Dr. JoAnn Canales

Dr. JoAnn Canales
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.

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. Canales 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.

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