Maria Mejorado


Contact Information

Associate Professor
Alpine 121
(916) 278-3496

Office Hours

Spring 2018

Joined Faculty: August 30, 2001

Quote of Personal Interest

"A good leader can engage in a debate frankly, knowing that at the end (s)he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial and uninformed." Nelson Mandela

Areas Research/Scholarly Activity

My research interests align with my perception of what factors contribute to the success of first generation college students. This includes: mentoring, parent involvement and the power of true stories of overcoming tremendous odds to achieve success. As a first generation college student, female and a woman of color, I am also interested in leadership. More specifically, how one obtains opportunities to access and grow in leadership roles. 

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 170: Bilingual Education: Introduction to Educating English Learners.
  • EDUC 21: Freshmen Seminar
  • EDUC 245: Community Advocacy
  • EDUC 265: Thesis/Project Writing
  • EDUC 608: Diversity and Equity in Complex Organizations

Educational Degrees

Ph.D. University of California, Davis - Education Policy & School Organization
Ed.M. Harvard University-Administration, Planning & Social Policy
B.A. St. Mary's College- English Literature

Professional Awards or Commendations

  • CSU Sacramento HEP Service Award 2012

  • Nominated CSUS Faculty for Outstanding Community Service 2011 & 2012

  • October 2010 St. Mary's College 40 Influential Women

  • November 2007 St. Mary's College - Latina Alumni Award

  • CSUS Outstanding Faculty Advisor - Mujeres Ayuando la Raza

Select Publications

Baird, P., Beddow, M., Mejorado, M. (2013). Bilingual Education: Introduction to Educating English Language Learners. 3rd ed. Pearson Learning Solutions (ISBN: 9781269415514). Reader for EDUC 170.

Mejorado, M. "Caretaking." In Borunda, R. & Moreno, M. (2012) Ourstories: Speaking from the Heart, Kendall Hunt Publishing, Dubuque, Iowa.

Gonzales, R.A. and Mejorado, M. (2010) Chapter Three: 'Experiencing the Race, Gender and Socioeconomic Divide in Academia-A Chicana Perspective." In V. Sheared, J. Johnson-Bailey, S. Brooksfield, Scipio A.J. III, E. Peterson (EDS), It's About Race: A Dialogue between Adults and Higher Educators. Jossey Bass, An Imprint of John Wiley & Sons. Inc.

Mejorado, M. (2005). "Parents & Community Working Together: Making a Difference," The Multilingual Educator, CABE 2005 edition. February 23-25. 20-26.

Mejorado, M. (2005). [Book Review: School Smarts: The Four C's of Academic Success by Jim Burke. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2004]. Teacher's College Record. Vol. 107, Number 11: November 2005.

Gandara, Patricia, Mejorado, Maria. (2004). "Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Mentoring as a Strategy to Increase Access to Higher Education" in Nine Elements of Effective Outreach. Edited by William G. Tierney, Zoe B. Corwin, and Julia E. Colyar. SUNY Press, Albany: State of University of New York Press.

Gandara, P., Mejorado, M., Molina, M., Guitierrez, D. , (1998, 1997, 1996, 1995). High School Puente Final Evaluation Report No. 4. Davis, CA: University of California.

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