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Faculty & Staff Directory

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Assessment; Classical theory of measurement; English Learners; Experimental design; Psychometrics; Quantitative methods

Jamal Abedi
Professor

Specializing in educational and psychological assessments, Jamal Abedi’s research focuses on testing for English language learners and issues concerning the technical characteristics and interpretations of these assessments. Abedi is the author of many publications in the assessment of and accommodations for English-language learners. He is on the advisory committees for several major assessment organizations and advises a number of states on testing for English learners and children with disabilities.

Vita Jamal Abedi 2015
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Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: MTH. Elementary Education; Gender and equity issues in mathematics education; In-service and preservice teacher learning; Mathematics education

Rebecca Ambrose
Professor, Co-Director of Teacher Education

After teaching middle school math for ten years, I decided to pursue a PhD to get a fresh perspective on the issues I observed every day in my classroom and thought that maybe I could help develop remedies that would help other teachers, as well.

(530) 754-4831
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Educational equity; English language arts education; Gay and lesbian issues in education; Minority/Underrepresented Students; Multicultural literature and literacy; Secondary Education; Teacher education research and policy

Steven Athanases
Professor

Steven Athanases is a Professor in the School of Education at UC Davis. He researches issues of cultural and linguistic diversity and educational equity in teaching, adolescent learning, and teacher education, with a focus on literacy and English language arts. As a high school English teacher in the Chicago area, he received several awards for outstanding teaching of English, with a focus on writing, and drew on his disciplinary roots in Performance Studies and Communications to stage annual performance showcases of original student compositions.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Environmental Education; Citizen science; Participatory Action Research; In-service and preservice teacher learning; Science Education; Secondary Education; Service-learning.

Heidi Ballard
Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow

Heidi Ballard is the Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Community and Citizen Science. You can find more information about her past and current projects, and sign up for occasional updates at the Center’s website.

 

(530) 754-6255
Staff Profile REEd

Arthur Beauchamp
Senior Director, Professional Learning Systems

Arthur Beauchamp has been the Director of the Sacramento Area Science Project with UC Davis School of Education, REEd Center since January 2000. In addition to his work in science literacy and development of the Science Literacy Framework, Arthur’s areas of interest include the implementation of model-based reasoning in secondary science instruction, lesson study as a professional growth tool and the use of science notebooks in teaching and learning. Until 2005, Arthur was a high school science teacher in urban and suburban settings for over 20 years. He was honored with the 2012 California Exemplary Science Educator award.

Education

  • California Teaching Credential, California State University, Sacramento, 1984
  • M.S., Science/Biology, California State University, San Diego, 1983
  • B.A., English Literature/Biological Sciences, University of the Pacific

Publications

Beauchamp, A., Kusnick, J., & McCallum, R. (2011) Success in science through dialogue, reading and writing. Davis, CA: The Regents of the University of California, Davis.

(530) 752-5876
Staff Profile REEd

Joanne Bookmyer
Senior Director, Inquiry and Improvement Science

Dr. Bookmyer’s research interest is in the area of teacher professional growth. When she began her career at UC Davis in 2002 she oversaw an active K-12 teacher researcher network and the administration of a small grants project for educational research that was collaboratively designed and conducted by university and K-12 educators. Hired as the Director of Collaborative Projects in 2002, she was involved in various local, state, and national school reform and improvement initiatives.

(530) 574-5189
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Child Development; Collaborative Learning; Gender and technology; Learning in Informal Settings; Qualitative Methodology; Technology and identity

Cynthia Carter Ching
Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Instruction, Associate Professor

Research Interests

Child Development; Collaborative Learning; Gender and technology; Learning in Informal Settings; Qualitative Methodology; Technology and identity

(530) 752-4427
Staff Profile Welcome to the RAD Center

Deanne Castaneda
Project Coordinator

Deanne Castaneda is a project coordinator and intervention coach for the Reading RULES project at the UC Davis Reading and Academic Development Center. She has 28 years of experience in the field of education and has served as a classroom teacher, Language Arts Resource Teacher, English Learner Resource Teacher, and Student Support Teacher for the North Sacramento and Twin Rivers unified school districts. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development from the University of California, Davis and her teaching credential from California State University, Sacramento.

Staff Profile External Relations

Barbara Celli
Executive Director, Development and External Relations

Barbara Celli joined the UC Davis School of Education in October 2016. As Executive Director of Development and External Relations, she manages the development and marketing/communications efforts for the School of Education. Most recently, Barbara was the Senior Director of Development and Partnerships at the UC Davis World Food Center. There she connected the interests of individuals, companies and foundations to philanthropic opportunities that advance healthy and sustainable food solutions.

(530) 754-7024
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Access and equity in higher education, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Latina/o students, campus climate for diversity

Marcela Cuellar
Assistant Professor

Marcela Cuellar joined the School of Education in July 2014 as an assistant professor in higher education & leadership. She received her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Her research focuses on Latino student access and success in higher education, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and the development of emerging HSIs.

(530) 752-5395
Staff Profile REEd

Uyen Do
REEd Program Manager

Uyen Do is the Program Manager at the University of California, Davis School of Education.  Uyen has earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Psychology, master’s degree in Education, as well as a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from the University of California, Davis, and pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy.  She spent five years in the classroom and over 15 years working with administrators, teachers, students, in a variety of educational settings including Expanded Learning Programs.

(530) 304-0623
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Academic language; Academic literacy; English learners; Language development and socialization; First- and second-language writing; Latino youth

Kerry Anne Enright
Associate Professor

I research the relationship between students’ everyday uses of language (English and Spanish) and their engagement in school-based uses of language and literacy. Some schools identify bilingual adolescents as “limited” in their English proficiency even though they use sophisticated literacy repertoires outside of school; other learners are deemed ”fluent” in English but still struggle with the language and literacy demands of their academic coursework.

Staff Profile Student Services

Tracy Falk
Undergraduate / Graduate Program Coordinator

(530) 752-2367 direct
(530) 752-5887 general line
Staff Profile REEd

Christine Felkel
Program Coordinator

Christine is one of the Program Coordinators for REED.  She comes with over 15+ year’s of diverse experience within Education, Non-Profit and Event Planning.  Most recently she was working with the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis as the Associate Director of Admissions for the Sacramento MBA.  Christine has first-hand experience with K-12 education, as the mother of an elementary age child and as the former Assistant Director, Co-Director of Orientation with Loyola Marymount University.

(530) 752-0130
Faculty Profile

Michele Fortes
Lecturer / Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

Research Interests

Second language reading and literacy development; best practices for preparing preservice and inservice teachers to work with English learners; preservice teachers and the role of reflection in their growth as teachers; preservice teachers and pedagogy that furthers their thinking about issues of diversity; high school reform/restructuring.

Education

Ph.D., Education: Language and Literacy – University of California, Davis – 2001

(530) 752-7334
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Research agenda focuses on the nexus between health and education

Kevin Gee
Assistant Professor

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 122, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-9334
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Education Policy and Governance; Educational Leadership; Graduate education issues; Hispanic culture; History of Latinos in the U.S.; History of higher education; History of the University of California; Minority leadership issues

Cristina Gonzalez
Professor

(530) 754-7988
Staff Profile External Relations

Eva Guralnick
Director of Marketing and Communications

Eva Guralnick joined the UC Davis School of Education in June 2015 as the Director of Marketing and Communications. As the chief marketing officer for the School she manages all branding and outreach efforts.

(530) 752-4809
Staff Profile External Relations

Sarah Harlan
Associate Director of Annual and Special Funds

Sarah Harlan joined the UC Davis School of Education in August 2015 as Associate Director of Annual and Special Funds. With a career focused on higher education, she most recently served as Assistant Director of Alumni and Volunteer Services at the University of Southern Indiana. In that role, she managed operations of the office and developed opportunities for alumni, parents, students, and volunteers to remain connected and involved with the University.

(530) 752-8647
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. chool choice programs, school accountability policies, early childhood education policies, and effects on students of exposure to demographically similar teachers

Cassandra M.D. Hart
Assistant Professor

Cassandra Hart is assistant professor of education policy. She evaluates the effects of school, state and national education programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement, and on the equality of student outcomes.  Hart’s recent work has focused on school choice programs, school accountability policies, early childhood education policies, and effects on students of exposure to demographically similar teachers.  She is also interested in the effects of virtual schooling on student outcomes, both in K-12 and post-secondary settings.

(530) 752-9691
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Curriculum theory and change; Educational Ecology of communities; Educational Leadership; School, curriculum and community change; School restructuring: Organizational arrangements and structures; School culture: change and cognition

Paul Heckman
Professor

(530) 752-8309
Staff Profile

Peter Hendricks
Associate Director of International Initiatives

Global Education Programs

Education

M.A., Applied Linguistics, Columbia University, Teachers College

B.A., Psychology, University of North Florida

(530) 754-9588
Faculty Profile

Pauline Holmes
Lecturer/Supervisor, English Credential

Education

Ph.D., Education – University of California Davis

(530) 752-9537
Staff Profile Human Resources

Kendra Iwamura
HR Analyst

(530) 752-0844
Staff Profile REEd

Meagan Jensen
Program Coordinator

(530) 752-6917
Staff Profile Welcome to the RAD Center

Akemi Joe
Administrative Assistant

Akemi Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Davis in 2014. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of the campus from her previous work at the School of Education Student Services, Office of the Chancellor and Provost, and Design and Construction Management. She manages the front office and communicates with interested families. She handles all of the initial inquiries and assists with community outreach to advertise the center’s clinical services.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Education Policy; Educational Program evaluation; Educational stratification and equity; Access and success and postsecondary schooling; Desegregation; Economics of education; Quantitative methods; Sociology of education

Michal Kurlaender
Professor, Chair of the Graduate Group in Education, and Chancellor’s Fellow

Michal Kurlaender investigates students’ educational pathways, in particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and success in postsecondary schooling. She has expertise on alternative pathways to college and college readiness at both community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. In addition to working with national data, Kurlaender works closely with administrative data from all three of California’s public higher education sectors–the University of California, the California State University and the California Community College systems.

(530) 752-3748
Staff Profile Welcome to the RAD Center

Katherine Lacy
Research Analyst

Katherine Lacy earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development from UC Davis in 2016. She helps coordinate all of our undergraduate research assistants and reading tutors, administers assessments, and assists with writing for formal reports. Previously, she served as the lead research assistant for the RAD Center supervising other undergraduate research assistants involved with multiple projects.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, MTH. Adaptive Expertise; Learning and Cognition; Learning in Informal Settings; Mathematics Education

Lee Martin
Associate Professor

(530) 752-2854
Faculty Profile

Lynn Martindale
Lecturer/Supervisor, Agricultural Credential

Office hours:
By appointment only

Education

EdD – Drexel University, Sacramento, CA – expected date of completion, 2014

M.S., Agriculture – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – 1990

Pupil Personal Service – Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA – 1995

(916) 606-7337
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Adolescent Language and Literacy; English Education; Linguistic Anthropology of Education; Sociocultural Approaches to Learning; Discourse Analysis; Black and Latina/o Youth Interactions; Ethnography

Danny C. Martinez
Assistant Professor

 

Education

2012, Ph.D., UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies: Urban Schooling

2002, M.A., UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education:                     Language, Literacy & Culture

2000, B.A. in American Literature and Culture & Chicana/o Studies,          Minor in Educational Studies 

(530) 752-9749
dcmar@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. developmental education in colleges, the effects of grade retention, the returns to for-profit colleges, the impacts of school facility investments, and community college tuition subsidies

Paco Martorell
Assistant Professor

Francisco (Paco) Martorell joined the School as an assistant professor in July 2014. Martorell completed his PhD in economics at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the School, he was an Economist at the RAND Corporation and was a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School since 2006. He has broad research interests in both higher education and K-12 policy. Current projects cover areas including developmental education in colleges, the effects of grade retention, the returns to for-profit colleges, the impacts of school facility investments, and community college tuition subsidies.

(530) 752-3353
Faculty Profile

Al Mendle
Lecturer/Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

Office hours:  By appointment only

Research Interests

Elementary Education; Mathematics education

Education

M.A., Education – University of California, Davis

(530) 752-8784
Staff Profile Community and Citizen science

Ryan Meyer
Executive Director, Community and Citizen Science

I am the postdoctoral fellow managing the Youth-focused Community and Citizen Science project. I also direct the Center for Community and Citizen Science at the UC Davis School of Education. We are building a home to programs and partnerships that revolutionize how – and with whom – science gets done. Sign up for our mailing list here.

 

(415) 852-8356
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Child Development; Counseling; Early Childhood Education; Mental health consultation; Mental health promotion in schools; Special education

Peter Mundy
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Personnel and Research

There are seven million exceptional children with special needs in our American school system, such as children with autism spectrum development. They have the right to appropriate and comparable educational opportunities. Truly meeting the needs of these children requires a commitment to integrating advances in educational science, neuroscience, and social policy.

(530) 752-0921
Staff Profile CAP-ED

Christina Murdoch
Director

Education is all a matter of building bridges.
—Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man

Education

MFA, Painting and Drawing,  University of Montana, Missoula
MA., Art History – Aesthetic Theory, University of Montana, Missoula
BA. Third World Literature, UC San Diego

(530) 752-1533
Staff Profile REEd

Renee Newton
Senior Director, Community and School Partnerships

Renee Nolte Newton’s career has spanned the fields of public health and public education working at both county and state agency levels. In 2001, Renee joined the CRESS Center where she directed a statewide health access program administered through the Healthy Start Field Office.

She was named director of the Center for Community School Partnerships (CCSP) in 2005 where she leads a multidisciplinary team in support of school and community partnerships. In this role, Renee worked with state leaders to launch the California Afterschool Network, providing oversight for designing its governance structure, and developing an initial strategic plan that has focused on expanded learning policy and practice straggles.

As Director of CCSP, Renee has been responsible for attracting over $12 million in extramural funding, tripling the size of CCSP staff, and focusing greater emphasis on program evaluation, applied research, technical assistance and dissemination of community school partnership resources. She also served as Interim Executive Director of the CRESS Center from November 2011 through June 2013.

Professional Preparation

  • M.P.A., Specialization: Applied health policy analysis and program evaluation, University of Southern California, 1992
  • B.S., Applied Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis, 1989
(530) 754-4319
Faculty Profile

Deb Niemeier
Professor

Deb Niemeier is a professor with a joint appointment at the School of Education and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In September 2015, after a positive vote by Senate faculty in the spring, then Chancellor Linda Katehi approved Niemeier¹s joint appointment in the School of Education.

Staff Profile REEd

Susan O’Hara
Executive Director

Susan O’Hara, Ph.D., joined the School of Education in 2013 with a wealth of experience and background in public education, working closely with teachers, researchers and community leaders. An educator for 20 years, Susan began teaching mathematics and science to middle and high school students in Ireland. She has a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in science and technology education from the UC Davis School of Education. In 2000, Susan was appointed assistant professor in teacher education at Sacramento State University. Most recently, she was associate professor and founding executive director of the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET) at Stanford University.

Education

  • PhD University of California Davis, 2000.  Emphasis in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education
  • MA University of Southern California, 1995.  Applied Mathematics (emphasis in statistics)
  • BA University College, Dublin, Ireland, 1988.  Mathematics and Mathematical Physics (minor in economics)

Current Grants

  • California Department of Corrections. Evaluation of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Career Technical Education Program. ($500,000).
  • Improving Teacher Quality Grant. Resourcing Integrated Professional Learning Systems ($5.8M).
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition. Academic Literacy Support for Teachers: A Capacity Building Approach ($2M).

Recent Publications

  • O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R. (2016). Framing Teaching for Common Core literacy standards: SOAR teaching frames for literacy. Psychology Research, February 2016, Vol. 6 (No. 2), 92-101.
  • O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R., & Zwiers, J. (2016). Framing the teaching of academic language to English learners: A Delphi study of expert consensus. TESOL Quarterly.
  • O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R., & Zwiers, J. (2016). Academic Language and Literacy in Every Subject (ALLIES): A capacity building approach to supporting teachers in Grades 3-8. In P. Proctor, A. Boardman, and E. H. Hiebert (Eds.), Teaching emergent bilingual students: Flexible approaches in an era of new standards. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R., Pitta, D., and Webb, J. (2015). Implementing new technologies to support social justice pedagogy. In Papa, R., Eadens, D. M., & Eadens, D. M. (Eds), Social Justice Instruction: Empowerment on the Chalkboard. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
  • O’Hara, S. & Pritchard, R. (2015). Using new technologies to engage and support English learners in mathematics classrooms. In D. Polly (Ed.), Cases on Technology and Common Core Mathematics Standards. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Zwiers, J., O’Hara, S., & Pritchard, R. (2014). Common Core Standards in diverse classrooms: Essential practices for developing academic language and disciplinary literacy. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.
(916) 425-1987
Faculty Profile Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science education; Secondary education

Cindy Passmore
Professor

(530) 752-7883
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science education; Groupwork; Race and schooling; social emotional intelligence; social justice education; literary in science; argumentation and dialogic instruction

Alexis Patterson
Assistant Professor

Alexis Patterson, Ph.D., joined the School of Education in July 2015 as an Assistant Professor in science education. She is currently a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar and is excited to work with her cohort to develop a research center that focuses on increasing the participation of women of color in STEM related fields.

(530) 752-8675
Staff Profile

Tristan Peery
MBER Web Developer

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. In-service and preservice teacher learning; Interdisciplinary Instruction; Science Education; Secondary Education; Technology in Science; Technology in teaching and learning

Rick Pomeroy
Lecturer/Supervisor, Science Credential

Office hours: Wednesdays 3-5 or by appointment

(530) 752-0622
Staff Profile

Andee Press-Dawson
Director, Community Programs and Events

Andee Press-Dawson, Director of Community Programs and Events, focuses on Youth Enrichment Programs. She is passionate about delivering quality education programs to the region, and brings unparalleled experience from her years administering the California Afterschool Network and managing youth-oriented endeavors such as launching a children’s museum and providing quality-based child care centers. Andee holds a master’s degree in Social Work from San Diego State University and a BA in Sociology and Government from the University of Arizona.

(530) 574-8906
Staff Profile

Adriana Pulido
Program Coordinator

(530) 754-7422
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Latina/o and Native American identity formations in P-20 systems; Transition to college for students of color in K-12, Access; Retention and Educational equity in P-20 systems

Patricia D. Quijada
Associate Professor

Education

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Emphasis: Human Development Minor: Youth Studies and Multicultural Education

Ed.M., Youth Development: Prevention Science and Practice
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Ed.M., Counseling Processes
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Multiple Subject, Elementary Credential
University of San Diego

B.A. and B.S. Political Science and Sociology
University of California at Riverside

(530) 752-9377
Faculty Profile

Sherrie Reed
Project and Research Director, The Partnership for Research on College & Career Readiness

Sherrie Reed serves as Project & Research Director for The Partnership for Research on College & Career Readiness.  In this role, Sherrie is managing and directing the research efforts of a 5 million dollar grant awarded by the U.S.

(530) 752-8030
Staff Profile Student Services

Mary M. Reid
PhD and MA Program Advisor

(530) 752-7259
mmreid@ucdavis.edu
Staff Profile External Relations

Angela Reynolds
Associate Director of Development

Angela Reynolds joined the UC Davis School of Education in January 2015 as the Associate Director of Development. Most recently, Angela served as Director of Distinguished Giving at the American Cancer Society in Connecticut where she worked with individual donors, foundations, and large corporations. Prior to her development experience, Angela was a first officer pilot for a regional airline on the east coast. She received a BA in Communication Studies from Sacramento State University and holds several FAA pilot certifications.

(530) 752-8053
Staff Profile Student Services

Maria Rochin
Special Projects Coordinator

(530) 752-5887
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Educational leadership; Latino/a education issues; School finance, Social justice in education

Gloria M. Rodriguez
Associate Professor and Director of CANDEL (EdD) Program

Office hours: Fall Quarter 2016 — By Appointment Only

Gloria M. Rodriguez’s current research explores notions of educational investment that reflect efforts to build upon community strengths in order to address community needs within and beyond educational settings. Dr. Rodriguez also engages in research that focuses on the political economic conditions and educational trajectories of Chicana/o-Latina/o communities, other communities of color, and low-income populations in the U.S.

(530) 754-6256
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Economics of education; Education Policy and Governance; Quantitative methods; School finance

Heather Rose
Associate Professor

Office hours: By appointment. Room 125 SOEB.

Research Interests

Economics of education; Education Policy and Governance; Quantitative methods; School finance

(530) 752-1407
Staff Profile Business Office

Marina Sadiq
Business Services Assistant

(530) 752-8991
Staff Profile Business Office

Ruby Sandoval
Finance Assistant

(530) 752-8956
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, LLC. Language and literacy development in both Spanish-speaking English learners and students considered at-risk for reading failure.

Emily J. Solari
Director, Reading and Academic Development Center, Associate Professor

Emily J. Solari is associate professor of education. Her research focuses on language and literacy development in both Spanish-speaking English learners and students considered at-risk for reading failure.

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007. Education.
Special Education, Disabilities and Risk Studies Emphasis
Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science and Human Development Emphasis

M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2003. Education.
Special Education, Disabilities & Risk Studies Emphasis

Staff Profile Welcome to the RAD Center

Elise Spang
Project Coordinator

Elise Spang is a literacy coach and project coordinator for the Reading RULES project at the UC Davis Reading and Academic Development Center. She also serves as a regional literacy specialist and presenter for the Superkids Reading Program and Zaner-Bloser. Previously, she served as a reading specialist and an elementary school teacher in New York, Massachusetts and abroad. She has been trained in Reading RULES, Superkids, Wilson Reading, Wilson Fundations, and the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Educational Research, Classroom Active Engagement and Participation, Social Communication, Learning and Development, Observational Research, Language Development, Effective Instructional Practices

Nicole Sparapani
Assistant Professor

Nicole Sparapani is an assistant professor in the School of Education, and she also holds a faculty appointment at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Her research interests center around the development and evaluation of effective educational practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Sparapani practiced as a certified speech-language pathologist on an interdisciplinary team serving preschool children with ASD for several years before pursuing her Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University and postdoctoral training at Arizona State University.

Staff Profile Our Credential Programs

Lisa Sullivan

Dr. Lisa Sullivan brings both qualitative and quantitative data analysis experience to the CEES team, as well as research experience in the areas of school readiness, special education, reading assessments and teacher education. Her dissertation research examined the role of social attention in learning and school readiness for preschool children.

Lisa was formerly a classroom teacher in Los Angeles and was a Teacher Education Fellow at UC Davis, supervising middle school teachers in the credential program.  Her main area of interest is in working with educators to translate research into practice that will improve outcomes for all students.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Learning and Mind Sciences, University of California, Davis, 2010
  • M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2006
  • B.A. in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, University of California, Irvine, 1986

Publications and Working Papers

  • Franzone, E., Kucharczyk, S., Sullivan, L., & Szidon, K. (2012). Facilitating the use of evidence based practices in classrooms: The national professional development center model for implementation. In Mundy, P. & Mastergeorge, A. (Eds), Autism for Educators, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Sullivan, L. (2010). Joint attention: Interactions with word learning and school readiness. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, Volume 71(11-A), pp.3902.
  • Abedi, J., Kao, J.C., Leon, S., Mastergeorge, A., Sullivan, L., Herman, J., & Pope, R. (2010). Accessibility of segmented reading comprehension passages for students with disabilities. Applied Measurement in Education, 23 (2), 168-186.
  • Mundy, P., Sullivan, L., & Mastergeorge, A. (2009). A parallel and distributed-processing model of joint attention, social cognition and autism. Autism Research, 2(1), 2-21.
  • Abedi, K., Kao, J., Leon, J., Sullivan, L., Herman, J., Pope, R., Nambiar, V., & Mastergeorge, A. (2008). Exploring factors that affect accessibility of reading comprehension assessments for students with disabilities: A study of segmented text (Report No. 746), 80pp. Los Angeles: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).

Manuscript Currently Under Review

  • Sullivan, L., Mundy, P., & Mastergeorge, A. Joint Attention, Social Behavior and School Readiness in Preschool Children.
(530) 752-2809
Staff Profile Student Services

Lauren Thomas
Events Manager

(530) 752-8847
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Education Policy and Governance; International education policy and governance; School finance

Thomas Timar
Professor Emeritus

To paraphrase Dostoevsky, the quality of a society should be measured by the quality of its schools, particularly the quality of its schools educating the most disadvantaged children.

Thomas Timar’s areas of expertise include education finance, policy, and governance. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, he is also director of the UC Davis Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed) and a member of the steering committee for Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).

(530) 754-6654
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Agricultural Education; Agri-food system literacy; Service-learning; Secondary Education; Science Education; Technology in Science; Technology in teaching and learning

Cary Trexler
Professor

Research Interests

Agricultural Education; Agri-food system literacy; Service-learning; Secondary Education; Science Education; Technology in Science; Technology in teaching and learning

(530) 752-2623
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Early Literacy; English Learners; Bilingualism and Bilingual Education; Educational Television and Multimedia; Language Acquisition; Literacy development; Quantitative methods; Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich
Associate Professor, Chair of the Undergraduate Committee

 

Research Interests

Early Literacy; English Learners; Bilingualism and Bilingual Education; Educational Television and Multimedia; Language Acquisition; Literacy development; Quantitative methods; Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

(530) 754-6271
Faculty Profile

Matt Wallace
Lecturer/Supervisor, Mathematics Credential

Education

  • BS—University of California, Davis
  • MA—San Francisco State University
  • PhD—University of California, Davis

Professional Experience

  • Director, Math for America Berkeley, 2012
  • Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • University Supervisor, California State University, East Bay, 2011-2012
  • Mathematics Teacher, Elk Grove Unified School District, 2002-2008

Professional Organization Membership

  • America Educational Research Associatio
(530) 752-6083
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Anthropology of consciousness; Bilingual Education; Child Development; Classroom discourse; Classroom research; Community and rural development

Karen Watson Gegeo
Professor

Research Interests

Anthropology of consciousness; Bilingual Education; Child Development; Classroom discourse; Classroom research; Community and rural development; Critical discourse analysis; Cultural studies; Education in Developing Countries; Ethnography and Ethnographic research; Feminist theory; Geographical areas of Hawai’i and Solomon Islands; Indigenous epistemology; Language Acquisition; Language development and socialization; Language socialization theory; Linguistic anthropology; Literacy and Language policy; Organizational structure/effectiveness; Pidgin/creole langu

(510) 527-5076
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Test validity analysis, the use of assessment as an educational reform lever, grading, and evaluation of educational programs.

Megan Welsh
Associate Professor; MA General Track Advisor & Admissions Chair

Megan Welsh joined the School in July 2014 as an assistant professor in educational assessment and measurement. Since 2008, she was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut. Her primary areas of research include test validity analysis, the use of assessment as an educational reform lever, grading, and evaluation of educational programs.

(530) 752-9890
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, MTH. Collaborative learning; Learning and Cognition; Mathematics Education; Technology in Mathematics; Technology in Science; Technology in Teaching and Learning

Tobin White
Associate Professor

Tobin White studies the use of technology in teaching and learning mathematics. He has a particular interest in using mobile computing to support novel approaches to engaging learners with STEM content and practices. Using a design-based research approach, he develops collaborative problem-solving tools and activities in order to investigate intersections between conceptual and social dimensions of learning. A former high school mathematics teacher himself, he has also worked for more than a decade in teacher preparation.

(530) 752-9348
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC.

Maisha T. Winn
Professor, Chancellor's Leadership Professor, and Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education (TJE)

Maisha T. Winn’s research spans a wide variety of understudied settings including her earlier work on the literate practices extant in bookstores and community organizations in the African American community to her most recent work in settings where adolescent girls are incarcerated.

Lawrence (Torry) Winn
Academic Administrator, Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE)

With over fifteen years of professional experience, Winn has worked and consulted with foundations, cities, and non-profits including Casey Family Programs, Annie E. Casey, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, City of Newark (NJ), City of Madison (WI), St. HOPE, MLK Community Resources Collaborative, and Race to Equity.  His expertise includes youth programs/education, civic and community engagement, strategic partnerships, race and equity, and community based participatory research.

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(530) 754-9442

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