Staff & Faculty Directory

Overview
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS.

Tony Albano

Associate Professor

Dr. Tony Albano is an Associate Professor in the School of Education where he teaches courses in testing, assessment, and data science. His research aims broadly to improve teaching and learning via effective educational and psychological measurement, including through improvements in psychometric methods for scaling and modeling assessment results, and through enhanced accessibility in test design and implementation. Dr.

adalbano@ucdavis.edu
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
Teacher Education Faculty

Sylvia Aquino

Supervisor, Social Science Credential

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 234, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-8258
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
Faculty Profile

Carolynne Beno

Lecturer

Carolynne Beno

Education/Credentials

Ed.D. Educational Leadership, University of California at Davis, June 14, 2017

Clear Administrative Services Credential, September 2015

Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Level 2, National University, November 2012

M.S. Special Education, National University, January 2007

B.A. Psychology, University of California at Davis, December 2003

B.S. Exercise Physiology, University of California at Davis, December 2003

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 152, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
ctbeno@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-8258
Teacher Education Faculty

Megan Bettis

Lecturer/Supervisor, Science Teacher Credential and Program Director, Young Scholars Program

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 249, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-0622
mmckenzie@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC, critical race theory; diversity, race and equity; identity, teaching and schooling; Latinx issues in education; secondary education; social studies education; teacher education and preparation

M. Yianella Blanco

Assistant Professor

Yianella Blanco

Dr. Yianella Blanco is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education. Her research interests focus on the teaching and learning of Latine/x histories and experiences, particularly those of Central America(ns) and how those intersect with American empire. Dr. Blanco’s research draws from community-based and participatory action research methods.

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 119, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
myblanco@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile

Lacey Boatman

Lecturer

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 234, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
lboatman@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-8258
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Child Development; Collaborative Learning; Gender and technology; Learning in Informal Settings; Qualitative Methodology; Technology and identity

Cynthia Carter Ching

Professor and Interim Dean

Portrait of Cynthia Carter Ching

Cynthia Carter Ching (she/her/hers) is Professor of Education and Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the UC Davis School of Education. During the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020-2022, she served as the UC Davis Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education. In her research, funded by the National Science Foundation and others, she examines the intersection of technology, learning, collaboration, and identity. Her work examines how children, youth, and adults represent and negotiate aspects of themselves via technology in classrooms, in online environments, and in games.

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 106
ccching@ucdavis.edu

Susanna Cooper

Executive Director, Wheelhouse

Before joining the School of Education to initiate Wheelhouse, Ms. Cooper served as an independent consultant and as longtime advisor on pre-K-to-14 education issues for the leader of the California State Senate. In that role, she shaped and shepherded the Pro Tem’s education agenda, provided counsel on education budget matters, and led multi-year campaigns to increase quality pre-kindergarten opportunities for low-income children, reduce the number of high school dropouts, and strengthen high school-post-secondary pathways.

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 137
(530) 752-9854
scooper@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Access and equity in higher education, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Latina/o students, campus climate for diversity

Marcela G. Cuellar

Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow

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Marcela Cuellar joined the School of Education in July 2014. 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. Cuellar employs quantitative and qualitative methods to explore Latinx students’ experiences at HSIs and emerging HSIs and how they are empowered as a result of their educational experiences during college and beyond.

(530) 752-5395
marcuellar@ucdavis.edu
Staff Profile

Mariana Diaz

Ujima GIRL Project Coordinator

mxdiaz@ucdavis.edu
Staff Profile Upward Bound

Pamela Dunlap

Upward Bound Anderson Union High School Advisor, College Opportunity Programs

1471 Ferry Street
Anderson, CA 96007
(530) 304-6581
pgdunlap@ucdavis.edu
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

Portrait of Kerry A. Enright

I research the relationship between Latinx students’ everyday uses of language (English and Spanish) and their engagement in language and literacy practices in institutional settings (classrooms and professional work-study placements). 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 or workplace.

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

Nancy Erbstein

Associate Professor in Residence

Portrait of Nancy Erbstein

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
Staff Profile California Education Lab

Elizabeth Zeiger Friedmann

Research Fellow

Betsey Friedmann is a research fellow at Wheelhouse and the California Education Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in School Organization and Educational Policy from the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on issues related to college access and success, including financial aid and transfer pathways from community colleges.

Staff Profile Marketing and Communications

Eva Guralnick

Director of Marketing and Communications

Eva Guralnick joined the UC Davis School of Education in June 2015 as the Director of Marketing and Communications. As the chief marketing officer for the School she manages all branding and outreach efforts.

(530) 752-4809
eguralnick@ucdavis.edu
Staff Profile Upward Bound

Anna Harrison

Siskiyou County Upward Bound Program Assistant, College Opportunity Programs

P.O. Box 730, Etna, CA 96027
(530) 467-5565
amharrison@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP

Cassandra M.D. Hart

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 equity of student outcomes. Hart’s work has focused on online education in both K-12 schools and community colleges, school choice programs, school accountability policies, and effects on students of exposure to demographically similar teachers.

(530) 752-9691
Staff Profile Center for Community and Citizen Science

Peggy Harte

Youth Education Program Manager, Center for Community and Citizen Science

Peggy Harte develops citizen science curriculum as well as professional learning opportunities for K-12 educators, engaging with students and teachers across a variety of projects ongoing at the Center for Community and Citizen Science. She is a former classroom teacher and elementary science specialist with over 20 years of experience.

mharte@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile

Alicia Herrera

Lecturer

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 234, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-8258
Faculty Profile

Patti Herrera

Lecturer

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 234, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-8258
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, LLC

Jennifer Higgs

Associate Professor

Jennifer Higgs is an Associate Professor of Learning and Mind Sciences and Language, Literacy, and Culture. Drawing from sociocultural learning theories and employing methodologies such as design-based research and survey research, she investigates young people’s and teachers’ sense-making of digital tools and ecologies that invite new forms of reading, writing, and participation; support structures that may help teachers facilitate equitable uses and understandings of digital technologies; and the spread and scale of educational innovations in our advanced digital age. Dr.

jmhiggs@ucdavis.edu
Teacher Education Faculty

Kim Holsberry

Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

Portrait of Kim Holsberry

Education

  • CLAD (2004)
  • Certificated Early Literacy Group Teacher, CSU Bernardino (1997)
  • Certificated Reading Recovery Teacher, CSU Bernardino (1994)
  • B.A.
UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 234, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-8258
Staff Profile California Education Lab

Karina Jimenez

Administrative Assistant

Portrait of Karina Jimenez

Karina Jimenez is the Administrative Assistant for the California Education Lab and Wheelhouse. She assists with research and administrative activities across the two centers. Before working for the School of Education, Karina worked as a Peer Advising Counselor and Special Projects Assistant for the UC Davis Center for Educational Opportunity Program. Karina holds a B.A. degree in History and two minors in English and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies from the University of California, Davis, and graduated with High Honors.

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

Margarita Jimenez-Silva

Professor

Portrait of Margarita Jimenez-Silva

Prof. Margarita Jimenez-Silva’s 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. Her research has been published by journals such as Harvard Educational Review, Childhood Education, and the Journal of Research on Childhood Education. 

(530) 752-3959
mjimenezsilva@ucdavis.edu
Staff Profile Business Office

Akemi Joe

Business Services Coordinator

Akemi Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Davis in 2014. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of the campus from her previous work at the School of Education Student Services, Office of the Chancellor and Provost, and Design and Construction Management.

(530) 752-0481
Staff Profile Upward Bound

Renee Johnson

Program Director, Siskiyou County Upward Bound, College Opportunity Programs

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P.O. Box 730, Etna, CA 96027
rmjjohnson@ucdavis.edu
(530) 467-5565
Staff Profile Dean's Office

Anne Jones

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Community Partnerships

Anne Jones

Anne Jones is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Community Partnerships for the School of Education. Previously she served as the Assistant Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost at UC Davis, and as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor in the Division of Student Affairs at UC Berkeley.

Staff Profile College Opportunity Programs

Car Mun Kok

Director of College Opportunity Programs

Car Mun Kok

Dr. Car Mun Kok joined the UC Davis School of Education in November 2021 as the Director of College Opportunity Programs, housed under the REEd Center. Car Mun provides leadership for the federally funded GEAR UP, Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound programs which serve middle and high school students throughout the Sacramento Valley and Northern California areas.

cmkok@ucdavis.edu
(530) 219-0149
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Education policy; Educational program evaluation; Educational stratification and equity; K-12 school desegregation

Michal Kurlaender

Chancellor’s Leadership Professor

Michal Kurlaender portrait

Michal Kurlaender investigates students’ educational pathways, in particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and success in higher education. 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 E. Lindstrom

Professor


Dr. Lauren E. Lindstrom is an active researcher whose areas of interest include autism and developmental disabilities, special education, career and college readiness and transition services for youth with disabilities, and access to quality education for families in poverty. She has been recognized internationally for her work promoting employment and access for individuals with disabilities. She is an affiliated faculty member at the UC Davis MIND Institute and a member of the UC Davis Graduate Group in Education.

lelindstrom@ucdavis.edu
Teacher Education Faculty

Chantal Mace

Lecturer/Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

Chantal Mace joined the School of Education faculty with 15 joyful years of experience as a classroom teacher. Teaching has been woven into the fabric of her family history for several generations. In 2007, she earned her doctorate from St. Mary’s College, conducting case study research on teacher persistence in an era of profound attrition rates. Chantal is actively involved with Words Take Wing, an organization here at UC Davis, founded by her mentor Dr.

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 234, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
cmace@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-8258
Staff Profile External Relations

Tom Mackey

Managing Executive Director of Development

Portrait of Thomas Mackey

Thomas (Tom) Mackey started his role as Managing Executive Director of Development for the School of Education in May 2024.

tcmackey@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, MTH. Adaptive Expertise; Learning and Cognition; Learning in Informal Settings; Mathematics Education

Lee Martin

Professor

Portrait of Lee Martin
(530) 752-2854
leemartin@ucdavis.edu
Staff Profile

Robin Martin

Director of Educational Research and Evaluation

Robin Martin joined the UC Davis School of Education in 2016 as the Director of Educational Research and Evaluation. Having served in both K-12 policy organizations and public school districts, Robin brings over 13 years of practiced experience in education policy, research, assessment, and program implementation and evaluation.

(530) 400-3627
Faculty Profile

Lynn Martindale

Lecturer/Supervisor, Agricultural Credential

Portrait of Lynn Martindale
Office hours:
By appointment only

Education

EdD – Drexel University, Sacramento, CA – expected date of completion, 2014

M.S., Agriculture – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – 1990

Pupil Personal Service – Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA - 1995

(916) 606-7337
lmartindale@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

Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow

Danny C. Martinez is a Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program area in the School of Education. His research explores the cultural and linguistic practices of Black and Latinx youth in literacy learning contexts, and teacher learning as it relates to leveraging youths’ rich communicative resources. His research is inspired by his experience as a literacy teacher in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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

Paco Martorell

Professor and Chair of the Graduate Group in Education

Portrait of Paco Martorell

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
Faculty Profile

Sophia Mattingly

Lecturer

Education

University of California, Davis, CA
Ph.D. Education (Language, Literacy and Culture), Jun 2015

University of Kansas, KS
National Consortium for Teaching about Asia Summer study tour in China, Jun 2010

• NCTA Summer institute for alumni designed to facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in the K-12 curriculum via participation in a variety of hands-on experiences in Asia.

smgonfiotti@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-8258
Staff Profile Center for Community and Citizen Science EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG

Ryan Meyer

Executive Director, Center for Community and Citizen Science

Curriculum Vitae | Twitter


I direct the Center for Community and Citizen Science at the UC Davis School of Education. Our mission is to help scientists, communities, and citizens collaborate on science to address environmental problems as a part of civic life. Learn more and sign up for our mailing list here.

1460 Drew Avenue, Davis, CA 95618
(415) 852-8356
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC and SOEP.

Elizabeth Montaño

Associate Professor of Teaching in Education, Chair of 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

(530) 754-6847
emontano@ucdavis.edu
Staff Profile

Lola Muldrew

Associate Program Chair, Teacher Education

Lola Muldrew

Education

Ph.D., Math Education, University of California, Davis, December 2012
Dissertation Title:  The Meaning of Adversity within Traditional K-12 Math Classrooms in the United States from the Perspective of African-American Individuals
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Ambrose, School of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (M.A.T.), University of California, Davis, June 2007

lmmuldrew@ucdavis.edu
Staff Profile CAP-ED

Dr. Christina E. Murdoch

Executive Director, Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed)

Education is all a matter of building bridges.
—Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man

Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed)

Christina E. Murdoch serves as Executive Director of the Center for Applied Policy in Education within the UC Davis School of Education. In this role, Christina develops and directs professional learning programs for school district superintendents, principals and teachers including the following:

• Superintendents’ Executive Leadership Forum (SELF) 

(530) 752-1533
Staff Profile CAP-ED

Dr. Megan Welsh

Faculty Director, Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed)

 

Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed)

Megan Welsh serves as Faculty Director of the Center for Applied Policy in Education within the UC Davis School of Education. 

• Superintendents’ Executive Leadership Forum (SELF) 

• California Superintendents Collaborative Network

       • Shared Leadership Collaborative

• 21CSLA California Principals’ Support Network

• California Institute for School Improvement

(530) 752-1533
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS.

Faheemah N. Mustafaa

Assistant Professor

Faheemah N. Mustafaa

Dr. Faheemah N. Mustafaa joined the School of Education as an assistant professor in 2019. She is also a member of the Human Development Graduate Group, and faculty research affiliate with the Center for Poverty & Inequality Research. Prior to joining the School of Education faculty, she was a postdoctoral researcher in Social-Personality Psychology at University of California, Berkeley, and in Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Mustafaa earned her Ph.D.

fnmustafaa@ucdavis.edu
Staff Profile Upward Bound

Katie Parry

Siskiyou County Upward Bound Science Instructor, College Opportunity Programs

P.O. Box 730, Etna, CA 96027
ktparry@ucdavis.edu
(530) 467-5565
Faculty Profile Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science education; Secondary education

Cynthia M. Passmore

Professor

Cindy Passmore

Research Interests

Science Education; Secondary Education

Education

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction – University of Wisconsin, Madison – 2002

Broadcast, Print or Electronic Media

modelbasedbiology.com

modelinglivingearthbiology.org

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 252
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science Education, Groupwork, Race and Schooling, Social Emotional Intelligence, Social Justice Education, Literacy in Science

Alexis Patterson Williams

Associate Professor and Chair of Teacher Education

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

Portrait of Patricia D. Quijada

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
Teacher Education Faculty

Drina Ramirez

Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 234, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-8258
Staff Profile California Education Lab

Sherrie Reed

Executive Director

Sherrie Reed serves as Executive Director for California Education Lab.  In this role, Sherrie is managing and directing the research efforts of numerous federal and foundation grants and supporting the faculty Principal Investigators. These projects represent unprecedented collaboration among the primary public education segments in the state of California, including formal partnership between the University of California, Davis and the California Department of Education, and collaboration with the California State University Chancellor’s Off

(530) 752-8030
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Educational leadership; Latino/a education issues; School finance, Social justice in education

Gloria M. Rodriguez

Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs

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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
Staff Profile Student Services

Bree Rodriguez

PhD/MA Graduate Program Coordinator

About:

Briana (Bree) Rodriguez currently serves as the Ph.D./MA Graduate Program Coordinator in the School of Education. Bree has been working within the CSU and UC system since 2018, and began working exclusively with graduate students and programs since 2019. In her spare time she enjoys baking, traveling, and shuttling her son from one activity to the next. 

 

Professional Philosophy:

barrodriguez@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-6985
Faculty Profile

Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica

Associate Professor of Teaching in Education and Bilingual Coordinator–Spanish

A headshot of CLAUDIA RODRIGUEZ-MOJICA wearing a white shirt and blue blazer on a grey background

Dr. Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica is an Associate Professor of Teaching in Education and the Spanish Bilingual Authorization Coordinator. A UC Davis alumnus, she earned her bachelor’s degree in human development and minor in Chicana/o Studies from UC Davis. While at UCD, she participated in the California Mini-Corps program where she served as a teaching-assistant in schools with large numbers of migrant students. She received her multiple subject teaching credential with a bilingual authorization (formerly known as BCLAD) from CSU Sacramento.

crodriguezmojica@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile

Rebecca Rosa

Lecturer/Supervisor, Social Science Credential

Portrait of Rebecca Rosa
(530) 752-4199
robrien@ucdavis.edu
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: LLC

Alicia Rusoja

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Alicia Rusoja’s interdisciplinary research lies at the intersection of Latinx/Chicanx studies, critical education/critical literacy studies, and university-community/research-practice partnerships. As a Latina immigrant and activist-scholar, she employs participatory and critical community-based qualitative research methodologies to understand the immigrant rights organizing of Latinx immigrant youth, adults and families.

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 250, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
arrusoja@ucdavis.edu
Staff Profile

Armira Saragoza

Bilingual Education Grant Project Analyst

ansaragoza@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile

Heather Schlaman

Lecturer

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 234, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-8258
Staff Profile Upward Bound

Crasandra Shelton

Siskiyou County Upward Bound Etna High School Advisor, College Opportunity Programs

 

 

 

P.O. Box 730, Etna, CA 96027
(530) 410-2673
cjshelton@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Educational Research, Classroom Active Engagement and Participation, Social Communication

Nicole Sparapani

Associate Professor

Nicole Sparapani, Ph.D., is an associate professor within the School of Education and the MIND Institute. Dr. Sparapani’s background in speech-language pathology, developmental psychology, and education has informed her research agenda, which focuses on the dynamic and transactional interplay between children and their classroom environment. The overarching goal of her research agenda is to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of neurodivergent learners, including children on the autism spectrum. Dr.

njsparapani@ucdavis.edu
Teacher Education Faculty

Lisa Sullivan

Lecturer/Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

Dr. Lisa Sullivan brings a range of skills and experience to her work in Teacher Education. Lisa worked as a classroom teacher in East Los Angeles and in Northern California before obtaining her doctorate from UC Davis in Learning and Mind Sciences. She has worked extensively with both classroom teachers and higher education faculty to improve teaching and learning.  Lisa has conducted over twenty program evaluations for K-12 and university based education initiatives. She has expertise in the area of special education, having worked on a national implementation grant to support general education teachers to implement best practices for students with autism. Lisa has also taught both credential and Masters students at UC Davis, Sacramento State University and Loyola Marymount University. Her dissertation research examined the role of attention in learning and school readiness for preschool children.  Her main area of interest is in working with educators to translate research into practice that will improve outcomes for all students.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Learning and Mind Sciences, University of California, Davis, 2010
  • M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2006
  • B.A. in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, University of California, Irvine, 1986

Publications and Working Papers

  • Franzone, E., Kucharczyk, S., Sullivan, L., & Szidon, K. (2012). Facilitating the use of evidence based practices in classrooms: The national professional development center model for implementation. In Mundy, P. & Mastergeorge, A. (Eds), Autism for Educators, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Sullivan, L. (2010). Joint attention: Interactions with word learning and school readiness. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, Volume 71(11-A), pp.3902.
  • Abedi, J., Kao, J.C., Leon, S., Mastergeorge, A., Sullivan, L., Herman, J., & Pope, R. (2010). Accessibility of segmented reading comprehension passages for students with disabilities. Applied Measurement in Education, 23 (2), 168-186.
  • Mundy, P., Sullivan, L., & Mastergeorge, A. (2009). A parallel and distributed-processing model of joint attention, social cognition and autism. Autism Research, 2(1), 2-21.
  • Abedi, K., Kao, J., Leon, J., Sullivan, L., Herman, J., Pope, R., Nambiar, V., & Mastergeorge, A. (2008). Exploring factors that affect accessibility of reading comprehension assessments for students with disabilities: A study of segmented text (Report No. 746), 80pp. Los Angeles: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).

Manuscript Currently Under Review

  • Sullivan, L., Mundy, P., & Mastergeorge, A. Joint Attention, Social Behavior and School Readiness in Preschool Children.
UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 152, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-2809
lhsullivan@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile

Nancy Tseng

Associate Professor of Teaching in Education and Bilingual Coordinator–Mandarin

Dr. Nancy Tseng is an Associate Professor of Teaching in Education in the School of Education. She began her career in education as a public elementary school teacher. Her research interests focus on the development of productive student-teacher relationships in elementary classrooms, identifying instructional practices that support mathematics learning and teaching, and pre-and in-service teacher education. Dr. Tseng received a BA in psychology, elementary teaching credential, and MA from the University of California, Davis. She has a Ph.D.

(530) 752-7910
nstseng@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Early literacy; English learners; Bilingualism and bilingual education; Educational television and multimedia; Language acquisitionAssociate Dean's Office

Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich

Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Programs

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Research Interests

Early Childhood; Multilingual Learners; Bilingualism and Bilingual Education; Educational Television and Multimedia; Language Acquisition; Early literacy Development; Quantitative Methods

Professional Experience

Professor, School of Education, University of California, Davis, 2019–present 

Associate Professor, School of Education, University of California, Davis, 2012–2019

Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of California, Davis, 2004–2012

(530) 754-6271
yuchikoshi@ucdavis.edu
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Matt Wallace

Associate Professor of Teaching in Education

Education

  • BS—University of California, Davis
  • MA—San Francisco State University
  • PhD—University of California, Davis

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Teaching in Education, UC Davis, 2023–present
  • Lecturer/Supervisor of Teacher Education, UC Davis, 2012–2023
  • Director, Math for America Berkeley, 2012
  • Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • University Supervisor, California State University, East Bay, 2011-2012
  • Mathematics Teacher, Elk Gr
(530) 752-6083
mtwallace@ucdavis.edu
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Tim Warkentin

Upward Bound Shasta Program Director, College Opportunity Programs

1407 Market Street, Redding, CA 96001
timwarkentin@ucdavis.edu
(530) 245-1840
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Kairo Weber

Project Manager

Kairo Weber

Kairo Weber is the Project Manager for the California Education Lab and Wheelhouse. He assists with research and project coordination across the two centers. Before working for the School of Education, Kairo worked as a peer advisor for the UC Davis sociology department. He is a qualitative researcher with experience doing in-depth interviews and data coding. He completed an undergraduate thesis titled “Gender Confirmation Work, Rest, and Symbolic Boundaries in (Trans)Gender Support Groups” in his areas of expertise, gender and social movements, and won a departmental award for his work.

knweber@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 and Chancellor’s Fellow

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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
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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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Lawrence (Torry) Winn

Associate Professor of Teaching in Education, Chair of Undergraduate Programs, Executive Director of Transformative Justice in Education (TJE) Center

Portrait of Torry Winn

Dr. Lawrence Torry Winn brings over twenty-five years of diverse professional experience, collaborating and consulting with a range of organizations including foundations, cities, schools, colleges/universities, and non-profits. Notable partners include Casey Family Programs, Annie E. Casey, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, City of Newark (NJ), City of Madison (WI), St. HOPE, University of California, Berkeley, Sierra Health Foundation, MLK Sr. Community Resources Collaborative, and Race to Equity. As a trained ethnographer, Dr.

1460 Drew Avenue, Davis, CA 95618
(530) 752-9903
ltwinn@ucdavis.edu
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Rose Wooldridge

Yreka High School Advisor, College Opportunity Programs, Upward Bound

P.O. Box 730, Etna, CA 96027
(530) 842-6151 ext 410
rhwooldridge@ucdavis.edu
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Sara Zalesny

Upward Bound Program Advisor, College Opportunity Programs

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1407 Market Street, Redding CA 96001
szalesny@ucdavis.edu
(530) 400-2648

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