Texas Tech University

Alfredo Benavides, Ph.D.

Professor of Language, Diversity and Literacy Studies
Curriculum and Instruction

Alfredo Benavides is Professor of Bilingual Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Tech University. He has been in the field of bilingual education for over forty years having also held joint administrative and faculty appointments at the University of Iowa and Arizona State University.

He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University. He served as Editor of the Bilingual Research Journal from 1997 to 2006 and is a member of the Bilingual Research Journal Editorial Board as well as serving on the Editorial Board of the Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe. He has also performed editorial work for the National Forum of Multicultural Issues Journal, the International Migration Review, the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Longman Publishers, and Harper and Row Publishers.

He was honored as the recipient of the 2007-2008 Outstanding Researcher Award in the College of Education at Texas Tech University and was also honored with the AERA Bilingual Education Research SIG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. He joined the Texas Tech University faculty in 2002.

Alfredo Benavides


  • 1978 Ph.D., Higher Education, Michigan State University, Administration & Student Personnel
    Dissertation: Mexican-Americans and Public Service Institutions in a Midwestern Community: An Analysis of Mutual Images and Interactions
  • 1972 M.A. Curriculum Development, Michigan State University University
  • 1970 B.A. Texas A & I University (now Texas A&M - Kingsville), History and Spanish Literature

Areas of Expertise

  • Bilingual & Multicultural Education
  • Dispositions Among Teachers of ELLs
  • Immigrant Children and Education
  • Qualitative Research in Bilingual Education

Selected Publications

Midobuche, E. & Benavides, A. & Koca, F. (2014), Teaching Mexican American English Language Learners: Issues and Challenges, in Y. Caldera (Ed.), The Handbook on Mexican American Children and Families: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Psychology Press, Taylor and Francis Group. (release date: December 6, 2014)

Benavides, A. & Midobuche, E. (2013), Achieving Academic Resilience for Mexican American Students: Issues and Challenges, in E. Trejos-Castillo, (Ed.), Youth: Practices, Perspectives and Challenges, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Hauppauge, NY

Kostina-Ritchey, E., & Benavides, A. (2013). Lau v. Nichols (1974). In C. Cortés (Ed.), Multicultural America: A multimedia encyclopedia. (pp. 1339-1341). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452276274.n520

Midobuche, E. & Benavides, A. (2012). Mexican American English language learners: learning in a climate of politics, curriculum reform, immigration, and fear, in English Language Learners in 21st Century Classrooms: Challenges and Expectations, M. Cowart & L. Anderson, (Eds.), Texas Woman’s University, CANH NAM Publishers, Inc.

Benavides, A., Midobuche, E., & Kostina-Ritchey, E. (2012). Challenges in educating immigrant language minority students in the United States. The Social and Behavioral Journal, ISSN: 1877-0428 Elsevier Ltd., (46), pp. 2302-2306, doi: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.05.475.

Benavides, A., Midobuche, E., & Carlson, P., (Eds.) (2011). Hispanics in the Southwest: Issues in Immigration, Education, Health, and Public Policy, Bilingual Press, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Midobuche, E., Benavides, A., & Kostina-Ritchey, E. (2011). Reflections on second language teacher dispositions: preparing for educational, linguistic, and cultural challenges in national and international settings. Procedia-The Social and Behavioral Journal, (ISSN: 1877- 0428), (15), 1262-1265, doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.03.273.

Midobuche, E., Benavides, A., & de Rasez de Guyenne, W., (2010). Perceptions, Attitudes and the Identification of Dispositions: Creating a Model for Teaching English Language Learners. Teacher Education & Practice Journal, Vol 23 (2)

Midobuche, E. & Benavides, A., (2010), Challenges in Teaching Immigrant Latino History and Culture: Closing the Achievement Gap Through Validation, The Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Global Achievement Gap.

Midobuche, E. & Benavides, A., (2010), Preparing Teachers for English Language Learners: Meeting the Challenges of Teacher Shortages, Transitions, Dispositions, and Partnerships, in Teaching English Language Learners: Paths to Success, M. Cowart (Ed), CANH NAM Publishers, Inc.