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Faculty Q&A: Antonio Alejandro Pérez Belda


Faculty Q&A with Clinical Assistant Professor and World Language/Dual Language Program Coordinator ​Antonio Alejandro Pérez Belda

Antonio Alejandro Pérez Belda is a Clinical Assistant Professor and World Language/Dual Language Program Coordinator in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. Dr. Belda’s research focuses on equity and inclusivity in bilingual education, and in teacher education training. He aims to contribute to the body of work in the development of culturally and linguistically responsive literacy curriculums in dual language education. 

What is your academic and teaching background?

I earned my Ph.D. in Multilingual Education at the University of Iowa and worked as an elementary teacher for 1st and 2nd graders in my home country of Spain. I also spent six months in Manchester to acquire my master's while having the desire to learn more about linguistics. 

What advice do you have for students or anyone interested in research?

You have to be able to recognize what is doable concerning you and your research. Whatever you want to do, you need to find a way to make it work regardless of the opposition against you. You can't expect perfection. It's impossible to conduct perfect research and create a flawless study. Also, don't limit yourself to a specific type of methodology. You may not be an expert, but you will have opportunities to collaborate with others. 

What’s the most rewarding outcome of your work (research and teaching)?

The most rewarding outcome of my research and teaching is the contribution it has to the community. Being able to help minority communities is a very rewarding feeling and accomplishment. Not only can I help communities, but students to help face the complexities of the real world. It will allow future communities and teachers to be comfortable in their atmosphere. 

What impact do you believe joining UMD will have on advancing your research?

The University of Maryland will help offer a solid team of professionals. The university offers great resources and plenty of opportunities for amazing collaboration. It will definitely help benefit teaching and research practices. 

This interview was conducted by COE student Maddie Martinucci.