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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)
  • The National Association of Test Directors: Outstanding Contribution to Educational Assessment, San Francisco (2013)
  • 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)

Steven Athanases

  • Exemplary Research Publications: Two articles selected among 25 total over a 50-year period, as exemplars for the 50-year anniversary of the Journal of Literacy Research (a virtual special collection) (2018)
  • Nominee, UC Davis Educational Opportunity Program’s Appreciation Celebration (2018)
  • Named Dolly and David Fiddyment Chair in Teacher Education, UC Davis (2017)
  • 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)
  • Poetry Writing Award, 2nd Place (1,700 entries), San Francisco Bay Area Competition, San Francisco Bay Guardian (1993)
  • 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)
  • Teaching Excellence, Honor Roll of Illinois English Teachers, Illinois Association of Teachers of English (recognized 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)

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)

Marcela G. Cuellar

  • First Place Winner of the 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Competition, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) (2013)
  • National Data Institute Fellow, Washington, D.C., (2012)
  • Graduate Research Mentorship Award, University of California, Los Angeles (2010-2011)
  • Latino Alumni Association Fellowship , University of California, Los Angeles (2010-2011)
  • California Strawberry Commission Fellowship (2007-2010)
  • Summer Research Mentorship Award, University of California, Los Angeles (2009)
  • Helen Astin Fellowship, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (2007-2008) 

Kerry A. 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)

Nancy Erbstein

  • University of California Larry L. Sautter Award for Innovation in Information Technology (2017)
  • Chancellor’s Award for Community and Diversity (2010-2011)
  • Spencer Foundation Research Fellow (with Dr. Pedro Noguera) (1994)
  • UC Berkeley Ned Flanders Fellow (1995-1996, 1997-1998)
  • UC Berkeley Evelyn Lois Corey Fellow (1994-1995)
  • Center for Public Service Community Service Award, Brown University (for programming linking global and local learning) (1989)

Kevin Gee

  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) (Spring 2022)
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship 2020-21
  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-16)
  • University of California, Davis Hellman Fellowship (2015-16)
  • Foundation for Child Development Award Young Scholars Program Award (2014-17)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Brown University (2012)

Cassandra M. D. Hart

  • Thomas A. Downes Award by the Association for Education Finance and Policy (2019)
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award. Educational Researcher (2019)
  • Emerging Education Policy Scholar. American Enterprise Institute and Thomas B. Fordham Institute (2016)
  • 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)

Jennifer Higgs

  • Division K Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Educational Research Association (2018)
  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship (2016-2017 cohort)
  • 2016 – Peter Lyman Graduate Fellowship in New Media, Berkeley Center for New Media (2016)
  • Fellow, Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty, University of California, Berkeley (2014)
  • Russell Family Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (2014)
  • Finalist, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society University of California, Berkeley (2012)
  • Lily Wong Fillmore Award, University of California, Berkeley (2011)
  • Distinguished Thesis Award, Northwestern University (2007)

Michal Kurlaender

  • Named one of UC Davis’s Remarkable Women in celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the admission of women to the University of California (2020)
  • National Academy of Education, Elected Member (2020)
  • Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation (2017-2018)
  • Education Week’s RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • 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)

Lauren E. Lindstrom

  • Distinguished Researcher Award. Awarded by the American Educational Research Association, Special and Inclusive Education Special Interest group (2020)
  • Fulbright Specialist. Selected by the Peer Review Panel of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (2018 – 2020)
  • Executive Leadership Academy Fellow  (2018)
  • Zero Project  “Innovative Practice” International Recognition for Vocational Education and Work Programs. Awarded by the Essl Foundation and World Future Council (2017)
  • Faculty Excellence Award. Awarded by the University of Oregon Office of the Provost (2015)
  • “Employment for All” Award. Awarded by the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (2013)
  • “Innovative Practice” International Recognition for Employment. Awarded by the Essl Foundation and World Future Council (2013)
  • Distinguished Research and Outreach Award. College of Education, University of Oregon (2011)
  • Diversity Award. College of Education, University of Oregon (2010)
  • Association for Maternal and Child Health Best Practice Award.(2010)
  • Excellence in Technical Assistance for Transition Services Award.  Awarded by the Oregon Association for Vocational Special Needs Personnel (2009)
  • University of Oregon, Research Innovation Award. (2008)

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 C. Martinez

  • Janet Emig Award, English Language Arts Teacher Education, National Council for Teachers of English (2018)
  • 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)

Paco Martorell

  • Huddleson Award for Outstanding Teaching, Pardee RAND Graduate School (2009)
  • RAND President’s Award (2008)
  • Public Policy Research Award, UC Berkeley Department of Economics (2005)

Faheemah N. Mustafaa

  • Rackham Merit Fellowship, Full MA and PhD funding
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Honorable Mention
  • Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Recipient, 3 years of funding
  • Best Social Science Presentation Award, for “Capturing the Impact of African-Centered Education on Holistic Youth Development,” Northwestern University’s Black Graduate Student Association Conference
  • Graduate Student Policy Institute Fellow, Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • Rookie Teacher of the Year Award, Madison Middle School, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • Penn State University Alumni Association Lifetime Membership Award, Women’s Leadership Initiative, College of Health and Human Development

Cindy Passmore

  • Inquiry Into Practice, National Science Foundation
  • Collaborative Learning at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology (CLIMB), National Science Foundation
  • Collaborative Classroom-Based Inquiry (CCBI), National Science Foundation
  • Early Career Research Affiliate. the Center for Curriculum Materials in Science

Alexis Patterson Williams

  • The Theory Into Practice 2019 Best Article Award, Theory Into Practice, Journal, (2019)
  • Faculty Development Award for heavy involvement in University and community service, University of California, Davis
  • IASCE’s Elizabeth Cohen Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation Award, The International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (IASCE) (2018)
  • Dean’s Research Excellence Award, UC Davis’ School of Education (2018) 
  • 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 D. Quijada

  • Senior International Fellow, Alianza Educativas, Mexico City DF, Mexico (2013-14)
  • Dept. Nominee, UTSA President’s Distinguished Achievement for Teaching Excellence (2011)
  • Honor’s College, Faculty Award, UTSA (2009)
  • Faculty Research Development, UTSA (2008)
  • School of Education Fellowship, UW-Madison (2003)
  • Lodewick Fellow, Scholarship Recipient, UW-Madison (1997 – 2002)
  • Spencer Doctoral Research Training Program Fellow, UW-Madison (1998 – 2004)
  • La Mujer Leadership Award, UW-Madison (2002)
  • California State University Forgivable Loan/Doctoral Incentive Fellow (2000 – 2004)
  • Advanced Opportunity Fellow, UW-Madison (1995 – 1997)
  • Mentor of the Year (student nominated), CSU San Marcos (1994)
  • Student Service Professional of the Year, CSU San Marcos (1994)
  • NASPA New Professional of the Year nominee, CSU San Marcos (1992)

Gloria M. 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)

Margarita Jimenez-Silva

  • University of California Davis Chancellor’s Fellowship for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (2020)
  • Arizona State University Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Nominee (2017)
  • American Education Research Association, Division K Teaching and Teacher Education Mid-Career Award, Nominee (2017)
  • American Education Research Association Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group Revolutionary Mentor Award, Nominee (2017)
  • U.S. Professor of the Year National Award, Nominee (2015)
  • U.S. Professor of the Year National Award, Nominee (2013)
  • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Faculty Award for Integrating Scholarship with Teaching, Arizona State University (2012)
  • National Council of Geography Education Distinguished Teaching Award (2010)
  • National Council of Geography Education Media Award (2010)
  • American Education Research Association Hispanic Issues Special Interest Group Award nominee (2010)
  • Excellence in Diversity Award Arizona State University (2009)
  • Friend of Arizona Geographic Alliance Award (2009)
  • Top Ten Women Making A Difference in Orange County, CA (OC Metro) (2003)
  • Teacher Educator of the Year, Credential Counselors and Analysts of   
  • California (CCAC) (2001)
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Concordia University (2001)
  • Student Retention Award, Concordia University (1998)
  • Title VII Fellowship, Harvard University (1993)
  • Senior Award in Early Childhood and Liberal Studies, Concordia University (1991)
  • Faculty Merit Scholar Award, Concordia University (1990)

Nicole Sparapani

  • Education Graduate Student Association Faculty Service Award (2019)

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)

Megan Welsh

  • Large Scale Assessment SIG Chair (2018-19)
  • Graduate Student Association Award for Outstanding Service to Graduate Students (2018-19)
  • University of Arizona Graduate College Fellowship (2004-05, 2005-06)
  • University of Arizona College of Education Dean’s Office Stipend (2004-05, 2005-06)

Maisha T. 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)

Lawrence (Torry) Winn

  • Summertime Academic Research (STAR) Award, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Received $3,000 for project entitled “The Possibilities of Youth Re-Acting to Research.” (2014)

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