JoAnn Canales, PhD, Founding Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi holds degrees from the University of Houston, Laredo State University, and The University of Texas at Austin. During her 17 year tenure at A&M-CC, she has served in numerous roles both at the college and university levels. She was awarded an American Council of Education Fellowship (2002-2003) and the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Excellence in Teaching Award (2005-2006).
Her portfolio includes extensive experience in group facilitation/mediation, strategic plan development, program evaluation and collaboration in a variety of settings including school districts, state departments, state/national organizations, banking institutions, and international institutions of higher education in Chile, Mexico, Canada, Peru, and Trinidad/Tobago. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Communities in Schools of the Coastal Bend and the Gulf Coast Credit Union of Corpus Christi.
Her areas of expertise include English-language proficiency assessment, teacher preparation, and issues of access and success in higher education. She has also served as principal/co-investigator on NSF and USDA grants totaling over $800,000.
She has over 30 years of teaching experience in public schools and three public institutions of higher education in Texas and Colorado.