Maria   E.  Diaz

Assistant Professor  

Office: BMAIN 2.326
Phone: (956) 882-7268
Email: maria.diaz@utrgv.edu

Dr. Maria E. Diaz





Selected Publications


  • Maria Diaz, Kathy Bussert-Webb, "Latino youth’s out-of-school math and science experiences: Impact on teacher candidates," International Journal of Research in Education and Science (IJRES) 3, no. 2 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2017): 624-635.

  • Maria Diaz and Kathy Bussert-Webb. "Mothers’s intimate, imaginative literacy as pushback," El Paso, Texas/National Association of Bilingual Education: NABE Journal of Research and Practice 8, no. 1 (June 2017): 133-154.

  • Kathy Bussert-Webb, Maria Diaz, and Krystal Yanez. Justice and space matter in a strong, unified Latino community. . New York, NY: Peter Lang , 2017.

  • Maria Diaz. "“En la casa yo me encargo del español”: Low-income Latino/a Parents Fostering Biliteracy in a US-Mexico border Community.," Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. : Nuevos Estudios sobre Comunicación Social. , II, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017: 582-586.

  • Maria Diaz. "“Pues aquí en la casa, se aprende español”: Spanish literacy development in a Texas border colonia.," El Paso, Texas/Texas Association of Bilingual Education: 18, no. 1 (December 2016): 29-54.

  • Maria Diaz, Kathy Bussert-Webb, "Submitted: Countering myths about low-income recent immigrant Latino parents," In L. Berry (Ed.). The National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies. Symposium conducted at the meeting of The National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies., South Padre Island, TX. . 2016.

  • Kathy Bussert-Webb, Maria Diaz, and Krystal Yanez. "Colonia strengths amid negative media and Texas government portrayals," In L. Berry (Ed.). The National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, pages 16-25. Symposium conducted at the meeting of The National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, South Padre Island, TX. . 2015.

  • Kip Austin Hinton, Sandra Mercuri, Maria Diaz, Brenda de la Garza, and Tanya Perez. Evaluation of Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language in Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. Harlingen, TX: Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District, 2014.

  • Maria Diaz and Kathy Bussert-Webb. "Reading and language beliefs and practices of Latino/a children in a border community," Journal of Latinos and Education 12, no. 1 (2013): 59-73.

  • Kathy Bussert-Webb and Maria Diaz. "Digital literacy, language, and Latinos: L1.4Word.," The Journal of Literacy and Technology 14, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2013): 2-50.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Ming-Tsan Lu. Transforming Education through Neuroscience (TEN): NeuroEducation, NSF, ( )



Selected Presentations


  • Maria Diaz and Ming-Tsan Lu. "The Bilingual Brain and Success: Neuroscience Findings and Applications for Teaching and Learning," 45th Annual TABE Conference , Texas Association for Bilingual Education, McAllen, TX (October 2017)

  • Maria Diaz and Vanessa Mascorro. "Exploring Latino preservice teachers’ attitudes and beliefs about learning and teaching math and science," National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies International Research Association, South Padre Island, Texas (October 2017)

  • Maria Diaz. "English Language Learners in Secondary Math and Science Classrooms," Workshop Series, Continuing Education/UTRGV, UTRGV/Brownsville Campus (March 2017)

  • Maria Diaz. "“En la casa yo me encargo del español”: Low-income Latino/a Parents Fostering Biliteracy in a US-Mexico border Community. ," Fifteenth International Symposium on Social Communication, Center of Applied Linguistics, Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (January 2017)

  • Kathy Bussert-Webb and Maria Diaz. "Mobilizing funds of knowledge and modalities to teach disciplinary literacy in a colonia. ," Literacy Research Association (LRA), Nashville, TN (December 2016)

  • Maria Diaz and Kathy Bussert-Webb. "Countering myths about low-income recent immigrant Latino parents.," National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates, South Padre Island (October 2016)

  • Janet Martinez and Maria Diaz. "Fostering Biliteracy through the Use of Technology," Texas Association for Bilingual Education Conference, TABE, South Padre Island, TX (January 2016)

  • Maria Diaz and Kathy Bussert-Webb. "Mothers’ intimate, imaginative literacy practices as pushback. ," Literacy Research Association (LRA), Carlsbad, CA (December 2015)

  • Kathy Bussert-Webb, Maria Diaz, and Krystal Yanez. "Colonia strengths amid negative media and Texas government," National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies International Research Association, South Padre Island, Texas (October 2015)

  • Maria Diaz and Kathy Bussert-Webb. "Community service-learning, math and science experiences, and pre-service teachers," AERA, AERA, Chicago, IL (April 2015)

Current Courses

EDCI 3333 22 - Sci to Elem Stud:
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UTCH 3301 02 - Math and Scie Learning:
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EDCI 3333 21 - Sci to Elem Stud:
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