Education: Aurelia Davila de Silva, Ph.D. received her degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. de Silva received her B.A. in Spanish and English. Next, she worked as a counselor at Brown Schools for Emotionally Disturbed female and male adolescents, receiving a M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in Emotional Disturbance and a minor in Language Disorders and Disabilities. She continued her studies in Language and Literacy, receiving a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Reading.
Background: Dr. de Silva has taught at numerous universities, including UTSA, where she taught for 11 years, receiving the honor of being selected for teaching awards by her students. Additionally, she has received recognition from the Texas State Reading Association for her teaching.
Publications: Dr. de Silva’s publications revolve around longitudinal case studies of students acquiring literacy/ biliteracy. Her other publications are in the area of literature for students and advocacy for Latina women in higher education. In addition, she has been selected to serve on the editorial board of six different peer-reviewed journals.
Professional Affiliations: As part of her advocacy work, Dr. de Silva has been active in various committees of the National Council of Teachers of English. Through this organization, Dr. de Silva spent 15 years traveling throughout the United States as a speaker addressing various educational issues. Dr. de Silva’s advocacy work has also included testifying at Texas legislative sessions regarding testing and curriculum, for which she earned the State PTA Guardian Award and other honors. Presently, Dr. de Silva is a member of the Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking, an organization that studies literacy practices and literacy policy around the world. In addition, she is one of the Co-Directors for the San Antonio Writing Project at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she teaches summer writing institutes. She is also a National Writing Consultant for the San Antonio and National Writing Projects.