Graduate Group Faculty

Overview

Our PhD Program offers 5 Emphasis Areas:

Language, Literacy & Culture (LLC)

Learning & Mind Sciences (LMS)

Mathematics Education (MTH)

School Organization & Education Policy (SOEP)

Science and Agricultural Education (SCI/AG)

To search for faculty in an Emphasis Area, enter the abbreviation noted in the “search” field.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Assessment; Classical Theory of Measurement; English Learners; Experimental Design; Psychometrics; Quantitative Methods

Jamal Abedi

Research Professor

Portrait of Jamal Abedi

Specializing in educational and psychological assessments, Jamal Abedi’s research focuses on testing for English language learners and issues concerning the technical characteristics and interpretations of these assessments. Abedi is the author of many publications in the assessment of and accommodations for English-language learners. He is on the advisory committees for several major assessment organizations and advises a number of states on testing for English learners and children with disabilities.

Jamal Abedi Vita 2016
Jamal Abedi Bio 2016
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Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS.

Tony Albano

Education

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, May, 2012
Program: Educational Psychology

B.S., Brigham Young University, 2006
Program: Psychology

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, School of Education, University of California, Davis, 2019 – Present

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2018 – 2019

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2012 – 2018

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: MTH. Elementary Education; Gender and Equity Issues in Mathematics Education; In-Service and Preservice Teacher Learning; Mathematics Education

Rebecca Ambrose

Professor

Portrait of Rebecca Ambrose

After teaching middle school math for ten years, I decided to pursue a PhD to get a fresh perspective on the issues I observed every day in my classroom and thought that maybe I could help develop remedies that would help other teachers, as well.

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 254
(530) 754-4831
rcambrose@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Educational Equity; English Language Arts Education; Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education; Minority/Underrepresented Students

Steven Athanases

Professor and Dolly and David Fiddyment Chair in Teacher Education

Portrait of Steven Athanases

Steven Athanases is a Professor in the School of Education at UC Davis. 

Principal Investigator, Teachers as Learners Project, James S. McDonnell Foundation, New Teachers Learning Disciplined Improvisation for Meaningful Talk in Diverse Classrooms, 2018-2023.

Director of Research, Center for Shakespeare in Diverse Classrooms, UC Davis, in partnership with Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe, London (Patrick Spottisooode, Director). 2018-

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Environmental Education; Citizen Science; Participatory Action Research; In-service and Preservice Teacher Learning; Science Education

Heidi Ballard

Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow

Portrait of Heidi Ballard

Heidi Ballard is the Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Community and Citizen Science. You can find more information about her past and current projects, and sign up for occasional updates at the Center’s website.

 

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 251
hballard@ucdavis.edu
Graduate Group in Education Faculty EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP

Scott Carrell

Professor, Department of Economics

Scott Carrell is a Professor of Economics and the Faculty Athletics Representative at the University of California, Davis. He received his BA from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1995, an M.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Management from the University of Florida in 2002, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Florida in 2003. He previously taught at Dartmouth College and the U.S. Air Force Academy and served as the Senior Economist for Public Finance and Labor Economics on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the summer of 2004.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Child Development; Collaborative Learning; Gender and technology; Learning in Informal Settings; Qualitative Methodology; Technology and identity

Cynthia Carter Ching

Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Instruction, Professor

Portrait of Cynthia Carter Ching

Research Interests

Child Development; Collaborative Learning; Gender and technology; Learning in Informal Settings; Qualitative Methodology; Technology and identity

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 106
(530) 752-4427
ccching@ucdavis.edu
Graduate Group in Education Faculty EMPHASIS AREA: MTH. Robotics, intelligent networked mechatronic and embedded systems, innovative design for 3D printing, technology in teaching

Harry H. Cheng

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (C-STEM)

(530) 752-5020
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Access and equity in higher education, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Latina/o students, campus climate for diversity

Marcela Cuellar

Assistant Professor

Marcela Cuellar joined the School of Education in July 2014 as an assistant professor in higher education & leadership. She received her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Her research examines access and equity in higher education, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs, and Latinx student success. More specifically, Dr.

(530) 752-5395
marcuellar@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Latina/o Studies; Diversity, Race & Equity; English Learners; Latino Issues in Education; Secondary Education

Cati de los Ríos

Assistant Professor

Cati V. de los Ríos is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education. She has taught in California and Massachusetts public schools. Cati’s research explores the intersections of adolescent bi/multilingual literacies, translanguaging, ethnic studies, and teacher education. Her scholarship draws from ethnographic and participatory methodologies and is informed by sociocultural, critical, and translingual orientations of language and literacy.  

cvdelosrios@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC, LMS. Media and culture; Development of non-cognitive social success skills, Comics & Graphic Novels, Interactive Narratives, Games

Darnel Degand

Assistant Professor

Darnel Degand joined the School of Education as an assistant professor in July 2017. He studies the various ways media and society influence the development of social success skills by exploring the social processes that exist within media production environments and media consumption experiences. His research also involves the design and development of educational media products and experiences.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Academic language; Academic literacy; English learners; Language development and socialization; First- and second-language writing

Kerry A. Enright

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Programs

Portrait of Kerry A. Enright

I research the relationship between students’ everyday uses of language (English and Spanish) and their engagement in school-based uses of language and literacy. Some schools identify bilingual adolescents as “limited” in their English proficiency even though they use sophisticated literacy repertoires outside of school; other learners are deemed ”fluent” in English but still struggle with the language and literacy demands of their academic coursework.

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 128
kaenright@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP

Nancy Erbstein

Associate Professor in Residence

My work focuses on how communities and regions produce and disrupt disparities in youth well-being, with emphasis on disparities associated with race/ethnicity, immigration, socio-economic status and geographic location. My interest in youth well-being situates my activity at the intersection of educational reform, public health, youth development and community development. I ground my work conceptually at the nexus of theories of development in social ecological contexts, critical human geographers’ analyses of space and place as socially produced, and critical race theory.

(530) 754-6913
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP

Cassandra M.D. Hart

Associate Professor

Portrait of Cassandra Hart

Cassandra Hart is an associate professor of education policy. She evaluates the effects of school, state and national education programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement, and on the equality of student outcomes. Hart’s work has focused on school choice programs, school accountability policies, and effects on students of exposure to demographically similar teachers. She is also interested in the effects of virtual schooling on student outcomes, both in K-12 and post-secondary settings.

(530) 752-9691
Faculty Profile

Jennifer Higgs

Assistant Professor

Jennifer Higgs is an assistant professor of Learning and Mind Sciences and Language, Literacy, and Culture. Her research focuses on digital tool use that supports learning and teaching, adolescents’ digital literacies, and teacher education in the language arts. Using sociocultural theories of learning and varied methodologies (including design-based research, case study, and survey research), Dr. Higgs investigates practices around digital tools as well as improvement of digital tool practices.

jmhiggs@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC, SOEP

Margarita Jimenez-Silva

Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education

Margarita Jimenez-Silva is an associate professor and director of teacher education at the School of Education in University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on preparing and supporting teachers to work with culturally and linguistically diverse learners, especially in addressing emergent bilinguals’ linguistic and academic content development. More specifically, her research strands include teacher education pedagogy and curriculum, educational policy, and family/community engagement.

(530) 752-3959
mjimenezsilva@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Education policy; Educational program evaluation; Educational stratification and equity; K-12 school desegregation

Michal Kurlaender

Professor and Department Chair

Michal Kurlaender portrait

Michal Kurlaender investigates students’ educational pathways, in particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and success in postsecondary schooling. She has expertise on alternative pathways to college and college readiness at both community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. In addition to working with national data, Kurlaender works closely with administrative data from all three of California’s public higher education sectors–the University of California, the California State University and the California Community College systems.

(530) 752-3748
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP

Lauren Lindstrom

Professor and Dean

Dean Lindstrom: lelindstrom@ucdavis.edu
or
Executive Assistant
Cyn Sengnalivong:
cinseng@ucdavis.edu or
(530) 752-4663
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, MTH. Adaptive Expertise; Learning and Cognition; Learning in Informal Settings; Mathematics Education

Lee Martin

Associate Professor and Chancellor's Fellow

Portrait of Lee Martin
(530) 752-2854
leemartin@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Adolescent Language and Literacy; English Education; Linguistic Anthropology of Education; Sociocultural Approaches to Learning; Discourse Analysis; Black and Latina/o Youth Interactions; Ethnography

Danny C. Martinez

Associate Professor

 

Education

2012, Ph.D., UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies: Urban Schooling

2002, M.A., UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education:                     Language, Literacy & Culture

2000, B.A. UCLA American Literature and Culture & Chicana/o Studies, Minor in Educational Studies 

Professional Appointments

2019-          Associate Professor, UC Davis – School of Education

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 135
(530) 752-9749
dcmar@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP

Paco Martorell

Associate Professor

Francisco (Paco) Martorell joined the School as an assistant professor in July 2014. Martorell completed his PhD in economics at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the School, he was an Economist at the RAND Corporation and was a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School since 2006. He has broad research interests in both higher education and K-12 policy. Current projects cover areas including developmental education in colleges, the effects of grade retention, the returns to for-profit colleges, the impacts of school facility investments, and community college tuition subsidies.

(530) 752-3353
pmartorell@ucdavis.edu
Graduate Group in Education Faculty EMPHASIS AREA: LLC

Dan Melzer

Associate Professor and Associate Director for Expository Writing (UWP 1)

Read the full profile at the UWP website

 

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC and SOEP.

Elizabeth Montaño

Associate Professor of Teaching in Education, Co-Chair CANDEL

Education

Doctorate in Education: Educational Leadership for Social Justice
​Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

California Single Subject Credential in English with CLAD Certification
University of California, Berkeley (current)

M.A. in Education: Language, Literacy and Culture
University of California, Berkeley

B.A. in Political Science & Chicana and Chicano Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

Courses 

University of California at Davis

(530) 754-6847
emontano@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Translational research on education and special education; Academic development for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Peter Mundy

Distinguished Professor of Education and Lisa Capps Chair in Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Education

Portrait of Peter Mundy

There are seven million exceptional children with special needs in our American school system, such as children with autism spectrum development. They have the right to appropriate and comparable educational opportunities. Truly meeting the needs of these children requires a commitment to integrating advances in educational science, neuroscience, and social policy.

(530) 752-0921
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC.

Faheemah N. Mustafaa

Assistant Professor

Education

Ph.D. Combined Program in Education and Psychology, May 2016
University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor, MI

M.S. Psychology, May 2013
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

M.A. Higher and Postsecondary Education, Public Policy concentration, May 2010
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

B.S. Biobehavioral Health, cum laude; Psychology minor, May 2005
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science Education, Groupwork, Race and Schooling, Social Emotional Intelligence, Social Justice Education, Literacy in Science

Alexis Patterson Williams

Assistant Professor

Alexis Patterson Williams, Ph.D., joined the School of Education in July 2015 as an Assistant Professor in science education. She is currently a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar and is excited to work with her cohort to develop a research center that focuses on increasing the participation of women of color in STEM related fields.

(530) 752-8675
adpatterson@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Latina/o and Native American identity formations in P-20 systems; Transition to college for students of color in K-12, Access

Patricia D. Quijada

Associate Professor

Education

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Emphasis: Human Development Minor: Youth Studies and Multicultural Education

Ed.M., Youth Development: Prevention Science and Practice
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Ed.M., Counseling Processes
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Multiple Subject, Elementary Credential
University of San Diego

B.A. and B.S. Political Science and Sociology
University of California at Riverside

(530) 752-9377
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Educational leadership; Latino/a education issues; School finance, Social justice in education

Gloria M. Rodriguez

Associate Professor

Portrait of Gloria M. Rodriguez

Office hours: Winter and Spring Quarters 2020 — By Appointment Only

Gloria M. Rodriguez’s current research explores notions of educational investment that reflect efforts to build upon community strengths in order to address community needs within and beyond educational settings. Dr. Rodriguez also engages in research that focuses on the political economic conditions and educational trajectories of Chicana/o-Latina/o communities, other communities of color, and low-income populations in the U.S.

(530) 754-6256
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Economics of education; Education Policy and Governance; Quantitative methods; School finance

Heather Rose

Associate Professor

Portrait of Heather Rose

Office hours: By appointment. Room 125 SOEB.

Research Interests

Economics of education; Education Policy and Governance; Quantitative methods; School finance

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 125
(530) 752-1407
hmrose@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Educational Research, Classroom Active Engagement and Participation, Social Communication

Nicole Sparapani

Assistant Professor

Nicole Sparapani is an assistant professor in the School of Education and faculty member at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Her research interests center around the development and evaluation of effective educational practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Sparapani practiced as a certified speech-language pathologist on an interdisciplinary team serving preschool children with ASD for several years before pursuing her Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University and postdoctoral training at Arizona State University.

njsparapani@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Agricultural education; Agri-food system literacy; Service-learning; Secondary education; Science education; Technology in science; Technology in teaching and learning

Cary Trexler

Professor

Portrait of Cary Trexler

Research Interests

Agricultural Education; Agri-food system literacy; Service-learning; Secondary Education; Science Education; Technology in Science; Technology in teaching and learning

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 258
(530) 752-2623
cjtrexler@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Early literacy; English learners; Bilingualism and bilingual education; Educational television and multimedia; Language acquisition

Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich

Professor

Portrait of Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich

 

Research Interests

Early Literacy; English Learners; Bilingualism and Bilingual Education; Educational Television and Multimedia; Language Acquisition; Literacy development; Quantitative methods; Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

(530) 754-6271
yuchikoshi@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Test validity analysis; The use of assessment as an educational reform lever; Grading; Evaluation of educational programs

Megan Welsh

Associate Professor

Megan Welsh joined the School in July 2014 as an assistant professor in educational assessment and measurement. Since 2008, she was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut. Her primary areas of research include test validity analysis, the use of assessment as an educational reform lever, grading, and evaluation of educational programs.

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 155
(530) 752-9890
megwelsh@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, MTH. Collaborative learning; Learning and cognition; Mathematics education; Technology in mathematics; Technology in science; Technology in teaching and learning

Tobin White

Associate Professor

Portrait of Tobin White

Professor White is not accepting new students at this time.

(530) 752-9348
Faculty Profile Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE) EMPHASIS AREA: LLC.

Lawrence (Torry) Winn

Assistant Professor of Teaching in Education, Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE)

With over fifteen years of professional experience, Winn has worked and consulted with foundations, cities, and non-profits including Casey Family Programs, Annie E. Casey, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, City of Newark (NJ), City of Madison (WI), St. HOPE, MLK Community Resources Collaborative, and Race to Equity.  His expertise includes youth programs/education, civic and community engagement, strategic partnerships, race and equity, and community based participatory research.

1460 Drew Avenue, Davis, CA 95618
(530) 752-9903
ltwinn@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC

Maisha T. Winn

Professor, Chancellor's Leadership Professor, and Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE)

Maisha T. Winn’s research spans a wide variety of understudied settings including her earlier work on the literate practices extant in bookstores and community organizations in the African American community to her most recent work in settings where adolescent girls are incarcerated.

mtwinn@ucdavis.edu

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