Board of Trustees
Dr. Reynaldo F. Macías
Member, CAL Board of Trustees 2006- 2012
Dr. Reynaldo F. Macías is Professor of Chicana & Chicano Studies, Education and Applied Linguistics in the César E. Chávez Department for Chicana & Chicano Studies at UCLA. He has joint faculty appointments in the departments of Education and Applied Linguistics. He received a master’s degree and his doctoral degree from Georgetown University in Linguistics, specializing in Sociolinguistics and minoring in Theoretical Linguistics and Language Policy and Planning. He received his bachelors degree in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Education (Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction) from UCLA.
Dr. Macías has served as department chair and acting Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA. His previous academic appointments include the University of California, Santa Barbara Graduate School of Education, during which time he was also the Director of the University of California's Linguistic Minority Research Institute; and the University of Southern California School of Education, Dept. Of Curriculum & Instruction, where he co-established the doctoral program in Language, Literacy and Learning (1985), and founded the Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research (1983).
A prominent education and sociolinguistics scholar, Macias specializes in the politics of language policy, language demography, and educational socio-linguistics, including bilingual education, educational history and policy analysis, literacy, teacher preparation and multicultural curricular education. He is the author, co author, and editor of 6 books and over three dozen research articles and chapters on such topics as bilingual education, bilingual teacher supply and demand, Chicanos and schooling, adult literacy, language choice, analyses of national language survey data, population projections, language policies, and media research. His work has appeared in such journals as the NABE Journal, the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, and proceedings of the Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics. He is co-founder of Aztlán—International Journal of Chicano Studies Research (1970), of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (1973), and was the Editor of the National Association for Bilingual Education Journal, from 1985 to 1989.
He is a regular consultant to state and federal policy making bodies. He served on the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing advisory committees on specifying professional development opportunities for CLAD preparation (SB 1969), and on Teacher Credentialing for the 21st Century (SB 1422). From 1979 to 1981, he served as the Assistant Director for Reading and Language Studies at the National Institute of Education which later became part of the newly established United States Education Department. He has consulted and advised on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and was a member of the Advisory Committees for the National Adult Literacy Survey (1992). In 1996, he was appointed by the President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, to the Advisory Board for the National Institute for Literacy, serving until 2003.
Professor Macías has been active in professional associations as well. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the California Association for Bilingual Education (1983-1985), the National Association for Bilingual Education. He was national Chair of the National Association for Chicana/o Studies, 2006-08. Dr. Macías also served on the Board of Directors for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), where he helped fashion their language rights program. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Constitutional Law and Human Rights, and on the Board of Councilors to the Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter Schools, a multilingual community charter school in East Los Angeles.
He has received several awards, including Postdoctoral fellowships from the UCLA Institute for American Cultures (1981-82), the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Hunter College, NY, Summer 1982), and the National Research Council (1988-89). In 1994, he was honored by the National Association for Bilingual Education as a Pioneer in the field, and again in 1995 for contributions to the organization. In 2004-05, he was a finalist for the Brock International Prize in Education.