Spencer Salas, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he leads the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Urban Literacies/TESL sub-concentration. Among the courses he teaches are Globalization and Teacher Leadership. An award-winning District of Columbia Public School ESL teacher (1994-2001), he has been a Fulbright Fellow to Romania (1998), Guatemala (2007), and South Africa (2013); a U.S. Department of State Senior English Language Fellow to Peru (2001-2003); and, a frequent DOS English Language Specialist (2003-present). The ensemble of his scholarship focuses on the New Latino South and has been featured in venues such as Review of Higher Education, Bilingual Research Journal, Urban Review, and The Journal of Basic Writing. He is co-editor of Vygotsky in 21st century society (Peter Lang, 2011); U.S. Latinos and education policy (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2014); Education in the New Latino South (SUNY Press, 2017); and The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching, First Edition (2018).