He has joint faculty appointments in the departments of Education and Applied Linguistics. His previous academic appointment was in the UC Santa Barbara Dept. of Education, during which time he was also the Director of the University of California's Linguistic Minority Research Institute between July 1992 and December 1997. The Institute is designed to focus the academic and research resources of the 9 campuses ofthe University of California on improving the situation of language minorities in the California schools. He is the author, co-author, and editor of six books and over three dozen research articles and chapters on such topics as bilingual education, teacher supply and demand, Chicanos and schooling, adult literacy, language choice, analyses of national language survey data, population projections, language policies, and media research. His work has appeared in such journals as the NABE Journal , the International Journal of the Sociology of Language , and the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics. His current research activities are in language policy/politics/demography, adult literacy and teacher studies.
He is a regular consultant to state policy making bodies. He served on the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing advisory committees on specifying professional development opportunities for CLAD preparation (SB 1969), and on Teacher Credentialing for the 21st Century (SB 1422). He is co-founder of Aztlán—International Journal of Chicano Studies Research, and of the National Association of Chicano Social Science. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the California Association for Bilingual Education (1983-1985), the National Association for Bilingual Education (he served as Treasurer for the (1986-1987 term), and was the Editor of the National Association for Bilingual Education Journal, from 1985 to 1989. Dr. Macías also served on the Board of Directors for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) between 1988 and 1992, where he helped fashion their language rights program. From 1979 to 1981, he served as the Assistant Director for Reading and Language Studies at the National Institute of Education in the United States Education Department. He has also received several awards, including Postdoctoral fellowships from the UCLA Institute for American Cultures, the National Research Council, and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Hunter College, NY). He was an affiliated Scholar of the Tomás Rivera Policy Center from 1986 until 1995, where he carried out work on language and literacy policies, as well as bilingual and Chicano teacher supply and demand, preparation and staff development. In 1994, he was honored by the National Association for Bilingual Education as a Pioneer in the field, and again in 1995 for contributions to the organization. In 1996, he was appointed by the President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, to the Advisory Board for the National Institute for Literacy. He received his doctoral degree from Georgetown University in Linguistics, specializing in Sociolinguistics and minoring in Theoretical Linguistics and Language Policy and Planning. He received his bachelors degree in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Education (Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction) from UCLA. He was born and raised in East Los Angeles, graduated from Garfield High School, and attended East Los Angeles College for one year.
Ph. D., Linguistics, Minor in Theoretical Linguistics and Language Policy and Planning, Georgetown University, 1979
M. S. Linguistics, Georgetown University, 1977
M. A.,Education, University of California at Los Angeles, 1973
B.A., Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles, 1969
Macías, R.F. and Kathy O’Byrne. 2006. The Engaging Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies: UCLA in LA. In Kevin Kecskes, ed. The Engaged Department. Anker Publishers, Inc.
Macías, R. F. 2005. El Grito en Aztlán: Voice and Presence in Chicana/o Studies. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. (Special Issue on Chicana/o Studies). 18:2 (March-April). pp. 165-184.
Macías, R.F. 2005. Bilingualism and Multilingualism. In MaryAnne Cline Horowitz, ed. New Dictionary on the History of Ideas. Vol. 1. Detroit, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons. pp. 209-213.
Macías, R.F., Victoria-María MacDonald, and Juan Carrillo. 2005. Bilingual Education. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Vol. 1. Oxford University Press. pp. 170-176.
Macías, Reynaldo F. 2003. Language Minority Students: Scope of the Issue. In James W. Guthrie.