Faculty member Esperanza De La Vega is this year’s recipient of the PSU President’s Diversity Award for Distinguished Faculty. She was honored at the annual awards ceremony, held on May 25 in the PSU Native American Community Center. She is an associate professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department and the coordinator of the Bilingual Teacher Pathway (BTP) program. She was recognized for her work envisioning and co-facilitating the creation of a new Dual Language Specialization in the GSE that is added to a teaching license.
De La Vega came to PSU in 2010 after working in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for four years. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Oregon University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught for Salem-Keizer and McMinnville school districts, as well as Berkeley School District in California. De La Vega has published and presented papers on bilingual education and has two major grants for her work with children of color: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practices for collaborative work with Portland Public Schools (co-principal investigator with Dr. Moti Hara) and the Futures Project, as part of the BTP program. Continue reading