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Member Spotlight: Margarita Huerta

Margarita HuertaTAA member Margarita Huerta is an Assistant Professor of Multilingual Education at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and writes in the English Learner Education writing discipline.

Huerta has written six scholarly articles including her most recent publication coauthored with Tiberio Garza, “Writing in science: Why, how, and for whom? A systematic literature review of 20 years of intervention research (1996-2016)”, published in Educational Psychology Review.

What are you currently working on?
Meta-analysis and systematic literature reviews on research related to English Learners and STEM education.

Share a recent accomplishment.
In Spring 2020 I was granted tenure at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

What is your favorite textbook writing tip or strategy?
My favorite academic tip or strategy is to have a system for tracking writing progress. I still use a writing system that I learned from Dr. Pat Goodson back when I was a graduate student attending her POWER Writing workshops at Texas A&M University. The writing log is a fantastic tool for motivating me to write as well as getting to know myself and track my writing habits and progress.

What is your best TAA experience so far?
The first TAA conference I attended. Everyone was so kind and friendly and helpful at my first conference. I had never experienced a conference like this, especially as a newcomer. I have to add that my interactions with Maureen Forester have also been phenomenal. She is an incredible director and person, and TAA has a fabulous staff all-around. I just love being part of a community of people passionate about writing and helping others be effective and productive writers.