Dr. JoAnn Canales

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Professor & Founding Dean, College of Graduate Studies

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JoAnn Canales is currently serving as the Founding Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. The appointment was confirmed on August 8, 2013 by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. She holds degrees from the University of Houston, Laredo State University, and The University of Texas at Austin. During her 15 year tenure at A&M-CC, she has served in a variety of roles including Coordinator of Teacher Education, Inaugural Assessment Fellow, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. In 2002-2003, she was awarded an American Council of Education Fellowship and interned at Pace University in New York City.

She has extensive experience in group facilitation/mediation, strategic plan development, program evaluation and collaboration. Her portfolio includes working collaboratively in a variety of settings including school districts, state departments, state/national organizations, the Federal Reserve Bank, and international institutions of higher education in Mexico, Canada, Peru, and Trinidad/Tobago. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

Dr. Canales is author/co-author of textbooks and scholarly articles/book chapters related to second language learning, teacher preparation and program efficacy. Her areas of expertise include English-language proficiency assessment, teacher preparation, and issues of access and success in higher education. She received the 2005-2006 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Excellence in Teaching Award. She has also served as principal/co-investigator on NSF and USDA grants totaling over $500,000. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in public schools and three public institutions of higher education in Texas and Colorado.

  • Professor, College of Education and Human Development
  • Dean, College of Graduate Studies
  • EDCI 5304 / EDUC 5358 - Applied Research and Professional Writing
  • EDCI 5305 / EDUC 5351 - Foundations of Education in America
  • ECDI 5307 / EDUC 5353 - Classroom Management and the Student
  • EDUC 4321/4322/4323/4324 - Instructional Design for Special Populations

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  • American Council on Education (ACE) Leadership Program
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum & Instruction (Specialization in Bilingual Education)
  • M.S. - Bilingual Education and Spanish
  • B.A. - Speech Pathology and Audiology

Canales, J. (1985). The Effects of Combining Expressive with Receptive Modalities in Teaching Strong Verbs to Adolescent Limited English Proficient Speakers. (Doctoral dissertation.) University of Texas, Austin, TX.

  • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Board of Directors and Secretary
  • Communities in Schools of the Coastal Bend, Board of Directors and Vice-President
  • Council of Graduate Schools Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Board of Directors and Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
  • FY2006 Excellence in Teaching Award. Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi
  • FY2005 Assessment Fellow. Faculty Renaissance (Professional Development) Center. Selected by the Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology. State of Texas, 1974-present
  • Elementary Teaching Certificate. State of Texas, 1974-present
  • Bilingual Certification. State of Texas, 1979-present
  • Certificate of Supervision. State of Texas, 1978-present
  • Issues of Equity and Access
  • English Language Proficiency Assessment
  • 2015, $47,157, Connecting Under-represented Latinos To Integrate Values and Academic Resources Incorporating Social Media Technologies (CULTIVAR iPLUS)
  • 2011, $312,000 Connecting Under-represented Latinos To Integrate Values and Academic Resources, (CULTIVAR)
  • 2002, $126,000, Preservice Teachers Learning to Engage Hispanic Parents in Mathematics and Science (PTEP)
  • 2002, $149,000, Access to Teacher Preparation at Del Mar College
  • 2000 $11,000, Field-Based Teacher Preparation: Is it Worth the Financial and Human Resource Investment?
  • 1998, $108,000, North American Consortium for Educational Restructuring (NACER)