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 an Associate Professor with the College of Education. She teaches in the undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program, as well as in the Reading graduate 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 Specialist, The University of Texas - Pan American, 2000
    • BA, English/minor-speech communication, The University of Texas - Pan American, 1991




Selected Publications


  • 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.

  • Leticia Deleon. "The Clash of Epistemologies: A Study of the Transformative Learning of Bilingual Pre-service Teachers Engaged in Simulations in a Virtual Environment," HETS Online Journal 4, no. 1 (2013): 240-267.

  • Leticia Deleon. "Model of Models: Mediating Learning for Preservice Teachers through a Vygotskian Scaffold," The Educational Forum 76, no. 2 (2012): 144-157.



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 ( )

  • 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


  • 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)

  • Leticia Deleon and Kevin Feenan. "Building from the Ground Up: A Negotiated Just-in-Time Learning Framework," EdMedia, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Montreal, Quebec, Canada (June 2015)

  • Leticia Deleon. "The Crossroads of Purpose and Need: Developing Criteria for Training Content Experts for Quality Online Continuing Education," EdMedia, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Montreal, Quebec, Canada (June 2015)

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