Meet the Lurie College Faculty | Rosalinda Quintanar-Sarellana

Rosalinda Quintanar-Sarellana graduated from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in the area of Literacy, Language and Culture, and a Masters in the area of International Education and Development. Presently, she is a professor at San Jose State University, where she teaches First and Second Language Acquisition and Multicultural Education. She has written numerous articles on language acquisition and language development, social justice and multicultural education. She has also taught at Stanford University, UC Davis, Universidad Metropolitana in Mexico City, Universidad de Monterrey, MĂ©xico; INACAP in Santiago, Chile; Sanko Schools in Gaziantep, Turkey; Nova Scotia, Canada; and Shenzhen, China.  Read Rosalinda’s full profile below and listen to Rosalinda’s personality playlist on the Lurie College Spotify account!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Faculty Rosalinda Quintanar

Professor, Teacher Education


  • Ph.D., Language, Literacy and Culture, Stanford University,
    Stanford, California.
  • M.A., Education, (SIDEC) Stanford International Development of Education Center, Stanford, California.
  • M.A., Sociology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • B.A., Sociology/Social Welfare, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Meet the Lurie College Faculty | Saili Kulkarni

Dr. Saili S. Kulkarni’s research highlights the beliefs of Special Education teachers of color using Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory (DisCrit). She received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Prior to her work in academia, she was an inclusion specialist in Oakland Unified School District where she worked with students with mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities in elementary schools.  Dr. Saili Kulkarni draws from the experiences of teachers and school professionals who support restorative practices for young children in an effort to create more inclusive, safe school environments for all learners.  Read Saili’s full profile below and listen to Saili’s personality playlist on the Lurie College Spotify account!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Department Faculty Saili Kulkarni

Assistant Professor, Special Education


  • Ph.D., Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S., Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Moderate-Severe, Special Education Credential, San Francisco State University
  • B.A., Psychology, Boston University

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Early Childhood Institute Meeting and Network Launch

SJSU Lurie College of Education Early Childhood Institute Emily Slusser Andrea Golloher Maria Fusaro

Join ECI on Wed., Jan. 22, from 3-4pm in SH 231 for their first organizational meeting of 2020 and the launch of their Early Childhood Student-Alumni Network!  A preview of ECI’s Spring 2020 plans include:

  • ECI Speaker Series (continued from the fall semester)
  • Community event celebrating early childhood learning and development (May 2nd – SAVE THE DATE!)
  • Launch new, interdisciplinary research/scholarly projects
  • Identify priorities around professional development, training, research, and advocacy

Regular meetings will take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00pm.  If you have any follow up questions, please email  Learn more about the SJSU Early Childhood Institute at


Lurie College Innovations Podcast: Episode 2

SJSU Lurie College of Education Innovations Podcast Luis Poza Eduardo Munoz-Munoz Mark Felton

In this episode, host Mark Felton sits down with Department of Teacher Education faculty members Luis Poza and Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, who are leading our new bilingual authorization pathway, Bilingüismo y Justicia.  They are taking action to respond to the evolving needs in K-12 districts throughout California by preparing future teachers to serve in dual immersion and bilingual settings.  We discuss questions such as:

  • “What would it look like to leverage the resources of multilingual students in schools rather than silence them?”
  • “How do we prepare teachers to be change makers in bilingual classrooms?”
  • And more!

This episode is also available for listening on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

Connect with Lurie College at to receive more news about academic and student life!  Audio recorded by Brian Cheung Dooley and recorded and edited by Sydney Torrens.  Music by Joey Pecoraro.

Lurie College Faculty Partner with Foundation to Develop Lesson Plans

Eco Warrior Foundation and SJSU Lurie College of Education Partnership

Shout out to Teacher Education Department faculty Grinell Smith and Tammie Visintainer, who recently partnered with the ECO-Warrior Foundation to develop K-12 lesson plans that focus on the impact of human activity on the environment – check them out at!

Meet the Lurie College Faculty | David Whitenack

David A. Whitenack, Ph.D., teaches courses focusing on emergent multilingual students, supervises pre-service teachers, and coordinates the TED graduate program.  Whitenack has published, presented, led professional development initiatives, and served as co-PI on grant-funded projects related to improving the education of English learners.  His current work with a cross-departmental team of colleagues uses an intersectional approach to prepare all general and special education teachers to meet the learning of needs of all students in mainstream classrooms in the context of teacher residency partnerships.  Read David’s full profile below and listen to his personality playlist on the Lurie College Spotify account!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Faculty David Whitenack

Professor, Teacher Education


  • Ph.D., Education, Stanford University
  • Ed.M., Harvard University
  • A.B., Spanish, Dartmouth College

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Spring 2020 SJSU Student Research Competition

SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase Melody Mann

The SJSU Office of Research in partnership with the Research Foundation provides undergraduate and graduate research students the opportunity to present their work and compete for selection as SJSU representatives at the annual CSU Student Research Competition.  Applications are made to the appropriate college and each college submits their selections to the Office of Research.  The research presented should be appropriate to the student’s discipline and career goals.  Proprietary research is excluded.  Each college may send forward a total of four student projects (undergraduate and/or graduate) representing outstanding research or creative activity.  Applicants should visit for instructions on how to submit their materials to the Lurie College of Education Dean’s Office, SH 103, by 5pm on Friday, February 7, 2020.

ICYMI: Lurie College of Education Commencement Ceremony

In case you missed it in person, check out the video recording of the Fall 2019 SJSU Lurie College of Education Commencement Ceremony and of the Lurie College Student Commencement Speaker, Megan Nebesnick – MA, Education, Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction with Multiple Subject Credential – below!  You can also read her remarks below.

Good evening Spartans,

My name is Megan Nebesnick and as a current graduate of the Teacher Education Department and former graduate of the Humanities Department, I am honored to have been chosen as your speaker of our Fall 2019 commencement ceremony to represent and speak on behalf of both departments. I would like to begin by congratulating each and every one of us for the dedication and commitment to academics that have led us here tonight. Through our experiences here at San Jose State, we have created stronger and better versions of ourselves.  It’s safe to say that this journey has not been easy. We have encountered many sleepless nights, tears, and stress. We have all dedicated a significant amount of time and concern toward one exam or project that would bring us one small but significant step closer to the finish line. Nonetheless, it has prepared us for what is to come.

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