Dr. Ana Maria Villegas Named AERA Fellow

Dr. Ana Maria Villegas, right, with doctoral student Katie Strom.

Dr. Ana Maria Villegas, Professor of Curriculum and Teaching in the College of Education and Human Services, has been name a 2012 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow.

The AERA Fellows Program was established by the AERA Council in 2007 to honor education researchers with substantial research accomplishments, to convey the Association's commitment to excellence in research, and to emphasize to new scholars the importance of sustained research of excellence in the field. The Class of 2012 Fellows is the fourth group to be inducted based on nomination by their peers, selection by the Fellows Program Committee, and approval by Council.  
Dr. Villegas is the Director of the EdD in Teacher Education and Teacher Development program at the University.  She teaches courses in teacher education policy and research, and sociocultural perspectives on teaching and learning.  She has a Ph.D. in curriculum and teaching from New York University.  Prior to joining MSU in September 1996, she was a Senior Research Scientist with the Division of Education Policy Research of Educational Testing Service, a position she held for eight years.  Dr. Villegas has also taught at the University of Colorado-Denver, Department of Language, Literacy, and Culture.

Dr. Villegas specializes in the preparation of teachers for a diverse student population and the recruitment and preparation of teachers of diverse backgrounds. She has conducted studies of culturally responsive teaching, policies and practices in the education of immigrant students, strategies for transforming teacher education for diversity, and policies and programs for increasing the diversity of the teaching force.