February 2020 Newsletter

Wheelhouse Announces 2020 Chancellor in Residence and New Dual Enrollment Research 

Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research is excited to welcome Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez as Wheelhouse’s Chancellor in Residence for 2020. While he leads LACCD, Rodriguez will share his time, talents and expertise as a presenter and co-facilitator, with Deborah Travis, at the 2020 Institute on Leadership. 

Wheelhouse also recently released new research, in partnership with Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), that provides the first solid baseline numbers for our state on high school student participation in dual enrollment in the California Community College system. Dual enrollment—a practice in which high school students take college courses while they are still in high school—has multiple benefits for student success in both systems. This report breaks new ground by matching high school and community college datasets to provide a clearer picture of college course-taking among California public high school students and the gaps in access students face today. Read a CalMatters op-ed written by Wheelhouse Executive Director Susanna Cooper and Prof. Michal Kurlaender about the new research, and view the brief and an infographic on our website.

Marcela Cuellar Promoted to Associate Professor

Prof. Marcela Cuellar was recently promoted to Associate Professor in the School of Education. With a long list of contributions to the field of education and the UC Davis community, she has been a valued faculty member in the School of Education since July 2014. Her research examines access and equity in higher education, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs, and Latinx student success. More specifically, Cuellar explores Latinx students’ experiences at HSIs and emerging HSIs and how they are empowered as a result of their educational experiences during college and beyond. We are excited to congratulate her on her tenure!

Lee Martin Joins Inaugural Cohort of Community Engaged Learning Faculty Fellows

Professor Lee Martin joined the inaugural cohort of the Community Engaged Learning Faculty Fellows, a program established to create and improve community-based student learning experiences that will cultivate and foster a culture of engagement at UC Davis. The six-month cohort-based program is organized around monthly meetings and mentorship to support individuals working to fully integrate this learning approach into existing courses and new curricular experiences.

The first cohort includes UC Davis faculty from across disciplines—from design and plant sciences to education and medicine. Upon completion of the program, Community Engaged Learning Faculty Fellows are expected to teach their modified or newly designed community engaged course during the 2020–21 academic year and will receive a one-time award of $1,000. Learn more on the UC Davis Public Scholarship and Engagement website.

Barbara Celli, Executive Director of Development and External Relations, Retires

Barbara Celli, Executive Director of Development and External Relations for the School of Education, retired from UC Davis on February 8, 2020. Serving UC Davis for almost 16 years in various development roles, she led the School of Education development program through a time of great change. With our new strategic plan as a framework, Barbara helped to create our first-ever development roadmap to tell our inspiring story, best align our team resources with School priorities and fund the School’s bold vision going forward. We thank her for her service to UC Davis and wish her all the best!

2020–21 Teaching Credential/Master’s Program Deadline

Do you know someone looking to start their K-12 teaching career? Our Teaching Credential/Master’s Program produces teacher leaders who make a difference in the classroom and beyond. With hands-on mentoring, a year-long student teaching experience and job search assistance, our candidates finish the program ready to teach the diverse students of California.

The deadline to apply to our program is approaching! Our general application deadline is March 1, 2020. Applications submitted between March 2 and April 15 are not guaranteed to be reviewed unless there is space available. We encourage prospective students to join us for our upcoming information session on Wednesday, February 12. Find more information on our website.


Words Take Wing: Linda Sue Park

Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature, an annual celebration that gives students the opportunity to hear from acclaimed authors and illustrators of diverse children’s literature, is excited to announce that this year’s Celebrated Children’s Author is New York Times Bestseller and Newbery Winner Linda Sue Park. On February 25, 2020, Words Take Wing will host Park at the UC Davis Mondavi Center as part of the School Matinee event series. Park will also be giving a public talk on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at the McKinley Library, Clunie Grand Hall, 601 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817, starting at 6:30 pm. Admission to this public presentation is free. Find more information on our website.

Expanding Equity in Education Research Speaker Series: Nolan Cabrera and Gina Garcia

The School of Education’s new Expanding Equity in Education Research Speaker Series brings multidisciplinary experts to UC Davis to explore how faculty and students can use their research to shift practices and create more equitable outcomes across the educational field. Join us on Wednesday, February 26, at 5 pm in the AGR Hall, UC Davis Alumni Center as we welcome Nolan Cabrera and Gina Garcia.

Dr. Nolan Cabrera is an award-winning scholar and nationally recognized expert in the areas of racism/anti-racism on college campuses, whiteness and ethnic studies. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. Cabrera’s book, White Guys on Campus: Racism, White Immunity, and the Myth of “Post-Racial” Higher Education, won the 2019 Outstanding Book Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Dr. Gina Ann Garcia is a leading scholar on Hispanic Serving Institutions and an associate professor in the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She is a scholar activist committed to disrupting the status quo of postsecondary education by bringing attention to the ways higher education has historically been committed to whiteness and regularly reinforces white narratives and white standards.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP on our website

Caffeine with the Dean

Our quarterly Caffeine with the Dean event returns later this month! Dean Lauren Lindstrom invites all faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the School of Education to join her for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, February 18, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am, in Room 174, School of Education Building. Please direct any questions about this event to Cyn Sengnalivong at cinseng@ucdavis.edu

CCS Collabinar: Data and Citizen Science

The Center for Community and Citizen Science (CCS) will be holding its first Collabinar for 2020 later this month: “Data Quality and Citizen Science: Critically Analyzing Data Stories and Gaps.” This interactive event will feature Lindsay Poirier, a cultural anthropologist of data cultures, expertise and infrastructure. Her interactive presentation will explore what constitutes “quality” data when communities are engaged in collection and analysis, and how diverse stakeholders shape data narratives. The second optional hour will be dedicated to practical project discussions concerning data quality and citizen science. Participate online or in-person Tuesday, February 18th, 11:00 am–1:00 pm PST, 1460 Drew Ave, Davis, CA 95616. Find out more and RSVP here

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