Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph. D.

Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies 
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The University of Texas at San Antonio



Ellen Riojas Clark, Professor of Bilingual Education, holds a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin. She recieved a M. A. in Bicultural Bilingual Studies from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a B. A. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Trinity University.

Courses Spring 2006


Research  Interests

As the Research Coordinator for the Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE), Dr. Clark’s role has been to define the research agenda and protocol for concept papers and research project awards designed to provide new insights of issues associated with the education of Latino and low-income students at the K-16 level. Within this function she is in charge of a process to allocate $47,000 yearly to UTSA faculty and doctoral students.

She served as  Co-PI for the Rockefeller Foundation Project: Knowledge, Culture, and Construction of Identity in a Transnational Community: San Antonio, TX. ) that looks at what constitutes transnational identity. This ethnographic study looks at experiences with Mexico/Mexican/Mexican American culture that focus on family, education, work, social and cultural life, and how the aspects of living in two cultures might form identity.

Specifically, her research areas are:

Creative Activities

Dr. Clark served as the Educational Content Director for a nationally acclaimed Scholastic Entertainment PBS children's cartoon series. This sixty-five episode program Maya and Miguel is focused on promoting the value of a culturally diverse society and bilingualism.

Other creative activities include the writing of book reviews and travel articles for the general public in the local newspaper. These reviews with the byline of Las Dos Abuelas and Abuela Ellne/Maria travels to… have generated great interest, provoke intellectual challenge and discussion, and most importantly, interest in reading. Teachers use the articles to promote cultural literacy and to stimulate reading with their students.

Dr. Clark has developed and presented many graduate summer institutes that focused on Latino literature and culture, multicultural education collaborative approaches, curriculum development, cooperative learning and restructuring schools for language minority students at UTSA over the years. These have included the 1999, 2001, 2003 National Endowment for the Humanities summer institutes Derrumbando Fronteras/ Breaking Boundaries: the Inclusion of Mexican American and Latino Literature and Culture in the Classroom for which she received major NEH funding.  Other signature events that she has co-chaired were: the University Conference on Multiculturalism in the United States: Multiculturalism and Democracy: Strategic Alternatives that brought speakers such as Carlos Cortes, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Cornel West, and Jorge Klor de Alva and Luz: Education through Art - Orlando AB. This event included an art exhibit, workshops, and student programs structured in collaboration with the Columbian artist, Orlando Botero, traveled nationally and internationally.

Awards and Grants

Over the years she has received the following:

Professional Service

Dr. Clark has served as a Division G program chair for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for several  years and served on many of AERA committees.  She was one of the founding members of AERA's Research in Bilingual Education and the Hispanic Research Issues special interest groups. She served on the Editoral Advisory Board for the Bilingual Research Journal and the TESOL Journal. Dr. Clark has served as aNational Science Foundation and American Society for Engineering Education panelist for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program and is presently Co-Editor for the Hispanic American Biographies project, Volumes 1-IV. (Fall, 2007). Brown Publications.


Ellen is an active member of the National, State, and San Antonio Area Associations for Bilingual Education and many other professional organizations.

Links to Information and Resources

Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies

Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE) Research

Maya & Miguel   http://pbskids.org/mayaandmiguel/flash.html

PBS Parents Maya & Miguel: Diversity in Language and Culture


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