Gilda Martinez-Alba, Ph.D. selected as the Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion for a two-year period beginning fall 2015
Dr. Martinez-Alba has been an associate professor in the College of Education's Department of Elementary Education since August 2006. She served as the director of the Reading Clinic from fall 2013 through January 2015, and currently coordinates, teaches, and advises as the director of the graduate reading program. She has created electives that prepare teachers to work with students and families in English as a Second Language programs, and has helped build diversity while serving on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educators Steering Committee.
Dr. Martinez-Alba demonstrates a commitment to TU's outreach goals through her scholarship on university-school partnerships to promote relationships between schools and immigrant communities. Her service as co-chair of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association, and her willingness to mentor Latino faculty and students, supports the university's efforts to recruit and retain more Latino learners and faculty. Dr. Martinez-Alba has extended that spirit of cultural connection through her study abroad work, connecting students with opportunities in Costa Rica, Portugal, New Zealand and Argentina. She won Towson University’s President’s Diversity Award in 2012, recognizing her efforts to foster greater awareness, understanding and advancement of diversity and inclusiveness at the university.
Dr. Martinez-Alba earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education-Science from the University of Maryland–College Park in 1996, and then went on to earn her Master of Science in Education-Reading (2000) and Ed.D. in Teacher Development and Leadership (2005) from Johns Hopkins University.