» Dr. Anaida Colon-Muniz
Associate Professor, Of Scholarly Practice

College of Educational Studies
Dr. Anaida Colon-Muniz
Office Location:
Reeves Hall 4A
State University of New York At Binghamton, Bachelor of Science
Bank Street College of Education, Master of Science
University of Massachuttsetts, Dartmouth, Doctor of Education in Education

Anaida Colón-Muñiz is currently an associate professor at Chapman University, Orange. For the last 13 years, she has served in various roles for the College of Educational Studies. She coordinates the Multiple Subject and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs and teaches in these programs. She teaches the capstone teacher Action Research courses as well as serves on the faculty and committees for the doctoral program. She is currently on the steering committee of a teacher academy at Chapman University and on the International Committee.

Dr. Colón-Muñiz received a Bachelor of Science degree from Binghamton University and a Master of Science from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She became a bilingual teacher and teacher trainer for the New York City School District before pursuing a doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 1982, she became a faculty member for California State University, Fullerton, and later worked at San Diego State University Foundation. She returned to the public schools, serving as program administrator for bilingual education, foreign languages, English language development and curriculum for three urban school districts in California, Rowland, Orange and Santa Ana, before returning to higher education.

Her research and broad interests include bilingual education, transfer and maintenance of heritage languages and English language development. She also focuses her work on language policy in education here and abroad, and the language and culture of Puerto Rico. In addition, she continues to pursue issues of civil rights in education, literacy and biliteracy affecting Latino youth. In 2006 and 2007, she coordinated the 60th Anniversary celebrations on the landmark case Mendez v. Westminster, et al. and helped to establish an archive for the case. She is currently involved in a Latino oral history project on the segregation era. She is also engaged in research on a bilingual charter school’s extended day program.

She dedicates her life’s work to the improvement of educational opportunities for language minority and poor children, with a special emphasis in on the role of teachers and teacher educators. She was National President for the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women for 2007 and 2008 and continues to be on the board of the Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, in Santa Ana, California, after having served as President. She has also served as a key consultant in the development of El Sol Science and Arts Academy Charter in Santa Ana, California.

She recently co-chaired the fall 2011 California Council of Teacher Educators in San Diego, CA and is presently co-chair of the Closing the Latino Achievement Gap Summit in fall 2012.

Teaching Experience

Dr. Colon-Muniz began her career as an Elementary K-5 Bilingual Teacher and later as a Bilingual Teacher Trainer for a Federally funded Trilingual Education Professional Development Grant in The City School District of New York.  She also served in Massachusetts for the Holyoke School District as a Bilingual Resource Teacher and for the Massachusetts State Department of Education as a Bilingual Lau Program Compliance Coordinator. In California, she prepared teachers, administrators and parents as a Consultant for the Federal Multifunctional Resource Center grant at both San Diego State University and Cal State University, Fullerton, where she also served as faculty. She then served as a bilingual administrator for three Southern California Districts including Rowland Heights, Orange Unified and Santa Ana Unified, developing bilingual programs of excellence, providing state of the art professional development, monitoring program quality and ensuring that students, teachers, administrators and parents were supported. 


Colón-Muñiz, A., SooHoo, S. & Brignoni, E. (2010) Language, Culture and Dissonance: A Travel Course for Future Teachers with Possibilities for Catalytic Transformation. Teaching Education Australia: Routledge

Colón-Muñiz, A. Brady, J., & SooHoo, S. (2010) What Do Chapman University Graduates SayAbout Their Preparation and Use of Multicultural Education Practices? Issues in Teacher Education California: Caddo Gap Press

Wilson, T., Park, P, & Colón-Muñiz, A. (Eds.). (2010)  Memories of Paulo.  Netherlands: Sense Publishers:

Colón-Muñiz, A. & Valenzuela, N. Developmental Bilingual Education and Dual Immersion as an EEO:  Educational Enrichment Opportunity for in The Audacity of Courage: A Collaborative Book for the Obama Administration (in press: Peter Lang-manuscript available from authors).

Colón-Muñiz, A.The Recollection of Dangerous Memories and Critical Transformative Bilingual Multicultural Education (manuscript submitted for publication- available from author).


2011 Colón-Muñiz, A., Allen, J., Miller, SJ, Morrell,E., Nieto, S., Souto-Manning, M. Where Would We Be Today Without Paulo Freire? Panel presented at the National Teachers of English, Chicago, Ill.

2010 Colón-Muñiz, A., Brady, J. & SooHoo, S. (2010). Multicultural Education: Promises and Barriers, What Graduate Students Tell Us: Paper presented at the 2010 Conference of the 6th Annual Summer Institute on Leadership for Educational Justice, School of Education, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA.

2010 Colón-Muñiz, A., Brady, J. & SooHoo, S. (2010). What do Graduates Say about Multicultural Teacher Education. Paper presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education. Las Vegas, Nevada

2010 Colón-Muñiz, A. (2010).Ongoing Educational Challenges to Puerto Rican Youth: Why Bilingual Education is Still a Viable Option for Academic Success. Paper presented at the 2010 National Convention of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Miami, Florida

2010 Colón-Muñiz, A. (2010) Language Policy in the U.S. and Bilingual Education. Paper presented to Dutch administrators and faculty visiting Chapman

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
García-Martín, M.J., Fuentes, M., & Colon-Muniz, A. (2015). California Structured English Immersion: A Failing State of Affairs? Proposing a Comprehensive Educational Model to Improve Structured English Immersion Programs. Journal of Education & Social Policy. 2 (2), 10-22. ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online)
Howard, K. E., Curwen, M. S., Howard, N. R., & Colon-Muniz, A. (2014). Attitudes Toward Using Social Networking Sites in Educational Settings With Underperforming Latino Youth: A Mixed Methods Study. Urban Education, 0042085914537000
Curwen, M. S., & Colón-Muñiz, A. (July 2013). Educators challenging poverty and Latino low achievement by extending and enriching the school day. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 9, 65-77.
Colón-Muñiz, A. & Curwen, M. (April, 2014). Librería Martínez de Chapman University: A community-based initiative to promote literacy and education. Multilingual Educator. Conference edition. (A publication of the California Association of Bilingual Educators), 42-46.
Colon-Muñiz, A. & Valenzuela, N .(2012) Developmental Bilingual Education and Dual Immersion as an EEO: Educational Enrichment Opportunity in The Hope for Audacity: Public Identity and Equity Action in Education Monzo, L. and Merz, A. Eds. New York: Peter Lang
Curwen, M., Colón-Muñiz, A., & Valenzuela, N. (2011, January). Year 1 Progress Report 2011 El Sol Extended Day Program. Prepared for Union Bank of California.
Curwen, M., & Colón-Muñiz, A. (2011, January). Mid-Year Progress Report 2010 El Sol Extended Day Program. Prepared for: Union Bank of California.
Wilson, T., Park, P, & Colon-Muñiz, A. (Eds.). (2010) Memories of Paulo. Netherlands: Sense Publishers
Colon-Muniz, A., SooHoo, S. & Brignoni, E. (2010) Language, Culture and Dissonance:A Travel Course for Future Teachers with Possibilities for Catalytic Transformation. Teaching Education Australia: Routledge
Colon-Muniz, A. Brady, J., & SooHoo, S. (2010) What Do Chapman University Graduates Say About Their Preparation and Use of Multicultural Education Practices? Issues in Teacher Education California: Caddo Gap Press
Colon-Muñiz, A. (2008) Dear Paulo. In Nieto, S. (Ed.), Dear Paulo: Letters from those who dare teach: Series in critical narrative. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers