Laura ValdiviezoTC degree, program, specialization and year of graduation: Ed.D., International Educational Development, Policy Studies, 2006
Dissertation title: The Construction of Interculturality: An Ethnography of Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices in Peruvian Quechua Schools
Advisors: Lesley Bartlett and Ofelia García
Description of your current position: I am an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I teach graduate and undergraduate students in the concentrations of language, literacy, and culture, and bilingual and multicultural education. My courses focus on ethnographic research in educational settings, multicultural policy and pedagogy with an emphasis on underrepresented populations.
Something special about your TC experience: My advisors and peers in the program were fundamental to my experience and development as a scholar. The extraordinary and dedicated faculty in ITS allowed flexibility in the directions that my coursework and dissertation work took. I also found fundamental support among other students who had great area expertise and knowledge.