Current and Former Student Notes

Dr. Ana Luisa Muñoz García (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2014) was recently awarded a 3 year grant from the National Commission of Science and Technology in Chile. This is a very prestigious grant for early career researchers and this achievement gives her the opportunity to conduct research and to apply for additional grants to support her larger research agenda. The objective of this research is to analyze the discourses that underscore research policies and scientific production in education that influence the development of knowledge construction in universities. The work is conducted with an eye towards developing strategic plans that benefit Chilean universities, the higher education system as a whole, and the development of a knowledge base about education in Chilean research

Hyunmyung Jo (Ph.D. candidate in ECPS) has received the GSE Graduate Student Research Grant for his project entitled, “Building a New Pipeline in the Era of Globalization: Transnational Learning Journeys of the Korean Early Studying Abroad Students.”

ECPS-Dist-Award-2017.jpgJulie A. Gorlewski (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2008), Associate Professor and Department Chair of Teaching and Learning at Virginia Commonwealth University, received the GSE Distinguished Alumni award in 2017.

Hyunmyung Jo (Ph.D. candidate in ECPS) has received the D. Bruce Johnston International Student Dissertation Research Travel Fund to work on transnational learning journeys of Korean ‘early studying abroad’ (ESA) students. His dissertation will address the issues of Korean international students’ secondary to postsecondary pipeline and the transformation of social (re)production based on educational outcomes in the globalized society.

Khanyisile Mbulelo Ngalo (Ph.D. student in ECPS) has been selected by the Fulbright program to attend Educational Justice: Overcoming Barriers to Quality Education in the 21st Century Seminar in Washington D.C., April 6-9, 2017. This seminar is organized by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Nancy Campos (Ph.D. student in ECPS) has been selected to present her paper, “The Experiences of Black and Latinx Graduate Students in STEM: A Critical Race Perspective,” at the 2017 Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Antonio, Texas.

Rachel Dominguez (Ph.D. candidate in ECPS), Chungseo Kang (Ph.D. candidate in ECPS), and Darlene García Torres (Ph.D. candidate in ECPS) received the Dean’s Award for Conference Presentations that honors and supports the excellence of GSE students. This Dean’s Award defrays the cost of travel for GSE students presenting as lead authors at major national conference in the field of education. Rachel Dominguez will present her co-authored paper entitled “For My Family, For My People: Altruism, Science Identity, and Protective Spaces” at the 2017 Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Antonio, Texas. Chungseo Kang will present his paper entitled “College Undermatching and the Pathway to College Completion” at the 2017 AERA annual meeting. Darlene García Torres will present her paper entitled “Teaching and Learning International Survey 2013: Distributed Leadership, Professional Collaboration, and Teacher Job Satisfaction in U.S. Schools” at the 2017 AERA annual meeting.

Ana Luisa Muñoz García (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2014) was recently appointed as Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile. Before she joined the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, she worked as an assistant professor in the School of Education at the Universidad Andrés Bello in Santiago, Chile

Nancy Campos (Ph.D. student in ECPS) recently accepted the position of Director of the AC2 Program at SUNY New Paltz, which is made up of the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), a grant-funded program sponsored by the New York State Department of Education, and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), an NSF funded grant. Both programs aim to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students of color and low-income students in STEM fields, with a focus on graduate and professional school preparation.

Ramona R. Santa Maria (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2009), an Assistant Professor in the Computer Information Systems Department at Buffalo State College, and her research team have received the notable CS4HS grant from Google, Inc each year since 2011. This grant supports professional development for teachers interested in Computer Science teaching in grades 6-12. Each year 25 new teachers are accepted into the program and 20 CS4HS alumni are invited to return. More information here:

David Cantaffa (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2009) is a Provost Fellow for Teacher Education at the State University of New York (SUNY). Before he joined the SUNY, he worked as an Assistant Dean for Teacher Education and Director of the Teacher Education Institute at University at Buffalo for 12 years (2004-2016).

Qiongqiong Chen (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2014) is a researcher and administrator at the Southern University of Science and Technology, People's Republic of China. She is the author of the book Globalization and Transnational Academic Mobility: The Experiences of Chinese Academic Returnees (2017), published by Springer.

Julie A. Gorlewski (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2008) recently published Democracy and Decency: What Does Education Have to Do With It? (Information Age, 2016), as well as the article, co-authored with Eve Tuck, "Racist ordering, settler colonialism, and edTPA: A participatory policy analysis" in the Journal of Educational Policy. Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at Virginia Commonwealth University, Julie was featured in a Keynote Colloquium at the American Educational Studies Association's Annual Meeting in November, 2016 and will present at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention this fall.

Chien-Chen Kung (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2012) is a certified assistant professor, and a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Sociology, National Taipei University, New Taipei City, Taiwan. Before he joined the National Taipei University, he was an adjunct assistant professor at the Department of Arts and Design, National Taipei University of Education, Taipei City, Taiwan.

Ba Zan Lin (Ph.D. student, ECPS) has been selected to present his paper, “Leadership and Civic Engagement of Myanmar Refugee Students in the United States: Experiences, Influences and Aspirations,” at the Eighth Asian Conference on Education—organized by the International Academic Forum (IAFOR)—in late October, 2016. IAFOR provides new perspectives to the thought-leaders and decision-makers of today and tomorrow by offering constructive environments for dialogue and interchange at the intersections of nation, culture, and discipline. The conference will take place at the Art Center Kobe, Japan, and includes sessions on social justice issues in education, international comparative research, teacher education, and meeting the academic needs in global and digital era.

Heather Jenkins (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2011) spent the past almost six years at Buffalo Prep, a non-profit education organization serving under-represented youth in grades 5-12. Dr. Jenkins was the Director of Academics and Program Evaluation and the Director of High School Prep. As of June 1st, 2016, she will join City Year's Boston staff as the Managing Director of Service Impact and Evaluation. City Year is a national organization that works within public school systems to bridge the gap between what students in high poverty schools need and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide in regard to academic, social and emotional support.

Teresa Lawrence (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2009), Superintendent of Grand Island School District, received the GSE Distinguished Alumni award in 2016. In 2015, she was identified by Business First as one of Western New York’s Women of Influence. Additionally, she was recognized by the Western New York Women in Educational Leadership as the 2010 Outstanding Educational Mentor and honored by the School Administrators Association of New York State as the 2004 Outstanding Educator of the Year.

Amy Stich (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2010), assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at Northern Illinois University, received a 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. This prestigious program encourages outstanding researchers at the postdoctoral level to pursue critical research questions in education. Stich’s project investigates the structure and social consequence of postsecondary tracking by using qualitative, multi-case study. By focusing on stratification within universities rather than between them, this research contributes to our understanding of deepening levels of inequality in the postsecondary system. In addition, this research aims to contribute to conversations surrounding educational policies and practices that seek to improve access, opportunities and outcomes for underrepresented students in higher education.

Darlene Garcia Torres (Ph.D. candidate in ECPS) was selected to participate in Division G's pre-conference mentoring event at AERA 2016 annual meeting: Scholarship by and for the people: Engaging in grassroots change for democratic education. This event provides mentoring and professional development opportunities to graduate students who show a commitment to social justice in education. Graduate students are connected with mentors to discuss issues of scholar-activism, such as negotiating scholar-activism in the academic context, creating community partnerships, publishing scholar-activist research, connecting research to social justice movements, and accurately reflecting community voices and views.

Kristin Cipollone (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2012) was selected to participate in AERA Division G’s early career mentoring seminar, a competitive program for pre-tenure higher education faculty. Scholars selected for this seminar receive mentoring from senior scholars and foundation officers on a range of topics including teaching, scholarship, and seeking funding.

Kristin, as part of a team at Ball State University (Pat Clark, Jon Clausen, Wilfridah Mucherah, Susan Tancock, and Eva Zygmunt), has also been awarded the 2015-2016 AERA Division K Innovations in Research On Diversity in Teacher Education Award. This award recognizes research that demonstrates innovation in addressing issues of diversity in teaching and/or teacher education. The award was given in recognition of the Schools Within the Context of Communities program, a program that addresses the need for culturally responsive, community-engaged teachers by immersing early teacher learners in the low-income, African American neighborhood in which they are teaching.

Miao Li (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2013), an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Shandong University, People's Republic of China, was invited to have discussions about her book Citizenship Education and Migrant Youth in China: Pathways to the Urban Underclass (Routledge, 2015) in New Books in Education. Her full interview is available at

Miao Li (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2013) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Shandong University, People's Republic of China. Before she joined Shandong University, she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She was the recipient of an International Peace Scholarship (2010-2012) and is the author of the book Citizenship Education and Migrant Youth in China: Pathways to the Urban Underclass, published by Routledge in 2015.

Virginia A. Batchelor (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2001), Professor in the Division of Education at Medaille College, recently published Stop Calling Me That! My Name is Araminta (Lillion Lee & Lil Lion Reads, 2015). Her research has been published in part of edited collection on African American girls’ challenges and urban female students.

Andrea Nikischer (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2013) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Adult Education at SUNY Buffalo State. She was awarded a Buffalo State Emerging Scholar Award in 2014 and has several works in press, including Nikischer, A. B., Weis, L. and Dominguez, R.F.,. Differential access to high school counseling, postsecondary destinations, and STEM careers. Teachers College Record.

Kristin Cipollone (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2012) was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Ball State University. She is co-author of the book Class Warfare: Race, Class and the College Admissions Process in Top-Tier High Schools, published by the University of Chicago Press.

Amy Stich (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2010) was recently appointed as Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University. Her first book, Access to Inequality: Reconsidering Class, Knowledge and Capital, was published in paperback by Lexington Press in 2014 and was recently reviewed in the British Journal of Sociology of Education.

Yin Wu (Ph.D. candidate in CSEP) was selected for the 2015 AERA Institute on Statistical Analysis for Education Policy: Causal Analysis Using International Data training workshop. This program aims to build the capacity of the U.S. education research community to use two international datasets, Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This program provides an opportunity to jointly work with an international group of scholars who are using these data sets and learn issues and methodologies available to support causal inferences using these international data.

Francisco M. Vasquez (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2003) is President and CEO of Child and Family Services, a human service agency dedicated to strengthening and promoting the well-being of children and families through prevention, intervention, education and advocacy services. He previously served as Executive Vice President for People Inc. and also taught a course which focused on issues in Developmental Disabilities for the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is currently teaching a course in human services management at Canisius College in Buffalo. Francisco contributes to and participates in several community organizations. He is a member of the Buffalo Board of Education Audit Advisory Committee; Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Board of Directors; NYS Council of Family and Child Care Agencies Board of Directors; Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement Advisory Board; Erie County Community Coordinating Council on Children and Families; The John R. Oishei Foundation Board of Directors; Kaleida Health Board of Directors; National Council of La Raza; and the Near East and West Side Task Force.

Illana Lane (Ph.D. in ECPS, 2003) is the Chief Assessment and Learning Officer at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. This position organizes and supervises the efforts of institutional effectiveness and student learning assessment, including review and revision of the process as necessary.

Crain Soudien (Ph.D. in ECPS, 1996) is the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council and formerly a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town where he remains an emeritus professor in Education and African Studies. His publications in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture include three books, three edited collections and over 190 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters.

Amira Proweller (Ph.D. in ECPS, 1995) is Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Research and Chair of the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Research, in the DePaul University College of Education. Dr. Proweller's research interests and publications have focused on the politics of schooling, youth culture and identity formation, teacher socialization in urban contexts, and most recently, a university-community partnership examining the role of Jewish teen girls' engagement with social justice within the context of an out-of-school program oriented around youth participatory action research. She teaches undergraduate, master's, and doctoral level courses in social and historical issues in education, sociology of education, and qualitative research methods

Margaret C. McCarthy (Ph.D. in ECPS, 1994). After completed her PhD, Dr. McCarthy joined the faculty at Canisius College in the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) in Buffalo, New York. She has earned the rank of full professor, served as department chair, dean of the School of Education and Human Services, and is currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Her most recent significant publication was in 2014 when she co-edited the book, Power of Sisterhood: Women Religious Tell the Story of the Apostolic Visitation, which she also authored two chapters.