class discussions in the online vs. face to face environment.

Minda was recently awarded the 2009 AERA Bilingual Research SIG Dissertation Award (Third Place) and the 2009 National Association of Bilingual Education Dissertation Award (Second Place).

Courses Taught

(WI) 3320 Integrating Reading and Writing. (3-0) Course focuses on the integration of

reading and writing with other subject areas, especially social studies, with special attention given to ESL methodologies for language arts instruction. The workshop approach for reading and writing is emphasized.

Corequisites: RDG 3315, RDG 3321; 2.5 Texas State GPA.

6330 Language Acquisition and Development for Literacy Instruction.  (3-0) Course

topics include first and second language learning; dialect acquisition and development; theories and stages of language development; language diversity; and language disorders.  Students read and interpret research and study language development of EC-12 children from varying linguistic backgrounds. 

Prerequisites:  RDG 5322, RDG 5320, and RDG 5324 or RDG 5326.