Marcella McCollum

Marcella McCollum

Lecturer, Communicative Disorders & Sciences

Marcella McCollum is a speech-language pathologist, lecturer, and doctoral candidate at San Jose State University. Her research interests focus on access of underrepresented/underserved student populations to appropriate education. She teaches courses and provides seminars in many areas, including language development, aging, clinical perspectives, supervision, accent, and multicultural issues. Marcella has been a member of medical and educational diagnostic/treatment teams and worked with diverse populations, including Native American, Hmong, and Somali families in Minnesota and California.


  • Candidate, Ed.D., Educational Leadership, San Jose State University
  • M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, San Jose State University
  • B.A., Psychological Services, University of San Francisco

Recent Presentations

  • “Past, Present, and Future Directions of Dual Language Immersion in California Post Proposition 58” co-presented at the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) conference, Las Vegas, NV (February, 2020)
  • “Latinx and Hispanic Culture” invited speaker for Tapestry Grant project, San José State University (February, 2020)
  • “Collaborating with Interpreters and Translators”, invited speaker for Tapestry Grant project, San José State University (December, 2019)

  • “Educación Especial”, invited speaker, bilingual seminar, San José State University (October, 2019)

  • “Introduction to Implicit Bias” invited speaker for Communication Works, Lafayette, CA. (August, 2019)

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • 2020 - Awarded a Lurie College Strategic Plan Grant to develop a Social Justice Minor with Rebeca Burciaga.
  • 2019 - Awarded a Lurie College Research and Teaching Collaboration (LC-RTC) grant with Matthew Love and Eduardo Munoz-Munoz to investigate the intersection between Dual Language Bilingual Education (DLBE) and Special Education.
  • 2019 - Awarded three strategic priority grants to provide a cultural humility module to incoming graduate students, a gender equity module to graduate students in their final year of school, and an inaugural orientation for incoming undergraduate students.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Bilingual immersion
  • Higher education
  • Latinx/Hispanic/Chicanx
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Undergraduate success

Recommended Reading

Personality Playlist

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