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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)

Rebecca Ambrose

  • University of California, Davis Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students (2015)
  • Markham Mathematics Collaborative, Improving Teacher Quality Grant from California Post-Secondary Education Commission (2006)
  • Scholarship and Creativity Award. SDSU College of Education (2000-01, 1999-2000)

Steve Athanases

  • Outstanding Faculty Member (2016)
  • Faculty Individual Citation Award (Soaring to New Heights) of the Diversity and Principles of Community Awards for career achievement in leadership in the furthering of equal opportunity and diversity objectives within the University of California, Davis community (With the STEAD Committee: Strength through Equity and Diversity) (2015)
  • Outstanding Reviewer, American Educational Research Association (2012)
  • Outstanding Reviewer, American Educational Research Association (2011)
  • Excellence in Education Awards for Undergraduate Teaching (Nominee), Associated Students of UC Davis (2011)
  • UC Davis School of Education Board of Advisors Catalyst Grant (2011)
  • Distinguished Research Award, Association of Teacher Educators (with Betty Achinstein) (2006)
  • Edwin M. Hopkins Award for Outstanding Article Published in English Journal, Volumes 94 & 95, by Non-Secondary Teacher (Honorable Mention) (2006)
  • Davis Humanities Institute Fellow (2002-03)
  • Spencer Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Academy of Education (1999-2001)
  • Promising Researcher in English Education, National Council of Teachers of English (1994)
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award in Curriculum Studies (Honorable Mention), American Educational Research Association (1994)
  • McDonnell Postdoctoral Research Fellow, James S. McDonnell Foundation Program in Cognitive Studies for Educational Practice (1993-95)
  • Award for Outstanding Teaching, Stanford Teacher Education Program, Stanford University (1990)
  • Outstanding Chicago Area Writing Teacher, Retrospective Honor from Gwendolyn Brooks, Illinois Poet Laureate (1990)
  • Spencer Dissertation Fellow, Spencer Foundation (1989)
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Township High School District 214, Illinois (1985)
  • Award for Outstanding High School Writing Teacher, English Department, Harper College, Illinois (1984)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1982)

Heidi Ballard

  • UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow (2014-19)
  • ​UC Davis Hellman Fellow (2010-11)
  • University of California, Berkeley Fellowship (2004)
  • Environmental Science, Policy and Management Departmental Fellowship (2002-03)
  • Ford Foundation Community Forestry Research Dissertation Fellowship (2002-03)

Cynthia Carter Ching

  • Jan Hawkins Early Career Award, American Educational Research Association, Division C, Learning & Instruction (2007)
  • Arnold O. Beckman Award for Research, University of Illinois (2002)
  • Regents Dissertation Fellowship, University of California (1999)
  • NIMH Doctoral Research Fellowship, UCLA (1997)

Kerry Enright

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Northern California Association of Phi Beta Kappa (2012)
  • Citation for Excellence in Reviewing Written Communication (2012)
  • Graduate Student Association’s Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students (2010-11)
  • Nominee, ASUCD Excellence in (Undergraduate) Education Awards, UC Davis (2009 & 2011)
  • Teaching and Mentoring Award, Graduate Group in Education, UC Davis (2008)
  • Junior Faculty Development Grant Award, University of North Carolina (2004)

Michele Fortes

  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards (2002)
  • Title VII Fellow, UC Davis (1997-2000)
  • Division of Education Fellowship (1996-97)
  • Teacher Education Fellow (1996-97)
  • Bilingual Teacher of the Year Honoree and District Bilingual Teacher of the Year, California Association of Bilingual Education (1991)

Kevin Gee

  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-16)
  • University of California, Davis Hellman Fellowship (2015-16)
  • Foundation for Child Development Award (2014)
  • Young Scholars Program Award (2014-17)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Brown University (2012)

Cassandra Hart

  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-16)
  • Jean Flanigan Outstanding Dissertation Award, Association for Education Finance and Policy, Honorable Mention (2012)
  • PhD Dissertation Award, Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, Honorable Mention (2011)
  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships (2010-11)
  • Institute for Educational Sciences Predoctoral Fellowship, Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (2007-10)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention (2006)
  • McCormick Tribune Urban Leadership Fellow, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago (2005-06)

Paul Heckman

  • Member, Professors of Curriculum (1988)
  • Who’s Who in American Education (1988)
  • Who’s Who in the West (1985)

Michal Kurlaender

  • UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow (2013-18)
  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, “Increasing College Readiness: An Investigation of California’s Early Assessment Program” (2009-10)
  • University of California, Davis Faculty Development Award (2008)
  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2004-05)
  • American Educational Research Association Dissertation Fellowship (2003-04)
  • Roy Larsen Research Fellowship, Harvard University Graduate School of Education (1999-2001)

Lee Martin

  • Chair, Learning Sciences Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Amercian Educational Research Association (2012)
  • Most Inspirational, 7th Annual Games+Learning+Society Conference poster session (2011)
  • Most Shocking Unexpected Results, 7th Annual Games+Learning+Society Conference poster session (2011)
  • Travel Fellowship, 33rd Carnegie Symposium on Cognition: Thinking with Data (2004)

Lynn Martindale

  • Omega Fellowship: AAAE (2007)
  • Teacher of Teachers’ Gold Award, California Agricultural Teachers’ Association (2004)
  • Common Threads Founding Member (2003)
  • Teacher of Teachers’ Silver Award, California Agricultural Teachers’ Association (2003)
  • Honorary America FFA Degree, National FFA Association (2002)
  • San Joaquin Regional Outstanding Teacher, California Agriculture Teachers’ Association (2002)
  • California Agriculture Fellowship, California Chamber of Commerce (2002)
  • Teacher of Teachers’ Bronze Award, California Agricultural Teachers’ Association (2002)
  • Agricultural Leadership Fellow Class 31 (1999-2000)
  • Toyota International Teacher Experience (1999)
  • Teacher of Excellence: CATA (1988)

Danny Martinez

  • Concha Delgado Gaitan Council for Anthropology and Education Presidential Fellow (2014-15)
  • Cultivating New Voices Scholar Award: National Council for Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) (2014)
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Year Fellowship (2011-12)
  • University of California All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (UC ACCORD) Dissertation Year Fellowship (2011-12)
  • Texas State University- San Marcos Summer Predoctoral Fellowship (2011)
  • NCTE Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color Fellow (2010-2012)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz- Fellowship Participant: International Consortium of Researchers of Learning through Intent Community Participation (2009-11)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship (2008 & 2010)
  • University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education Flanders New Teacher Fellowship (2000-02)

Alexis Patterson

  • Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science, Faculty Scholars Program, UC Davis (2015)
  • Jhumki Basu Scholars Program, National Association for Research in Science Teaching (2012)

Patricia Quijada

  • Senior International Fellow, Alianza Educativas, Mexico City DF, Mexico (2013-14)

Gloria Rodriguez

  • Teaching Award from the UC Davis Education Graduate Students Association (2008)
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, The University of Texas at El Paso College of Education (2000)
  • Jean Flanigan Award for Outstanding Dissertation of 1997-98, American Education Finance Association (1998)
  • James Lyons Award for Service (1996)
  • National Hispanic Scholarship Fund (1996)
  • Chicana/o Fellows Program – Dissertation and Teaching Fellowship, Stanford University, School of Humanities and Sciences (1994-95)

Thomas Timar

  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010)
  • Spencer Fellowship/Spencer Foundation, “Local Responses to State Policy” (1991-93)
  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (1990)

Cary Trexler

  • U.S. Scholar for Vietnam Education Foundation (2013-14)
  • Fulbright Scholar, Vietnam (2007-08)
  • Faculty Development Award, University of California, Davis, Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Personnel (2006)
  • Grant recipient for “Collaborative Agriculture Research and Development: A Vietnamese Context for Internationalizing the University of California, Davis Curriculum through Service Learning”: U.S. Department of Agriculture (2006)
  • Runner-up, Outstanding Paper, 24th Annual AAAE Western Region Agricultural Education Research Conference, Prescott, Arizona (2005)
  • Second Runner-up, Author of the Year, The Journal of Agricultural Education, Volume 44. American Association for Agricultural Education.
  • Recipient, Western Region “Outstanding Young Member,” American Association for Agricultural Education, Honolulu, HI (2004)
  • Recipient, Central Region “Outstanding Young Member,” American Association for Agricultural Education, St. Louis, MO (2002)
  • Second Runner-Up Author of the Year, Journal of Agricultural Education, Volume 42, American Association for Agricultural Education (2002)
  • Recipient, College of Agriculture’s “Early Achievement in Teaching,” Iowa State University (2002)
  • Miller Faculty Fellow, Iowa State University (2000)
  • First Place Research Presentation, 2nd Annual MSU Graduate School Research Recognition Day, Michigan State University, East Lansing (1999)
  • Second Place Research Presentation, 54th Annual Central Region Research Meeting of the American Association for Agricultural Education, St. Louis, MO (1999)
  • Second Runner-up Author of the Year, The Journal of Agricultural Education, Volume 39, American Association for Agricultural Education (1999)
  • Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University. (1998)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Michigan State University. (1998)
  • “Excellence-in-Teaching” Citation, Michigan State University. (1998)
  • California’s “Outstanding Young Member,” National Vocational Agriculture Teachers’ Association. (1989)
  • “Teacher of the Year,” Fullerton Union High School, CA. (1989)
  • “Student of Distinction,” Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA. (1980)

Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich

  • Grant Recipient: Foundation of Child Development Young Scholars Program 
  • International Reading Association Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Finalist (2005)
  • International Reading Association Jeanne S. Chall Dissertation Fellowship (2002)
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education Action for Children’s Television Fellowship (2002)
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education Advanced Doctoral Grant (2001)
  • Itochu Foundation Fellowship (1997-98)
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education Entering Award (1997)

Karen Watson-Gegeo

  • Featured Author, UC Davis Campus Authors Celebration, University of California, Davis (2004)
  • Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, University of California, Davis (2003)

Tobin White

  • UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow (2015-20)
  • Jan Hawkins Award AERA Division C for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research & Scholarship in Learning Technologies (2012)
  • National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Grant (2009)

Maisha Winn

  • American Educational Research Association Fellow (2016)
  • American Educational Research Association Qualitative Research Special Interest Group Outstanding Book Award (2015)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education Visiting Minority Scholar (2015)
  • American Educational Research Association Early Career Award (2012)
  • Faculty fellow at Institute for Urban Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University ( 2011-12)
  • American Publishers Association PROSE Award Honorable Mention (2012)
  • National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy Early Career Award (2008)
  • American Educational Research Association/Division K Teacher and Teacher Education, Early Career Research Award (2008)
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication Scholars for the Dream Award (2005)
  • National Council of Teachers of English-Promising Research Award (2004)

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