Faculty

Faculty

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Group photo of UC Davis School of Education FacultyThe faculty at the School of Education are committed to bridging research and practice for the benefit of schools and learners. They do their work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary environment that favors innovation and cooperation with all segments of education.

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Megan Welsh Becomes Sixth Chancellor’s Fellow in School of Education History

School of Education Associate Professor Megan Welsh has been named a 2019­–2020 UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow, a title she will hold for the next five years. The Chancellor’s Fellows Program recognizes associate professors or recently promoted full professors who produce groundbreaking scholarly work and serve the university as dedicated teachers and campus citizens. It is one of the most prestigious honors conferred on faculty members at UC Davis.

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New Faculty Spotlight: Elizabeth Montaño

Elizabeth Montaño, EdD returned to the School of Education last year as an Associate Professor of Teaching in Education. She is the first in the School’s history to hold this new teaching professorship title. Montaño previously served as a Lecturer and Supervisor of Teacher Education from 2013–2015. Now she primarily teaches in the CANDEL and undergraduate minor programs. In Fall 2019 she will become the Co-Director of CANDEL, alongside Prof. Kevin Gee. Their duties will include reviewing the sequencing of CANDEL courses and faculty advising models.

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New Faculty Spotlight: Cati de los Ríos

Cati de los Ríos became an Assistant Professor at the School of Education last summer 2018, following her service as an Assistant Professor of Education, Culture and Society at UC Riverside. With expertise in ethnic studies, literacy, youth engagement and social change, de los Ríos joins the School of Education as a decorated early career scholar.

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Professor Cati de los Ríos Earns Promising Researcher Award

School of Education Assistant Professor Cati de los Ríos has been awarded the 2018 Promising Researcher Award by the Standing Committee on Research of the National Council of Teachers of English. This honor is conferred annually to a researcher who has produced an original and outstanding paper from their dissertation within two years of the award year.

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Lee Martin Named a Chancellor’s Fellow

Fifth School of Education Researcher Honored in Consecutive Years

Lee Martin, associate professor of education, has been selected as a 2017-18 UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow, a title he will hold for five years.

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Michal Kurlaender Named Influential Education Researcher for Third Year in a Row

Professor Michal Kurlaender continues to be one of the leading university-based scholars who are doing the most to influence educational policy and practice in the United States. This is the third consecutive year that she has been included in the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings published in Education Week.

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Maisha T. Winn and Lawrence Winn Join School of Education

Will Establish a Center for Restorative Justice

This summer the School of Education welcomed Maisha T. Winn, PhD and Lawrence (Torry) Winn, JD to the School of Education. Maisha T. Winn has been appointed as a Professor, and the UC Davis Chancellor and Provost additionally have extended her the new honorary designation of “Chancellor’s Leadership Professor.” Torry Winn will serve as an Academic Administrator. The Winns, who are married, will jointly develop a center for restorative justice to be located within the School of Education.

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Nicole Sparapani Joins Faculty

Nicole Sparapani, PhD joined the School of Education faculty this summer as an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education. Sparapani, who earned her doctorate in Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University, is a certified speech-language pathologist. She completed her postdoctoral studies on individualizing student instruction at Arizona State University and the Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning.

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Faculty Awards and Honors

Jamal Abedi

  • E.F. Lindquist Award, co-sponsored by the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program (2016)
  • University of California, Davis School of Education Outstanding Faculty Award (2015)
  • University of California, Davis: Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award (2014)
  • Member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, made up of 30 states working collaboratively toward the goals of preparing all students for college and careers by creating a comprehensive assessment system for Math and English Language Arts (2010-11)
  • California Educational Research Association: Lifetime Achievement Award, December (2008)
  • American Educational Research Professional Service Award: Outstanding Contribution Relating Research to Practice (2003)

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