Leticia   Deleon

Associate Professor  

Office: EEDUC 2.638
Phone: (956) 665-7353
Email: leticia.deleon@utrgv.edu

Dr. Leticia Deleon

Dr. Leticia De Leon is a Professor with the College of Education. She teaches in the undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program, as well as in the graduate online accelerated program.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • student motivation and self-guided behavior in various instructional environments, including online, virtual reality, and blended
  • Education

    • EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Houston, 2005
    • MEd, Reading , The University of Texas - Pan American, 2000
    • BA, English, The University of Texas - Pan American, 1991




Selected Publications


  • Leticia Deleon. "Learning Child Development Through Immersion in Ill-Structured Problems Using a Virtual Environment," Communications in Computer and Information Science. Immersive Learning Research Network, 840, June 2018.

  • Leticia Deleon. How to Recharge Your Profession with the Right Conference. Linked In Articles, June 2018.

  • Leticia Deleon and Michael Whitacre. "The Case for Technology Supported Service Learning: How Chronicled Videos Enriched Pre-Service Bilingual Teachers’ Understanding of Community," International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention 6, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017): 31-39.

  • Leticia Deleon. "Revisiting the Crossroads: Persistence Factors of Subject Matter Experts to Engage in Online Instructional Design," Chesapeake, Virginia: Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2016 , November 2016.

  • Leticia Deleon. "A Meta-Interpretation of Teacher Dispositions in 2D Online and 3D Virtual Environments," Teaching and Learning in Virtual Environments: Archives, Museums, and Libraries. Santa Barbara, CA.: ABC-CLIO, September 2016: 15-25.

  • Leticia Deleon and Kevin Feenan. "The Journey into Ba: A Phenomenology of Computer-Mediated Communications," Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2016, June 2016.

  • Leticia Deleon. "Bots, Blogs, and Scenario-based eLearning: A Discourse Analysis into Unintended Realities and the Emotionality of Learning about Children," The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies 10, no. 2 (2015): 13-25.

  • Leticia Deleon and Kevin Feenan. "Building from the Ground Up: A Negotiated Just-in-Time Learning Framework," Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2015, June 2015: 548-558.

  • Leticia Deleon. "The Crossroads of Purpose and Need: Developing Criteria for Training Content Experts for Quality Online Continuing Education," Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2015, June 2015: 559-565.

  • Leticia Deleon. "Managing Technological Innovation and Issues of Licensing in Higher Education," In Contemporary Perspectives on Technological Innovation, Management and Policy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2013.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Zulmaris Diaz. An Analysis of Reading Practices used by Pre-Service Teachers in Bilingual Classrooms, College of Education’s Collaborative Research Grant, $1,400.00 ( )

  • Leticia Deleon. Transformative Practice through Technology Integration: How to Leverage the CEP HSI Frames of Reference, UTRGV College of Education and P-16 Integration, $1,000.00 (September 2017 - August 2018)

  • Janine Schall. Language and Literacy Practices of CEP Students at an HSI, UTRGV College of Education & P-16 Integration, $1,250.00 (January 2017 - August 2017)

  • Janine Schall. Social Studies for ELL Curriculum Development Grant, Texas Education Association Institute of Higher Education , $200,000.00 (January 1, 2011 - February 31, 2013)

  • Leticia Deleon. Teaching and Technology Online Exemplary Course Program, Center for Online Learning, $5,000.00 (2012 - 2012)

  • Janine Schall. Social Studies for ELL Professional Development Grant, Texas Education Association Institute of Higher Education , $300,000.00 (2008 - 2011)

  • Michael Whitacre. An Analysis of Reading Practices used by Pre-Service Teachers in Bilingual Classrooms, University of Texas Pan American, $1,400.00 (May 2008 - May 2009)

  • Leticia Deleon. Indirect Cost Grant, College of Education, $333.00 (2007 - 2007)



Selected Presentations


  • Leticia Deleon. "Learning Child Development Through Immersion in Ill-Structured Problems Using a Virtual Environment," Immersive Learning Research Network Conference, Immersive Learning Research Network, Missoula, Montana (June 2018)

  • Leticia Deleon. "Sparking Presence and Community with Adobe Spark Tools," Excellence in Online Learning Conference, Center for Online Learning & Teaching Technology, Brownsville, Texas (March 2018)

  • Janine Schall, Patricia McHatton, Eugenio Saenz, Isela Almaguer, Angela Chapman, Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto, Jennifer Esquierdo, Veronica Estrada, Ariana Garza, Jacqueline Koonce, Leticia Deleon, Karin Lewis, Dagoberto Ramirez, Felicia Rodriguez, Cinthya Saavedra, and Vejoya Viren. "Building Identity, Practice and Research at a Hispanic Serving College of Education, Pt. 1," 45th Annual TABE Conference, Texas Association for Bilingual Education, McAllen, TX (October 2017)

  • Isela Almaguer, Angela Chapman, Leticia Deleon, Jennifer Esquierdo, Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto, Veronica Estrada, Ariana Garza, Jacqueline Koonce, Karin Lewis, Patricia McHatton, Dagoberto Ramirez, Felicia Rodriguez, Cinthya Saavedra, Eugenio Saenz, Janine Schall, and Vejoya Viren. "Building Identity, Practice and Research at a Hispanic Serving College of Education, Pt. 2," 45th Annual TABE Conference, Texas Association for Bilingual Education, McAllen, TX (October 2017)

  • Leticia Deleon. "Chasing Ghosts in the Machine: A Discourse Analysis of the Reinvented Learner Role in a Gamified Course," Thirteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society, Common Ground Research Networks, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (May 2017)

  • Leticia Deleon. "Hybrid, Blended or Flipped: Preparing Students for a Combined Environment," Hybrid Academy, Center for Online Learning, Teaching, and Technology, Online on Collaborate (May 2017)

  • Leticia Deleon. "Motivating Learning through Mixed Realities: A Keynote Address," 8th Annual Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration Conference, San Jose State University, Online (April 2017)

  • Leticia Deleon, Susan Mills, Tonia Paulette, and Raymond Rose. "Panel Discussion: Convergence of Minds in Accessibility," Excellence in Online Learning Conference: A Year of Access, Center for Online Learning, Teaching, and Technology, Edinburg, Texas (March 2017)

  • Leticia Deleon. "Revisiting the Crossroads: Persistence Factors of Subject Matter Experts to Engage in Online Instructional Design," E-Learn 2016 World Conference on E-Learning, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Washington, D.C. (November 2016)

  • Leticia Deleon and Kevin Feenan. "The Journey into Ba: A Phenomenology of Computer-Mediated Communications," EdMedia: World Conference in Educational Media and Technology, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Vancouver, BC, Canada (June 2016)

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