Serna Center Director
Dr. Nadeen Ruiz, Professor of Bilingual Multicultural Education
Appointed April 2009
Nadeen Ruiz is currently a professor emerita the Bilingual Multicultural Education Department at Sacramento State University where she previously served as Department Chair and Director of Teacher Preparation and Credentials. Dr. Ruiz also directs the California Bi-National Teacher Education Project (Bi-TEP), a project that provides stipends to U.S. students studying in Mexico for their bilingual teaching credential, and conducts professional development with local schools committed to improving services to English Learners. Formerly, Dr. Ruiz was Director of Elementary Education at Stanford University. A recipient of two outstanding teaching awards at Stanford, and one at Sacramento State, Dr. Ruiz has over 30 years of experience as a bilingual teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and educational advocate. She is co-founder and co-director of the Optimal Learning Environment (OLE) Project, a research and professional development program that focuses on effective literacy instruction for bilingual students in both general and special education classrooms, and in Migrant Education. Dr. Ruiz received her undergraduate degree and teaching credentials from U.C. Davis, and Master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is author of numerous books and articles in the area of effective education for Latino students, and is regularly invited to speak on this topic at both national and international venues.
Dr. Ruiz began her service as Center Director in the Fall 2009 semester.