Associate Professor of Liberal Studies & Teacher Education
Areas of Expertise
- Educational policy relating to equity, inclusion, and social justice in teacher education
- Intersections between race, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity in
K-12 educational contexts
- Culturally relevant, justice forward, and asset-oriented approaches in K-12 pedagogy
- Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)
- Pedagogical strategies that intersect with educational technology
- Ed.D., University of Southern California
- B.A., Social Science, University of California, Irvine
- California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a concentration in Cross-Cultural Language Development
Dr. Daniel Soodjinda is currently an Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Liberal Studies at California State University (CSU) Stanislaus, where he teaches in the areas of educational foundations, educational equity/social justice, instructional methods, assessment, and instructional technology. He anchors his curriculum in frameworks relating to justice, inclusion, and equity, and he designs his courses to support pre-service teacher candidates who will work in diverse school environments. From a research perspective, Dr. Soodjinda has worked on research projects that have focused on the intersections between the racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities of LGBT students of color, and his work in this area has been disseminated in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Education (REE) with an article titled, Invisible Asian Americans: the intersection of sexuality, race, and education among gay Asian Americans. For the past four years, Dr. Soodjinda has also worked closely with California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), while serving on the California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) redesign and leadership team, and he has just launched a project that investigates how well the CalTPA functions from an asset-oriented framework that is grounded in equity. At CSU Stanislaus, Dr. Soodjinda also serves as co-chair to the “President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion” where he has taken the lead in developing, drafting, and implementing the institution’s first “Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan,” which will hold each facet of the university accountable to the principles of equity, justice, and inclusion.
- Outstanding Professor - Elizabeth Anne B. Papageorge Award for Faculty Development; California State University, Stanislaus, 2016
- Harven, A., & Soodjinda, D. (2016). Pedagogical Strategies for Challenging Students’ World Views. In R. Papa (Ed.), Social Justice Instruction: Empowerment on the Chalkboard. New York, NY: Springer Publications.
- Ocampo, A. & Soodjinda, D. (equal co-authorship, authors are listed in alphabetical order) (2015). Invisible Asian Americans: The Intersection of Sexuality, Race and Education among Gay Asian Americans. Race, Ethnicity and Education.
- Soodjinda, D., Parker, J., Ross, D., & Meyer, E. (2015). CSU Digital Ambassadors: An Empowering and Impactful Learning Community. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education. 31(1), 35-42
- Soodjinda, D. (2014). Asian American Education. In M. Danico (Ed.), Asian American Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Soodjinda, D. & Ocampo, A. (2014). LGBT Asian American Identity. In M. Danico (Ed.), Asian American Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Meyer, E., Parker, J. Ross, D., & Soodjinda, D. (2013). Supporting Technology Integration in STEM Teacher Preparation: Case Studies from across California State University Campuses. Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) Collection.
Selected Research, Grant, or Creative Activites
- Appointed Faculty: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) - Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) Redesign Team.
- Co-Chair: President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. California State University - Stanislaus, Office of the President.
- Project Director: California State University Digital Ambassadors Program
- Principal Investigator and Faculty Lead. Supporting Online Quality Learning and Teaching. Project funded by the California State University Chancellor’s Office. $100,000.
- Southeast Asian (Hmong American) Program Facilitator (2012-2016). Bilingual Teacher Education Project (BTEP). Project funded through a grant from the United States Department of Education and instituted by California State University Northridge. $2,000,000
- Principal Investigator. Intersecting Identities: The Gay Asian American and Latino Experience. Project funded by the California State University: Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Grant. $4,850.
- Co-Principal Investigator. Gay and Asian: Race, Sexuality and Intragroup Relations of Asian American Gay Men and Women. Project funded by the by the California State University Stanislaus: Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Grant, $5,000.
Soodjinda, D. (2019). Moving Beyond "Heroes and Holidays" in Teacher Preparation: Teaching Performance Assessment that Drives Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Presented at the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference. Toronto, Canada.
Escalante, K., Soodjinda, D. (2019). Performance Assessment: Leveraging the Clinical Practice Experience. Presented at the Association for Teacher Education (ATE) Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.
Escalante, K., Soodjinda, D., Reising, A., Ervin-Kassab, L. (2019). Developing Educators who are literate in Equity and Inclusion: The California Teaching Performance Assessment. Presented at the California Council for Teacher Education (CCTE) Annual Conference in Sandieo, CA.
Soodjinda, D. (2018). The TPA game-changer: Pushing for Equity, Inclusion, and Educational Technology Via Teacher Performance Assessment. Presented at the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference. New York, NY.
Bacer, W., Reising, A., Soodjinda, D. (2018). Integrating Educational Technology in the Redeveloped CalTPA: Providing Support for Pre-Service Teachers. Presented at the CUE Conference for Educational Technology Annual Conference. Palm Springs, CA.
Soodjinda, D., Escalente, K., Mandell, H. (2018). Teacher and Administrator Education Informed by 20 Years of Performance Assessment. Presented at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Annual Conference. Baltimore, CA.
Soodjinda, D., Escalente, K., Mandell, H. (2018). California’s New Teacher Performance Assessment: The Natural Harvest of Evidence. Presented at the Association of Teacher Education (ATE) Annual Conference. Las Vegas, CA.
Soodjinda, D., Olivant, K., Liu, K., Weisenburg, A. (2018). Teacher Preparation 2.0. The Evolution of Teacher Preparation at California State University Stanislaus. Presented at the Association of Teacher Education (ATE) Annual Conference. Las Vegas, CA.
Escalante, K., Soodjinda, D., & Maddell, H. (2017). Teacher preparation and the redesigned CalTPA: California’s response to more equitable TK-12 classrooms. Presented at the California Council for Teacher Education (CCTE) Annual Conference.
Soodjinda, D., King, K., & Canton, C. (2017). Creating Inclusive Communities: Challenging Oppression and Advancing Social Justice. Presented at the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) - Annual Conference. Vallejo, CA.
Bercaw, L., Soodjinda, D. & Hajek, A. (2017). Developing a Professional Pipeline through the Practices of Accomplished Teachers: Analyzing Digitally Recorded Cases with Prospective Teachers. Presented at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education - Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.
Soodjinda, D. (2016). Pedagogical Intersections with Educational Technology, Inclusivity, and Social Justice. Presented as part of the Faculty Lecture Series at the California State University, Stanislaus. Turlock, CA
- Soodjinda, D. & Davis, S. (2016). Workshop on Inclusive Teaching Practices. Presented at the California State University Summer Institute: Course Redesign with Technology, San Diego, CA.
- Davis, S. & Soodjinda, D. (2016). Culturally Relevant Teaching Practices: Best Practices for Inclusivity in the Classroom. Presented at the California State University, Institute for Teaching and Learning, Long Beach, CA.
- Soodjinda, D. (2016). Contemporary Pedagogy and Asian American Studies: Thinking Outside the Classroom. Presented at the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Annual Conference, Miami, FL.
- Casimir, M., Soodjinda, D. & Rodriguez-Vallz, F. (2016). 21st Century Teachers: Building on Bilingual Students' Knowledge of Languages. Presented at the California Association for Bilingual Educators (CABE) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
- Harven, A. & Soodjinda, D. (2015). Pedagogical Strategies for Challenging Students’ World Views. Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, HI.
- Soodjinda, D. (2015). Maintaining Quality and Rigor within Digital Learning Environments. Invited Speaker – The Loyola Marymount University Center for Teaching Excellence: Achieving a Rigorous Education that Satisfies Teacher and Learner Series.
- Soodjinda, D. & Kim, S. (2015). Intersecting Expectations: Conflicts Between Ethnicity and Sexuality among Cambodian American Gay Men. Presented at the Association for Asian American Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
- Soodjinda, D. & Grace, C. (2015). Invisible English Learners: Redefining Support Structures for Emergent Bilingual Asian American Students. Presented at the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA
- Soodjinda, D. (2014). What do schools of education need to do to prepare incoming teachers for a networked learning environment? Invited Speaker - The 2014 Educational Technology Summit: Empowering Educators to Enhance Student Learning in the Digital Era. Sponsored by the Annenberg Retreat, the Lead Commission, and Common Sense Media. A link to the panel session can be found by navigating HERE.
- Soodjinda, D & Ocampo, A (2014). Invisible Minorities: Sexuality, Masculinity, and the Education of Second-Generation Latino and Asian American Gay Men. Presented at the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
- Soodjinda, D. (2014). Author Meets Critic – Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asians, and the Achievement Gap. Panel presentation at the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA) Annual Conference in Portland, OR.
- Soodjinda, D. (2014). What is the future of Higher Education: MOOCs, Mandates, and Mayhem. Invited Speaker - Panel presentation at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Ocampo, D. & Soodjinda, D. (2014). Racialized Homophobia: How Filipino/Asian and Latino Gay Men “Do” Masculinity. Presented at the Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
- Ocampo, D. & Soodjinda, D. Soodjinda, D (2014). “That’s Where All the FOBs Go”: Negotiating Masculinity and Assimilation in the Gay Asian American Scene. Presented at the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA) Annual Conference in Portland, OR.
- Ocampo, A. & Soodjinda, D. (2014). Asian and Gay: The complex identities of gay Asian American students. Presented at Stanford University.
- Soodjinda, D. (2013). Beyond Tolerance: Supporting LGBT Students of Color in the Classroom. Presented at the Annual Multicultural Education Conference at Sac State; Sacramento, CA.
- Ocampo, A. & Soodjinda, D. (2013). Queered Curriculum: Incorporating LGBTQ Concerns in Classroom Pedagogy. Presented at the Association of Asian American Studies Annual Conference; Seattle, WA
- Soodjinda, D. (2012). Southeast Asian Culture and the K-12 Classroom: Not the Model Minority. Presented at the California State University Northridge Summer Institute for Preparing Asian American Bilingual Teachers.
- Soodjinda, D. (2012). Assessing the University of the District of Columbia’s Online Writing Program using the Quality Matters Assessment System. Presented at the Third Annual Quality Matters Conference, Baltimore, CA.