The Office of Bilingual Education

Since its establishment in 1972, The Office of Bilingual Education (OBE) has pursued a programmatic training, research, development, and dissemination agenda focused on improving the quality of educational services provided English Language Learners. OBE assists faculty interested in developing programs and services for ELLs and helps develop proposals to secure external support for these activities. Emphasis has been given to generating financial support to increase the number of qualified personnel available to serve English Language Learners, including bilingual education, English as a second language, and bilingual special education teachers. Emphasis is also given to developing proposals for projects that will advance the knowledge base associated with best practices in educating these learners.

Faculty Directory

Name Programs Phone E-Mail
María E. Fránquiz
Professor / Program Coordinator for BBE
Bilingual/Bicultural Education 
Cultural Studies in Education
(512) 232-5670 mfranquiz@austin.utexas.edu
Deborah Palmer
Associate Professor
Bilingual/Bicultural Education 
Cultural Studies in Education
(512) 232-4015 debpalmer@austin.utexas.edu
Phyllis Robertson
Undergraduate Advisor Cohort Coordinator, Clinical Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Multicultural Special Education (512) 475-6566 probertson@austin.utexas.edu
Haydeé Rodríguez
Clinical Assistant Professor, Bilingual Education Teacher Preparation Program Coordinator
Bilingual/Bicultural Education
EC-6 Bilingual Teacher Certification 
English as a Second Language (ESL) - Undergraduate
(512) 232-5750 taina@austin.utexas.edu