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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

Amanda R. Morales currently is an associate professor of critical multicultural & multilingual Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education. Dr. Morales’ research addresses issues of equity and access for minoritized students across the PK-20 education continuum. More specifically, her current work focuses on teacher diversification pathways, teacher preparation for working with (im)migrant, multilingual, and minoritized students, critical mentoring for teachers of Color (TOCs), as well as the experiences of pre-service and in-service TOCs in predominately White institutions. She has won national research awards from AACTE – the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, AERA – American Education Research Association, and AAHHE - the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Association.

Dr. Morales teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses on critical multicultural education, intercultural communication, curriculum and pedagogy, and critical and (de)colonizing theories in education. She also serves as the co-founder and advisor for the undergraduate student organization, Future Teachers of Color (FTOC) and as an advisor for the CEHS Racial Justice Alliance (RJA) student organization.

Amanda is a Latina from the rural Midwest whose research and practice builds on her experiences as a generation college student, 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 working in higher education, Amanda was the Assistant Director of Visitor Programs at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in Fort Worth, Texas for 6 years where she did school, public, and community-based programming, teaching at a middle-level magnet school, and teacher professional development for the Texas Center for Inquiry. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, reports, and grant proposals (earning over 3.5 million dollars in funded projects).

Areas of Expertise:

    Teacher Diversification Pathways
    Multicultural & Multilingual Education
    Critical Mentoring
    Teacher Preparation (Curriculum & Pedagogy)
    Lived Experiences of Teachers of Color
    University, School, Community, & Community College Partnerships
    Critical Race Theory, LatCrit Theory, & Chicana Feminist Epistemologies
    Recruitment & Retention of Underrepresented Groups in STEM
    Educational Foundations

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2022, Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) Lab Site-Leader, Selected as one of two national RPP labs by the National Center for Research on Educator Diversity (NCRED),, Educator Diversity Programmatic Advisory Committee Member, Elected by AACTE Board of Directors2022, President’s Award for Inclusive Excellence and Collaboration given to the Racial Literacy Roundtables Leadership Team, University of Nebraska, CEHS Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2020, Early Career Scholar Award, American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Latina/o/x Research Issues SIG 2020, University Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2020, Parents’ Recognition Award, UNL Parent’s Association, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2019, Certificate in Recognition of Excellence, UNL Student Advisory Board, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2019, Faculty Fellowship Award, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)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)Latino/a/x Research Special Interest Group (SIG) within AERAAmerican Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)Diversified Teaching Workforce Targeted Action Group (TAG) within AACTEEducator Diversity Programmatic Advisory Committee within AACTENational Association of Multicultural Education (NAME)