Dr. Norma Jimenez Hernandez is a psychology faculty member at EMCC whose research and teaching have focused on the academic achievement and motivation of students from marginalized groups. Dr. Hernandez has actively leveraged her academic and professional energies to benefit populations on the periphery of society. She has completed anthropological fieldwork projects throughout the world, applying her training and research in such countries as Honduras, Panama, and Mexico. She is coauthoring a collection of information guides that will promote the sharing of college knowledge through informal networks in underserved urban communities. Prior to working at EMCC, Dr. Hernandez served as an independent consultant, taught in a variety of racially concentrated public school settings and at the university level, including the Harvard Graduate School of Education, UCLA, and Claremont Graduate University and co-founded the American Dream Consortium, a private consulting firm dedicated to assisting students at all levels transition to postsecondary institutions of higher learning. Dr. Hernandez completed her Ed.D. and Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, her M.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology at U.C. Berkeley and her B.A. in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences from Concordia University. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching and conducting research. Dr. Hernandez has presented at national conferences and published in respectable journals such as the Harvard Educational Review. At EMCC, Dr. Hernandez teaches courses in statistics, research methods, introduction to psychology and developmental psychology. Dr. Hernandez served as EMCC's Honors/PTK Director for one academic year and was able to identify that the main reason that Honors students were at-risk of losing their scholarship was due to financial hardship. She lobbied for MCCCD Honors program to require FAFSA completion for all Honors students which resulted in a lower attrition rate from the Honors program. In her capacity as EMCC Honors Director, Dr. Hernandez successfully presented with a colleague and three EMCC students at Harvard University -- the only community college students who presented at this conference. (You can learn more about Dr. Hernandez's personal journey as a faculty member here and about our family's Harvard experience here.) Most recently, Dr. Hernandez was interviewed by a local radio station to discuss the current treatment of immigrants in the U.S. given the anti-immigrant rhetoric put forth by the new presidential administration. Click here to listen to the interview.
(This is a selection of some of the most recent publications/presentations.)
• Hernandez, N. (2017). When a growth mindset isn't enough: How institutions can provide supportive environments for reaching your greatest potential. Presentation for 2017 Arizona Women in Higher Education Annual Conference. Flagstaff, AZ, June 2017.
• Hernandez N. & Clark, B. (2017). EMCC study on students' financial hardships. Presentation for Maricopa County Community College District's Governing Board. Tempe, AZ, June 2017.
• Professors Discuss Treatment of Immigrants, US' Value On Diversity by Steve Goldstein. (2017, March) KJZZ Interview. Tempe, AZ.
• Jimenez-Silva, M., Hinde, E., & Hernandez, N. (2013). How are teachers of social studies addressing the needs of English language learners in their classrooms? In Jeff Passe & Paul G. Fitchett (Eds.) Research on the status of social studies: Views from the field. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
• Jimenez-Silva, M., Olson, K., Jimenez-Hernandez, N. (2012). The confidence to teach English Language Learners: Exploring coursework’s role in developing preservice teachers’ efficacy. The Teacher Educator, 47(1), 9-28.
• Jimenez-Silva, M., Jimenez-Hernandez, N., Luevanos, R., Jimenez, D., & Jimenez, A. (2009). Results not typical: One Latino family’s experiences in higher education. Harvard Educational Review, 79(4), 730-744.
• Jimenez-Silva, M. & Jimenez Hernandez, N. (2008). Culturally relevant pedagogy in early childhood education. Paper presented at InterTribal Circle of Caring & Sharing Training Conference, Prescott, AZ.
• Jimenez Hernandez, N.V. (2008). Latino parents’ beliefs about the role of preschool education. Paper presented at the Annual Early Learning Institute. Phoenix, AZ, June 2008.
• Jimenez Hernandez, N.V. (2008). College knowledge: How do you begin the journey? Presentation for the First Annual Latino Male Summit, parent workshop. Rialto, CA, May 2008.
• Jimenez Hernandez, N.V., Boulay, B.A., & Bempechat, J. (2003). Generational status and academic achievement in Mexican-descent adolescents: A cross-sectional and longitudinal investigation. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Tampa, FL, April 2003.