Faculty Development Specialist, UTRGV-SOM
Dr. Karina Madrigal is a native of the Rio Grande Valley. She is a Faculty Development Specialist in Medical Education at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (UTRGV-SOM). In this role Dr. Madrigal leads faculty education development opportunities for the continuous improvement of teaching practices. Dr. Madrigal holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Instructional Communication from Texas A&M Kingsville, a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Communication from the University of Texas-Pan American, as well as Texas State Certifications as a Principal and Secondary Teacher. An article of hers was published in Education Week, “The Promise of a Dual-Enrollment Program.” Dr. Madrigal has developed a holistic understanding of education and communication from her international fieldwork and study abroad in India, Cambodia, and Western Europe. Her teaching interests focus on pedagogy, competency-based education, curriculum and assessment development, instructional communication, peer-to-peer teaching observations, and interprofessional education. Beyond her teaching experiences, Dr. Madrigal’s passions in education and first-generation college students led to her dissertation comparing the self-perceived communication competence among first-generation college students, students whose parents had some college, and continuing-generation college students. She envisions her future research exploring the differences amongst students’ generational statuses to understand unique needs of first-generation college students. Her ultimate goal is to provide first-generation college students with the tools and skills needed to be successful in higher education.