Gilda Martinez-Alba

Assistant Dean and Professor

Gilda Martinez-Alba

Contact Information

PHONE
OFFICE
Hawkins Hall, Room 304G

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

Certification and Licensure:

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) PreK – 12, Maryland State Department of Education, 2006.

Administrator, Maryland State Department of Education, 2005.

Reading Specialist, Maryland State Department of Education, 2000.

Elementary and Middle School Teacher, Maryland State Department of Education, 1996.

Recent Publications

Martinez-Alba, G., & Cruzado-Guerrero, J. R. (2018). Technology for reading and writing motivation.  In J. I. Liontas (Ed.), The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching.  Retrieved from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/9781118784235.eelt0962

Cruzado-Guerrero, J. R., & Martinez-Alba, G. (2018).  Teaching ELs:  Attitudes, beliefs, and sense of preparedness of preservice teachers.  Literacy Issues and Practices, 17 - 27.

Martinez-Alba, G., & Cruzado-Guerrero, J.R. (2018). Second language testing for student evaluation and classroom research. [Review of the book Second language testing for student evaluation and classroom research, by G. Gorsuch & D. T. Griffee]. Teachers College Record. 

Martinez-Alba, G., & Cruzado-Guerrero, J.R. (2018).  The ball is rolling: Recruiting underrepresented students.  Profiles in Diversity Journal.

Martinez-Alba, G. (2017).  Going in the right direction faster:  Increase diversity and inclusion today.  Profiles in Diversity Journal, 38 – 39.

Cruzado-Guerrero, J.R., Martinez-Alba, G., & Mogge, S. (2017).  ¡Hablo un poquito de Español! Strategies to develop a Spanish course using technology in PDS settings.  School University Partnerships Journal, 51 – 61.

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

Invited Keynote Presentations

Martinez-Alba, G. (2019, May).  íLatinx celebracion!  Keynote Presented at Latinx Gala Celebration.  Towson, Maryland.

Martinez-Alba, G. (2018, April).  íLatinx celebracion!  Keynote Presented at Latinx Gala Celebration.  Towson, Maryland.

Martinez-Alba, G. (2018, March).  Responding to the growing needs of schools with English learners:  How a small project became a large project.  Keynote Presented at National Council of Teachers of English Assembly on Research Conference (NCTEAR).  Towson, Maryland.

Martinez-Alba, G. (2016, August). Creating a tool kit for diversity and inclusion at a university.  Keynote presented at the Women’s Leadership International Conference.  College Park, Maryland.

Recent Presentations

Martinez-Alba, G. (2019, March).  TESOL videographers discuss their moviemaking secrets.  Presented at the Tea with Distinguished TESOLers for the TESOL International Convention.  Atlanta, Georgia.

Martinez-Alba, G., & Turner, D. (2019, February).  Caring, committed, and collaborative:  School/community partnerships for responsive practice.  Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children’s National Conference.  Indianapolis, Indiana.

Martinez-Alba, G. (2018, November).  Evidence-based online instruction:  What is working?  Presented at the Maryland TESOL Conference.  Baltimore, Maryland.

Martinez-Alba, G., Xu, K., Jacobs, M., & Moran, M. (2018, March).  Get published!:  Writing a book for TESOL press.  Presented at the TESOL International Convention.  Chicago, Illinois.

Martinez-Alba, G., & Cruzado-Guerrero, J. (2018, March).  Rethinking your online instruction:  Going from zero to hero.  Presented at the TESOL International Convention.  Chicago, Illinois.

Cruzado-Guerrero, J. (2018, March).  Reading fluency at all levels.  Presented at the TESOL International Convention.  Chicago, Illinois.

Martinez-Alba, G. (2017, December).  Linguistic diversity and intervention:  Supporting English language learners and developing readers.  Chair at the Literacy Research Association Conference.  Tampa, Florida.

Cruzado-Guerrero, J., & Martinez-Alba, G. (2017, December).  Responding to shifting demographic contexts.  Invited presentation for Afterschool Alliance.  Online Webinar.

Zhang, Y., Wang, Y, & Martinez-Alba, G.  (2017, November).  Study on academic reading strategies of Chinese international students from the perspective of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK).  Presented at the Maryland TESOL Conference.  Laurel, Maryland.

Martinez-Alba, G., & Cortada, M. (2017, June).  Wordless books for classroom motivation and engagement.  Invited presentation at the Children’s Literature Conference at Shenandoah University.  Shenandoah, Virginia. 

Martinez-Alba, G., & Cruzado-Guerrero, J. (2017, March).  Wordless books:  Engaging lessons to develop literacy skills.  Presented at the State of Maryland International Reading Association Conference.  Hunt Valley, Maryland

Martinez-Alba, G., Mogge, S., Huggins, S., Zumpano, A., Laster, B., Cortada, M., & Kurtz, L.  (2017, March).  Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Towson university graduate reading program.  Presented at the the State of Maryland International Reading Association Conference.  Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Brinks-Lockwood, R., Martinez-Alba, G., Beckett, G., Byleen, E., DelliCarpini, M., Rainville, A., Xu, K.  (2017, March).  I want to write a book:  Getting published with TESOL.  Presented at the International TESOL Convention.  Seattle, Washington.

Recent Awards

Towson University – Educator of the Year – 2018.  Awarded for outstanding performance and dedication to students at the Center for Student Diversity.

Office of English Language Acquisition – 2017.  English learners moving to proficient outcomes with engagement and rigor (EMPOWER).  2.2 million dollar grant for a five year period as the co-principal investigator.

International TESOL Ambassador – 2017.  Awarded to seven out of 155 applicants to assist in promoting their international conference and mentor new members.  The organization has over 11,000 members from all over the world.

Towson University - Office of Academic Innovation - Teaching Innovation Award - 2016.  Awarded for an English learner focus faculty team project based in Baltimore City.

Current Committees

  • TESOL Publishing Professional Council co-chair
  • Latinx Faculty and Staff co-chair
  • CAEP Standard 3 Committee chair
  • Baltimore – Towson University (BTU) Committee
  • College Council
  • Teacher Education Executive Board
  • Maryland State Department of Education Elementary Literacy Committee
  • Maryland State Department of Education Secondary Literacy Committee
  • Maryland Early Childhood Leadership Program Advisory Board