Gilberto   P.  Lara  Ph.D.

Assistant Professor  

Office: EEDUC 2.612
Phone: (956) 665-2645
Email: gilberto.lara@utrgv.edu

Dr. Gilberto P. Lara Ph.D.

Dr. Lara has 14 years of emergent bilingual education experience in dual-language, sheltered contents and teacher education settings. He holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in Bilingual/Bicultural Education.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Pedagogical practices of teachers in dual language/EL classrooms and the incorporation of community cultural wealth through the use of multicultural children's literature.
    • Discourse and identity of Latino male elementary teachers through LatCrit and feminist frames.
  • Currently Teaching

    BILC 8342 90L - Content Area Bilingual Prgms:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    EDBE 3323 14E - Develop of Bilingualism:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Gilberto Lara. "La poda y nuestros retoños: Linguistic and literary sprouting against a legacy of pruning," Bilingual Research Journal 40, no. 4 (2017): 442-443.

  • Gilberto Lara and María Fránquiz. "Latino Bilingual Teachers: Negotiating the Figured World of Masculinity," Bilingual Research Journal 38, no. 2 (2015): 207-227.

  • Gilberto Lara and Maria Leija. "Discussing Gender Roles and Equality by Reading Max: The Stubborn Little Wolf.," Social Studies and the Young Learner 27, no. 2 (2014): 22-25.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Maria Leija. Reflections on Teacher Education Practices of First-Year Tenure Track Professors at an HSI, 2017-2018 HSI SIRG Research Initiative, College of Education and P-16 Integration, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $1,250.00 (September 2017 - August 2018)



Selected Presentations


  • Maria Leija, Gilberto Lara, Gerardo Aponte Martinez, and Hitomi Kambara. "Reflections on Teacher Education Practices of First-Year Tenure-Track Professors at a Hispanic Serving Institution," Hispanic Serving Institution, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, McAllen, TX (April 2018)

  • Gilberto Lara. "Paradoxes of hypervisibility and imposed invisibility: Identity negotiations of a Latino gay elementary teacher. ," American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York City, NY (April 2018)

  • Gilberto Lara and Maria Leija. "Identity Texts: Literature that Affirms Intersecting Languages and Literacies," National Association of Bilingual Eduction (NABE) Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico (March 2018)

  • Gilberto Lara, Gerardo Aponte Martinez, and Maria Leija. "Lessons in Mentoring Young Education Researchers: A Holmes Cadets Partnership between UTRGV and the South Texas," 70th AACTE Annual Meeting , American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Baltimore, MD (March 2018)

  • Gilberto Lara. "Using Critical Literacy to Explore Gender Roles in the Bilingual Classroom," Literacy Research Association (LRA) Annual Conference, Literacy Research Association (LRA), Tampa, FL (December 2017)

  • Gilberto Lara and Maria Leija. "Recognizing Heterogeneity in Latino Cultural Knowledge," Literacy Research Association (LRA) Annual Conference, Literacy Research Association (LRA), Tampa, FL (November 2017)

  • Gilberto Lara and Maria Leija. "Culturally Relevant Children's Literature as Mentor Texts," Literacy Research Association (LRA) Annual Conference, Literacy Research Association (LRA), Tampa, FL (November 2017)

  • Gilberto Lara. "Latino Children’s Literature as Mentor Texts in the Bilingual Classroom," Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Annual Meeting, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, McAllen, TX (October 2017)

Current Courses

BILC 8342 90L - Content Area Bilingual Prgms:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
EDBE 3323 14E - Develop of Bilingualism:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses