Professor and Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs

As the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs for the College of Education and Social Services at UVM, Dr. Cynthia Reyes's responsibilities focus on ensuring the integrity and quality of undergraduate education curricular and academic affairs processes, supporting faculty progression through rank-mentoring-RPT programming, and other related tasks and initiatives. 

Her research and service passions include diversity, equity, and inclusion; family and school professional partnerships, digital literacies, and educational policy and language. Her teaching experience includes courses in Education for Cultural and Diversity (ECLD), Race and Racism in the U.S., and community-based learning. She has extensive experience in community-engaged projects especially with immigrant families. She is particularly interested in work that is generative, creative in problem-solving, and is community-based to address the needs of families and youth.

Dr. Reyes received two Fulbright Canada awards for the 2023-2024 academic year. During the fall semester, her Fulbright Research Chair position at the University of Waterloo, Ontario will engage in work with interdisciplinary scholars focusing on anti-racism and BIPOC communities. During the spring semester, she will serve as Fulbright Research Chair in Education at the University of Alberta focusing on equity in pedagogy and scholarship on the experiences of non-dominant families and communities.

Prior to her accomplished career in higher education, Reyes taught in a bilingual (Spanish/English) classroom in a Chicago Public School and also taught English as a second language in adult education. As a higher education representative, she currently serves on the Vermont Advisory Working Group for Ethnic Studies for the Vermont Agency of Education.

Research and/or Creative Works

Book Review of Humanizing Methodologies in Educational Research: Centering Nondominant Communities

Project RAFT Family and School Professional Partnership Work

Vermont Coalition for Ethnic Studies and Social Equity in Schools (VCESES): Statewide coalition led by a multicultural and multigenerational group including people of color from various racial and ethnic groups, anti-poverty, disability rights, and LGBTQIA advocates


Please see attached CV and Google Scholar link for a full listing of publications.


Reyes, C. C., Haines, S.J., & Clark/Keefe, K. (2021). Humanizing Methodologies in Educational Research: Centering Nondominant Communities. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Gerstl-Pepin, C. & Reyes, C. (Eds.) (2015). Reimagining the Public Intellectual in Education: Making Scholarship Matter. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Selected Journal Articles

Reyes, C.C., Haines, S.J., & Ghemari, A. (Accepted). Examining community cultural wealthof multicultural liaisons during Covid-19. Voices in Urban Education.

Haines, S.J., Reyes, C.C., *Ghising, H., *Alamatouri, A., *Haji, M., & *Hurwitz, R. (2021). Family-professional partnerships between resettled refugee families and their children’s teachers: Exploring multiple perspectives. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth. DOI:10.1080/1045988X.2021.1934375.

Reyes, C.C., Haines, S.J., *Ghising, H., *Alamatouri, A., *Haji, M., & *Hurwitz, R. (2021). Proposing a model for conducting ethical and humanizing education research with families with refugee experiences. Journal of Family Diversity in Education, 4(1), 1-19. DOI:10.53956/jfde.2021.157.

Kervick, C.., Haines, S.J., Green, A., Reyes, C.C., Shepherd, K., *Moore, M., *Healy, M., & *Gordon, M. (2021). Engaging interdisciplinary service providers to enhance collaboration to support refugee families whose children have special health care needs. Educational Action Research.

Reyes, C. (2019). Practicing ‘unsettled listening’ to the migration narratives of young adolescent refugees. Middle School Journal, 50(4), 16-25.

Reyes, C., & Bishop, P. (2019). What visualizing strategic reading means for young adolescents. Journal of Visual Literacy, 39(4), 262-284.

Reyes, C. (2019). An English learner as a cultural broker for youth interviews. The Qualitative Report, 24(3), 532-549.

Tinkler, A., Tinkler, B., Reyes, C., & *Elkin, S. (2018). Critical service-learning: Learning through
experience to advance teacher education. Journal of Experiential Education, 42(1), 65-78.

Reyes, C., & Brinegar, K. (2016). Lessons learned: Using the literacy histories of education students to equitize literacy instruction for young adolescents. International Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, 59, 327-337.

Reyes, C., & *Netcoh, S. (2015). A nascent look at theoretical frameworks in middle level education research. Middle Grades Review, 1(1), Article 3.

Yoon, M., Schaefer, K., Reyes, C., & Brinegar, K. (2015). Comprehensive and critical review: Current middle grades research and practice: 2000-2013. Middle Grades Research Journal, 10(1), 1-16.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2023-2024 Fulbright Research Chair in Education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • 2023-2024 Fulbright Research Chair in Anti-Racism and BIPOC Communities, University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada
  • George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Vermont (2019)
  • Joseph A. Abruscato Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont (2019)
  • John Dewey Educator’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont (2015)
  • ALANA Faculty Teaching Award, ALANA, University of Vermont (2012)
  • Service Learning Faculty Fellow, University of Vermont, awarded for faculty that engages in service learning and research (2011)
  • Educational Alliance Fellow, Project Brite: Diversity and English Language Learners, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island from the U.S. Department of Education: National work that promotes and integrates diversity in a teacher education program (2007)

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • National Middle School Association (NMSA)
  • National Reading Conference
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Cynthia Reyes

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • English learner (EL) Education
  • Immigrant Families and Literacy
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Teacher Education


  • Ph.D. in Reading, Writing, and Literacy from University of Illinois, Chicago
  • M.Ed. in Educational Studies/Instructional Leadership from University of Illinois, Chicago
  • B.A. in Spanish and Communications from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN


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Office Location:

412 Waterman

  1. Google Scholar Page

Courses Taught

  • ECLD 056 D1 Language Policy Issues, Race, and School
  • ECLD 303 Language Policy, Race, and School
  • EDFS 455 Social Processes and Institutional Change