My teacher scholarship serves two purposes: apply my research skills to real-world issues and improve the college experience for my students.
While I started with traditional research in educational issues with Mexican American families and students, the demanding life of a CSU faculty member made teacher scholarship practical and relevant. I began conceptualizing liberal education in a 21st century context.
After which, I began investigating my practice helping undergraduate teacher candidates develop awareness and skills to talk about social difference, what I call Critical Social Dialogue, and understanding the role of civic engagement and social justice through experiencing informed and reciprocal service-learning through the development of the life coaching method with at-risk youth.
My current work has centered on university partners' accountability to community participants in service-learning and helping community organizations work effectively with university partners. I have developed a partnership artifact, the University-Community Partnership Needs & Impact Matrix to help achieve truly reciprocal programs.
Higher education is grappling with:
•the changing student demographics
•prominence of instructional technology,
•the incorporation of neuroscience on
learning and teaching
•expectation of aligning teaching and
learning through assessment of
•increased awareness of professional
skills development in undergraduate
•the development of 21st century life
skills for an individual's well being (and
In 2013, I presented the keynote at the Chico State Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Conference on an integrated approach to university understanding university life in 21st century, including an integrated approach to teaching and learning.
I have refined the pedagogy and renamed it Content+ that addresses students' needs and helps faculty gradual create an integrate pedagogy from their already content-centered technique.