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Professor Jesse Moya has taken on several roles as an educator, including: high school teacher; director of K-8 educational programs at Stanford University; community educator for adolescents in a youth activism organization; and a graduate teaching assistant and researcher at UCLA. Professor Moya's current research focuses on the learning and development that take place as urban Latino youth participate in community-based activism organizations. Other interests include equity in college access, with a focus on urban students’ opportunities to engage with advanced technology. Professor Moya has a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from UCLA.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Urban Education UCLA
M.A. Educational Psychology UCLA
B.A. Political Science Stanford University

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

In the classroom, I utilize strategies to make lessons interactive and relevant to students' lived experiences. I believe that both students and the teacher should play an active role in the teaching and learning that takes place during any class session. My courses seek to foster student intellectual engagement with issues in education, equity and social justice.

What I Love About Siena

I like the relatively small course sizes that give students the opportunity to actively engage in classroom activities.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

I enjoy all my courses, but Introduction to Contemporary Issues has been a favorite

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2018 - Now Associate Professor of Education Siena College
2012 - 2018 Assistant Professor Siena College
2010 - 2011 Web Publisher Institute for Democracy, Education, & Access (IDEA) at UCLA
2008 - 2010 Research Assistant Institute for Democracy, Education, & Access (IDEA) at UCLA
2007 - 2007 Teacher UCLA, Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity SMARTS High School Summer Program
2006 - 2008 Research Assistant Institute for Democracy, Education, & Access (IDEA) at UCLA
2005 - 2006 Research Assistant UCLA
2000 - 2005 Stanford Ravenswood Partnership Coordinator Stanford University, Haas Center for Public Service
1998 - 2000 High School Teacher Excelsior Education Center
1997 - 1998 Program Coordinator Youth Community Service
1994 - 1997 Tutor Coordinator Stanford University, Barrio Assistance

Articles & Book Reviews

  • 'I've Put Up a Fight to Make Myself Belong Here': First Generation College Students Crafting a Sense of Belonging
    AERA
    2017
  • Structural Influences on Critical Civic Development: Comparisons Across Classroom and Youth Organizing Spaces
    AERA
    2016
  • From Na├»ve Non-Participation to Transformative Civic Leadership: Towards a Model of Critical Civic Development
    AERA
    2015
  • What Does it Mean to Belong?: First Generation Students Negotiating a Sense of Belonging in Elite College Settings
    AERA
    2015
  • Fostering Aspirational and Practice-linked Identities as Critical Civic Leaders: Comparing Critical Civic Development in the Classroom and Youth Organizing
    AERA
    2013
  • Agents of Change, Even When They're Not in Charge: Apprenticing Youth in Community-based Organizing
    AERA
    2012
  • Apprenticeships in Power and Critique: Comparing Youth Critical Civic Development in the Classroom and Community
    AERA
    2012
  • Came for Chips, Stayed for Social Change: Critical Civic development in a Youth Community-Based Activism Organization
    AERA
    2011
  • The Links Between Care and Student Engagement: Care as a Key Component to Promoting College, Career and Community Readiness in Linked Learning Schools.
    AERA
    2011
  • Practicing Praxis: Examining the Pedagogy and Student Outcomes of Youth Community-based Activism
    AERA
    2010
  • Becoming Critical Civic Activists: Cultivating Transformational Resistance through Community Youth Organizing
    AERA
    2009
  • Computing in Context: Low-Income Latino Youth in an Advanced Placement Computer Science High School Classroom
    AERA
    2008
  • Mentoring partnerships in a community technology centre: A constructionist approach for fostering equitable service learning
    Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, vol. 16
    2008
  • Mentoring Partnerships in a Community Technology Center: A Constructionist Approach for Fostering Equitable Service Learning
    AERA
    2007
  • Building supportive communities of first-generation college students to promote successful first-year transitions
    American Educational Research Association
    Spring, 2018
  • Examining how Youth Take on Critical Civic Identities Across Classroom and Youth Organizing Spaces
    Critical Questions in Education, vol. 8
    Fall, 2017

Awards & Distinctions

  •  This award recognizes the contribution of a tenure-track faculty member in the School of Liberal Arts to the life of the college through outstanding service that exceeds the ordinary expectation of faculty at Siena College.
    Category: Service-University
    Siena College School of Liberal Arts, 2017
  • Committee on Teaching and Faculty Development (COTFD) Pedagogy Fellowship
    Category: Teaching
    Siena College, 2014
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award
    Category: Research
    UCLA, 2009
  • Graduate School of Education & Information Studies Dean's Scholars Fund Fellowship
    Category: Other
    UCLA, 2007
  • Lyons Award for Community Service
    Category: Service-Community
    Stanford University, 1997

Books & Book Chapters

  • Why Kids Love (And Hate) School: Reflections on Difference
    Myers Education Press
    2018