- The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Gabriela Mendez is an Associate Program Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and School Administration in the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). In 2007 Gabriela joined NSU at the regional campus in West Palm Beach. Dr. Mendez is a dissertation chair and teaches classes in the doctoral level, such as assessment centered curriculum design and professional development. At the master’s level, she teaches standards based curriculum development. Dr. Mendez is a member of Curricular Committees and participates in several program development initiatives. She is also a member of several online professional learning communities in which she works collaboratively with her colleagues to improve online teaching and design.
She was born in Uruguay and raised in Argentina, where she worked in most educational levels, including as a high school principal. In 1998, she received a Fulbright scholarship that helped her to obtain her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Supervision from The Pennsylvania State University. She completed her Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction and taught curriculum and language classes at Penn State.
Dr. Mendez’s research focuses on school reform, discourse analysis, education and values, curriculum, subjectivity and issues of power. Her most recent publications focus on pedagogies and curriculum and on building online learning communities for the integration of technology in education.
In addition to her academic work, Dr. Mendez is engaged in community work. She has been a community member of a School Advisory Council at an elementary school in Jupiter, Florida, she is an advisor to the Hispanic Education Coalition of Palm Beach County, and she is a member of Children Across Borders, an organization that helps children in Florida and in India.