Faculty Biography | Cynthia Reyes
Cynthia ReyesAssociate Professor
Dr. Reyes takes up the role of identity in language and literacy, and in pedagogy in her scholarly work and in her teaching. She believes it is important for researchers and teachers to consider the array of social and cultural identities that inform their participants’ and students’ literate practices. Her research interests include identity, literacy, diversity, and foundations. Her work has been published in such journals as the Research in the Teaching of English, Educational Foundations, The Reading Teacher, and Teacher Education & Practice.
Areas of Expertise:
Diversity, Access, and Equity; English Language Learners; Immigrant and Refugee Populations; Literacy and Numeracy; Media Literacy; Multiculturalism; Reading Education and Literacy; Research Methods; Teacher Education
- Literacy Education and Multicultural Education: I am interested in literacy as a sociocultural practice, and the connection between identity and literacy. My teaching and writing also focus on issues of diversity and multicultural education. My current research interest involves work with English language learners and preservice educators on the topic of digital technology, and the use of digital story to enhance reflection and writing.
Brown's Response to Improving Teacher Education (BRITE), National Writing Project
- Reyes, C. & Bishop, P. (In press) The hazards of engaging identity in a pre-service middle level classroom. In Patrick Kenlink (Ed.) Teacher Identity and the Struggle for Recognition.
- Reyes, C. (2010) Locating an authorial voice: Engaging a school reform debate through the roles of a mother, teacher, community member, and university professor. In Malu, K. (Ed.) Voices from the middle: Narrative inquiry by, for, and about the middle level community. Information Age Publishing, pps. 339-358.
- Johnson III, R., Reyes, C., & Smith, S. (2009). Repositioning the culture of power: Advocating for systemic change within public affairs education. Journal of Public Affairs Education, Vol. 15(1), pps. 33-46.
- Reyes, C. (2009). El Libro de Recuerdos (Book of Memories): A Latina Student's Exploration of Self and Religion in Public School. Research in the Teaching of English, 43(3), 263-285.
- Reyes, C. (2008). "Disturbing the waters":Using relational knowledge to explore methodology. The Journal of Educational Foundations, Vol. 22(3-4), pps. 13-31.
Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years
Current Trends in Teaching English Language Learners; Teaching Young Adolescents; Young Adolescent Literature and Literacy
Awards & Honors
- Educational Alliance Fellow, Project Brite: Diversity and English Language Learners. Brown University, Providence, RI from U.S. Department of Education: National work that promotes and integrates diversity in a teacher education program. (2007)
- American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Middle School Association (NMSA), National Reading Conference