Glenda Flores, Chicano/Latino studies associate professor and author of Latina Teachers: Creating Careers and Guarding Culture, is the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship Book Award. Granted by the American Sociological Association section on Race, Gender and Class, the award honors the professor and educator for her work on the role Latina educators play in promoting educational success and cultural identity for their Latina/o students, often through practices that challenge norms about culture’s place in the teaching profession. Her book also received an honorable mention from the ASA section on Latina/o Sociology for the 2018 Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award.
Her work on California’s fastest growing non-white racial/ethnic group to enter teaching – college-educated Latinas - has been support by the American Association of University Women, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, the Ford Foundation, and the National Academy of Education.
Flores is a UCI alumna who earned her bachelor’s in Chicano/Latino studies and Spanish language and culture at the Irvine campus. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Southern California and returned to UCI as a member of the faculty in 2012.
She’s a Spencer Postdoctoral and Hellman Fellowship recipient, and the School of Social Sciences has awarded her the Outstanding Teaching Recognition for five different courses while at UCI.
She’ll receive her awards at the ASA annual meeting in Philadelphia on Sunday, August 12.