As Dean, I’d like to welcome you to the UC Davis School of
Education. I am very excited to be Dean of a school that does so
much for the field of education and is poised to expand its
impact even further.
Our mission is to reduce educational inequities so that all
learners have access to a quality education and that mission is
woven into all of our degree programs. We know that our students,
whether they’re here to earn their teaching credential, master’s
degree, PhD or EdD, will have the opportunity to reach hundreds
or thousands of students over the course of their careers. Our
commitment is to prepare them to be leaders for change in their
classrooms, schools, school districts and college campuses
through their teaching and research.
The School of Education’s reach is broad and deep. In addition to
preparing the next generation of educators, our faculty are
researching ways to support bilingual learners and students with
disabilities, examining the most effective ways to use citizen
science and restorative justice practices, investigating testing
tools and math education, questioning assumptions about how we
should improve reading comprehension and supporting students as
they transition to college, and so much more.
As Dean, I hold central our unwavering commitment to addressing
issues of social justice and equity. This work is challenging and
requires constant efforts on multiple levels. To that end, we
will continue to grow our partnerships and build on our tradition
of research and education that is directly relevant and
responsive to community needs.
I look forward to working with you to achieve our highest
Lindstrom, Dean of the School of Education at UC Davis, has
been selected to serve as a Fulbright Specialist in the area of
education, an appointment she will hold for three years. She is
the second faculty member at the School of Education to serve as
a Fulbright Specialist.
In June 2017, the School of Education celebrated the arrival of
Dean Lauren Lindstrom with a gathering of supporters, including
Interim Dean Paul Hastings and Founding Dean Harold Levine. “When
the School of Education began the search for our new Dean,”
Hastings said in his remarks, “we were looking for a true
educational leader, someone with demonstrated excellence in
research, teaching and administration.
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
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.
Dr. Carlas McCauley joined the School of Education as
Director of Research and Partnerships/Executive Director of REEd
in November 2019. Dr. McCauley comes to UC Davis from WestEd,
where he has served as the Director of
the Center on School Turnaround since 2014. In his
role at WestEd, Dr. McCauley directed a large federally funded
center that advises state and local education agencies on
promoting equity and improving educational outcomes for students.
From 2007 to 2014, Dr.
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.
Corrie Jacobs joined the UC Davis School of Education in June
2018 as Senior Writer, Marketing and Communications. She brings a
passion for public education, writing, social media, website
management and graphic design to her role. She most recently
served as a Writer for the California School Boards Association,
and she has worked as a communicator and as an educator at other
institutions including Sacramento City College and the
University of Texas at Austin.