R. JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ is an assistant professor of English Education in the Department of English at The University of Texas at El Paso. Previously, he was a lecturer in the College of Education and research associate in the Center for Teaching and Learning at The University of Texas at Austin.
Joseph earned a Ph.D. (2001) from the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education, a master’s degree (1999) in English from The University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree (1997) in modern languages and literatures from Kenyon College. He has taught English and Spanish language arts at various levels in public schools, community colleges, and universities. Joseph has worked in educational assessment and program evaluation since 2001. He was director of assessment and accreditation services (2008-2009) in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and director of the Language Acquisition Center in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston (2003-2008).
In 1997, Joseph joined NCTE and has gained research knowledge about English language arts and literacy education and ways to collaborate with educators and families for student understanding, learning, and success. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the NCTE Research Foundation (2013), UTEP University Research Institute (2014), and NCTE Research Foundation’s Cultivating New Voices Fellowship (2002-2004).
Joseph has published articles or chapters in the following: The Politics of Panem: Critical Perspectives on the Hunger Games (Challenging Authors and Genres Series) (2014), Pennsylvania Literary Journal (2014), SIGNAL Journal (Special Interest Group–Network on Adolescent Literature, International Reading Association) (2014), Generation BULLIED 2.0: Prevention and Intervention Strategies for Our Most Vulnerable Students (2013), English Journal (2011), Notes on American Literature (2011), English Leadership Quarterly (2008), College Culture, Student Success: A Longman Topics Reader (2008), and Guide to College Reading (2003).
In 2005, Joseph joined the NCTE Conference on English Leadership (CEL), served on the CEL 2009 Program Committee, and completed a member-at-large term on the CEL Executive Committee (2011-2013). He joined the NCTE College Section Steering Committee in 2012 and is serving a term as chair (2013-2015). In addition, he serves on the NCTE Executive Committee as the College Section representative.
Joseph is motivated by the art of teaching and learning. He is a reader of diverse U.S. and world literatures. Some of his favorite authors include Ai, Sherman Alexie, Wendell Berry, Sandra Cisneros, Lucille Clifton, Dave Eggers, Rigoberto González, Nadine Gordimer, Ángeles Mastretta, Pat Mora, Mary Oliver, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and Alice Walker.
Some of Joseph's favorite activities include cooking, hiking, kayaking, storytelling, traveling, and writing. He lives with the love of his life, and they are caregivers to three caring, cantankerous canines.
[Photo credit: Lourdes Flores-Pritchard, The University of Texas at El Paso, 2014]