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García, Ricardo L. 1940-

García, Ricardo L. 1940-


Born May 25, 1940, in Swastika, NM; son of Manuel A. (a coal miner) and Clara (a homemaker) García; married June 22, 1968; wife's name Sharon J. (a teacher and tax consultant); children: Shane, Maria García Craig. Ethnicity: "Hispanic." Education: New Mexico Highlands University, B.A., 1963; University of Denver, M.A., 1971, Ed.D., 1973. Politics: "Slightly left of center."


Home—Lincoln, NE. Office—College of Education and Human Science, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588. E-mail—[email protected]


English teacher in Tierra Amarilla, NM, 1964-66, and at high schools in Wagon Mound, NM, 1966-68, and Wausau, WI, 1968-70; University of Denver, Denver, CO, instructor in education, 1970-73; Kansas State University, Manhattan, assistant professor of education and codirector of Desegregation Institutes, 1973-75; University of Oklahoma, Norman, assistant professor of education, director of bilingual fellowship program, and coordinator of field experiences, 1974-78; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, associate professor of education, and coordinator of multicultural education, 1978-83; Montana State University, Billings, professor of education and chair of division of elementary and secondary education, 1983-90; Kansas State University, professor of education, 1990-91; University of Idaho, director of division of teacher education, 1991-93; University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point, assistant vice chancellor, 1994-96; University of Nebraska, Lincoln, assistant chancellor, 1996-97, associate dean of graduate studies, 1997-98, professor of teacher education, 1998-2006; writer and storyteller, 2006—. University of Washington, Seattle, visiting professor, 1996; also lecturer on Hispanic storytelling and other Hispanic topics for Nebraska Humanities Council and others; consultant to Danforth Foundation, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and Southwest Regional Educational Laboratory.


Phi Delta Kappa.


Major grants from U.S. Department of Education, 1974-78; National Poetry Book Award for On the Way to San Francisco Bay.


Learning in Two Languages (monograph), Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation (Bloomington, IN), 1976.

Teaching in a Pluralistic Society: Concepts, Models, Strategies, Harper & Row (New York, NY), 1982, 2nd edition, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1991.

Teaching for Diversity, Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation (Bloomington, IN), 1998, 2nd edition, 2005.

Coal Camp Days: A Boy's Remembrance (fictionalized autobiography), University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, NM), 2001.

On the Way to San Francisco Bay (poetry), Salmon Run Press (Anchorage, AK), 2001, revised edition published as Montana's Top Bananas, iUniverse Press (Lincoln, NE), 2005.

Brother Bill's Bait Bites Back and Other Tales from the Raton (folk tales), University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE), 2004.

Coal Camp Justice: Two Wrongs Make a Right (novel), University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, NM), 2005.

Also author of education monographs and training manuals. Contributor to books, including Curriculum and Instruction after Desegregation, AG Press (Manhattan, KS), 1975; School and Community: Issues and Alternatives, Kendall/Hunt (Dubuque, IA), 1975; Teaching the Indian Child, University of Oklahoma Press (Norman, OK), 1991; Chicanos in the Pacific Northwest, Kendall/Hunt, 1994; and Multicultural Education: Theory and Practice, 5th edition, Allyn & Bacon (Boston, MA), 2005. Author of the monthly column "Coal Miners, Cowboys, and Other Critters," Raton Range, 1998-2005. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Multicultural Education, Language and Education: International Journal, Reading, Research, and Instruction, Advocates for Language Learning, Theory into practice, Curriculum Trends, English Journal, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Mexican American Research, and poetry in New Mexico.

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