The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having an elementary teacher who looks like you can make a big
impact. According to new research conducted by School of
Education Associate Professor Cassandra Hart, we can
now measure that impact more precisely.
In Sacramento County, African American children are
dying at twice the rate of their peers. Over the past three
years, a community-based campaign has been working to reduce
these tragic deaths, and now a team of three UC Davis researchers
are joining the effort.
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
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.
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.
A $3.5 million grant to Emily Solari, assistant
professor of education, will bring reading instruction to 100
first-grade classrooms in Sacramento, Yolo and other counties in
the region as well as in Houston, Texas, by next fall.
E.F. Lindquist Award, co-sponsored by the American
Educational Research Association and the American College Testing
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)