UNL TLTE Tricia Gray

Tricia Gray Assistant Professor of Practice

Ph.D. Educational Studies and Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning (2017)
M.S. Curriculum and Instruction (Wayne State College, 2009)
B.S. Secondary Spanish Education (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1997)

Dr. Gray’s pedagogy draws together commitments to critical pedagogy, democratic education, and constructivism. Her fifteen years as a high school Spanish teacher in contested spaces—including an urban context, a public school located on Tribal lands of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and an exurban community experiencing demographic change—inform her work in meaningful ways. 


She teaches a variety of courses in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education:

  • Children’s Literature (TEAC 302)
  • Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School (TEAC 307)
  • Elementary Capstone Seminar (TEAC 403A)
  • Multicultural Education (TEAC 330)
  • School and Society (TEAC 331)
  • Inquiry into Teaching and Learning (TEAC 800)
  • Curriculum Inquiry (TEAC 801)


Dr. Gray also serves as the faculty sponsor for the UNL chapter of the Nebraska Student Education Association’s Aspiring Educators (NSEA AE) and the Exploring Queer Teacher Identities (EQTI) organizations. 


Dr. Gray’s research questions explore how young people construct citizen identities in school and aim to center and amplify the experiences of marginalized young people to inform more equitable and justice-oriented schooling.

Areas of Expertise:

    Multilingual education
    Culturally sustaining and revitalizing pedagogy
    Citizenship education
    Teacher action research

Professional Highlights

Postdoctoral Research Associate International Consortium for Multilingual Excellence in Education (ICMEE, 2019)