Legacy of Beloved Dean Carries Forward
Travelstead Fellowship Supports Faculty Excellence in the College of Education
In 2002, the Chester C. Travelstead Endowed Faculty Fellowship for Teacher Education was created by the former dean, family, friends, and alumni and was matched by New Mexico legislative funds. The Fellowship supports the exceptional faculty in the College of Education whose work makes a profound and positive impact on the children of New Mexico. To date, five faculty have been named as Travelstead Fellows.
In 2004, Dr. Leroy Ortiz became the first Travelstead Fellow. Now retired after 36 years of service to UNM, Ortiz was an Associate Professor of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies and Director of the Multicultural Education Center.
Early in Dr. Ortiz’s career, a teaching position with the Bureau of Indian Affairs had a profound impact on the direction of his work. Teaching for five years in Chinle, Arizona, and Crownpoint, New Mexico, he worked with elementary students in extremely isolated communities. Ortiz developed a “desire to better understand the impact of language and culture on the educational process.”
Ortiz notes that “the Travelstead Fellowship elevates teacher education as a field of inquiry to a central place in the instructional mission of the University.”
“The Travelstead Fellowship elevates teacher education as a field of inquiry to a central place in the instructional mission of the University.”
–Dr. Leroy Ortiz
Dr. Donald Zancanella, has a passion for the study and teaching of literature and English language arts. He received the Travelstead Fellowship for 2007-2008. “Dean Travelstead was such an admirable figure. His work exemplifies the best of what we do in education,” says Zancanella as he reflects on the honor bestowed by the award.
A former high school and middle school teacher, Zancanella earned a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Intensely interested in training exemplary teachers, he has also contributed much to the study of how national and state education policy affects the classroom. Professor of Literacy and Language Arts and the Coordinator for Secondary Education Program at UNM, he retired in 2016.
Dr. Rosalita Del Castillo Mitchell, Associate Professor of Secondary Education (retired), was awarded the Travelstead Fellowship for 2009-2010, in recognition of her collaboration with the New Mexico Pubic Education Department to develop the 3-Tiered Teacher Licensure System in 2003. Serving on the PED’s core design, development, and evaluation team for this evaluation program, Dr. Mitchell drew upon her years of research into the stages of teacher development and evidence-based evaluation.
Dr. Del Castillo Mitchell
Dr. Mitchell’s involvement in the development of the 3-Tiered System meant that the COE, particularly the Teacher Education Department, had a connection to and was represented in the most important educational policy change in recent years. From 2007-2012, Dr. Mitchell collaborated with faculty as Chair of the Teacher Education Department in helping pre-service and in-service teachers develop or refine expertise in the classroom while completing licensure requirements and/or advanced degrees.
“Receiving the Travelstead Fellowship was the highlight of my academic career,” says Dr. Liz Keefe, Professor of Special Education and coordinator of the Special Education Program at UNM. The 2012-2014 Fellowship allowed Keefe to address an issue of great importance to her—the denial of literacy instruction to people with disabilities.
She and her team worked with Adelante Development Center, an Albuquerque nonprofit that serves people with disabilities. The team conducted interviews and then modeled for staff how to use literacy materials with Adelante clients. Follow-up visits found changed attitudes and an increase in the availability of reading materials throughout the organization’s facility. The continuing partnership with Adelante provides a place for teacher candidates in the Special Education Program to practice their lesson plans. “The Travelstead Fellowship continues to impact lives,” says Keefe.
“Receiving the Travelstead Fellowship was the highlight of my academic career.”
–Dr. Liz Keefe
Sylvia Celedón-Pattichis, the most recent Travelstead Fellow, is a Professor of Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Mathematics Education. She also serves as a research collaborator on the Teacher Education Collaborative in Language Diversity and Arts Integration (TECLA).
Dr. Celedón-Pattichis received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Bilingual and Mathematics Education) from the University of Texas at Austin. At UNM, her research interests include linguistic and cultural influences on the teaching and learning of mathematics, especially with emergent bilinguals.
The Fellowship has allowed Dr. Celedón-Pattichis to focus on two collaborative research projects. One examines how language and cultural diversity can be used to teach mathematics. Another has developed programs for middle school students to offer hands-on activities in mathematics and engineering.
To support the Chester C. Travelstead Endowment, contact Sr. Director of Development, Mary Wolford, at 505-277-1088.