Alyssa   G.  Cavazos

Assistant Professor  

Office: ELABS 270-A
Phone: (956) 665-8779

Dr. Alyssa G. Cavazos

I am originally from Hacienda El Barranquito, a small town located near Monterrey in Nuevo León, México. As a bilingual academic who learned English as a second language, my research centers on language difference in the teaching of writing, translingual writing, multilingualism across communities, border rhetorics, and Latina/os in higher education. Through my translingual pedagogy and research with multilingual academics and students from across academic disciplines, I desire to become a more effective teacher. Our collective lived experiences, languages, and theories as learners, teachers, and scholars impact how we learn and teach. My scholarship and pedagogical approaches inspire my desire to engage in conversations with my colleagues from across academic disciplines on how we can design linguistically inclusive projects and pedagogies. I see teaching as my primary role and responsibility. I do research, engage in service, and apply for grants for the educational benefit of students. For this reason, as an educator and scholar, I am conscious of how I attempt to link my teaching, research, and service in such a way that will lead to the greatest impact in our University and surrounding community.

Selected Publications

  • Alyssa Cavazos and Randall Monty. "Letter from the Guest Editors," Special Issue: Language Differences Within and Across Border. Edinburg, TX: crosspol: a journal of transitions for high school and college writing teachers 3, no. 1 (March 2018): 2-4.

  • Lionel Cavazos, Alyssa Cavazos, James Ikonomopoulos, Karina Hinojosa, Julia Dell'Aquila, "The impact of individual, interpersonal, and institutional factors on Latina/o students’ mental health," Wisconsin Counseling Journal 29, (February 2016): 3-15.

  • Randall Monty and Alyssa Cavazos. "Building Rhetorical Theory through Discursively Constructed Borders," Journal of Borderlands Studies 31, no. 1 (February 2016): 59-72.

  • Alyssa Cavazos. "Translingual oral and written practices: Rhetorical resources in multilingual writers’ discourses," Bloomsbury, London: International Journal of Bilingualism (February 2016).

  • Alyssa Cavazos. Latina/o Academics’ Resilient Qualities in Their Linguistically Diverse Practices. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education , 15, no. 1 January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2016.

  • Alyssa Cavazos. "Latinas/os succeeding in academia: the effect of mentors and multiethnic coursework," Journal of Latinos and Education 15, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2016).

  • Alyssa Cavazos. "Multilingual Faculty across Academic Disciplines: Language Difference in Scholarship," Language and Education 29, no. 4 (March 2015): 317-331.

  • Alyssa Cavazos and Sandra Musanti. ed. Translingual-Community Engaged Pedagogies in Higher Education: Insights from a Faculty Learning Community. Multilingual Matters, .

  • Sandra Musanti and Alyssa Cavazos. "“Siento que siempre tengo que regresar al inglés.” Embracing a translanguaging stance in a Hispanic higher education institution.," Translingual Pedagogies: Special Issue of the EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages. EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages .

  • Sandra Musanti, Alyssa Cavazos, and Alma Rodriguez. "Embracing a Translanguaging Stance and Redefining Bilingual Teacher Preparation Practices in a Hispanic-Serving Institution (Chapter Abstract)," What does it mean to be a Hispanic Serving College of Education and how do we make this term meaningful? . Routledge , .

Selected Grants and Fellowships

  • Alyssa Cavazos. Proyecto TransFormar: Transcending Language Boundaries by Fostering a Translingual-Community Engaged Pedagogy for All, UTRGV Office of the Provost and Transforming Our World Strategic Plan Steering Committee, $21,200.00 (December 8, 2017 - August 31, 2018)

  • Sandra Musanti. Transforming Teacher Preparation in Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Exploring Translanguaging Pedagogies and Language Awareness in Writing Studies and Bilingual Education , Special Interest Research Groups (SIRGs) Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)College of Education- , $1,250.00 (September 2017 - August 2018)

  • Alyssa Cavazos. Biliterate/Multiliterate Writing Practices in Academic and Community Discourses, Office of Research, Innovation, & Economic Development, $16,700.00 (January 2017 - May 2018)

  • Alyssa Cavazos. Professional Development/Multilingual Teacher Training Program, UTRGV Graduate College, $6,000.00 (February 1, 2016 - December 10, 2016)

Selected Presentations

  • Sandra Musanti, Alyssa Cavazos, and Alma Rodriguez. "Embracing a Translanguaging Stance and Redefining Bilingual Teacher Preparation Practices in a Hispanic-Serving Institution ," La Cosecha 2018. 23rd Annual Dual Language Conference, Dual Language New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM (November 2018)

  • Randall Monty and Alyssa Cavazos. "Exploring Translanguaging and Social Justice Pedagogies," 2018 Roundhouse, UTRGV Writing Program, Brownsville, TX (May 2018)

  • Sandra Musanti, Alyssa Cavazos, and Alma Rodriguez. "Transforming Teacher Preparation in HSI: Exploring Translanguaging Pedagogies and Language Awareness in Bilingual Education and Writing Studies," HSI-SIRG Final Exhibition UTRGV College of Education & P-16 Integration , UTRGV College of Education & P-16 Integration, McAllen, TX (April 2018)

  • Ming-Tsan Lu, Amy Weimer, and Alyssa Cavazos. "Exploring HIPs in a Large HSI: Using Student Experiential Learning Experience as an Example," High ­Impact Practices in the States Annual Conference, California State University Dominguez Hills and Taking Student Success to Scale, Carson, California (February 2018)

  • Ming-Tsan Lu, Amy Weimer, and Alyssa Cavazos. "Assessing High Impact Practices (HIP) at a Southern State Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) of Higher Education: A First Look at the Initiatives," NAHLS International Research Conference, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, South Padre Island, TX (October 2017)

  • Alyssa Cavazos, Norma Dibrell, and Judith Ramirez. "Linguistic Access in a Border Community: Experiences of Faculty, Students, and Community Stakeholders," Conference on Community Writing, Conference on Community Writing, Boulder, Colorado (October 2017)

  • Alyssa Cavazos. "Designing Diverse and Linguistically Inclusive Assignments to Achieve SLOs," UTRGV Teaching and Learning Symposium, Edinburg, Texas (May 2017)

  • Alyssa Cavazos, Marcela Hebbard, Crystal Rodriguez, and Geoffrey Schwarz. "A Translingual Approach to Professional Development for First-Year Spanish and Writing Instructors," Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland Oregon (March 2017)

  • Alyssa Cavazos. "Theory of Change | Translingual Theory & Pedagogy ," B3 Workshop , UTRGV B3 Institute, Brownsville and Edinburg, Texas (January 2017)

  • Alyssa Cavazos. "Translingual Writing: What is it and how can I use it in my literacy experiences?," RhetX Writing, Reading, Literacy, and Learning, UTRGV Writing Program, Edinburg, Texas (November 2016)

Current Courses

WRLS 2301 01 - Multilingual Writing:
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WRLS 2301 02 - Multilingual Writing:
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ENGL 4343 02 - Composition Theory & Pedagogy:
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ENGL 7300 08 - Thesis:
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