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Jose Luis Alvarado, Ph.D.


luis-alvarado-smallJose Luis Alvarado, Ph.D.
TIEE Board President
Founding Dean
School of Education
California State University Monterey Bay

Member of the Board of Directors since 2008 and TIEE Board President as of January, 2014, Dr. Alvarado is Founding Dean of the College of Education at California State University Monterey Bay. Previously, Dr. Alvarado was Associate Dean in the College of Education at San Diego State University. He received his baccalaureate and Master’s degree from San Diego State University and his Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Alvarado also holds California Learning Handicapped Specialist, a Multiple Subject Bilingual teaching credential and a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Prior to his work in higher education, Dr. Alvarado worked as a behavior specialist for a county mental health day treatment program for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders and served as an on-call crisis mental health counselor. He also taught in an elementary special education classroom for students with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities and worked as a Program Specialist/Behavior Specialist focused on special education program implementation and compliance for the Imperial County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) office.

Dr. Alvarado’s research is focused on effective personnel preparation, program improvement and evaluation, creating greater access and success for traditionally underrepresented students especially students with disabilities and English Learners, implementing efforts that achieve greater student success while eliminating achievement gaps, establishing career pathways, effective instruction, multicultural education, and behavior support for culturally, linguistically, and differently-abled diverse students. He has published in journals such as Multicultural Perspectives, Remedial and Special Education, Behavioral Disorders, Rural Special Education Quarterly, Assessment for Effective Intervention, and The Kappan. Dr. Alvarado has also been principal investigator and co-principal investigator for more than $6.1 million in projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the University of South Florida, and private foundations.

Dr. Alvarado remains active in his service to the University, the Community, and the Profession. In addition to his considerable service to the University, he just completed his service as Chair for the CSU Deans of Education group and currently serves on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Committee on Accreditation that reviews all accredited programs in the state. Dr. Alvarado serves on numerous philanthropic and non-profit advisory boards including the Community Foundation of Monterey County, Siembra Latinos Philanthropic Fund, and the CSU Systemwide Assessment and Evaluation Committee.

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