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Amanda Morales

Associate Professor

PH.D Kansas State University (2011), Curriculum & Instruction
M.S Texas Christian University (2004), Curriculum & Instruction
B.A Kansas State University (1998), Art History
A.A Barton County Community College (1996), Graphic Design

Summary of Research

Dr. Morales is a Latina from Western Kansas whose research and practice builds on her prior work as an assistant professor and the diversity coordinator for the College of Education at Kansas State University (KSU), and her experience as a program manager in the Center for Intercultural Multilingual Advocacy at KSU. Prior to her work in higher education, Amanda was an Assistant Director of Visitor Programs at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in Fort Worth, Texas for over 5 years where she did school, public, and community-based programming as well as teacher professional development. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and grant proposals that address issues of equity & access for culturally and linguistically diverse students across the K-16 education continuum. Amanda’s current research explores the lived experiences of immigrant, migrant and first-generation college students in the mid-West, as well as teachers of color in predominately white institutions.

Areas of Expertise:

    Diversity & Multicultural Education
    Latino/a Identity Development
    Teachers of Color
    Access to Higher Education (e.g. English Language Learners, DREAMers)
    University & Community College Partnerships
    Recruitment & Retention of Undergraduate Students from Underrepresented Groups
    K-16 Simultaneous School Improvement
    Educational Foundations

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2018, Research on Teacher Diversification Award, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education2014, TRIO Achiever Award, Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP), National TRIO Program2013, Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education2013, Kathryn A. Holen Excellence in Advising Award, College of Education, Kansas State University2012, Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Education Research Association2011, Outstanding Graduate Award, College of Education, Kansas State University2011, K- State Research Forum, First Place for Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education
American Eduaction Research Association (AERA)Hispanic Research Special Interest Group (SIG) within AERAAmerican Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)Diversify the Teaching Force Targeted Action Group (TAG) within AACTEKansas National Education Association (KNEA)Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)Hispanic Faculty and Staff Alliance (ALIANZA), Kansas State UniversityIndigeous Alliance, Kansas State University