BernNadette Best-Green is passionate about increasing equity and social justice for academically vulnerable populations. Prior to beginning her PhD pursuit within the University of California at Davis’ Graduate Group in Education BernNadette worked as a public school teacher, vice principal, summer school principal, and project director in Northern California public schools.
My aim is to promote youth agency in science for environmental and social justice. I investigate youth participation in authentic science research, called community and citizen science. My research focuses on youth agency with data, such as how youth ensure accurate data collection, view their data as consequential, use their data for environmental decision-making and leverage their data to advocate for the change they wish to see in their local communities.
David is PhD candidate in the School of Education, pursuing a designated emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies. David loves teaching college students writing skills and knowledge that will help them navigate college, career, and life. His research, then, focuses primarily on pedagogical issues and advancements, especially effective pedagogical integration of digital technologies such as social media sites and apps.
Derek will be a 5th year graduate student during the 2018-2019 academic year (Primary Advisor and Dissertation Chair: Dr. Cindy Passmore, Secondary Advisor: Dr. Rick Pomeroy). Derek has 14 years of experience as a High School Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and Forensic Science teacher and has mentored UC Davis undergraduate and science credential students in science education for over 10 years. Derek has also been involved with various other education projects and programs at UC Davis (TEAC, CRESS, MAST, COSMOS, and CCBI).
Before coming to UC Davis, Claudia was an Analyst at the University of California Office of the President within Institutional Research and Academic Planning. She is originally from Pomona in Southern California but has spent most of her recent years in the Bay Area and Chicago.
Doctor of Philosophy in Education
University of California, Davis, Expected Spring 2020
Dissertation title: TBD
Advisors: Michal Kurlaender and Paco Martorell
M. Çağrı Güzel joined the Graduate Group in Education Ph.D. program in 2018. Before coming to University of California, Davis, Güzel was working as a Language Specialist at Google, where he provided linguistic expertise on the Google Assistant, machine learning, and language processing projects. He earned his master’s degree in Education, TESOL Option at California State University, San Bernardino, and studied how improvisational drama helps develop oral proficiency and motivation.
I research noncognitive constructs in K12 settings using computational psychometrics. Drawing on intensive, multi-modal data this research produces learning analytics offering individual-level insights and also, in aggregate, inform teaching and policy. This practice-embedded research foregrounds the needs of teachers and students, with a critical SES perspective.
Ph.D. in progress, Emphasis on Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of California, Davis
Dr. Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich, primary advisor
Dr. Julia Menard-Warwick, secondary advisor
M.A. in Linguistics, TESOL, California State University, Fresno
B.A. in Social Education, Tohoku Fukushi University, Sendai, Japan
MA, University of San Francisco | Human Resources and Organizational Development. Emphasis in Higher Education structures, STEM diversity, and leadership development.
BS, UC Davis | Agricultural Systems and Environment. Emphasis in Communications and Information Systems. McNair Research Scholar, NSF LSAMP/CAMP- MURALS Research Scholar, and Hugh Edmondson Pathology Research Fellow, CALESS Member.
AA, Math, Engineering, and Science | Sacramento City College.
I am broadly interested in the transition from high school to postsecondary education and the early years of postsecondary studies for socioeconomically disadvantaged students. I want to understand how students from disadvantaged groups navigate higher education curriculum and institutions. Utilizing my training in econometrics, I apply quasi-experimental methods to large institutional datasets. I am specifically interested in understanding socioeconomic status in higher education via poverty, immigration status, and homelessness.
Kait Murray is an educator and researcher of community leadership whose work focuses on improving the lives of culturally diverse people in agricultural education, both in and outside of schools. She is broadly interested in how culturally diverse students navigate agricultural and environmental learning (counter)spaces: how they create them, experience them, transform them, and are transformed by them.
DJ Quinn has taught at community colleges and four-year institutions, and has worked on flipping classrooms, contract grading, and other student-focused initiatives for increasing retention and transfer for First-Year Composition. His research interests live at the intersection of technology and engagement, and increasing academic access for students from culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
Carolina is a doctoral candidate in the School Organization and Education Policy emphasis area. During her time at Davis, she has been a research assistant in the California Education Lab, as well as a teaching assistant for several School of Education undergraduate courses. Carolina’s primary research interests include the role of broad-access public universities in promoting undergraduate education. She is also interested in undergraduate mobility and how transfer pathways impact persistence.
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
(Robert Frost, 1922)
Ph.D. candidate at University of California Davis, majoring in Education in the School Organization & Educational Policy (SO&EP) program, with a focus on Higher Education, cultural pluralism and bilingualism. (In progress. Courses taken: )
M.A. in Linguistics, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC (including consortium classes at Georgetown University and the University of the District of Columbia). (Courses taken: )
B.A. in Mathematics (Computer Science option), California State University, Fresno (including one semester at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA). (Courses taken: )
I am interested in feedback in online courses. I am passionate about the potential for online courses to make post-secondary education more accessible for all students. As such I am dedicated to rigorously studying this context with the hopes of improving online education.
Ph.D. Candidate in Education
M.A. in Education, University of California, Davis 2012
Single Subject Credential in English, University of California, Davis 2011
I am interested in working with underrepresented populations to understand the processes that enhance (or hinder) their opportunities to access higher education. I am also interested in studying the benefits of drama and poetry in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms for language acquisition and writing.