Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Studies



cortez Jesus Cortez, Ph.D.

B.A. - University of Texas, El Paso
M.A. - University of Texas, El Paso
Ph.D. - University of Washington, Seattle

Office Phone: (530) 898-6295

Office Hours: (Siskiyou 145)
Mondays 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
and by appoinment

Dr. Cortez serves as tenured full professor. He has taught at CSU, Chico for the past twenty-six academic years. He served as Director of the Center for Bilingual/Multicultural studies from his initial hire in 1980 until 1996. During that time he was instrumental in securing over three millions dollars in external funds for this institution from state, federal and international sources.

Dr. Cortez was born in El Paso Texas and earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Dr. Cortez has addressed audiences of educators at state and national venues as a keynote speaker and special topic presenter on issues pertinent to education of the linguistically and culturally diverse student population. Dr. Cortez was named California State University, Chico Outstanding Professor 1992-1993 and, was subsequently a candidate for the outstanding Professor for the California State University system.

He currently teaches courses in Reading, English Language Development, Children’s Literature and supervises student teachers. He is engaged in research areas related to English Language Development Curriculum, Literacy and Children’s Literature. Recent publications include teachers choices, selection of Exemplary Literature and Case studies of Avid Readers: What We Learned and Why. This is a Three-Year Research Study of Literacy.

Center for Bilingual/ Multicultural Studies
El Centro de Estudios Bilingues/Multiculturales
College of Communication and Education
California State University, Chico
Chico, California 95929-0444
(530) 898-4026

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