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Etta Kralovec, Ed.D.

Professor, Teacher Education
Faculty Program: 
Secondary Education
Phone (SV): 
(520) 458-8278, ext. 2108

Dr. Etta Kralovec is Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Program Director of Graduate Teacher Education at the University of Arizona South. She holds a doctorate in philosophy from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Kralovec is an award winning educator. In 2015 she was awarded the Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award and the Peter Likins Award for Inclusive Excellence from the University of Arizona. She received a Distinguish Alumni Award from both Lewis and Clark College and Teachers College, Columbia University. In 2017 she was awarded an honorary M.Phil degree from College of the Atlantic in Maine. Her previous awards include a 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Labor.

In 2016, Dr. Kralovec was awarded a prestigious NSF grant, the Collaborative Noyce Border Scholars Project along the Arizona- Mexico border, in the amount of 1.4 million dollars. Previously she received a 2.2 million dollar federal grant to prepare science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers for Title One schools in Arizona border communities. In 2010, Dr. Kralovec took a leave from the university to be Principal of a high school in East Los Angeles where she worked closely with student leaders to establish a student-run discipline committee for the school.

Dr. Kralovec's current research project is focused on educational issues in borderlands and how those issues impact teacher preparation.  Over the past 2 years, she has supported teams of teachers from Mexico who conducted research in border schools in Arizona.  She works with schools and communities, unpacking the conundrum of homework.

She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1996 to establish a teacher education program at Africa University in Zimbabwe. In 2014, Dr. Kralovec conducted research on teacher preparation in Finland.

Her books include: The End of Homework; Schools that Do Too Much and Identity in Metamorphosis.

Etta started her career in education as a high school teacher in southern California for 12 years, where she ran an alternative high school for at-risk students.

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Dr. Kralovec's CV