Associate Director of Faculty Development

Deborah Romero, Ph.D., Associate Director of Faculty Development, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Deborah Romero

In fulfilling its initiative to improve and support pedagogical principles and practices in all teaching environments across the campus, the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning is proud to announce that Deborah Romero, Ph.D., has been selected to serve as its new Associate Director of Faculty Development. At the CETL, we have held firm that our strongest resources are found in the UNC faculty, themselves; therefore, by adding another faculty member to our team in the newly-created position of Associate Director, we intend to more directly serve the needs of professional development and the goal of improved teaching and learning.

Dr. Romero states, “As a faculty researcher trained in education, I hope to contribute both theoretically sound and practically informed pedagogical knowledge to meet the demands of this position. I look forward to collaborating with diverse colleagues from across campus to support their interests and goals for professional and instructional development initiatives.  In so doing, I envision that we can continue to strengthen existing practices and explore new avenues to maximize learning for all students and further fortify the outstanding work we accomplish each day at UNC.”


Dr. Romero has over 15 years experience in higher education in the United States Mexico, and the United Kingdom working across various academic disciplines, including education, psychology, languages, linguistics, and teacher education. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), with emphases in Cultural Perspectives and Language, Interaction and Social Organization. Her grounding in sociocultural theories of human development, critical pedagogies and a commitment to equity and diversity in education, together with a background in linguistics and digital literacies, are all foundational elements in her own teaching-learning approaches and provide frameworks to actively engage today’s diverse faculty and students.

Currently, Dr. Romero serves as faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Department of Hispanic Studies, where she teaches classes in Second Language Acquisition and ESL teacher preparation. She has also taught graduate courses in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and worked with their CASS/SEED Latin American Teacher Program. Romero’s research examines bilingualism, biliteracy and identity development in Latinos with regards to multimodal composition and communication practices; she has published journal articles and book chapters in both English and Spanish. 

Dr. Romero brings a range of higher education leadership experiences to this position. Prior to joining UNC, she served as Chair of a BA in Modern Languages Degree Program, at the Autonomous University of Queteraro, in Mexico, and as a literacy consultant for Nevada Reading Excellence Act (NREA) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Since her arrival, she has served as literacy and academic consultant for the UNC-Upward Bound, TRIO Grant and co-authored the assessment report for the undergraduate ESL/Bilingual Bicultural Endorsement program, which resulted in accreditation and recognition status from National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). She has also repeatedly been an advisory member on Standards Setting Committee for the Linguistically Diverse Education Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (CDE- PLACE exam). She has conducted a range of professional development workshops with teachers and professionals at national and international venues.