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Dr.  Belinda Bustos Flores

Professor & Assoc. Dean of Professional Preparation, Assessment, & Accreditation
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Belinda Bustos Flores, professor and associate dean of professional preparation, assessment, and accreditation in the College of Education and Human Development, University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), completed her Ph.D. at the University of Texas, Austin in Curriculum and Instruction with specializations in Multilingual Studies and Educational Psychology. In 2000, she received the 1st place award for Outstanding Dissertation from The National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE). She was awarded the 2004 UTSA President’s Distinguished Award for Research Excellence.

Her research interests and publications in peer reviewed, Tier I journals focus on Latino and bilingual teacher development including self-concept, ethnic identity, efficacy, beliefs, teacher recruitment/retention, and high stakes testing. Publications also focus on teacher sociocultural knowledge of family cultural literacy. Dr. Flores’ work has been cited in top journals such as the Bilingual Research Journal, Curriculum Inquiry, Curriculum Studies, Educational Researcher, Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Studies, Handbook of Teacher Education, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Journal of Latinos & Education, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, Multicultural Perspectives, Teachers College Record, The Reading Teacher, The Urban Review, and Young Children. She has published 5 books that focus on the preparation of teachers for bilingual and second language populations. 

In addition to being a nationally renowned scholar, Dr. Flores is the founder of the UTSA’s nationally recognized Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE). In 2003, she received a Title V Grant from the Department of Education to create ATE at UTSA. She obtained three USDOE’s Transition to Teaching Grants to certify degreed individuals in the critical shortage areas of mathematics, science, and special education with a focus on English and bilingual learners. In 2007, Dr. Flores was awarded a research grant to explore the conditions that promote the retention of teachers teaching in low performing schools and to examine the academic, personal, and cultural indicators of successful mathematics and science teachers, specifically those teaching English language learners. In 2008, Dr. Flores received a foundation grant to create an induction learning community and to study the impact of induction support on novice teachers working in critical teaching shortage areas. Most recently, she acquired another Title V, USDOE grant, ATE: Equity, Education and Entrepreneurship (ATE E3) to further strengthen the preparation of teachers in the areas of math, science, and technology. In 2008, Dr. Flores received a $2000 research award, plus travel expenses to deliver a commissioned paper at University of California -LMRI Conference entitled: Examining the preparation of math and science teachers as culturally efficacious for classrooms serving English Learners. Based on her expertise, in 2008 she was selected to serve on the HACU Hispanic Higher Education Research Collaborative (H3ERC) Panel.

Under Dr. Flores leadership, the Academy for Teacher Excellence has (1) recruited, retained, and supported over 400 undergraduate teacher candidates, with majority being Latino women; (2) provided induction support to over 200 novice teachers; and (3) recruited, supported, retained, and certified 180 graduate students in math, science, and special education (80% women and 50% Latinos working with about 7,500 low income, minority high school students). In addition to student support, ATE has funded 42 faculty research projects totaling $138,000, funded 3 doctoral student fellowships totaling $55,000, supported 6 graduate assistants totaling $80,000, and sponsored 30 professional development seminars providing $18,000 in faculty stipends. ATE E3 goals were to increase minority student access to education through the use of technology the project supplied over 300 students and 150 faculty with iPhone and iPad as educational and instructional tools. To date ATE has secured over $27 million dollars in external funding. To support bilingual and minority learners, ATE established 22 after-school La Clase Mágica clubs for promoting biliteracy, ethnomathematics, digital literacy, numeracy, and robotics. UTSA's Academy for Teacher Excellence was honored in 2012 by the UTSA President's Distinguished Inaugural Award for Diversity and as an Example of ¡Excelencia! Finalist in Washington, D.C.  ATE was recognized in 2015 as a "Bright Spot in Hispanic Education" by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

In recognition of her lifetime work, in 2012, Dr. Flores was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame and recognized as UT College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction as an exceptional alumna and featured on their website. In 2013, she was named as Reviewer of the Year for the Journal of Mentoring and Tutoring and was selected as the Texas Association for Bilingual Education Higher Education Honoree. In 2015, the AERA Hispanic Research Issues SIG honored Dr. Flores with the Elementary, Secondary, and Postsecondary Award for extensive contributions to scholarship. In 2016, The University of Colorado, Boulder invited Dr. Flores to be their Inaugural Summer 2016 Scholar. She continues to work creating and researching on grooming- and growing-your-teachers in critical shortage areas, specifically in bilingual education. In 2019, the Academy for Teacher Excellence became an UTSA official research center. Also, in 2019, the AERA Bilingual Research SIG recognized Dr. Flores’ scholarship with the Lifetime Achievement Award.