Latinos and Education Handbook Wins National Award

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A book highlighting the year’s most influential work in the field of Latinos in education, in which two Texas Tech University faculty members had a hand, has earned attention from a national education association. The Handbook of Latinos and Education was awarded the 2010 Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA). Juan Muñoz, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, vice president for Institutional Diversity, Equity, & Community Engagement and vice provost for Undergraduate Education, was a section editor. Zenaida Aguirre-Muñoz, an associate professor in the bilingual education and diversity studies program within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction was a contributor. The book was launched at the Latino Education and Advocacy Day summit this year. “The handbook has the unique purpose and function of profiling the scope and terrain of this particular domain of academic inquiry,” said Enrique Murillo, editor-in-chief of the publication. “It presents the most significant and potentially influential work in the field of Latinos and education, in terms of its contributions to research, to professional practice and to the emergence of related interdisciplinary studies and theory.” The book was nominated by a member of the organization and reviewed over the summer by a committee of AESA members for consideration for the award. In the committee’s judgment, the work made an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the Foundations of Education.   The list of books named for the award will appear in the program of the annual meeting, October 27-31 in Denver and they will be displayed in the conference book exhibit. The list of books will also appear on the association’s website. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at CONTACT: Judy A. Simpson, assistant dean, College of Education, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1998 ext. 456, or