Maria D. Vasquez-Colina

I am an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology, with primary responsibilities in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in educational research, educational measurement and educational statistics. I am also the lead instructor for EDF 3430, Educational Measurement and Evaluation, and oversee approximately all EDF 3430 sections across four campuses.

Prior to obtaining my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development in 2005 from the University of Louisville, I held administrative and teaching responsibilities at several private and public schools, as well as at several institutions of higher education in Peru and the United States. I was the recipient of the John Dewey and Grawemeyer Fellowships at the University of Louisville.

I came to the United States on a scholarship to further my studies. Being the only Latino female student at the university was challenging and new, but it also created opportunities and opened doors. I embarked on a journey of learning and discovered the power of assessment and feedback.

I view myself as someone who is adept in interpreting assessment language for others. As a teacher, I assist others to understand research designs and advocate for the use of curriculum aligned assessment. My quest for knowledge has gradually led me to speak the methodological languages of quantitative and qualitative data analysis and to embrace a post-positivist epistemology that has strengthened my educational philosophy and skills. My evolving scholarship, dedicated to informing students, parents, and decision makers about the importance of assessment and making data-driven decisions, is also informed by my experiences as an international student, immigrant Latino woman, as well as, by the authenticity of my current experiences as an interpreter, teacher, and mother.

I am currently conducting research related to the use of formative assessment in college courses and the understanding and use of assessment literacy among education stakeholders. Her research interests include assessment literacy, classroom assessment methods, and the use of standardized assessment in multicultural educational contexts.

I serve as the Associate Editor for the Florida Journal of Educational Research and the Program Review Chair for the Florida Educational Research Association as well as the Chair for the American Education Research Association (AERA) SIG – Professors of Educational Research. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French. I can be reached at

Maria D. Vasquez-Colina, Ph.D.

Associate. Professor

Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology

Office Phone: (561) 297-2234

Office Location: FAU Boca Campus
College of Education
ED 47 Room 248
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431