Dr. Diane Rodriguez is an Associate Professor in the Division of Curriculum and Teaching. Her primary research interest is at the intersection of special education, bilingual and multicultural education, and teacher preparation.
She has received numerous grants from the U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services and the Office of English Language Acquisition. Dr. Rodriguez has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences on special education and bilingual education.
Dr. Rodriguez continues her work to provide training in special education to international audiences. She served as a member of the Nomination Committee of the Council for Exceptional Children. She also served as the Chair of the National Association of Bilingual Education Dissertation Award Committee. She was an editor of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction. She was appointed by North Carolina Governor Perdue to the Advisory Council on Latino Affairs. Univision selected Dr. Rodriguez as an example of “Orgullo de Nuestra Comunidad,” which highlights individuals who give back to the community. She was recognized for her work with individuals with disabilities. Univision created an on-air vignette, which has run on National television.
Rodriguez, D., Luterbach, K, & Espinosa de Gaitan, R. (2014). Special Education Today in Guatemala. Special Education: International Perspectives (Eds.) A.F. Rotatori, J.P. Bakken, S. Burkhardt, F.E. Obiakor, and Umesh Sharma (pp 91-106). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, UK
Rodríguez, D. (2014) Overrepresentation, underachievement, and school failure: Influencing factors. In Chun Zhang, Carlos McCray, C., & Su-JeCho (Eds.). Using positive behavioral supports for promoting school success from early childhood to high school for culturally and linguistically diverse students: Practices and policies. Peter Lang Publishing Group.
Rodríguez, D. (2014). Bilingual special education: Making the connection. In Preparing the way: Teaching ELLs in the K-12 classrooms (3rd ed). Jane Govani (Editor). Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.
Rodríguez, D., Luterbach, K., & Rocha, J. (2014). Investigating Educational Aspirations of Latino/Mexican Adolescents with and without Learning Disabilities in Eastern North Carolina and Mexico. Insights on Learning Disabilities, 11 (1) 47-64.