Highlights & News

irene yoon larry parkerDr. Irene Yoon, Assistant Professor, receives the Outstanding Reviewer Award for the American Educational Research Journal – Section on Social and Institutional Analysis, at the annual meeting of AERA in Chicago. The award is for giving collegial, constructive, and timely peer reviews for the journal.


amy bergerson Congratulations to Dr. Amy Bergerson who was honored with a 2015 Distinguished Mentor Award. To honor and encourage the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty who consistently serve as effective mentors of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, The Graduate School established a Distinguished Mentor Award. Read More >>

erinDr. Erin L. Castro was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. She is excited for this new responsibility and to contribute to the important work that the ACLU is doing throughout the state.
Board members serve for three-year terms with a normal limit of two terms. Board members are volunteers and receive no financial remuneration for their service. More information about the Board of Directors can be found on the ACLU website.

Dr. Jason L. Taylor, Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership & Policy, presented his research at the opening session of the 2015 National Policy Summit on Reverse Transfer. In an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Giving Credit Where Credit is Due is Tougher Than It Seems, Katherine Mangan cites Dr. Taylor's recent paper Optimizing Reverse-Transfer Policies and Processes: Lessons From Twelve CWID [Credit When It's Due] States.

jason taylorDr. Jason L.Taylor, assistant professor in ELP, presents information and insights on the tradeoffs associated with President Obama's proposal for providing free Community College to eligible students. Click here for the article.


Dr. Erin Castro's article "Underprepared" and "At-Risk": Disrupting Deficit Discourses in Undergraduate STEM Recruitment and Retention Programming was published in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice in November. This paper highlights deficit-oriented descriptions of underrepresented undergraduate students in STEM intervention programs at large public 4-year universities. Drawing from interview data and using critical discourse analysis, the author identifies how deficit discourses are mobilized among program staff and argues that such descriptions reproduce discriminatory perceptions of underrepresented students. Recommendations for practice are provided as they relate to campus-wide recruitment and retention efforts. Link to the article...

ledesmaELP Assistant Professor, Dr. María C. Ledesma, is the lead author and coordinator for an American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2015 Presidential Session. The session entitled, "Toward Collective Action to Reclaim Public Narrative for Justice: Ameliorating on Impoverished Cultural Discourse on Affirmative Action in Higher Education,” is one of only nine Presidential Sessions selected for AERA's Annual Meeting, to be held in Chicago in April 2015. 

erinErin Castro, Ph.D., ELP Assistant Professor, was a presenter at the Education Justice Project's Symposium on Higher Education in Prison last month. Her presentation examined the politics of doing higher education in prison and the limiting reach of reduced recidivism as a rationale for college-in-prison programming. Read More...

deneeceDr. Deneece Huftalin has been selected by the Board of Regents as the eighth President of Salt Lake Community College.  Dr. Huftalin received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah in 2006.  Since that time she has served as a core adjunct instructor for our Master’s with an emphasis in Student Affairs program.  We are thrilled for her and proud to have her as one of our alumni!
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