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Feng WeiDr. Feng Wei, ELP’s Visiting Professor from Nanjing Normal University, China, was awarded the 2017 National Social Science Funding of China, one of the highest levels of academic funding in the national social science research. His project is a case study about compulsory education governance in rural China. In addition, the second edition of his book, Elasticity and Toughness, has been published by Shanghai Joint Publishing Press. The book was an ethnographic study that analyzed the relationship between educational policy and rural culture, based on many rural teachers’ life histories that were influenced by educational policy in one county in China from 1950s to 1990s.

Deneece HuftalinELP graduate, Dr. Deneece Huftalin receives the 2017 Athena Leadership Award at the Salt Lake Chamber’s Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon. Read more >>


The Student Affairs Recognition Awards recognize exemplary work in the Division of Student Affairs at Salt Lake Community College. This year, Sean Crossland, PhD. student In ELP, received the Leadership Award to recognize his sustained leadership in the Thayne Center for Service & Learning. The award recognizes Sean’s commitment to staff development consistent with the mission of values of Salt Lake Community College, innovative development of student leadership, and leading by example to create an inclusive and civil environment conducive to student success.


Gerardo Lopez, and Laurence Parker each published a chapter in Critical Approaches to Education Policy Analysis: Moving Beyond Tradition  (Young & Diem, Eds., 2017). The book is published by Springer Press. Lopez’s co-authored chapter is titled "When Parents Behave Badly: A Critical Policy Analysis of Parent Involvement in Schools.” Parker’s co-authored chapter is titled "Silent Covenants in the Neoliberal Era: Critical Race Counternarratives on African American Advocacy Leadership in Schools.” 

Wanda Pillow, faculty member in the department of Education, Culture, and Society, also has a chapter in this same book titled "Policy Studies Debt: A Feminist Call to Expand Policy Studies Theory.”

Maria Ledesma2017 AERA Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award

Congratulations to MarÍa Ledesma, ELP Assistant Professor! The Committee on Scholars of Color in Education Awards recognize scholars in various stages in their careers who have contributed significantly to the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect minority populations, and minority scholars who have made a significant contribution to education research and development.

Erin CastroEarly Career Teaching Award

Please join us in congratulating Erin Castro, ELP Assistant Professor, on receiving the University’s Early Career Teaching Award!  The Early Career Teaching Award is given to outstanding young faculty members who have made significant contributions to teaching at the University of Utah. Dr. Castro's award came with commendations for her tremendous work both in the classroom with groups of students, and individually with students who benefit from her caring approach to the challenge and support that are key to the learning process.

Paula SmithNew Policy Brief

Co-authored by Paula Smith, ELP Professor

Smith, P. , Larson, J., & Scott, T. B. (2017). High quality early childhood education: Good for children, good for the economy. National Prevention Science Coalition–Translating Prevention Science for Policy and Practice.


ELP & ECS students as co-authors in new book chapter on legacy of Derrick Bell

Larry ParkerAna Carollina Antunes, Rosie Connor, Kathryn K. Coquemont, Kehaulani Folau, Allison Martin & Laura Tood are all co-authors with Dr. Laurence Parker of a book chapter entitled The Utility of the Space Traders and its variations as critical race theory teachable moments in the edited book Covenant Keeper: Derrick Bell's enduring education legacy (2016) edited by Gloria Ladson Billings & William F. Tate (published by Peter Lang). The book highlights the importance of Derrick Bell's legal scholarship and activism as one of the founders of critical race theory and the chapters profile different parts of his legacy as they apply to education contexts. Read more about this chapter >>

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Last Updated: 8/21/17