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  • Associate Professor, Educational Leadership&Policy
801-585-5097

Current Courses

Fall 2019

  • ELP 6500-001
    Foundations of U.S. HEd
    Location: FASB 250 (FASB 250)
  • ELP 7500-001
    Foundations of U.S. HEd
    Location: FASB 250 (FASB 250)
  • ELP 7600-001
    Proposal Writing Semina
    Location: GC 2675 (GC 2675)
  • ELP 7660-006
    Research Practicum
  • ELP 7989-014
    Ed.D. Capstone Project

Summer 2019

Spring 2019

Professional Organizations

  • Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA). 12/19/2018 - 03/01/2019. Position : Emerging Scholar Award Committee Member.
  • AERA Hispanic Research Issues SIG. 09/22/2018 - 01/31/2019. Position : Early Career Scholar Award Committee Member.
  • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). 03/07/2018 - 03/08/2020. Position : Co-Chair Faculty Fellows Program.

Courses I Teach

  • ELP 7490 - History and Philosophy of U.S. Higher Education
    American higher education cannot be adequately understood, nor can well informed, prudent decisions be made by administrators, instructional staff, or others responsible for higher education, without the benefit of historical and philosophical perspectives. This proposition becomes all the more important as higher education in the U.S. is thrust into a highly volatile environment replete with powerfully transformative forces that are (re)shaping how higher education is conceived of and practiced. As such, this course provides an introductory overview of the history of higher education in the United States. The course is designed to critically analyze the field of higher education by covering a variety of topics, including higher education’s structures, functions, major issues, and concerns.
  • ELP 7600 - Dissertation Proposal Writing Seminar
    The purpose of this seminar is to assist advanced doctoral students in synthesizing the knowledge gained through their professional practice and formal ELP coursework to develop an outline and draft of their doctoral dissertation proposal. The course will help students consider a dissertation topic, develop or clarify research questions, conceptualize a review of research literature, and consider appropriate methodologies.
  • ELP 7960 - Social Protest Movements and Education
    Despite popular belief, education is not a right. The quest for educational access and opportunity, especially for historically minoritized populations, has been paved through the legal courtroom. Most often these legal challenges have been accompanied by pronounced social protests. This course is designed to explore the controversy, politics, and social protests, around key education policy issues, including but not limited to: school desegregation, affirmative action, Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, undocumented student access, and the Black Lives Matter movement. A central aim of this course is to critically analyze and contextualize education policy within a rich historical backdrop, one that probes and unpacks the complex social, economic, historical, and political roots and implications associated with ongoing and emerging education policy issues. Students will be expected to engage in critical discussion of past works as well as to think critically about how contemporary ideologies, such as neo-liberalism and post-racialism, shape current and future education debates.