Cheryl Torrez, PhD
Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy (TEELP)
Professor, Elementary Education
- Hokona Hall, Room 244
- 505 277-1169
- Ph.D. in Education, from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia
- M.A. in Education- Curriculum and Instruction at California State University, Sacramento
Dr. Torrez is the new Interim Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy.
She is excited to continue working with the faculty in TEELP, who are experts in their fields and committed to making a positive contribution to K-12 schools and New Mexico. She looks forward to the future of the COEHS.
Dr. Torrez is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley; an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Sacramento, and a Ph.D. in Education with emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Torrez was attracted to COEHS’ teacher education program’s nationally recognized, cutting-edge clinical practice models and has been a faculty member at UNM since 2007. Her research interests focus on K-12/university/community partnerships; teacher preparation and education across the professional life span; and clinical preparation of educators. Her work supports and influences the work of current and future K-12 educators and administrators, impacting K-12 students and communities.
Dr. Torrez is an avid swimmer and member of U.S. Masters Swimming. She enjoys reading; two books she is currently reading:
- Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon S. Wood and
- Why You Can't Teach U.S. History without American Indians by Susan Sleeper-Smith
- W.K. Kellogg Grant Recipient: Zuni: Engaging Teachers and Community (ZETAC)
- Faculty Sponsor: CoTeaching Collaborative Schools (CTCS)
- Albuquerque Teacher Residency Partnership [ATRP] Design Team
- Board of Directors for the Association of Teacher Educators.
Research & Scholarly Interests
- Teacher inquiry and practitioner research
- PK-12 school/university partnerships
- Curriculum and instruction in PK-12 settings
- Curriculum Theory Seminar,
- Principles of Curriculum Development,
- Advanced Instructional Strategies,
- Elementary Social Studies Methods,
- Elementary Student Teaching/Seminar,
- Processes of Reflection and Inquiry,
- Research Applications to Education