Dr. Salinas is a member of the Social Studies program area, and is an affiliate faculty member in the Bilingual/Bicultural and the Cultural Studies in Education program areas. Her focus in the social studies includes historical thinking in elementary bilingual and secondary education late arrival immigrant ESL classroom settings, as well as broader understandings of citizenship. Her work also examines the social studies teachers' enactment of curriculum and instruction in an era of high stakes testing. In addition, Dr. Salinas conducts research on migrant education and notions of educator as activist.
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Historical thinking and citizenship education in bilingual, ESL, and immigrant schooling contexts, migrant education, and high stakes testing in the social studies.
Member, Editorial Board, Multicultural Perspectives(2013 - Present)
Member, Editorial Board, Theory and Research in Social Education(2013 - Present)
Chair, College and University Faculty Assembly(2008 - 2009)
Member, Editorial Board, Theory and Research in Social Education(2007 - 2010)
Member, American Educational Research Association
Member, National Council for Social Studies
Salinas,, C.., Vickery,, A.. & Fránquiz, M., M.. (2016). Advancing border pedagogies: Understandings of citizenship through comparisons of home to school contexts,. High School Journal, 99(4), 322–236.
Salinas,, C.., Fránquiz,, M>. & Rodriguez Naseem,, N.. (2016). Writing Latina/o historical narratives: Narratives at the intersection of critical historical inquiry and LatCrit. Urban Review, 48(2), 264–281.
Salinas, C.., Naseem Rodriguez, N.. & Ayala Lewis, B.. (2015). The Tejano History Curriculum Project: Creating a Space for Authoring Tejanas/os into the Social Studies Curriculum. Bilingual Research Journal, 38(2), 172–189.
Salinas, C. & Blevins, B.. (2014). Critical historical inquiry: How might pre-service teachers confront master historical narratives. Social Studies Research and Practice, 9(3), 35–50.
Franquiz, M. & Salinas, C. (2013). Knowing English Is Not Enough! Cultivating Academic Literacies Among High School Newcomers.. High School Journal, 96(4), 339–357.
Blankenship, W. & Salinas, C. (2013). Shifting Neo-Narratives: Online Participatory Media & Historical Narrative.. Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, 9(1), 74–93.
Saye, J. & Social Studies Inquiry Research Collabor, (SSIRC). (2013). Authentic Pedagogy: Its Presence in Social Studies Classrooms and Relationship to Student Performance on State- Mandated Tests. Theory & Research in Social Education, 41, 89–132.
DeWitt, S. & Social Studies Inquiry Research Collabor, (SSIRC). (2013). The Lower-Order Expectations of High-Stakes Tests: A Four-State Analysis of Social Studies Standards and Test Alignment.. Theory & Research in Social Education,, 41(3), 382–427.
Salinas, C. & Blevins, B. (2012). Enacting critical historical thinking: Decision making among preservice social studies teachers.. Teacher Education Quarterly, 40, 7–24.
Salinas, C., Blevins, B. & Sullivan, C. (2012). Critical Historical Thinking: When Official Narratives Collide with Other Narratives.. Multicultural Perspectives, 14, 18–27.
Franquiz, M. & Salinas, C. (2011). Newcomers to the US: Developing historical thinking among Latino immigrant students in a Central Texas high school.. Bilingual Research Journal, 34, 58–75.
Salinas, C. & Castro, T. (2010). Disrupting the official curriculum: Cultural biography and the decision making of Latino preservice teachers.. Theory and Research in Social Education, 38(3), 428–463.
Salinas, C., Sullivan, C. & Wacker, T. (2007). Curriculum considerations for late-arrival high school immigrant students: Developing a critically conscious World Geography Studies approach to citizenship education.. Journal of Border Educational Research, 6(2), 55–67.
Salinas, C. & Sullivan, C. (2007). Latina/o teachers and historical positionality: Challenging the construction of the official school knowledge. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 4, 178–199.
Salinas, C. & Reidel, M. (2007). The cultural politics of the Texas' educational agenda: Examining who gets what, when and how.. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 38, 42–56.
Tejano Monument Curriculum Project
Funded by the Tejano Monument Board and the Walmart Foundation, the collaborative project merged the efforts of the teacher education bilingual program with the MA/MEd Proyecto Maestría in creating curriculum that enriches elementary students' understanding of the history of Tejas.
Social Studies Inquiry Research Collaborative (SSIRC)
A group of studies being conducted across the country to examine what sorts of classroom experiences improve student learning and performance in social studies. This collaborative includes social studies educators from the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies and includes the Social Studies program area in Curriculum and Instruction at the University. In the spring 2009 thirty university researchers across the country will each select one local school system as a partner in examining how different kinds of instruction may affect the social studies learning of diverse student populations.
Funded by NEH Digital Humanities grant and the National Archives and Records Administration the project (2007-2013) entails a collaborative between all the Presidential Libraries and the College of Education. Included in the development and coordination of online primary source materials are multiple teacher workshops that address the expanded use of historical thinking.
Ruben E. Hinojosa Regents Professorship in Education, University of Texas at Austin (2016)
Elizabeth Shatto Massey Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, University of Texas at Austin (2015)
Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education Award, American Educational Research Association, Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education (2013)
Regents' Outstanding Teacher Award, The University of Texas System (2012)
Best Paper Award, American Educational Research Association, Social Studies Special Interest Group (2012)
|2017||Fall||EDC 385G: Democracy & Citizenship Edu|
|2017||Spring||EDC 381F: Intro To Teaching & Teacher Ed|
|2016||Fall||EDC 385G: Secondary School Curriculum|
|2016||Spring||EDC 383T: Instructional Theory|
|2015||Fall||EDC 381F: Intro To Teaching & Teacher Ed|
|2015||Summer||EDC f386R: Intro To Qualitative Research|
|2015||Spring||EDC 383T: Instructional Theory|
|2014||Fall||EDC 381F: Intro To Teaching & Teacher Ed|
|2014||Summer||EDC f385G: 53-Curric & Hi-Stakes Testing|
|2014||Spring||EDC 390T: Improving Social Studies Educ|