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Deborah Romero

Deborah Romero


School of Teacher Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Information

Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
School of Teacher Education
Campus Box 107
Greeley, CO 80639


Professional/Academic Experience

Areas of specialization:

Teaching and learning, especially in ESL/Bilingual Education, Language and Literacy Development in Multilingual Contexts, Latinos and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, Family Literacy, Youth Media and Multiliteracies,. Engaged teaching and learning and the scholarship of engagement.

Research/Areas of Interest

Language and Literacy Development in Multilingual Contexts; Digital Literacies, Learning and Identity. Qualitative Research Methodologies: Ethnography, Discourse and Interaction Analysis. Teacher Preparation and teacher Professional Development. Equity Issues, Sociocultural Theories, Home-school-community links, Engaged teaching and learning and the scholarship of engagement.

Publications/Creative Works

Romero, D. (2023). Empowering Teachers for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity via Multimodal Critical Identity Collages. In Stacie Lynn Finley, Pamela Correll, Cathy Pearman, Stephanie Huffman (Ed.), Empowering Students Through Multilingual and Content Discourse. (pp. 37-68). IGI Global.

Romero, D., Leigh, M., Lo, W. (2022). Pre-service Teachers’ Reflective Writing and Learning in Early Field Experiences. Journal of Educational Research and Innovation (JERI), 10(1).

Romero, D., Epperson, A., Gilbert, E., Marston, C. (2019). After Institutionalization:  Enacting University-Community Engagement as a Process of Change. The Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Community Engagement and Outreach (pp. 354-376). Cambridge University Press.

Orphan, C. M., Diaz, L., Romero, D. (2018). Fostering Collective Civic Impact: Measuring and Advancing Higher Education’s Contributions to Civic Health in Colorado. International Journal of Research on Service-Learning & Community Engagement, 21.

Romero, D., Romero de la Torre, A. A. (2018). To be a better teacher: Pre-service teachers' reflections on community engaged leadership experiences in local and global contexts. World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education, 25.

Romero, D., Romero, A. M. (2016) From College to Classroom: Programmatic Support for Pre-service Teachers for Multilingual and Multicultural Learners in the U.S. Journal of the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education. (1), pp. 24-34

Huang, J., Berg, M., Romero, D., & Walker, D. (2016). In-service teacher development for culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy: the impact of a collaborative project between k-12 schools and a teacher preparation institution. Journal of the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education.(1), pp. 80-101

Romero, D. (2014) Riding the Bus: Symbol and Vehicle for Boundary Spanning. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.(18),3, pp.1- 14

Romero, D. (2013) The Power of Stories to Build Partnerships and Shape Change. The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) (6),1,pp. 11-18

Romero, D. (2013) Youth Media: making it in the world! In C. Faltis and S. Chappell, (Eds.) The Arts and Emergent Bilingual Youth. Building Culturally Responsive, Critical and Creative Education in Schools and Community Contexts. New York: Routledge. pp. 145-151

Romero, D., & Walker, D. (2010b). Ethical dilemmas in re-presentation: Engaging participative youth. Ethnography and Education, 5(2), 209-227.

Romero, D., & Walker, D. (2010a). Pushing the Boundaries of Writing: The Consequentiality of Visualizing Voice in Bilingual Youth Radio. In C. Bazerman, P. Rogers & K. Stansell (Eds.), Traditions of Writing Research. Routledge. (Chapter 17).

Selected Funded Grants:

Romero, D. (Principal), Huang, J. (Co-Principal), "Strengthening Pathways to Success for Future Teachers: Recruitment, Retention, and Graduate Achievement through an Accelerated Dual Degree (4+1): BA in Elementary Education with an MAT in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education," Sponsored by Academic Innovation & Revitalization, UNC Office of the Provost, University of Northern Colorado, $17,000.00. (January 2024 -December 2024).

Romero, D. (Principal), Huang, J. (Co-Principal), "Growing Teacher Capacity: Stackable Pathways to Support Teacher Training for English Language Learners’ Success in CO K12 Schools," Sponsored by Colorado Department of Higher Education, State, $15,200.00. (July 2023 - June 2024).

Romero, D., Huang, J., "Pathways to Success for Undergraduate Teachers: Recruitment, Retention, and Graduate Success through a Dual Degree (4+1) in Elementary Ed. with an MAT in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education.," Sponsored by Academic Innovation & Revitalization, UNC Office of the Provost, University of Northern Colorado, $34,318.00. (January 2023 - June 2024).

Romero, D. (Supporting), Andrews, A. (Principal), "Civic Futures AmeriCorps," Sponsored by Campus Compact of the Mountain West & AmeriCorps, State, $492,859.00. (September 2018 - December 2020).

Romero, D., "An International Comparative Study of University Students’ Community Engaged Learning," University of Northern Colorado, $4,845.00. (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018).

Romero, D., "Civic Health & Equity Initiative," Sponsored by Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at the University of Denver, $2,000.00. (August 9, 2016 - December 30, 2017).

Romero, D., "Knowledge innovation & creativity in a School-University Young Author Partnership," Sponsored by Faculty Research & Publication Board, University of Northern Colorado. (April 21, 2016).

Romero, D., "Northern Colorado Upward Bound (NCUB) Program In collaboration with Cesar Chavez Cultural Center," Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, $1,250,000.00. (2007-2012).

Romero, D. (Participant collaborator), Huang, G. (Participant collaborator), Rude, H. (Project Director), faculty from CEBS, "ITQ Grant, Building Teacher Skills to work with ELL and Special Education Students," $364,635.00. (2011).

Romero, D., "Provost Research, Dissemination and Faculty Development Award. Understanding What Counts as effective pre-service teaching: A comparative Study of ESL and Non-ESL endorsed teacher candidate's pedagogical practices. Office of Sponsored Programs. Award FOPPRR50," $6,794.00. (November 2009 - November 2011).

Honors and Awards

Faculty Award for International Engagement, Center for International Education. (April 27, 2016).

Outstanding Faculty Award, NuAlpha Kappa, University of Northern Colorado. (November 16, 2013).

Nominated for: Engaged Scholarship Faculty Award, University of Northern Colorado Engaged Scholarship Symposium. (2012).

McNair Mentor Research Award, McNair Scholars Program. (2008).