Gilda Martinez-Alba

Chair and Professor

Gilda Martinez-Alba

Contact Information

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Education

Ed.D., Teacher Development and Leadership, Johns Hopkins University, 2005

Graduate Certificate, School Administration and Supervision, Johns Hopkins University, 2005

M.S., Education - Reading, Johns Hopkins University, 2000

B.S, Elementary Education - Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 1996

Areas of Expertise

English Language Learners, Reading Motivation, Technology for Motivation, Adolescent Literacy

Recent Publications

Martinez-Alba, G., Wizer, D., Cruzado-Guerrero, J., McNary, S., Huggins, S., & Mogge S. (2016). A duck, is a duck, is a duck: Roles of reading specialists today. Literacy Issues and Practices, 20(1), 5-22.

Mogge, S., Martinez-Alba, G., & Cruzado-Guerrero, J. (2017). A university-school partnership to promote school and immigrant communityrelationships. TESL-E, Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, 20(4), 1- 10.

Martinez-Alba, G., & Cruzado-Guerrero, J. (2015). Language teaching strategies: Five countries compared through study abroads. In J. A. Rhodes & T. M. Milby (Eds.), Advancing Teacher Education and Curriculum Development through Study Abroad Programs (198 - 213). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Cruzado-Guerrero, J., & Martinez-Alba, G. (2015). Meaningful language and cultural experiences for future teachers. In J. A. Rhodes & T. M. Milby (Eds.), Advancing Teacher Education and Curriculum Development through Study Abroad Programs (160 - 176). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 

Martinez-Alba, G. (In Press). Pay attention! Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 1. doi: 10.1002/jaal.320

Martinez-Alba. (In Press). Reading and writing in the content areas for P.E. teachers. Strategies.

Martinez-Alba, G., & Cruzado-Guerrero, J. (Eds.). (In Press). Wordless books: So much to say. Alexandria, VA: TESOL International Association.

Martinez-Alba. (2014). Taking digital stories to the next level: Making documentaries. TESOL Journal, 5 , 743 - 739. doi: 10.1002/tesj.169

Martinez-Alba, G., Cruzado-Guerrero, J., & Pitcher, S. (2014). Glogsters, mini movies, and other motivating technology: A multiple case study of English learners. The Reading Matrix, 14, 253 – 262.

Martinez-Alba, G., & Pitcher, S. (2014). Technology to support writing for English learners: The language experience approach goes digital (LEAD). In R. Ferdig, Raskinski, T., & Pytash, K. (Eds.), Technology and writing: New approaches to literacy. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

Martinez-Alba, G. (2014). Book talks and socials. In S. C. C. Clarice, & Frendo, E. (Eds.), New ways in teaching business English. Alexandria, VA: TESOL International Association.

Recent Presentations

Martinez-Alba, G., & Cruzado-Guerrero, J. (2016, April). Wordless books: So much to say. Presented at the International TESOL Convention. Baltimore, Maryland.

Lockwood, R., Martinez-Alba, G., DelliCarpini, M., Wurr, A., Kostka, I., & Jacobs, M. (2016, April). How to get published. Presented at the International TESOL Convention. Baltimore, Maryland.

Martinez-Alba, G., & Cruzado-Guerrero, J. (2016, February). Connecting wordless books to websites, apps, and other texts to create enthusiasm. Presented at the International TESOL Virtual Seminar. Online.

Martinez-Alba, G., Wizer, D., Cruzado-Guerrero, J., McNary, S., Huggins, S., & Mogge, S. (2015, April). A Duck, Is a Duck, Is a Duck: Roles of the Reading Specialist. Presented at the Towson University COE Research Forum. Towson, Maryland.

Martinez-Alba, G., Cruzado-Guerrero, J., Rasheed, D., & Yoon, Y. (2015, March). From the Mouths of Students: Top Motivating Technology. Presented at the International TESOL Convention. Toronto, Canada.

Martinez-Alba, G. (2015, March). Fresh Ideas from Teachers: Videotaping to Build Skills. Presented at the International TESOL Convention. Toronto, Canada.

Brynks, R., Byleen, E., DelliCarpini, M., Freeman, R., Kim, D., Kostka, I., Li, G., Martinez-Alba, G., Stegemoller, J., Stephens, B., & Wurr, A. (2015, March). You want to write a book! Presented at the International TESOL Convention. Toronto, Canada.

Martinez-Alba, G., & Cruzado-Guerrero, J. (2014, November). Wordless Books: Innovative Activities Waiting to Happen. Presented at the Puerto Rico TESOL Conference. Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Mogge, S., Cruzado-Guerrero, J., & Martinez-Alba, G. (2014, October). Living and Learning Together: A University School Partnership to Promote Belonging for a School’s Immigrant Community. Presented at the Baltimore Immigration Summit. Baltimore, Maryland.

Martinez-Alba, G., & Cruzado-Guerrero, J. (2014, October). What Technology Motivates You? Presented at the Maryland TESOL Conference. Essex, Maryland.

Cruzado-Guerrero, J., & Martinez-Alba, G. (2014, October). Spanish for Teachers of English Learners. Presented at the Maryland TESOL Conference. Essex, Maryland.

Martinez-Alba, G. (2014, March). Teaching Speaking Skills through Writing: Top Choices of 60 Teachers. Presented at the International TESOL Convention. Portland, Oregon.

Martinez-Alba, G., & Hook, L. (2014, March). Taking Digital Stories to the Next Level: Making Documentaries. Presented at the International TESOL Convention. Portland, Oregon.

Lebedev, J., Liontas, J. I., Lockwood, R., Schafers, G., Zimmerman, L., Kim, D., & Martinez-Alba, G. (2014, March). I Want to Write a Book! Getting Published with TESOL. Presented at the International TESOL Convention. Portland, Oregon.

Documents

Current Committees

  • Latino/a Faculty and Staff Association (LFSA) Committee, co-chair
  • Literacy Research Association (LRA) International Innovative Committee, mid-Atlantic area representative
  • Promotion, Tenure, Re-Appointment, and Merit (PTRM) Committee - Elementary Education Department, chair
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Committee
  • Reading Clinic Committee
  • Doctoral Committee for Zhuo Wang
  • TESOL Book Publications Committee
  • TESOL International Conference Committee, hospitality co-chair

Recent Awards

Towson University – President’s Diversity Award, 2012. Awarded annually to recognize individuals that have made efforts to foster greater awareness, understanding and advancement of diversity and inclusiveness at TU.

France-Merrick Award – 2013. Awarded to provide funds for innovative research projects, which are above and beyond the normal research production expected based on a faculty role. The intent is to provide a deliverable product (such as a journal article for submission).

Best of Affiliate Leaders at TESOL International – 2013, 2014, and 2015. Awarded to selected state affiliate leaders for them to present at the international conference based on the top state presentations.

Professional Development Award at TESOL International – 2015. Awarded to provide funding for pre or post conference institutes.