Francisco Rios received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and worked at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and the University of Wyoming before arriving in Washington. He served as Interim Associate Dean at CSUSM and department chair at the University of Wyoming. His research interests include teachers of color, Latinos in education, and preservice teacher education with a multicultural focus. Francisco is the Senior Associate Editor of Multicultural Perspectives, the Journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education. He spent spring, 2005 as a Fulbright Fellow at the Pontifica Universidad Católica Valparaíso in Chile. Francisco served as program chair for Division K, (Teaching and Teacher Education) for the AERA Annual Program, 2007. Francisco served as the founding director of the University of Wyoming's Social Justice Research Center. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Scholar Mid-Career Award, from the Committee of Scholars of Color in Education from the American Educational Research Association.