"Culture forms our beliefs. We perceive the version of reality that it communicates. Dominant paradigms, predefined concepts that exist as unquestionable, unchallengeable, are transmitted to us through the culture. Culture is made by those in power.... <br /><br />--Gloria Anzaldúa (1987, p. 38), "Movimientos de rebeldía y las culturas que traicionan"
Luz A. Murillo (Ph.D., University of Arizona) is an Associate Professor of Bilingual/Literacy/Reading Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has previously held positions at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia; the University of Texas Pan American; and la Universidad de las Américas in Cholula, Mexico.
Distinguished Recognition of Scholar-Activism Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association, 2016 - 2016
Diversity Scholar Award National Council of Teachers of English Research Assembly, 2012 - 2012
Outstanding Research Award The University of Texas Pan American, 2012 - 2012
C. Bascom Slemp Endowed Faculty Fellow The University of Texas Pan American, 2010 - 2010
Early Scholar of Color Award Literacy Research Association, Ethnicity, Race, and Multilingualism Committee, 2009 - 2009
Provost’s Award for International Studies The University of Texas Pan American, 2009 - 2009
ASPIRE Award for Teaching Excellence The University of Texas at Brownsville, 2007 - 2007
Distinguished Teaching Award Universidad del Valle, 2003 - 2003
Dr. Murillo is an educational anthropologist who studies the literacies of linguistically and culturally diverse children, families, and communities. Her research projects include studies of indigenous bilingual schooling and community in Colombia and Guatemala; the social construction of literacy in households and primary schools in central Mexico; bilingual family literacies in Mexican-American households on the U.S.-Mexico border, and language ideologies among bilingual and literacy pre-service teachers. Dr. Murillo's work appears in Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Language Arts, Qualitative Studies in Education, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Lectura y Vida, the Yearbook of the Literacy Research Association, and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.
Smith, P., & Murillo, L. (2015) Biliteracy and human capital in Texas border colonias. Handbook of research on cross-cultural approaches to language and literacy development Information ScienceReference: Hershey, PA, United States link >
Smith, P., & Murillo, L. (2015) Mediating deficit views of Mexican-origin learners with preservice literacy teachers Teacher Education and Practice 28 (1), 27-44
Smith, P., & Murillo, L. (2015) Theorizing Translanguaging and Multilingual Literacies through Human Capital Theory International Multilingualism Research Journal 9 (1), 59-73
Smith, P., & Murillo, L. (2013) Repositioning biliteracy as capital for learning: Lessons from teacher preparation at the U.S.-Mexico Border International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 26 (3), 301-323
Smith, P., & Murillo, L. (2012) Researching transfronterizo literacies in Texas border colonias. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 15 (6), 635-651 link >
Murillo, L. (2012) Learning from bilingual family literacies Language Arts 90 (1), 18-29
Murillo, L., & Smith, P. (2011) “I will never forget that”: Lasting effects of language discrimination on language minority children and families in Colombia and on the U.S.-Mexico border Childhood Education 87 (1), 2-9
Murillo, L. (2010) Local literacies as counter-hegemonic practices: Deconstructing anti-Spanish ideologies in the Rio Grande Valle Yearbook of the Literacy Research Association: Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA
Murillo, L. (2009) “This great emptiness we are feeling”: Towards a decolonization of schooling in Simunurwa, Colombia Anthropology & Education Quarterly 40 (4), 421-437 link >
Reading Teacher, 2016 - present
Member of Tier 2, Building Committee Champaign Unit 4 School District, 2015 - 2016
Apoyando la lectura y la escritura en nuestros hogares (Supporting children’s reading and writing at Champaign Unit 4 Schools,
Rantoul Multicultural Community Center,
Champaign Unit 4 Schools,
Literacy Research Association, 2014 - 2014
American Education Research Association, 2014 - 2014
Dr. Murillo teaches courses in literacy, language, and culture for researchers and teachers working with multilingual/emergent bilingual learners.
Found of Bilingual Educ Analyzes historical, political, and educational influences on bilingual/ESL education in US. Theoretical foundation of bilingual and ESL programs are examined as well as the effectiveness of program models in promoting academic achievement. Meets standards and course requirements for the Illinois State Board of Education Teaching Approval and Endorsement for Bilingual and ESL teachers. Course Information: Same as LLS 433. 3 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours.
Culture in the Classroom Explores cultural, political, and social factors that affect learning and teaching. Introduces students to the fields of educational anthropology and multicultural education and to the application of cultural information to curriculum development and classroom practice. The 3-hour undergraduate version and 4-hour graduate version meet the Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students requirement for Bilingual and/or ESL Teaching Approval or Endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours.
Princ Prac Foster Indep Rdg Emphasizes reading comprehension and reading to learn in content fields in grades K-8. Includes focus on teaching reading to students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including dialect speakers and English learners. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.
Funds of Knowledge Seminar course on topics not treated by regularly scheduled courses; requests for initiation may be made by students or faculty member. Course Information: 2 to 4 undergraduate hours. 2 to 4 graduate hours. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Rdg and Wrtg Across the Curr Designed for elementary and middle school educators, this course focuses on theory and practice related to both intradisciplinary integration (across the language arts) and interdisciplinary integration (across the content areas). Specific methods and strategies for fostering effective integrated literacy instruction are explored. Course Information: Prerequisite: CI 475 and CI 476, or equivalent methods course in reading and language arts.
Border Theories Course Information: Approved for both letter and S/U grading. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral study.