Office Phone: (575) 646-1256
Department Phone: (575) 646-4820
Fax: (575) 646-5436
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Cecilia Hernandez, an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the NMSU College of Education, is teaching elementary and secondary science methods courses and trying to infuse multiculturalism into those courses. She will receive the Distinguished Dissertation Award at the spring 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators.
Dr. Hernandez finished her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on science education in May 2011 at Kansas State University. Her dissertation, “The Extent to which Latina/o Pre-service Teachers Demonstrate Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices during Science and Mathematics Instruction,” focused on 12 non-traditional, linguistically diverse teachers in rural areas and how they negotiated culturally responsive teaching practices in science classrooms during their student-teaching experience.
While pursuing her doctorate, Hernandez worked in the Kansas State University Office of Diversity. She has a bachelor’s and master’s from Texas Tech University in biology.