UW-Madison’s Diana Rodríguez Gómez earlier this spring was named the winner of the 2020 Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) Junior Faculty Teaching Award.
Rodríguez Gómez is a native of Colombia who became an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies in January 2019.
Her research agenda engages with the fields of anthropology of the state, refugee studies, education in emergencies, and comparative and international education to examine the internal workings of educational systems concerning peace-building efforts. With a regional focus on Latin America, through qualitative and ethnographic methodologies, Rodríguez Gómez explores the everyday experiences of education stakeholders.
According to its website, CLASP promotes all facets of Latin American studies nationwide and fosters global competency, language proficiency, and cultural awareness of Latin America and the Caribbean, drawing upon interdisciplinary and area expertise. CLASP also encourages excellence in teaching and program development; organizes workshops at national and regional conventions; develops curriculum materials; promotes teaching of less commonly taught languages; recognizes exemplary children’s and young adult literature; and supports K-12 and post-secondary professional development.
The CLASP Teaching Committee, which selected Rodríguez Gómez for this honor, stimulates and coordinates efforts to reflect upon post-secondary teaching and curriculum, including the design and promotion of inter- and multi-disciplinary area studies curricula.