Spencer Salas

Spencer Salas



Dr. Spencer Salas is Professor of Education in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he leads the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Urban Literacies/TESL sub-concentration. An award-winning District of Columbia Public School ESL teacher (1994-2001), he has been a Fulbright Fellow to Romania (1998), Guatemala (2007), and South Africa (2013); a Senior English Language Fellow for the U.S. Department of State to Peru (2001-2003); and, since 2003, a frequent English Language Specialist for The US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. His empirical and theoretical scholarship focuses on the New Latino South and the intersections of Latino immigration with national and regional educational policy and praxis. His work has been featured in venues such as TESOL Journal, Bilingual Research Journal, The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, The Peabody Journal of Education, The Journal of Basic Writing, and Community College Review. In 2001, he was named a Presidential Graduate Fellow by the University of Georgia; in 2004, a Scholar for the Dream by the Conference for College Composition and Communication; in 2008, a National Council of Teachers of English New Voice among Scholars of Color; in 2009, an Early Career Fellow with the University of Georgia’s Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education; and in 2016, a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador. He is co-editor of Vygotsky in 21st century society (Peter Lang, 2011); U.S. Latinos and education policy (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2014); and Latinization, U.S. Schools, and Communities (SUNY Press, 2017).


Ph.D. The University of Georgia, 2007
M.Ed., The George Washington University, 2006
B.A., The University of Virginia, 1991

Area(s) of Interest and Research

New Latino South, Ethnographies of Teaching, Language and Literacy Education