Ph.D., Education, Advanced to Candidacy, June 2010,
University of California, Davis
Dissertation Topic: A mixed methods study examining how teachers
position themselves vis-à-vis their knowledge of writing
instruction, the pressures of high-stakes accountability, and
their students’ needs.
Committee members: Steven Z. Athanases
Whithaus, & Michal
Area: Language, Literacy, & Culture
Designated Emphasis: Writing, Rhetoric, & Composition Studies
M.A., Education, January 2010, University of California,
Thesis: Using a professional teaching community to develop
teachers’ specialized knowledge of academic writing
Area: Language & Literacy
California Single Subject Teaching Credential, English, May
Project Impact, San Joaquin County Office of Education
B.A., English, History Minor, March 1999, University of
Developing and Sustaining Site Leadership. Panel Presentation
with Denise Hinson and Rick VanDeWeghe. National Writing Project
Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, Nov. 19, 2010.
Learning to Attend to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
Learners through Data in Preservice Teacher Inquiry. Poster
Presentation with Dr. Steven Z. Athanases and Lisa H. Bennett.
American Educational Research Association Annual Conference,
Denver, CO, May 2, 2010.
Linking Classroom Practices to Students’ Home Literacies: How
Do Regional Educators Conceive of and Utilize Students’ Out of
School Literacies? Roundtable Presentation with Dr. Steven Z.
Athanases. American Educational Research Association Annual
Conference, Denver, CO, May 2, 2010.
Creating a Collaborative Community for Teachers to Develop
Conceptual Understandings of Academic Writing and Academic
Writing Pedagogy. Roundtable Presentation. American Educational
Research Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, April 30,
Assume the Power to Do What You Know: Rethinking Professional
Development. Conference on College Communication and Composition.
Panel Presentation with Stephanie Paterson. Louisville, KY, March
What is Analytical Writing? California Association of
Teachers of English James Gray Memorial Pre-Convention, Los
Angeles, CA, Feb. 11, 2010.
Learning About Our Work Through Local Site Research. Panel
Presentation with Jayne Marlink. National Writing Project Annual
Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 20, 2009.
Academic Literacy: Defining and Developing Educators’
Understandings and Practice. Paper Presentation with Dr. Steven
Z. Athanases. American Educational Research Association Annual
Conference, San Diego, CA, April 15, 2009.
Taking the Fear of Research Out of Teacher-Research. Panel
Presentation with Stephanie Paterson and Laurie Fox. Writing
Research Across Borders. Santa Barbara, CA, Feb. 5, 2005.
Supervisor of Secondary English Language Arts Credential
Student Teachers, Associate In (Appointed position to serve as
primary supervisor for six English Language Arts credential
students), School of Education, UC Davis, Fall 2010-Spring 2011.
Inquiry into Classroom Practice for Secondary Teachers of
English Language Arts, Teaching Assistant, School of Education,
UC Davis, Spring 2010.
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, Teaching
Assistant, School of Education, UC Davis, Fall 2007 and Winter
English Teacher & Publications Adviser, Tokay High
School, Lodi, CA, 1999-2006
Professional Development Leadership & Administration
Associate Director (2009-present) & Teacher Consultant
(2002-present), Great Valley Writing Project, CSU Stanislaus.
Mentor, Great Valley Writing Project Summer Invitational
Institute, Summer 2008 & Summer 2010.
Coordinator, Kennedy High School, Sacramento City Unified
Cohort 8 Professional Development, Area 3 Writing Project, Sept.
Coordinator, Engaging Secondary Students in Academic Writing,
Great Valley Writing Project, June 18-20, 2008.
Coordinator, Professional Learning Leadership Academy, Great
Valley Writing Project, 2007-present.
Co-Coordinator, Mini Summer Institute, Great Valley Writing
Project, June 23-27, 2008 & July 13-17, 2009.
English Language Arts Curriculum Coach, Lodi Unified School
District, Lodi, CA, 2006-2007.
Differentiated Instruction Language Arts Coach, Tokay High
School Lodi, CA, 2004-2006.
Co-Coordinator, Reading Institute for Academic Preparation,
CSU Stanislaus, CA, 2003-2004.
Teacher Inquiry Project with Dr. Steven Athanases,
Academic Literacy Project with Dr. Steven Athanases,
Improving Students Academic Writing with California Writing
Project, funded by National Writing Project Local Sites Research
Academic Literacy Summit 2011: Bridging Academic Literacy
Goals With the Realities of High Stakes Testing, Chair, UC Davis,
Feb. 3, 2011.
Academic Literacy Summit 2010: Writing to Think and Learn in
All Content Areas, Chair, UC Davis, Feb. 4, 2010.
Improving Students’ Academic Writing, Student Writing Scorer,
California Writing Project, June 2008 & June 2009.
Reading Research Quarterly, Manuscript Reviewer with
Steven Z. Athanases, Feb., 2009.
Academic Literacy Summit 2009: The Language of Content and
Community, Co-Chair, UC Davis, Feb. 4, 2009.
Committee to Improve Undergraduate Program, Member and Focus
Group Coordinator, School of Education, UC Davis, 2007-2008.
Education Graduate Students’ Association, Language, Literacy,
& Culture Emphasis Representative, 2008-2009, and Secretary
and Masters Program Representative, 2007-2008.
Classroom Notes, Manuscript Reviewer, National Council
of Teachers of English, 2007.
Professional Affiliations, Boards and Committees
AERA (American Educational Research Association), member
CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication),
member since 2007
NCTE (National Council Teachers of English), member since
Fellowships, Honors and Awards
Award for Academic Distinction, UC Davis, Graduate Group in
Block Grant, UC Davis, School of Education, 2010-2011, Fall
Block Grant, UC Davis, School of Education, 2009-2010, Winter
Travel Award, UC Davis, School of Education, Spring 2010
& Spring 2009
Teacher Leadership Award, California Subject Matter Projects,