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Marialena Rivera

Marialena D. Rivera, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Marilena Rivera

Email
MDR164@txstate.edu
Phone
512.245.5656
Fax
512.245.8872
Office
ASBS 314

 

Department

Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Improvement

Program

Education and Community Leadership, School Improvement

Research Interests

School finance equity, Politics of education policy and privatization, Leadership for district and school improvement, College access, Alternative certification

Teaching Areas

Lecturer                       Texas State University                Aug 2016-Present

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley; 2011

Sue Lehman Excellence in Teaching, Regional Finalist; New York; 2009

 

 

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Biography

Marialena is from San Antonio, Texas and taught eighth grade at a middle school in Bronx, New York before attending graduate school in Berkeley, California. She is married and has one daughter. 

Education

  • PhD; 2016; University of California, Berkeley; Graduate School of Education; Policy, Organization, Measurement & Evaluation; Inequity and Privatization in School District Facilities Financing: A Mixed Methods Study
  • Master of Public Policy; 2011; University of California, Berkeley; Public Policy; English Learners and the Achievement Gap: Effectively Implementing Two-Way Immersion in Berkeley
  • Master of Science for Teachers; 2009; Pace University; School of Education; Adolescent Education
  • Bachelor of Business Administration; 2007; The University of Texas at Austin; Red McCombs School of Business; Business Honors Program & Marketing   
  • Bachelor of Arts; 2007; The University of Texas at Austin; College of Liberal Arts; Government

 

Selected Publications (Journal articles, reports, papers, presentations)

Scott, J., Trujillo, T., & Rivera, M. (2016). Reframing Teach For America: A conceptual framework for the next generation of scholarship. education policy analysis archives, 24, 12. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.24.2419

Trujillo, T., Scott, J., & Rivera, M. (accepted with minor revisions). Follow the yellow brick road: Teach For America and the making of educational leaders. American Journal of Education.

Trujillo, T. & Rivera, M. (2014). Review of “The effect of co-locations on student achievement in NYC public schools.” Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. Retrieved from http://nepc.colorado.edu/thinktank/review-effect-of-co-locations.

Rivera, M. (2016, April). Privatization policies and shifting state responsibilities in the school facilities industry. Presented in symposium at The Politics of Privatization in Education: New Governance, New Policy Networks, New Knowledge Brokers, New York City.

Rivera, M. (2016, April). Debt, taxation, & privatization: Exploring the inherent inequities of local control school facilities financing policies. Presented in roundtable session at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, DC.

Rivera, M. (2015, April). Consequences of privatization: School districts and their relationships with private financial consultants. Presented in paper session at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago.

Rivera, M. (2015, February). Consequences of privatization: School districts and their relationships with private financial consultants. Presented in poster session at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP), Washington, DC.

Rivera, M. (2014, April). School districts and debt financing: The relationship between public finance policies and private involvement in education. Presented in paper session at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia.

Trujillo, T., Scott, J., & Rivera, M. (2013, April). Teach for America and the making of entrepreneurial leaders: Race, ideology, and elite networks. Presented in paper session at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco.

Atwood J. R., Love, D., Perry, P., Rivera, M., & White, L. (2010, April). Reintroducing DCPS: We support communities to build great schools. Presented at the 2010 D.C. Public Schools Urban Education Redesign Challenge, Washington, DC.

Rivera, M. (2015, October). School district facilities financing and the sociopolitical dynamics of educational privatization. Invited presentation to graduate school finance course at The University of Texas at Austin, TX.

Rivera, M. (2013, June). Young Latino leaders: Harnessing passion to build on small successes over time. Invited keynote talk for Latino youth training, Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders, Austin, TX.

Fellowships, Awards, Honors

Extramural

2016                José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow, Intercultural Development Research Association

2015-2016       National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Finalist

2015-2016       Ford Fellowship Honorable Mention

2013                Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Research Fellowship, AERA Conference

2013                Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship

2012                Education Pioneers Fellowship

2009                Sue Lehman Excellence in Teaching, Regional Finalist – New York

2009                Outstanding Commitment Winner, Clinton Global Initiative University Conference

 

Intramural

2015-2016       University of California Dissertation-Year Fellowship

2014-2015       Doctoral Completion Fellowship

2014-2015       Departmental Fellowship, Graduate School of Education

2013                K. Patricia Cross Collaborative Fellowship

2013-2014       Charles Benson Memorial Fund Fellowship

2011-2014       University Fellowship (awarded annually)

2011                Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

2009-2010       Departmental Fellowship, Goldman School of Public Policy

2007                Doenges Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership, University of Texas

2007                Barbara Jordan Business Leadership Award, University of Texas

2007                Bill Archer Fellowship Program, Washington, DC

2005                Most Outstanding Student, Texas Parents Association, University of Texas