Olga DeJesus-Diaz, Ed.D
Associate Professor of Education, Assistant Dean for Teacher Education
Dr. Olga DeJesus-Diaz has been an educator in P-16 for over 20 years with expertise in special education, bilingual education, language acquisition, and teacher preparation in higher education. From Mercy College, she holds two master's degrees, one in Elementary Education and another in School Administration. Also, a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. Dr. DeJesus-Diaz is an associate professor and assistant dean of teacher education at Marist College.
Her professional expertise extends from her teaching, scholarship and service in education. She taught as a bilingual special education teacher in P-12, as an associate professor in teacher preparation programs, worked at NYSED as an associate advocating for ELLs with disabilities, and held several leadership roles in higher education. In her scholarship, Dr. DeJesus-Diaz shares her work and expertise nationally and internationally. In 2017, as a Fulbright Scholar, she provided professional development to faculty and teaching candidates at the University of Vienna. This was under the theme “Empowering the Diverse Learner through Digital Storytelling”. Dr. DeJesus-Diaz has published several articles in peer reviewed professional journals and a book titled “International Undergraduate English Language Learner’s Perception of Distance Learning”.
When it comes to serving in the field, Dr. DeJesus-Diaz has served as an expert for the U.S. Department of Education in initiatives to develop alternative assessment for English language learners, member of the Women’s Leadership Council at Touro University, VP of Conference for the NYSTESOL organization (2022-23), NYS CEEDAR Taskforce member, Bilingual Curriculum Design Taskforce with USPREP and is an AAQEP quality assurance reviewer of teacher education programs in higher education.
Research Interests / Area of Focus
Bilingual education, first and second language acquisition, culturally responsive pedagogy, heritage language development, instructional technology, teacher preparation in higher education
De Jesus, O. (2014). International English language learners’ perception of distance learning. Germany: Scholars’ Press.
De Jesus, O. (Book Chapter). Professional Development for University-Based Teacher Educators: Learning Communities. Advances in Teacher Education Series. University of North Florida. (In Progress)
Easley, J., Daniel, L.G., De Jesus, O., & Edmonson, S. (Book Chapter in progress). Academic leadership & USPREP: Three institutions’ experiences with building capacity for institutional transformation. USPREP, Austin Texas. (In progress)
Peer Reviewed Articles:
De Jesus, O. (2020). Differentiating Instruction for Differently Able English Language Learners in a Remote Classroom. Open Online Journal for Research and Education R&E-SOURCE https://journal.ph-noe.ac.at/index.php/resource/article/view/959
De Jesus, O. (May 2017). Preparing the 21st Century Teacher: A Simulated Classroom. Open Online Journal for Research and Education R&E-SOURCE https://journal.ph-noe.ac.at/index.php/resource/article/download/444/458/1709
De Jesus, O. (2016). Integrating the arts to facilitate second language learning. Open Online Journal for Research and Education, (5), 1-4. ISSN: 2313-1640. R&E-SOURCE https://journal.ph-noe.ac.at/index.php/resource/article/download/325/344
De Jesus, O. (2015). Spotlight on distance learning and undergraduate international ELLs. Journal of Education and Human Development, 2(1), 63-66. http://jehdnet.com/vol-4-no-2-1-june-2015-abstract-6-jehd
De Jesus, O. (2012). Differentiated instruction: Can differentiated instruction provide success for all learners? National Teacher Education Journal, 5(3), 5- 11. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&profile=ehost&scope=site&authtype=crawler&jrnl=19453744&AN=84313770&h=t9OiIpo4dlurwiOL899MFyUwqdU2gAPB2zuWKdEiSfrNXj0Xy8Nf3kujnXtF1Sp0I1eB26RYCiYbYUDxS4yRTg%3D%3D&crl=f