Graduate Faculty

Graduate Faculty Research Interests

Tara Barnhart, Lecturer (2007)

  • Education History
    • Master of Arts: Education – Whittier College
    • Master of Arts: Biology – Whittier College
  • Credentials Held
    • California Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential: General Science – Biology; CLAD; Administrative Services Certificate; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: AYA – Biological Science
Minerva Chavez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (2000)

  • Research Interests: diversity and democratic education; student identity development; educational equity; autoethnography, critical race theory
  • Education History:
    • Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • M.A. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • B.A. Liberal Arts, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
  • Credentials Held:
Grace Cho, Ph.D., Professor (2000)

  • Research Interests: Language,Literacy & Culture: Bilingualism, Second language acquisition, Heritage language development
  • Education History:
    • Ph.D. Education (Specialization: Language, Literacy and Learning), University of Southern California.
    • M.S. Education (Specialization: Curriculum and Instruction), University of Southern California.
    • B.S. Liberal Studies, University of Southern California
  • Credentials Held: California Teaching Credential; BCLAD in Spanish; BCLAD in Korean
Victoria Costa,Ph.D., Professor (1993)

  • Research Interests: Technology in secondary schools, online professional development, school culture and school knowledge, school science
  • Education History:
    • Ph.D. Education, University of California, Riverside
    • M.A.T.- Science, Cal State Fullerton
    • B.S. Secondary Education (Second Majors in Chemistry and Mathematics), Texas Christian University
  • Credentials Held: Texas Secondary Teaching Credential in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology
Alison G. Dover, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  • Research Interests: Teaching for social justice; Teacher preparatory contexts
  • Education History:
    • Ed.D. Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    • M.Ed. Student Development and Social Justice, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    • B.A. Women’s Studies and English, Tufts University
  • Credentials Held:
    • Massachusetts English Language Arts Certification 8-12
    • Certified E-learning Instructor
Mark Ellis, Ph.D., Associate Professor (2005)

  • Research Interests: Middle school mathematics teaching methods; Assessment of school mathematics learning; Equity in mathematics education; History of school mathematics practices in the United States
  • Education History:
    • Ph.D., Education (Culture, Curriculum, and Change program with focus on Mathematics Education), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • M.A., Secondary Education, Stanford University
    • B.A., Sociology (Mathematics minor), University of California at Santa Cruz
  • Credentials Held:
    • National Board Certified Teacher, Early Adolescence Mathematics
    • California Teaching Credential, Mathematics
Lynda Randall, Ph.D., Professor (1990)

  • Research Interests: Use of literature circles in higher education; beginning teacher support and assessment
  • Education History:
    • D.P.E. Curriculum and Instruction, Springfield College
    • M.S. Physical Education, Springfield College
    • B.S. Health and Physical Education, Plymouth State College
  • Credentials Held: Health and Physical Education Credential, K-12
Chris Street, Ph.D., Professor (2001)

  • Research Interests: Teaching of reading and writing, teaching and learning at a distance, and the professional development of teachers.
  • Education History:
    • Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas, Austin
    • M.A. English, California State University, San Diego
    • B.A. Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Credentials Held: California Multiple Subject Credential and Supplemental Authorization in English
Fernando Rodrigues-Valls, Ph.D., Associate Professor

  • Research Interests: Biliteracy/Literacy; english language learners; community leadership; interdisciplinary curricula; migrant students and families.
  • Education History:
    • Ph.D. Educational (Teaching, Learning and Culture), Claremont Graduate University
    • M.A. Education, Claremont Graduate University
    • B.A. Human Development, Azuza Pacific University
    • B.A. Education, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
  • Credentials Held: California Multiple Subject (BLCAD), Single Subject History, Spain
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