Caldera Accepts Tenure Track Professorship
Altheria Gaston Caldera is the first Curriculum Studies Ph.D. graduate to receive a professorship. Dr. Caldera, who graduated in May, has accepted a tenure track position at Texas A&M Commerce in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. She will be teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses online and on campus beginning Fall 2016. In addition to teaching, she aims to advance her research in diversity and multiculturalism in teacher education. Dr. Caldera is currently revising a book chapter for an upcoming book, College curriculum at the crossroads: How women of color reflect and resist in the academy.
During her time at TCU, Caldera studied abroad as a Global Outlooks Fellow, worked alongside Honors College acting dean Sarah Robbins as a graduate research assistant, taught in the Women and Gender Studies program, earned the Sherrie Reynolds Memorial Scholarship, and completed research and teaching apprenticeships with Dr. M. Francyne Huckaby and the late Dr. Sherrie Reynolds.
With research and teaching interests in teacher education and women and gender studies, Dr. Caldera has presented her research at TCU’s College of Education Research & Pedagogy festivals and at Women and Gender Studies (WGST) Graduate Student symposiums. In partnership with the Center for Public Education, she will present a seminar drawn from her dissertation research at TCU in the fall.
In addition to teaching in the C&I Department at Texas A&M Commerce, Dr. Caldera, who also earned the WGST graduate certificate at TCU, hopes to lend her expertise to the expanding Gender Studies program at TAMUC.
“I thank the administration, faculty and staff in the College of Education for their encouragement, guidance, and wisdom, but most of all, for the opportunity to earn her doctorate degree in a challenging, rigorous, supportive learning environment,” Caldera said.