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Clarena Larrotta, Ph.D.

Clarena Larrotta


MA in Adult Education



Clarena Larrotta, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Adult, Professional, and Community Education Programs.  She received her B.A. in English Teaching from the University of Quindio-Armenia, her M.A. in English Education from The University of Puerto Rico-Mayag├╝ez, and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Larrotta draws upon qualitative research methodologies and the practice of engaged scholarship to connect the areas of teaching, research, and service in an organic manner. In collaboration with students and colleagues she aims to build bridges to connect the rich resources of the university to the most critical social, civic, and ethical problems by educating the adults, children and families in the local community. She aims to create, support, and document possibilities for change at the local and national levels.

Her work comprises a book on Narratives of adult ESL learners and teachers: Practical application (in press), an edited book on Bringing Community to the ESL Classroom, several book chapters, and several research articles published in journals such as Adult Learning, Radiologic Science & Education, Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Multicultural Education Magazine.


Phone: (512) 245-2531

Office: ASBS 316

Mailing Address:

601 University Drive

ASB South 326

San Marcos, TX 78666