Overview

CANDEL Faculty Directory

CANDEL faculty members are drawn from the School of Education’s faculty and are committed to supporting the needs and interests of the working professionals in our program. They represent a wide variety of research interests, including digital learning, educational assessment and measurement, K-12 and postsecondary alignment, Hispanic serving institutions, and learning and professional development for K-12 teachers.

Post-doctoral Researchers

Nidia Bañuelos
Postdoctoral Scholar for Marcela Cuellar

Dr. Bañuelos received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2016 and worked at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University prior to coming to Davis. She studies the history of higher education – especially the evolution of for-profit occupational training programs targeted to women and students of color. She is currently writing a book on the history of the modern for-profit university. Dr. Bañuelos is also interested in initiatives that increase undergraduates’ engagement with historical and archival work.

Faculty Profile

Carolynne Beno

Education/Credentials

Ed.D. Educational Leadership, University of California at Davis, June 14, 2017

Clear Administrative Services Credential, September 2015

Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Level 2, National University, November 2012

M.S. Special Education, National University, January 2007

B.A. Psychology, University of California at Davis, December 2003

B.S. Exercise Physiology, University of California at Davis, December 2003

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, Professor

Research Interests

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

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 106
(530) 752-4427
ccching@ucdavis.edu
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 examines access and equity in higher education, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs, and Latinx student success. More specifically, Dr.

(530) 752-5395
marcuellar@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC, LMS. Media and culture; Development of non-cognitive social success skills, Comics & Graphic Novels, Interactive Narratives, Games

Darnel Degand
Assistant Professor

Darnel Degand joined the School of Education as an assistant professor in July 2017. He studies the various ways media and society influence the development of social success skills by exploring the social processes that exist within media production environments and media consumption experiences. His research also involves the design and development of educational media products and experiences.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. College & Career Readiness for Disadvantaged Youth; Studies in School Health & Student Well Being

Kevin Gee
Associate Professor, Co-Director CANDEL

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 122, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-9334
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP

Cassandra M.D. Hart
Associate Professor, Co-Director CANDEL

Cassandra Hart is an associate 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 work has focused on school choice programs, school accountability 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: LLC, SOEP

Margarita Jimenez-Silva
Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education

Margarita Jimenez-Silva is an associate professor and director of teacher education at the School of Education in University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on preparing and supporting teachers to work with culturally and linguistically diverse learners, especially in addressing emergent bilinguals’ linguistic and academic content development. More specifically, her research strands include teacher education pedagogy and curriculum, educational policy, and family/community engagement.

(530) 752-3959
mjimenezsilva@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Education policy; Educational program evaluation; Educational stratification and equity; K-12 school desegregation

Michal Kurlaender
Professor and Department Chair

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
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP

Paco Martorell
Associate 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
pmartorell@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile

Elizabeth Montaño
Associate Professor of Teaching in Education

Education

Doctorate in Education: Educational Leadership for Social Justice
​Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

California Single Subject Credential in English with CLAD Certification
University of California, Berkeley (current)

M.A. in Education: Language, Literacy and Culture
University of California, Berkeley

B.A. in Political Science & Chicana and Chicano Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

Courses 

University of California at Davis

(530) 754-6847
emontano@ucdavis.edu
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

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 EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Educational leadership; Latino/a education issues; School finance, Social justice in education

Gloria M. Rodriguez
Associate Professor

Office hours: Fall Quarter 2017 — 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

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 125
(530) 752-1407
hmrose@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Test validity analysis; The use of assessment as an educational reform lever; Grading; Evaluation of educational programs

Megan Welsh
Associate Professor

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.

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 155
(530) 752-9890
megwelsh@ucdavis.edu

Dr. 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.

1460 Drew Avenue, Davis, CA 95618
(530) 752-9903
ltwinn@ucdavis.edu

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