CSDC Team

Overview

Team

Steven Athanases
Research Director
Professor Steven Athanases joined the UC Davis faculty in 1999, and is the School of Education’s Dolly and David Fiddyment Chair in Teacher Education. 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. Athanases’ research has been honored with fellowships and awards of excellence from the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Association of Teacher Educators, the McDonnell Foundation Program in Cognitive Studies for Educational Practice, and the Davis Humanities Institute. He began his career as a high school English teacher in the Chicago area, where he received several awards for outstanding teaching of English, and drew on his disciplinary roots in Performance Studies and Communications to stage annual performance showcases of original student compositions.

Pauline Holmes
Faculty Liaison; Co-Coordinator, Globe Education Academy
Pauline Holmes has been a lecturer/supervisor in the UC Davis School of Education’s Teacher Education English credential program for more than 25 years and has been involved with the Globe Education Academy for five years. She has also served as an Area 3 Writing Project Fellow and California Literature Project Fellow, and been involved in statewide and campus-wide assessment and development committees related to teacher credentialing and graduate student education. Holmes earned her Ph.D. in education from UC Davis in 2006, and holds a master’s degree in education and four California teaching credentials. She started her career teaching English, drama, language arts, social science, reading and mathematics in K-12 California schools.

Rebecca Rosa
Co-Coordinator, Globe Education Academy
Rebecca Rosa has been a lecturer/supervisor and the lead secondary social science supervisor in the School of Education’s Social Science Credential program since 2001. She teaches classes including Cultural Diversity and Education, Pedagogical Preparation for Secondary Social Science, and Methods in Elementary Social Studies as part of the School’s Teacher Education program. Rosa is also the lead faculty on the School’s Artist-in-Residence program and a longtime member of the Words Take Wing committee. She earned her MA in International & Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco.

Sergio L. Sanchez
Globe Education Senior Graduate Research Fellow
Sergio L. Sanchez, an international student from Argentina, who joined the Graduate Group in Education Ph.D. program at UC Davis in 2015. He is an Associate Instructor and Teaching Assistant for several Education courses at UC Davis and a California Teacher Education Research and Improvement Network (CTERIN) Doctoral Fellow. Before moving to the U.S., Sanchez taught English, Drama (K-12), and English as a Second Language in Argentina. Sanchez is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Julia G. Houk
Globe Education Graduate Research Fellow
Julia Houk taught high school English in Denver, Colorado, for seven years before beginning her Ph.D. at Davis in 2018. She is interested in studying how teachers learn to teach, the influence of group socialization in learning to teach, and the development of pedagogical language knowledge in pre-service teachers. She is currently a graduate research fellow for the Center for Shakespeare in Diverse classroom and a member of research teams investigating how to lead meaningful discussions in classrooms and using drama-based strategies to deepen classroom practice. 

Ofir Cahalan​
Globe Education Graduate Research Fellow
Ofir Cahalan completed his bachelor’s degree in English literature at UC Davis in 2017 and is currently working towards his Ph.D. in English. His research interests include Shakespeare in performance and the intersections of social media, performance, and pedagogy, and is engaged in research about the integration of new media and live performance. He is an Associate Instructor for the University Writing Program at UC Davis and currently teaches first-year composition. He joined the Center for Shakespeare in Diverse Classrooms as a graduate research fellow in Fall 2019.

Akemi Joe
Staff Coordinator/Support
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.

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