Ellen Riojas Clark

Ellen Riojas Clark

Professor Emeritus

Bicultural-Bilingual Studies


Office: MB 3.216F6

Telephone: 210-458-5575

Email: ellen.clark@utsa.edu


Bio

ELLEN RIOJAS CLARK, PH.D.  Endowed Chair in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies


An Invitation


UTSA professor emerita Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark has been an integral part of the UTSA family since the university first opened its doors in 1973. To honor her long tenure and her contributions to bicultural-bilingual studies at both the university and in academia, the College of Education and Human Development invites you to contribute to an endowed chair to be established in Dr. Clark’s name.


https://giving.utsa.edu/drclark



Education


Ellen Riojas Clark, Professor of Bilingual Education, holds a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin. She recieved a M. A. in Bicultural Bilingual Studies from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a B. A. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Trinity University.



Dr. Clark served as the Educational Content Director for a nationally acclaimed Scholastic Entertainment PBS children's cartoon series. This sixty-five episode program Maya and Miguel is focused on promoting the value of a culturally diverse society and bilingualism.

Other creative activities include the writing of book reviews and travel articles for the general public in the local newspaper. These reviews with the byline of Las Dos Abuelas and Abuela Ellne/Maria travels to… have generated great interest, provoke intellectual challenge and discussion, and most importantly, interest in reading. Teachers use the articles to promote cultural literacy and to stimulate reading with their students.

Dr. Clark has developed and presented many graduate summer institutes that focused on Latino literature and culture, multicultural education collaborative approaches, curriculum development, cooperative learning and restructuring schools for language minority students at UTSA over the years. These have included the 1999, 2001, 2003 National Endowment for the Humanities summer institutes Derrumbando Fronteras/ Breaking Boundaries: the Inclusion of Mexican American and Latino Literature and Culture in the Classroom for which she received major NEH funding.  Other signature events that she has co-chaired were: the University Conference on Multiculturalism in the United States: Multiculturalism and Democracy: Strategic Alternatives that brought speakers such as Carlos Cortes, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Cornel West, and Jorge Klor de Alva and Luz: Education through Art - Orlando AB. This event included an art exhibit, workshops, and student programs structured in collaboration with the Columbian artist, Orlando Botero, traveled nationally and internationally.


Research  Interests


As the Research Coordinator for the Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE), Dr. Clark’s role has been to define the research agenda and protocol for concept papers and research project awards designed to provide new insights of issues associated with the education of Latino and low-income students at the K-16 level. Within this function she is in charge of a process to allocate $47,000 yearly to UTSA faculty and doctoral students.

She served as  Co-PI for the Rockefeller Foundation Project: Knowledge, Culture, and Construction of Identity in a Transnational Community: San Antonio, TX. ) that looks at what constitutes transnational identity. This ethnographic study looks at experiences with Mexico/Mexican/Mexican American culture that focus on family, education, work, social and cultural life, and how the aspects of living in two cultures might form identity.

Specifically, her research areas are:

  • relationship between the constructs of self-concept, ethnic identity, self-efficacy and good teaching.
  • bilingual education teacher training
  • the identification of gifted language minority children


Creative Activities


Dr. Clark served as the Educational Content Director for a nationally acclaimed Scholastic Entertainment PBS children's cartoon series. This sixty-five episode program Maya and Miguel is focused on promoting the value of a culturally diverse society and bilingualism.

Other creative activities include the writing of book reviews and travel articles for the general public in the local newspaper. These reviews with the byline of Las Dos Abuelas and Abuela Ellne/Maria travels to… have generated great interest, provoke intellectual challenge and discussion, and most importantly, interest in reading. Teachers use the articles to promote cultural literacy and to stimulate reading with their students.

Dr. Clark has developed and presented many graduate summer institutes that focused on Latino literature and culture, multicultural education collaborative approaches, curriculum development, cooperative learning and restructuring schools for language minority students at UTSA over the years. These have included the 1999, 2001, 2003 National Endowment for the Humanities summer institutes Derrumbando Fronteras/ Breaking Boundaries: the Inclusion of Mexican American and Latino Literature and Culture in the Classroom for which she received major NEH funding.  Other signature events that she has co-chaired were: the University Conference on Multiculturalism in the United States: Multiculturalism and Democracy: Strategic Alternatives that brought speakers such as Carlos Cortes, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Cornel West, and Jorge Klor de Alva and Luz: Education through Art - Orlando AB. This event included an art exhibit, workshops, and student programs structured in collaboration with the Columbian artist, Orlando Botero, traveled nationally and internationally.


Awards and Grants


  • Inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame, 2007.
  • Yellow Rose of Texas award as an Outstanding Hispanic Woman Role Model in Education. IMAGE of San Antonio. August 25, 2004.
  • Humanities advisor to FIRST VOICE: Latino Literature in the U.S. three hour documentary series.
  • Honoree for La Prensa Latina Women Awards, March 7, 2003, San Antonio,
  • Honored by the San Anto Cultural Arts Center for contributions to the cultural and civic life of San Antonio. Queen Huevo for 2003-2004. October 18, 2003.
  • Selected as a Educational Testing Services (ETS)/Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU) Policy Fellow, 2000-002.


Over the years she has received the following:


  • Annual Award for Contributions to the Field of Bilingual Education from the Texas
  • Association for Bilingual Education
  • Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the Dean’s Roundtable, Texas A & M
  • Program Co-chair, Division G, American Education Research Association.
  • University Life Award for Outstanding Faculty Member.
  • Kellogg Grant for Institute for Educational Leadership Fellowship Program,.
  • Scholar for the Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.
  • National Institute of Education Fellowship - Project for Women and Minorities in Research
  • Featured in a documentary Lo mejor de nuestro. KWEX, Channel 41
  • Featured in a documentary video In Search of Racial Justice. General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. NY.
  • Nominated for the Race Unity Award for the city of San Antonio.
  • Featured in KLRN TV documentary Hollydays.
  • Featured in KDVA TV Latino Leaders.
  • Leadership Texas.
  • Outstanding Women of San Antonio, Photography Exhibit Expo in Mexico City.


Professional Service


Dr. Clark has served as a Division G program chair for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for several  years and served on many of AERA committees.  She was one of the founding members of AERA's Research in Bilingual Education and the Hispanic Research Issues special interest groups. She served on the Editoral Advisory Board for the Bilingual Research Journal and the TESOL Journal. Dr. Clark has served as aNational Science Foundation and American Society for Engineering Education panelist for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program and is presently Co-Editor for the Hispanic American Biographies project, Volumes 1-IV. (Fall, 2007). Brown Publications.

Ellen is an active member of the National, State, and San Antonio Area Associations for Bilingual Education and many other professional organizations.


Links to Information and Resources


Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies

Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE) Research

Maya & Miguel http://pbskids.org/mayaandmiguel/flash.html

PBS Parents Maya & Miguel: Diversity in Language and Culture

http://www.pbs.org/parents/experts/archive/clarkgidney-diversity.html

Common Ground...works from 12 African-American artists at the SBC

Huipiles: A Celebration - Historical Essay: Ellen Riojas Clark

Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph. D. Professor Division of Bicultural Bilingual Studies University of Texas at San Antonio References on file. ...

Ellen Clark: ZoomInfo Business People Information 
Ellen Riojas Clark and Dr. Calvin Gidney | PBS ... Ellen Riojas Clark is the education content director for Maya & Miguel and an Associate Professor in the ...

MacArturos Reunion @ UTSA! BLOG: Teacher resources celebrating the MacArturos Reunion in San Antonio with Lesson plans http://macarturos.blogspot.com

http://www.mysanantonio.com/salife/travel/stories/MYSA110207travel.abuelasmainpage.1d01d2a2c.html

http://www.huipiles.org


Research

As the Research Coordinator for the Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE), Dr. Clark’s role has been to define the research agenda and protocol for concept papers and research project awards designed to provide new insights of issues associated with the education of Latino and low-income students at the K-16 level. Within this function she is in charge of a process to allocate $47,000 yearly to UTSA faculty and doctoral students. She served as Co-PI for the Rockefeller Foundation Project: Knowledge, Culture, and Construction of Identity in a Transnational Community: San Antonio, TX. ) that looks at what constitutes transnational identity. This ethnographic study looks at experiences with Mexico/Mexican/Mexican American culture that focus on family, education, work, social and cultural life, and how the aspects of living in two cultures might form identity. Specifically, her research areas are: relationship between the constructs of self-concept, ethnic identity, self-efficacy and good teaching. bilingual education teacher training the identification of gifted language minority children RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS (and National Journal Refereed/Peer-reviewed Research Articles, Books) 2012 Clark, E. R., with Galindo, S. (Submitted 2012). Don Moisés Espino del Castillo y sus Calaveras. Houston, TX: Arte Público Press. Clark, E. R. (in press, 2012). Claiming Cultural Spaces: Wearing Huipiles- A Fabric of Identity. International Embroidery. Flores, B. B., Vasquez, O., & Clark, E. R. (in progress). La Nueva Generación de La Clase Mágica: A 21st Century Transworld Pedagogy. Galindo, S., & Clark, E. R. [in progress). A homecooked cultural legacy: The food of our grandmothers, mothers, and family. Food and Foodways: Explorations in the History and Culture of Human Nourishment. Clark, E. R., Galindo, S., & Valenzuela, E. (In progress). La Merienda: Everything You Want to Know about Pan Dulce. San Antonio, TX. Galindo, S., & Clark, E. R. (in progress). Las Calaveras de Moisés Espino del Castillo. México. Also working on: 3 documentaries on Chicano artists Interactive Task Cards - 4 NASA/UTSA grant GCAC Cooking Show

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