Dr. Rebecca Bustamante

Dr. Rebecca Bustamante

Associate Professor

Rebecca Bustamante

Director of the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership


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Research Interests:

Rebecca Bustamante received her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. She has over 20 years of professional experience as an elementary and middle school principal, ESL and bilingual teacher, academic director, human resource manager, and consultant and trainer in international organizational behavior and intercultural training. Bustamante has lived and worked in the U.S., Brazil, Colombia, and Panama and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Particular Research Interests:

Organizational Cultural Competence

Leadership Strategies for the Success of English Language Learners, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, and Traditionally Excluded Groups

Research Methods for Practicing School Leaders

Intercultural Communication

Organizational Behavior

International and Global Education

Mixed Methodology

Courses Taught:

Cultural Proficiency for School Leaders

Curriculum Leadership for English Language Learners (ELLs)

Education and Society

Introduction to Research Methods

Effective Reading Strategies for ELLs

Action Research

Methods of Educational Research

Psychology of Learning

Supervised Practicum


Bustamante, R.M. & Combs, J. (2006).  How culturally competent is your school?  The Texas Study, Fall 2006.  Austin, TX: Texas Association of Secondary School Principals

Bustamante, R.M. (2006).  The culture audit: A leadership tool for assessment and strategic planning in diverse schools and colleges.  NCPEA Connexions  (module 13691).

Bustamante, R.M. (2006). La “auditoria cultural”: Una herramienta de liderazgo para la evaluacion y la planeacion estrategica en colegios y universidades multiculturales. [The culture audit: A leadership tool for assessment and strategic planning in diverse schools and colleges.] NCPEA Connexions (module13692).

Bustamante, R.M. (2006). “Auditoria cultural”: Areas de enfoco. [The “cultural audit”: Areas of focus in Portuguese]. NCPEA Connexions  (module 13816).

Bustamante, R.M. (2005). Features of Cultural Proficiency in American International Schools in Latin America: A Delphi Study. Doctoral dissertation, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA.

Bustamante, R.M. (2000).  Project Respect Manual: A comprehensive approach to creating positive school climate and reducing bullying behavior. Created for the International School of Curitiba, Brazil.

Bustamante, R.M., Polnick, B., & Irby, B.J. (2006). Developing Instructional Leaders: Taking Research to the Field.  Supervision and Instructional Leadership Newsletter, AERA Special Interest Group.

Combs, J., Bustamante, R.M., & Wilson, E.D. (2006). Research skills for effective school leadership: School administrator perceptions. 2007 NCPEA Yearbook.

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