Posted: 5/17/23

TAMIU Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Region 5 Texas NAME Conference


Dr. Diana Linn
Dr. Diana Linn  

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction for the College of Education Dr. Diana Linn was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent 2023 Region 5 Texas National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference hosted by Baylor University’s School of Education, department of Curriculum and Instruction.

The Conference Theme was “21st Century Teaching Realities:  Creating Pathways for Safe Learning Environments.”  The Conference was the first face-to-face conference by the Texas NAME Chapter since the global Pandemic.

In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Linn was also a keynote speaker at the Conference, providing the Cherry B. Gooden Executive Board Keynote Address. She is a 2023 Texas NAME Board member.

She said the distinction of the Lifetime Achievement Award is especially important to her as she has long championed multicultural education and NAME’s advocacy. 

“I’m honored by this recognition by my peers.  I’ve been an active NAME member since 2002 and I’m proud to support its mission and legacy…and especially proud to join other Lifetime Achievement Award recipients who have been similarly honored,” Dr. Linn said.

TAMIU College of Education Dean Dr. James O’Meara commended Linn’s selection and her impact at TAMIU.

“Dr. Linn is revered by her colleagues and her students and we are all delighted to see her service to the Texas Chapter of NAME recognized by this Award.  Her contributions here at TAMIU have impacted hundreds, if not thousands of our students and graduates,” Dr. O’Meara observed.

Linn will soon complete her 21st year of teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Curriculum and Instruction, Multicultural Education, and Special Education at TAMIU.

She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Multicultural Education and Special Education from Texas A&M University.  Her Master of Science in Education, with an emphasis in School Counseling, is from TAMIU, and her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary (grades 1-8) and Special Education (Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders) was earned at Kent State University in Kent, OH.

Dr. Linn has taught in public and private schools in México (Mexico City and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas) and Texas (Laredo ISD). Last summer, she completed 10 years of a faculty-led Study Abroad program in Madrid, Spain. Her research interests include the disproportionality of English learners receiving special education services and narrative analyses of journals and cultural autobiographies of her students who participate in the Madrid summer program.

The Texas chapter of NAME was founded in 2000 by Dr. Ron W. Wilhelm when 30 educators from across Texas met at the University of North Texas in Denton to establish a statewide voice for multiculturalism in Texas. 

Next year’s conference will be hosted by the University of Houston – Downtown. For more on Texas’ Chapter of NAME, visit  https://www.txname.org

Registration for Summer and Fall 2023 at TAMIU is now underway. View the registration schedule here: https://www.tamiu.edu/registrar/registration.shtml.

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