FACULTY

Isabel Nuñez, PhD

Associate Professor of Foundations and Social Policy


College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

Dr. Nuñez teaches Language and Linguistics, Assessment of Bilingual Students, Teaching English as a Second Language and Seminar in Reflective Practice. Among her research interests are curriculum studies, multiculturalism and education, sexuality and education, narrative inquiry and qualitative research methodologies.

She is also involved with the University’s examination and dissertation committees. Previously, Dr. Nuñez held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University and National Louis University. She also served an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles and Birmingham, England. Dr. Nuñez has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2006.

Degrees

  • PhD, Curriculum Studies. University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago.
  • University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • MA, Social Foundations of Education. California State University, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • JD, University of California School of Law. Los Angeles, Calif.
  • BA, English, University of Southern California. Los Angeles, Calif.

Academic and Professional Highlights

Publications

  • “Chicago School Reform: Myths, Realities and New Visions” (with K. Kumashiro, B. Ayers, L. Bloom, S. Cho, G. Cortez, J. Kuzmic, E. Meiners, D. Stovall, T. Quinn). CReATE, Chicago, 2011.
  • “Section 3: Teachers and Sexualities” Sexualities in education: A Reader, New, York: Peter Lang, 2011.
  • “Introduction to Section 3: Teachers and Sexualities” Sexualities in education: A Reader, New, York: Peter Lang, 2011.
  • “Good For Us, Good for our Students: A Self-Study of Self-Study.” Lutheran Education Journal, 2010.
  • “Guide to New Resources” (a series of book reviews), (with M. F. He, M. J. Botelho, B. C. Eng, W. F. Dejean, J. Aguilar and W. Scott-Simmons). Multicultural Perspectives: An Official Journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education, 2010.
  • “Visibility Matters: Policy Work as Activism in Teacher Education.” (with S. Horn, P. Konkol, K. McInerney, E. Meiners, C. North, T. Quinn, and S. Sullivan). Issues in Teacher Education, 2010. 19(2): 65-80.
  • “Visibility Matters-Higher Education and Teacher Preparation in Illinois: A Web-Based Assessment of LGBTQ Presence”(with S. Horn, T. Quinn, E. Meiners, J. Whitman, G. Kenagy, S. Sullivan, D. Schaafsma, P. Ressler, K. Sherida, E. Crowe, M. Melton, P. Konkol, K. McInerney, and C. North). Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, 2009.
  • “You Want Me to Teach Where? Preparing Teacher Candidates to Serve in Culturally and Socially Different Contexts Than Their Own” (with P. Konkol, M. Morkert, L. Pollom, K. Stricker). Online Journal of Success in High-Need Schools, 2008.
  • “What’s Worthwhile and What Impedes it in Curriculum and Teaching? Perspectives on Testing and Standards” (with W.H. Schubert, J. Ohlinger, R. Sanny, B. Schultz). What Professors of Curriculum Have to Say About National Standards and Testing from Georgia to California, 2004.
  • “Reports, Data Briefs and Memos to the Chicago Public Schools Office of Math and Science” (with S. Wenzel, S. Hallman, C. Fendt, J. Yan). UIC CMSI Evaluation Project, 2004.
  • “Rethinking Schooling as Postsecondary Preparation for All” (with D. Jenkins, S. Tozer). CPS Education-to-Careers, 2003.

Presentations

  • “Myths and Realities: A Public Forum on Chicago School Reform.” Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education, Chicago, 2011.
  • “Visibility Still Matters: Reassessing LBGTQ Inclusion in Professional Preparation Programs” (with P. Konkol). American Educational Studies Association; Denver, Colo., 2010.
  • “An Ongoing Conversation with and About Bill Schubert and Bill Ayers” (with A. Haynes, M.F. He, J. Ohlinger, P. Roberts and D.M. Tennial). American Association for Teaching and Curriculum Annual Conference; Washington, D.C., 2010.
  • “Reflective Practice as ‘Best’ Practice in a Degree Program for Practicing Teachers” (with P. Konkol and S. Stumme). Association for Lutheran College Faculty; Irvine, Calif., 2010.
  • “Colonizing Curriculum: How the Thinking Function Learns to Dominate the Psyche,” American Educational Research Association; Denver Colo., 2010.
  • “Confronting the Mirror: Painting a Portrait of Tension in Teacher Preparation” (with P. Konkol and C. Madda). American Educational Research Association; Denver, Colo., 2010.
  • “Why ‘Black’ and ‘White’ Stick in the Throat: A Portrait of Conflict in Teacher Education” (with E. Buhring, R. Eells, Y. Grigsby and S. Stumme). American Educational Studies Association; Pittsburgh, Pa., 2009.
  • “An Ongoing Conversation with and About Bill Schubert and Bill Ayers” (with A. Haynes, M.F. He, J. Ohlinger, P. Roberts and D.M. Tennial). American Association for Teaching and Curriculum Annual Conference; Washington, D.C., 2009.
  • “Making the Invisible Visible: An Assessment of Illinois Teacher Preparation Programs’ Inclusion of LGBTQ Issues” (with S. Horn, E. Meiners, C. North, T. Quinn, S. Sullivan, K. Hanley, P. Konkol). American Educational Studies Association; San Diego, Calif., 2009.
  • “Class Secrets: Uncovering Cultural Capital Awareness on Campus” (with D. Soljaga, J. Mahay, R. Eells, P. Konkol). American Educational Studies Association; Savannah, Ga., 2008.
  • “Learning to Let Go of Nanny: A Documentary Analysis of Ideology and the U.K. National Curriculum.” American Education Research Association; New York, 2008.
  • “Payne’s Misframing: Why Understanding Social Class Requires Autobiographical Reflection” (with K. Stricker and P. Konkol). American Education Research Association; New York, 2008.
  • “The Value of Autobiographical Reflection” (with W. Ayers, W.H. Schubert, W. Watkins, P. Hiltion, C. Pajor). American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, Chicago, 2007.
  • “You Want Me to Teach Where? Preparing Teacher Candidates to Serve in Culturally and Socially Different Contexts Than Their Own” (with P. Konkol, M. Morkert, L. Pollom, K. Stricker). Associated Colleges of Illinois Summer Research Symposium; Chicago, 2007.
  • “Curriculum Scholarship and Curriculum Teaching in Global Perspective” (with W.H. Schubert, W. Ayers, W. Watkins, C. McKay, M. Shikore, P. Roberts, T. Thomas). Professors of Curriculum Annual ASCD Meeting; Chicago, 2006.
  • “Locating Curriculum in Emergent Scholarship” (with B. Schultz, G. Zhao, D. Bruce, S. Leafgren, A. Fidyk). American Educational Research Association; San Francisco, Calif., 2006.
  • “Curie High School Forum on Comprehensive Sex Education,” Support of Illinois Senate Bill 457 and comprehensive approach to sex education, Chicago, 2005.
  • “Learning to Let Go of Nanny: Education and the Self-Reliant Individual.” American Educational Studies Association; Charlottesville, Va., 2005.
  • “Positionality and Qualitative Program Evaluation: The Impact of Individual Researcher Lenses” (with M. Mazboudi, C. Fendt, S. Stoelinga, S., Wenzel). American Evaluation Association; Toronto, Canada, 2005.
  • “The Graduate Journey: At the Crossroads of Perception and Reality” (with E. Buhring, N. Christodoulou, P. Konkol, K. Madda, B. Schultz). American Educational Studies Association; Kansas City, Mo., 2004.
  • “In the Cage of National Curriculum.” American Educational Studies Association; Mexico City, Mexico, 2003.
  • “What makes doctoral studies worthwhile?” (with W.H. Schubert). American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies Annual Meeting; Chicago, 2003.
  • “A Call for Solidarity: Decolonizing Resistance Culture Beyond the Academy.” Reclaiming Voice Ethnographic Studies Conference, University of Southern California; Los Angeles, Calif., 1997.
  • “Defending our Children/Selves: The Politics of Teaching/Decolonization in Los Angeles/Aztlan” (with S. Flores, J. Tornek). American Educational Studies Association; Montreal, Canada, 1996.

Seminars

  • “CReATE (Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education Workshop.” Caucus of Rank and File Educators 3rd Annual Education Summit; Chicago, 2011.
  •  “Science Teaching for Deep Conceptual Understanding.” Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation Networking Conference; Melrose Park, Ill., 2009.
  • “Building Mathematical Understanding in Children Grades 1-5.” Cabrini Green Tutoring Project Tutor Training Conference, Chicago, 2007.
  • “Making Science Fun for Early Childhood Students Without Breaking the Bank.” Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation Networking Conference, Melrose Park, Ill., 2007.
  • Presentation on English Language Learners, Each One Teach One project meeting, River Forest, Ill., 2007.
  • Science teaching workshop, Northern Illinois Regional Conference for Lutheran Schools; River Grove, Ill., 2007.

Awards and Honors

  • Ann Lynn Lopez Schubert Memorial Fellowship inaugural recipient, 2008.
  • American Educational Research Association Division B Graduate Student Seminar participant and travel award recipient, 2005.
  • Diversity Fellow, University of Illinois, 2002-2006.
  • Eisenhower Fellow for Minority Math and Science Education, 1994-1996.

Contact

Work: 708-209-3518