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Dr. William Mira

Dr. William Mira
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Expertise

  • Teaching and learning
  • Human development 
  • Acculturation
  • Heritage language issues
  • Bilingualism
  • Achievement gap
  • Tutoring and mentoring

Education

  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Applied Cognition and Development Program, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, May, 2017
    Advisor: Pedro R. Portes, Ph.D.
    Committee: Stacey Neuharth-Pritchett, Ph.D; Louis Castenell, Ph.D; Stephen Cramer, Ph.D.
    Dissertation: The Impact of Spanish First Language Proficiency on English Second Language Achievement: The Development and Pilot Validation of the CLASE Language Assessment Inventory-Spanish.
     
  • M.A., Educational Psychology, Applied Cognition and Development Program, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, December 2011
    Advisor: Paula Schwanenflugel, Ph.D.
    Thesis: The Impact of Expressiveness on the Comprehension of Storybooks by Prekindergarten Children.
     
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, May, 2006

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Dr. William Mira is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.


About Dr. William Mira

William Mira joined Fort Lewis College as a visiting instructor of psychology in 2017.  Dr. Mira trained in educational psychology at the University of Georgia with a concentration in applied cognition and development.  Throughout his doctoral program, Dr. Mira worked with the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education (CLASE) on research examining the intersections between cultural adaptation, identity development, self-esteem, and depression.  His dissertation research involved the development and pilot validation of an assessment of Spanish language proficiency as well as an examination of the impact of first language proficiency on second language achievement.  During his time with CLASE, Dr. Mira acted as co-director for a tutoring and mentoring program serving third to fifth grade Latino English learners at a low-income elementary school.  Dr. Mira has a passion for heritage language issues and working with underserved populations.  He is a member of the American Education Research Association and has presented his work at numerous conferences around the country including AERA’s annual meeting. 


Publications

Portes, P. R., Canche, M. G., Boada, D., Mira, W. A., Sandhu, D., Salas, S. (2016). Assessing migration and adaptation from two or more points of view: Cultural-historical theory and methods. Papeles de Trabajo sobre Cultura, Educación, y Desarollo Humano, 12(2), 1-17. 

Mira, W. A., & Schwanenflugel, P. J. (2013). The impact of reading expressiveness on the listening comprehension of storybooks by prekindergarten children. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 44(2), 183-194.


Conference Presentations

Mira, W. A., Boada, D., Portes, P. R. (2017, April). Cultural adaptation of dominant and non-dominant college students: Comparing Spain and the United States. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Portes, P. R., Boada, D., Cabrera, L., Pozo, T., Mira, W.A. (2017, March). Examining cultural adaptation across two cultural contexts: How different are young adults in Spain and the United States? Paper to be presented at the 11th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain.

Cotsakis, C., Mira, W. A. (2017, February). One-to-one tutoring for EL learners: Effects on students and tutors. Paper presented at the 16th annual ESOL Conference at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA.

Portes, P. R., Boada, D., & Mira, W. A. (2016, August). Cultural adaptation and adjustment of majority & non-dominant college students: Ethnic and gender identities in formation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the European Educational Research Association, Dublin, Ireland.

Cotsakis, C., & Mira, W. A. (2016, February). Engaging ELLs through curriculum and projects applying “funds of knowledge”. Paper presented at the 15th annual ESOL Conference at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA.

Mira, W. A., Boada, D., Portes, P. R. (2015, April). Cultural adaptation, self-esteem and depression in college students by ethnicity and gender. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Mira, W. A., Simmons, C., Portes, P. R. (2014, April). Beyond drill and kill: New directions for afterschool programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

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Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Michael Uhes
Senior Lecturer of Psychology
970-247-7240
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Lori M. Benefiel
Visiting Instructor of Psychology
970-247-7021
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EMERITUS FACULTY

Dr. Michael Anziano
Dr. Alane Brown
Dr. Beverly Chew
Dr. Thomas Skurky
Dr. Janet Jones
Dr. Marilyn Leftwich
Dr. Hal Mansfield
Dr. Bob Wageman
Dr. Roger Peters