David Hernandez-Saca, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. David Hernandez-Saca is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Northern Iowa. He received his PhD from Arizona State University and MA from UC Berkeley. Dr. Hernandez-Saca is a former multi-subject teacher and his teaching responsibilities at UNI include undergraduate teacher preparation courses in the areas of post-school transition programming and issues and applications in special education. Dr. Hernandez-Saca's research nucleus of his research agenda is problematizing the common sense assumptions of learning disabilities (LD). Dr. Hernandez-Saca's two lines of research include: 1) (a) the emotional impact of LD labeling on conceptions of self. This work has implications for the problematization of LD that takes into account the sociocultural contexts of students living with this condition and the social construction of emotions about LD. Dr. Hernandez-Saca engages in this line of inquiry by documenting the perspectives of historically marginalized youth and culturally and linguistically diverse students with LD and in collaborative autoethnographic projects. Dr. Hernandez-Saca's second line of inquiry is (b) the role of emotion and affect in teacher learning about social justice issues. What ties both of his lines of inquiry together is his commitment to educational equity through an interdisciplinary research design and methodology. Overall, Dr. Hernandez-Saca investigates these as they relate to historical equity issues in general education and special education and current movements for inclusive education. He has published in journals such as Learning Disability Quarterly and the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, and has presented at numerous national and regional conferences.    

 

Phone: 
319-273-7646
Fax: 
319-273-7852
Office Location: 

Schindler Education Center 101A
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0601