University of Northern Colorado Provost Robbyn Wacker announced that Deborah Romero has been appointed director of Engagement.
In her role, Romero will be responsible for working with the campus community on launching UNC's Civic and Community Engagement strategic plan.
"I am honored for this opportunity to serve our institution and very much look forward to engaging with faculty, students and others from across campus and our extended communities," Romero said.
Romero has served as associate director for Faculty Development at the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. This past year she served as co-chair of UNC's Community and Civic Engagement Committee developing a plan to institutionalize engagement at UNC. She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes at UNC in English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics and Spanish, and she actively encourages engaged learning and research in her courses.
"When students have the opportunity to connect and apply classroom learning and theories to real-world experiences, they are able to construct new situated knowledge," Romero said. "In turn, community-based, engaged learning promotes critical analysis and reflection, along with a heightened commitment to democratic and civic responsibility in today's global society."
With more than 20 years of experience in education, Romero brings with her an established record of leadership, scholarship, community engagement and development. She previously served as assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and The Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico, and as program chair at the Autonomous University Queretaro, Mexico.
Romero's research interests focus on engaged scholarship and collaborations with local teachers and culturally and linguistically diverse immigrant communities, supporting and understanding multilingualism, literacies, and identity development. She has published journal articles and book chapters in both English and Spanish. She has extensive experience working and collaborating with K-12 schools in California, Nevada, and in the United Kingdom.
She begins her new role effective immediately.