Highlights & News

Marilynn HowardELP Academic Coordinator, Marilynn Howard, was one of the recipients of the 2016 University District Staff Excellence Awards. Marilynn began her career with the College of Education in 1979 and has served in various capacities within the College since that time.  Her aggregate service to the ELP Department adds up to well over 25 years.  We can think of no better way to recognize Marilynn’s contributions and commitment to the University of Utah than through this award. Marilynn's name will be forwarded on to the Executive Committee for nomination to receive the University Staff Excellence Award.

 Congratulations, Marilynn!!

DicksonThe Utah Board of Education chose Sydee Dickson on Thursday, June 23, 2016, to be its the state's next superintendent. Sydnee is a graduate of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy. Sydnee received her Master’s of Education degree from the Department of Educational Administration in the Summer of 1987 and then her Doctorate of Education degree from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the Fall of 2007. Read more about the decision >>

Yong Mei NiDr. Yongmei Ni, Associate Professor in ELP, has been awarded a Seed Grant from the University of Utah Research Foundation in 2016. This project will explore the effects of the educational leadership preparation programs in Utah by answering the following questions: who participates in leadership preparation programs in Utah? How do graduates perceive the quality of their preparation programs? What are the career paths and leadership practices of graduates? And finally, how are program attributes associated with the career paths and leadership practices of graduates from different programs?

Congratulations to Erin Castro for being awarded the
2016 College of Education Teaching Award!

Erin Castro

2016 Convocation

Liliiana CastrellanoLiliana Castrellon, ELP PhD student, has been selected to participate as a UCEA Summer Fellow at the UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice. She will spend six weeks this summer at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA engaging in social justice based work and assisting with research projects at the Center.

Colin BenColin Ben, ELP Ph.D. student, was elected to serve as a Board of Director for the Navajo Studies Conference, Incorporated for the next three years.  The mission of the Navajo Studies Conference is to embrace and uphold Dine’ culture and language, to promote and facilitate ethical research, to provide a forum for exchange of ideas of Dine’ life, and to inspire critical reflection. Colin was also elected to serve as the Student Representative for the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas special interest group within the American Education Research Association for the next year.  The Indigenous Peoples of the Americas promotes a better understanding of theoretical-, policy-, and practice-related issues that influence the quality of traditional and contemporary education among indigenous peoples.

Larry Parker & StudentsThe students of Dr. Larry Parker's 2015 Leadership for Social Justice class had the opportunity to put theory into practice: they developed a diversity action plan for the University of Utah. Read more about the DIversity Action Plan Proposal >>

peter millerDr. Peter Miller, discussed the rise in homelessness among young people and the special challenges that creates for students and schools. Dr. Miller received his doctorate from Educational Leadership & Policy at the U of Utah in 2005. He is currently at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Read more about this presentation>>

Jason TaylorELP Assistant Professor, Dr. Jason L. Taylor, is the 2016 recipient of the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award given annually by the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. Read more about this award >>


Gerardo LopezGerardo Lopez is the 2016 recipient of the Derrick Bell Legacy Award given annually by the The Critical Race Studies in Education Association. (more info at: http://www.crsea.org/derrick-bell-legacyr/)


ELP Assistant Professor, Irene Yoon, has been awarded Seed Grant from the University of Utah Research Foundation to study school-wide inclusion for students of color with emotional and behavioral disabilities. This qualitative case study will examine the intersections of race and ability for students of color with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD) who are experiencing academic and social-emotional growth in an inclusive, urban elementary school. Read more about Irene's grant >>

Irene YoonNew Publication by Irene Yoon

Trading Stories: Middle-Class White Women Teachers and the Creation of Collective Narratives about Students and Families in a Diverse Elementary School
Teachers College Record, 118(2), 2016 (The full PDF of the article can be accessed with a free TCRecord online account, or through the Marriott Library website’s access to online journals.)

Masters student, Wendolens Ruano Zazueta, has a piece, The Pain of our Bodies and Souls, in the latest issue of the Journal of Critical Scholarship in Higher Education and Student Affairs. This is an open-access journal and so you can read her article for free! You can find the issue here: http://ecommons.luc.edu/jcshesa/vol2/iss3/

Amy Nguyen WiscombeAmy Nguyen Wiscombe, M.Ed. Student Affairs, will be a 2016 NCORE Student Scholar and receive a scholarship to attend the 2016 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in San Francisco in June.

Maria ReyesMaria Reyes, M.Ed. Student Affairs, has been invited to participate on the 2016 Regional Conference Planning Committee for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI).  The conference site is Boulder, CO.

Theresa PondTeresa Pond, M.Ed. Student Affairs, has been invited to participate on the 2016 Annual Conference Management Team for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). The conference site is New Orleans, LA.

Brenda DaoBrenda Dao, M.Ed. Student Affairs, has been accepted as an intern for the 2016 The Placement Exchange (TPE) in Indianapolis, IN.  TPE is one of the largest placement services for student affairs professionals and is sponsored by seven national organizations at the annual NASPA Conference. In addition to supporting the Annual event, Brenda has been organizing activities for her peers in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy.

Sharon Aiken-WisniewskiNew Publication by Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski

A Preliminary Report of Advisor Perceptions of Advising and of a Profession

National Academic Advising Journal, Volume 35 (2)

Yong Mei NiNew Publication by Min Sun & Yong Mei Ni

Work Environments and Labor Markets: Explaining Principal Turnover Gap Between Charter Schools and Traditional Public Schools

Educational Administration Quarterly, February 2016 52: 144-183, first published on December 4, 2015 doi:10.1177/0013161X15616659

Erin CastroNew publication by Erin Castro

Castro, E. L. (Ed.). (2015). Understanding Equity in Community College PracticeNew Directions for Community Colleges, 172: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cc.2015.2015.issue-172/issuetoc

Erin Castro is the editor for a special issue of New Directions for Community Colleges titled Equity in Community College Practice. She gathered scholars, administrators, practitioners, and activists from around the country to contribute chapters about increasing student-level equity in the community college context.  

Jason Taylor

ELP Assistant Professor Awarded Gates Grant to Study Transfer Students
Jason L. Taylor, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, is Co-Principal Investigator on a new grant that will fund a series of studies focused on helping community college transfer students earn baccalaureate degrees. The $700,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was awarded to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Utah. The grant will fund several studies that use a multi-state transfer student dataset and examine issues such as the effect of reverse transfer policies, student- and institutional-level factors that influence bachelor’s degree completion, transfer credit loss, and transfer shock. Another study will examine high-performing transfer partnerships to identify institutional policies and practices that facilitate transfer access and success.