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Faculty & Staff Directory

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Assessment; Classical theory of measurement; English Learners; Experimental design; Psychometrics; Quantitative methods

Jamal Abedi
Professor

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: MTH. Elementary Education; Gender and equity issues in mathematics education; In-service and preservice teacher learning; Mathematics education

Rebecca Ambrose
Professor, Director of Teacher Education

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.

(530) 754-4831
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Educational equity; English language arts education; Gay and lesbian issues in education; Minority/Underrepresented Students; Multicultural literature and literacy; Secondary Education; Teacher education research and policy

Steven Athanases
Professor

Steven Athanases is a Professor in the School of Education at UC Davis. He researches issues of cultural and linguistic diversity and educational equity in teaching, adolescent learning, and teacher education, with a focus on literacy and English language arts. As a high school English teacher in the Chicago area, he received several awards for outstanding teaching of English, with a focus on writing, and drew on his disciplinary roots in Performance Studies and Communications to stage annual performance showcases of original student compositions.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Environmental Education; Citizen science; Participatory Action Research; In-service and preservice teacher learning; Science Education; Secondary Education; Service-learning.

Heidi Ballard
Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow

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.

 

(530) 754-6255
Staff Profile REEd

Joanne Bookmyer
Senior Director, Inquiry and Improvement Science

Joanne Bookmyer joined REEd in 2001. She was selected as the Director of Collaborative Projects in 2002, a role which engaged her in various local, state, and national school reform and improvement initiatives, including external evaluator for the federal Sacramento City Unified School District Smaller Learning Community Grant, as Project Manager for a Network for a Healthy California SNAP-Ed initiative, and as the Technical Assistance Team Lead for Sierra Health Foundation’s REACH (Connecting Communities and Youth for a Healthy Future) initiative.

(530) 574-5189
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

Research Interests

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

(530) 752-4427
Staff Profile Welcome to the RAD Center

Deanne Castaneda
Project Coordinator

Deanne Castaneda is a project coordinator and intervention coach for the Reading RULES project at the UC Davis Reading and Academic Development Center. She has 28 years of experience in the field of education and has served as a classroom teacher, Language Arts Resource Teacher, English Learner Resource Teacher, and Student Support Teacher for the North Sacramento and Twin Rivers unified school districts. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development from the University of California, Davis and her teaching credential from California State University, Sacramento.

Staff Profile External Relations

Barbara Celli
Executive Director, Development and External Relations

Barbara Celli joined the UC Davis School of Education in October 2016. As Executive Director of Development and External Relations, she manages the development and marketing/communications efforts for the School of Education. Most recently, Barbara was the Senior Director of Development and Partnerships at the UC Davis World Food Center. There she connected the interests of individuals, companies and foundations to philanthropic opportunities that advance healthy and sustainable food solutions.

(530) 754-7024
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 focuses on Latino student access and success in higher education, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and the development of emerging HSIs.

(530) 752-5395
Staff Profile REEd

Uyen Do
REEd Program Manager

Uyen Do is the Program Manager at the University of California, Davis School of Education.  Uyen has earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Psychology, master’s degree in Education, as well as a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from the University of California, Davis, and pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy.  She spent five years in the classroom and over 15 years working with administrators, teachers, students, in a variety of educational settings including Expanded Learning Programs.

(530) 304-0623
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Academic language; Academic literacy; English learners; Language development and socialization; First- and second-language writing; Latino youth

Kerry Anne Enright
Associate Professor

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.

Staff Profile Student Services

Tracy Falk
Undergraduate / Graduate Program Coordinator

(530) 752-2367 direct
(530) 752-5887 general line
Faculty Profile

Michele Fortes
Lecturer / Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

Michele Fortes

Research Interests

Second language reading and literacy development; best practices for preparing preservice and inservice teachers to work with English learners; preservice teachers and the role of reflection in their growth as teachers; preservice teachers and pedagogy that furthers their thinking about issues of diversity; high school reform/restructuring.

Education

Ph.D., Education: Language and Literacy – University of California, Davis – 2001

(530) 752-7334
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Research agenda focuses on the nexus between health and education

Kevin Gee
Assistant Professor

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 122, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-9334
Staff Profile REEd

Diane Godard
Program Manager

Diane Godard, Program Manager, joined the REEd Center in 2017 after serving as Program Manager for grant development and project management with the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. Previously, she managed empirical research as a senior research associate with the Public Research Institute at San Francisco State University.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Education Policy and Governance; Educational Leadership; Graduate education issues; Hispanic culture; History of Latinos in the U.S.; History of higher education; History of the University of California; Minority leadership issues

Cristina Gonzalez
Professor

(530) 754-7988
Staff Profile External Relations

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
Staff Profile External Relations

Sarah Harlan
Associate Director of Annual and Special Funds

Sarah Harlan joined the UC Davis School of Education in August 2015 as Associate Director of Annual and Special Funds. With a career focused on higher education, she most recently served as Assistant Director of Alumni and Volunteer Services at the University of Southern Indiana. In that role, she managed operations of the office and developed opportunities for alumni, parents, students, and volunteers to remain connected and involved with the University.

(530) 752-8647
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. chool choice programs, school accountability policies, early childhood education policies, and effects on students of exposure to demographically similar teachers

Cassandra M.D. Hart
Associate Professor, Co-Director CANDEL

Cassandra Hart is assistant 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 recent work has focused on school choice programs, school accountability policies, early childhood education 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 EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Curriculum theory and change; Educational Ecology of communities; Educational Leadership; School, curriculum and community change; School restructuring: Organizational arrangements and structures; School culture: change and cognition

Paul Heckman
Professor

(530) 752-8309
Staff Profile

Peter Hendricks
Associate Director of International Initiatives

Global Education Programs

Education

M.A., Applied Linguistics, Columbia University, Teachers College

B.A., Psychology, University of North Florida

(530) 754-9588
Faculty Profile

Pauline Holmes
Lecturer/Supervisor, English Credential

Education

Ph.D., Education – University of California Davis

(530) 752-9537
Staff Profile Human Resources

Kendra Iwamura
HR Analyst

(530) 752-0844
Staff Profile Welcome to the RAD Center

Akemi Joe
Administrative Assistant

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. She manages the front office and communicates with interested families. She handles all of the initial inquiries and assists with community outreach to advertise the center’s clinical services.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Education Policy; Educational Program evaluation; Educational stratification and equity; Access and success and postsecondary schooling; Desegregation; Economics of education; Quantitative methods; Sociology of education

Michal Kurlaender
Professor, Chair of the Graduate Group in Education, and Chancellor’s Fellow

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
Staff Profile Welcome to the RAD Center

Katherine Lacy
Public Education Specialist

Katherine Lacy earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development from UC Davis in 2016. She helps coordinate all of our undergraduate research assistants and reading tutors, administers assessments, and assists with writing for formal reports. Previously, she served as the lead research assistant for the RAD Center supervising other undergraduate research assistants involved with multiple projects.

Anna Lawrence
Program Coordinator

Anna Lawrence comes to Wheelhouse with over 18 years of experience with nonprofits and government agencies. Prior to coming to UC Davis, Anna was an Assistant Program Director for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. There, she did outreach and developed service-learning projects in four states and supported leadership development programming for 18-24 year olds. She has worked in event production, foster care, youth mentoring, education, grantmaking, and was an AmeriCorps volunteer, as well. Anna obtained her M.A.

(530) 754-9523
Faculty Profile

Lauren Lindstrom
Dean

Staff Profile REEd

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) 752-7520
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, MTH. Adaptive Expertise; Learning and Cognition; Learning in Informal Settings; Mathematics Education

Lee Martin
Associate Professor

(530) 752-2854
Faculty Profile

Lynn Martindale
Lecturer/Supervisor, Agricultural Credential

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
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
Assistant 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. in American Literature and Culture & Chicana/o Studies,          Minor in Educational Studies 

(530) 752-9749
dcmar@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. 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

Paco Martorell
Associate Professor, Co-Director CANDEL

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
Faculty Profile

Al Mendle
Lecturer/Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

Office hours:  By appointment only

Research Interests

Elementary Education; Mathematics education

Education

M.A., Education – University of California, Davis

(530) 752-8784
Staff Profile Center for Community and Citizen science

Ryan Meyer
Executive Director, Center for Community and Citizen Science

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I direct the Center for Community and Citizen Science at the UC Davis School of Education. We are building a home to programs and partnerships that revolutionize how – and with whom – science gets done. Learn more and sign up for our mailing list here.

 

(415) 852-8356
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Child Development; Counseling; Early Childhood Education; Mental health consultation; Mental health promotion in schools; Special education

Peter Mundy
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Personnel and Research

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
Staff Profile CAP-ED

Christina Murdoch
Director

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

Education

MFA, Painting and Drawing,  University of Montana, Missoula
MA., Art History – Aesthetic Theory, University of Montana, Missoula
BA. Third World Literature, UC San Diego

(530) 752-1533
Staff Profile REEd

Renee Newton
Senior Director, Community and School Partnerships

Renee Newton joined REEd in 2001, where she directed a statewide health access program administered through the Healthy Start Field Office. She was named director of the Center for Community School Partnerships (CCSP) in 2005 where she led a multidisciplinary team in support of school and community partnerships.

(530) 754-4319
Faculty Profile

Deb Niemeier
Professor

Deb Niemeier is a professor with a joint appointment at the School of Education and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In September 2015, after a positive vote by Senate faculty in the spring, then Chancellor Linda Katehi approved Niemeier¹s joint appointment in the School of Education.

Staff Profile REEd

Susan O’Hara
Executive Director

Susan O’Hara joined the School of Education as REEd’s Executive Director in 2013 with a wealth of experience and background in public education, and working closely with teachers, researchers and community leaders. An educator for 20 years, Susan began teaching mathematics and science to middle and high school students in Ireland. In 2000, Susan was appointed assistant professor in teacher education at Sacramento State University and received early promotion to associate professor in 2004. While at Sacramento State University she served as associate chair of teacher education and core faculty for the Independent Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Most recently, she was associate professor and founding executive director of the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET) at Stanford University.

Susan’s research has focused on professional learning for teachers and instructional leaders, with a specific focus on meeting the needs of English learners. She has been engaged in a five-year project to develop, implement, and test a professional learning model to build teacher and instructional leader capacity. Currently she is principal investigator on two federal grants funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and the Office of English Language Acquisition. Susan holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education from UC Davis, an M.A. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from the University College Dublin.

Current Grants

  • U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (2017-2022). Investigating the Efficacy of the Academic Language and Literacy Professional Developmental Model.
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (2016- 2021). Building District Capacity to Support Mentors and Teachers in the Academic Language and Literacy Development of Young English Learners. ($2.5 M)
  • Improving Teacher Quality Grant (2016-2018). Resourcing Integrated Professional Learning Systems. ($3.2 M)
  • California Department of Corrections. Evaluation of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Career Technical Education Program. ($500,000).
  • Improving Teacher Quality Grant. Resourcing Integrated Professional Learning Systems ($5.8M).
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition. Academic Literacy Support for Teachers: A Capacity Building Approach ($2M).

Selected Publications

O’Hara, S.. Pritchard, R., Pitta, D., Newton, R., and Do, U. (2017). Academic language and literacy in every setting (ALLIES+): strengthening the STEM learning ecosystem. In Olivera, A., and Weinburg, M. (Eds) Science teacher preparation in content-based second language acquisition

O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R. (2016). Framing teaching for Common Core literacy standards: SOAR teaching frames for literacy. Psychology Research, February 2016, Vol. 6, No. 2, 92-101.

O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R., & Zwiers, J. (2016). Academic Language and Literacy in Every Subject (ALLIES): A capacity building approach to supporting teachers in Grades 3-8. In F. Hiebert & P. Proctor (Eds), Teaching emergent bilingual students: Flexible approaches in an era of new standards

Pritchard, R., O’Hara, S., & Zwiers, J. (2016). Framing the teaching of academic language to English learners: A Delphi study of expert consensus. TESOL Quarterly.

O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R., Pitta, D., and Webb, J. (2015). Implementing new technologies to support social justice pedagogy. In Papa, R., Eadens, D. M., & Eadens, D. M. (Eds). Social justice instruction: Empowerment on the chalkboard. Springer Publishing

O’Hara, S. & Pritchard, R. (2015). Using new technologies to engage and support English learners in mathematics classrooms. In D. Polly (Ed.) Cases on technology and Common Core mathematics standards. IGI Global. Hersey, PA.

O’Hara, S., Zwiers, J., & Pritchard, R. (2014). Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the playing field. The Journal of Communication & Education, 13(7), 28-31.

O’Hara, S., & Pritchard, R. (2013). Learning to integrate new technologies into teaching and learning through a design-based model of professional development. The Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE), 21(2), Pages 203-223.

O’Hara, S. & Pritchard, R. (2012). Professional degree programs for the development of accomplished teachers: A case for the National Board Certification process. Journal of Educational Research and Practice (JERAP), 2(1), Pages 54–73.

O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R., & Huang-DeVoss, Cammy. (2012). The Teaching Using Technology Studio (TUTS): Innovative professional development to meet the needs of English language learners. TESOL Journal.

O’Hara, S. & Pritchard, R. (2012). “I’m teaching what?!”: Preparing university faculty for online Instruction. Journal of Educational Research and Practice (JERAP). Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 42-53.

(916) 425-1987
Faculty Profile Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science education; Secondary education

Cindy Passmore
Professor

(530) 752-7883
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science education; Groupwork; Race and schooling; social emotional intelligence; social justice education; literary in science; argumentation and dialogic instruction

Alexis Patterson
Assistant Professor

Alexis Patterson, 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
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. In-service and preservice teacher learning; Interdisciplinary Instruction; Science Education; Secondary Education; Technology in Science; Technology in teaching and learning

Rick Pomeroy
Lecturer/Supervisor, Science Credential

Office hours: Wednesdays 3-5 or by appointment

(530) 752-0622
Staff Profile

Adriana Pulido
Program Manager

(530) 754-7422
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; Retention and Educational equity in P-20 systems

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

Sherrie Reed
Research Projects Director, California Education Lab

Sherrie Reed serves as Project & Research Director for The Partnership for Research on College & Career Readiness.  In this role, Sherrie is managing and directing the research efforts of a 5 million dollar grant awarded by the U.S.

(530) 752-8030
Staff Profile Student Services

Mary M. Reid
PhD and MA Program Advisor

(530) 752-7259
mmreid@ucdavis.edu
Staff Profile External Relations

Angela Reynolds
Associate Director of Development

Angela Reynolds joined the UC Davis School of Education in January 2015 as the Associate Director of Development. Most recently, Angela served as Director of Distinguished Giving at the American Cancer Society in Connecticut where she worked with individual donors, foundations, and large corporations. Prior to her development experience, Angela was a first officer pilot for a regional airline on the east coast. She received a BA in Communication Studies from Sacramento State University and holds several FAA pilot certifications.

(530) 752-8053
Staff Profile Student Services

Maria Rochin
Special Projects Coordinator

(530) 752-5887
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Educational leadership; Latino/a education issues; School finance, Social justice in education

Gloria M. Rodriguez
Associate Professor

Office hours: Fall Quarter 2017 — 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

Office hours: By appointment. Room 125 SOEB.

Research Interests

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

(530) 752-1407
Staff Profile Business Office

Ruby Sandoval
Finance Assistant

(530) 752-8956
Staff Profile REEd

Mackenzie Smith
Program Coordinator

Mackenzie Smith joined the University of California, Davis School of Education in 2017 as the Program Coordinator. In her role, she acts as the main point of contact for prospective and current clients across the state regarding statewide meetings and events and grant initiatives. Prior to joining the REEd team, she spent 4 years working in the entertainment industry, specializing in public relations and digital marketing, before transitioning to education and working for the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

(530) 752-0905
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, LLC. Language and literacy development in both Spanish-speaking English learners and students considered at-risk for reading failure.

Emily J. Solari
Executive Director, Reading and Academic Development Center, Associate Professor

Emily J. Solari is associate professor of education.

Staff Profile Welcome to the RAD Center

Elise Spang
Clinical Director, Reading Specialist, & Project Coordinator

Elise Spang is a literacy coach and project coordinator for the Reading RULES project at the UC Davis Reading and Academic Development Center. She also serves as a regional literacy specialist and presenter for the Superkids Reading Program and Zaner-Bloser. Previously, she served as a reading specialist and an elementary school teacher in New York, Massachusetts and abroad. She has been trained in Reading RULES, Superkids, Wilson Reading, Wilson Fundations, and the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Educational Research, Classroom Active Engagement and Participation, Social Communication, Learning and Development, Observational Research, Language Development, Effective Instructional Practices

Nicole Sparapani
Assistant Professor

Nicole Sparapani is an assistant professor in the School of Education, and she also holds a faculty appointment 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). 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.

(530) 752-6137
njsparapani@ucdavis.edu
Staff Profile

Lisa Sullivan
Associate Director of Teacher Education

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.
(530) 752-2809
Staff Profile Office of the Assistant Dean

Lauren Thomas
Events Manager

(530) 752-8847
Staff Profile

Joshua Traser
Research Analyst

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

Research Interests

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

(530) 752-2623
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Early Literacy; English Learners; Bilingualism and Bilingual Education; Educational Television and Multimedia; Language Acquisition; Literacy development; Quantitative methods; Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich
Associate Professor, Chair of the Undergraduate Committee

 

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
Faculty Profile

Matt Wallace
Lecturer/Supervisor, Mathematics Credential

Education

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

Professional Experience

  • Director, Math for America Berkeley, 2012
  • Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • University Supervisor, California State University, East Bay, 2011-2012
  • Mathematics Teacher, Elk Grove Unified School District, 2002-2008

Professional Organization Membership

  • America Educational Research Associatio
(530) 752-6083
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Anthropology of consciousness; Bilingual Education; Child Development; Classroom discourse; Classroom research; Community and rural development

Karen Watson Gegeo
Professor

Research Interests

Anthropology of consciousness; Bilingual Education; Child Development; Classroom discourse; Classroom research; Community and rural development; Critical discourse analysis; Cultural studies; Education in Developing Countries; Ethnography and Ethnographic research; Feminist theory; Geographical areas of Hawai’i and Solomon Islands; Indigenous epistemology; Language Acquisition; Language development and socialization; Language socialization theory; Linguistic anthropology; Literacy and Language policy; Organizational structure/effectiveness; Pidgin/creole langu

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Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Test validity analysis, the use of assessment as an educational reform lever, grading, and evaluation of educational programs.

Megan Welsh
Associate Professor; MA General Track Advisor & Admissions Chair

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.

(530) 752-9890
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Michael Whistler
Managing Director, American Center for the Teaching of Shakespeare in the Classroom

Michael Whistler has worked within open access classrooms for over 15 years, using applied arts and literature as a tool to open up dense texts and ethical issues for students of economically and socially diverse backgrounds. His teaching practice uses improvisation and Spolin games work to teach a variety of subjects in Theatre Arts (including Shakespeare) with tools to open up critical thinking, analysis, close reading, ethics, grit, and agency for his students.

(530) 754-6847
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

Tobin White studies the use of technology in teaching and learning mathematics. He has a particular interest in using mobile computing to support novel approaches to engaging learners with STEM content and practices. Using a design-based research approach, he develops collaborative problem-solving tools and activities in order to investigate intersections between conceptual and social dimensions of learning. A former high school mathematics teacher himself, he has also worked for more than a decade in teacher preparation.

(530) 752-9348
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC.

Maisha T. Winn
Professor, Chancellor's Leadership Professor, and Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education (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.

Dr. Lawrence (Torry) Winn
Academic Administrator, 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.

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Marcia Woods
Academic Personnel Analyst

(530) 754-9442

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