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Student Advisory Committee (SAC) Co-Chairs

 SAC co-chair responsibilities include organizing a Student Advisory Committee, facilitating monthly meetings, serving as a liaison between students and the ELP department faculty/staff, organizing events and maintaining strong communication among students in the various programs that ELP offers. As SAC co-chairs we invite students to meet with us to discuss any feedback or ideas they would like to see in the ELP Department. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the committee. Thank you!  

 Final capstone defences 

Guy Johnson successfully defended his capstone project.


At left, Guy Johnson successfully defended his capstone project.



ELP Student Profiles

Doctoral Students

Doctoral Students Master's Students
 Alexis Bucknam

Alexis M. Bucknam

B.S. Management, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
M.A. Counseling in Student Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles

Research interests:   community engagement in higher education, critical service-learning in higher education, the intersection of equity and inclusion with high-impact educational practices in undergraduate education, higher education leadership

 brian burton

Brian Burton

B.S. Communication
M.Ed. Educational Leadership & Policy
University of Utah

Research interests: Student retention and persistence, Student engagement, Philanthropy, development and funding in higher education.

 angela choberka

Angela Berryman Choberka

B.A. Liberal Arts – The New School for Social Research
M.A. English - Weber State University
Ed.D. Educational Policy and Leadership, (present) University of Utah

Research Interests – Equity and social justice issues around charter/district school policy and implementation, educational policy, community engagement and its affects on preschool to college success in underrepresented communities, and collective impact.


Rosie Connor

B.S. Agricultural Communications
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
M.S. Public Health
University of Southern California

Research Interests: Medical School Faculty Diversity, Black Female Physicians and Medical School Teaching and Leadership, Higher Education Leadership, and Issues and Concerns of Students and Faculty of Color in Predominately White Institutions

S. Richard Coon

S. Richard Coon

B.S. in Philosophy, Utah State University
M.Ed., Westminster College

Research Interests: Neoliberal ideologies in education, corporate education reforms, K-16 education equity, intersectionality, and critical theory.

Shellie Jo Enscoe


Shellie Jo Enscoe

B.A. American Studies - University of Washington
M.A. Organizational Leadership - Chapman University
Graduate Certificates in Organizational Development and Public and Non-Profit Leadership 

Research Interest: Feminist, Critical Race and Queer Theories in education; Inclusive Excellence; Bias in recruitment practices and admission criteria for under-represented students; The impact of policy and political environments on the educational trajectories of under-represented students, student retention and persistence. 

 Steven Fillmore

Steven R. Fillmore

A.S., Psychology; Utah Valley University
B.S., Marriage, Family, and Human Development; Brigham Young University
M.Ed., Instructional Design and Educational Technology; University of Utah

Research Interests: causation's of school cultures; value and effect of administrative feedback; first-generation college students as transitional characters; major-life transitions; causation of harmful behaviors.

 Janell Fluckiger

J. Janell Fluckiger

B.A. English/Political Science
Brigham Young University
MPA Policy, University of Utah

 Research Interests: Homelessness and Public Education; Collective Impact in Education Policy; Homeless Policy; Social Justice in Education; Chronic Absenteeism in Early Education

Richard Gonzalez

Richard Gonzalez

B.S. Business, Utah State University
MBA, Utah State University

Research interest: Adult Learners (non-traditional students) Recruitment; Colleges Operating More Like a Firm; Alignment of Recruitment, Retention, and Placement; For Profit Institutions.

Teshia Griswold

Teshia Griswold

A.S., Science
B.S, Health Sciences,
M.Ed, Education and Sport Administration

Research Interest:

College Retention and Persistence, New Student and Transitional Education, Critical Race Theory, NCAA athletic rules, regulations, and policies in conjunction with academic standards/probation, Professionalism and its indirect impediments to diversity, Post-Secondary Prison Education

 jude higgins

Judith Ann Higgins

B.S. Anthropology
University of Utah
M.A. Historical Administration & Museum Studies and Archaeology
University of Kansas

Research Interests:  How invisible groups—specifically women in polygamous marriages—navigate the academy.  The intersection between hiding behind identity veils and/or veils of invisibility, and the benefit of invisible navigation. Social justice, whiteness as property, race, and privilege.

 Vanessa Jobe

Vanessa Jordan Jobe

B.S Elementary Education
Mild/Mod, and Severe Endorsement
ESL Endorsement
Westminster College
M.Ed Inclusion Practices 
Westminster College
Ed.D (student) Educational Leadership & Policy University of Utah

Research Interests: Disability Critical Race Theory, Social Justice in Education, Growth Mindset, Experiences of Students with Special Needs in General Education classrooms/ Co-teaching Models and Equitable Referral Process in Special Education/ Over Representation of Students of Color in SpEd.


Vanessa Johnson

B.A. International Studies
University of Utah
M.Ed. Education Leadership & Policy
University of Utah

Research Interests: Campus and cultural climate, critical pedagogies, multiracial student and faculty experiences, and sense of community/belonging.

 sheena kauppila

Sheena Kauppila

B.M. Instrumental Music Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison

 M.Ed. Counseling, Student Affairs
Northern Arizona University

Research interests: Student success & retention, Faculty engagement, Student affairs graduate preparation & retention, Social media

andrea kalvesmaki

Andrea Kalvesmaki

B.A. Psychology, Research Scholar
University of Utah
MSc, Medical Anthropology
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Research Interests: The role of policy in shaping outcomes for students (K-12). Special interests include how fiscal and educational policies affect at-risk students, especially the tension between race/ethnicity/social identity, education and social service access, and juvenile justice.


Yudi Lewis

B.S. Behavioral Science, Emphasis - Psychology
& Business Management, Emphasis - Hospitality Management
Utah Valley University
MBA Business Administration
University of Phoenix

Research Interests: Higher Education Leadership, Latinas Leadership & Higher Education, Latina/o university student experiences, retention and persistence, Transitions into higher education

 Shari Lindsey

Shari Lindsey

B.S. Political Science, College of Social and Behavioral Science, University of Utah
M.P.A. College of Social and Behavioral Science, University of Utah

Research Interests: Retention, Bridge/Pathways Programs, Academic Advising, Student Development, Health Programs

 Darren Marshall

Darren Marshall

B.A. Spanish; Political Science
Southern Utah University
Brigham Young University

Research interests:  Student Retention in Higher Education; Education Policy; Latina/o Education Policy; Immigration Law and Policy; Higher Education Leadership

 Sheena Mcfarland

Sheena McFarland

B.A. Communication University of Utah

Joint Master Master of Public Administration/Ed.D. Educational Leadership & Policy (currently attending) University of Utah

 Research Interests: Access to higher education for underrepresented groups; equity in higher education; creating pipelines for success in higher education 

 JM Pantlik

John Michael Pantlik

B.S. Communications, University of Tennessee

M.Ed. Higher Education & Student Affairs, University of South Carolina

Research Interests: Orientation, retention, and transition programs. Sense of belonging. Impact of campus traditions and athletics.

 Greg Reinhardt

Greg Reinhardt

B.S. Sport Management, Florida State University 2013

M.S. Sport Management, Florida State University 2014

Ed.D. Higher Education Administration, University of Utah Anticipated 2020

Research Interests: Student retention, student integration, the impact of health and wellness on a college campus, learning outcomes associated with part-time student employment with campus recreation services, leadership and policy in higher education

aaron reynolds 

Aaron Reynolds

B.A. Political Science Brigham Young University
M.A. Higher & Postsecondary Education Teachers College, Columbia University

Research interests: Community Colleges, Higher Education Policy, Financing Higher Education

 Rebecca Schwartz

Rebecca Schwartz

B.A. International Studies, University of Idaho

B.A. Philosophy, University of Idaho

M.A. Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities, Western Kentucky University

Research Interests: Applied ethics in Education and policy building, student success as it relates international education, and diversity and campus community building

tim stanley

Tim Stanley

B.S. Social Psychology
MPA Emphasis in: Policy Analysis
Brigham Young University

Research Interests: Data-driven decision making in higher-education, Organizational Learning/Institutional change, Higher-education Policy, Assessment, Adoption of Innovation, Visualization of data for decision support

Sarah Thomas 

Sarah Thomas

B.S. Mathematics, University of Utah
MBA, Westminster College

Research Interests: Supporting students facing homelessness; creating connections/bonds with/among students in marginalized populations

 Nathan Walch

Nathan Walch

B.A. Communications, Brigham Young University

M.S. Academic Advising, Kansas State University

Research Interests: The intersection between mental health concerns and academic success, students struggling academically, academic advising policy and practice.

 McKinley Withers

McKinley Withers

B.S. Social Science Teaching, Brigham Young University - 2012
M.Ed. Psychology, Utah State University - 2016

Research Interests: Positive Education - applying principles of positive psychology & wellness research to public schools, Trauma-Sensitive Schools Programs, Social and Emotional Learning

Melissa Gibbons

Melissa M. Gibbons

BS English Education, Utah Valley University

Research Interests: Professional Learning Communities, Team Building, Data-Driven Decision Making, Instructional Coaching, Peer-to-Peer Coaching


Liz Holloway

Elizabeth Holloway

BA, Elementary Education, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA, 2012

Currently teaching 1st Grade at Edison Elementary in Salt Lake City School District

My passions for Education include (but aren't limited to) Title 1 K-2 education, Turn Around programs, teacher leaders in public schools, Immigration and education, and rigor/ academic intensity in the Title 1 setting

 Qiang Weng

Qiang (Edward) Weng

B.A. Animation
Dalian Ocean University, Liaoning, China.
B.S. Art Education
Dixie State University, U.T., U.S.

Research Interests: The impact of curriculum, policy and political environments on educational outcome of students who are from a variety of cultural backgrounds. How the curriculum design and focus in elementary and secondary level across the globe affects students' achievements later in life. 



Last Updated: 1/27/20