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College of Education and Human Development at The University of Texas at San Antonio Online Magazine

Awards and Promotions

Gloria Crisp and Lorena Claeys

The University of Texas at San Antonio has been awarded a $1.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to assist community college students seeking to pursue teaching degrees in mathematics and science. A UTSA multidisciplinary team involved in acquiring the grant included Aaron Cassill, UTSA director of STEM Initiatives and principal investigator; co-principal investigators Gloria Crisp, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s (COEHD) Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; and Lorena Claeys, executive director of the Academy for Teacher Excellence in the COEHD; and Daniel Sass, associate professor in the College of Business Department of Management Science and Statistics. Additionally, Claudia Verdin from Northwest Vista College will act as coordinator for the Alamo Colleges.

Dean Betty Merchant and Encarnacion Garza, in collaboration with Helene Ärlestig, Monika Törnsén, and Olof Johansson from Umeå University in Sweden, and with Elizabeth Murakami-Ramalho from UT, Permian Basin, have been recognized by the Emerald Literati Network for their paper, Successful school leadership in Sweden and the US: Contexts of social responsibility and individualism. The paper was published in the International Journal of Educational Management and received the mark of “Highly Commended” in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013.

Heather Trepal received the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Outstanding Article Award for her publication, “Experiences of Motherhood in Counselor Education.” Dr. Trepal’s work is recognized by one of the most prestigious journals in the counseling field.

Thelma Duffey joined leaders in the American Counseling Association on Capitol Hill as they educated legislators on mental health practice.

Gerald Junke was invited to serve on the Ronald Reagan High School Campus Improvement Committee, whose charge is identifying the needs of the school for the students and also identifying the campus strengths that are in place.

Carmen Tafolla was awarded the Letras en La Frontera distinguished achievement award for significant contributions to literature “en la lengua castellana.”

Carmen Tafolla’s latest book of poetry, Rebozos, swept the 2013 International Latino Book Awards, winning First Place in three categories – Best Book of Bilingual Poetry, Best Art Book, and Best Gift Book. Dr. Tafolla was also honored at the Inkstravaganza Gala with Gemini Ink’s Literary Excellence Award.

Margarita Machado-Casas was instrumental in the success of this year 4th Annual Latino Education Advocacy Days (LEAD) which was live-streamed online and was viewed in 17 countries and had 16 million viewers. It also made the google trending news list that day. Machado-Casas and Ellen Riojas Clark, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies professor emeritus, shared the stage with the conference’s keynote speaker, San Antonio’s Mayor Julian Castro at California State University San Bernardino.


The College of Education and Human Development was named the 2013 Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program College Advocate of the Year for college’s dedication and support of HUBs in 2013.



Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Urban School Leaders Collaborative

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Urban School Leaders Collaborative was selected by the University Council for Educational Administration to receive its inaugural Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award. UTSA was only one of two universities in the nation to receive the award, following a competition that included master’s programs in educational leadership from around the country.




Margarita Machado-Casas was recipient of the International Initiatives Grant; as a result of her work, she became board member and co-editor (beginning Spring 2014) of one of the top education journals in Spain, La Revista de Pedagogía Social. She is also a part of the editorial board of La Revista de Educación (Chile), Revista Siglo XX1 (Spain), Revista Educación y Futuro (Spain).

Marco Cervantes, was selected as a visiting scholar by the Institute of Texan Cultures and is working to construct a Mexican American and African American Cultural Fusions Exhibit.

Wayne Wright was selected to serve on the Editorial Review Board of the International Multilingual Research Journal.

Wayne Wright accepted an invitation to serve on the Technical Advisory Board (TAB) for the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) consortia, which is a consortium of 11 states led by Oregon to create common English Language Proficiency Standards and Assessments that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Kristen Lindahl, is a recipient of one of The International Research Foundation for English Language Education’s (TIRF) highly competitive Doctoral Dissertation Grants.

Belinda Bustos Flores was selected to serve on the Editorial Review Board of the Teacher Educator.

Juliet Langman was a recipient of the COEHD Faculty Research Award.

Margarita Machado-Casas was elected to serve on the American Educational Studies Association Executive Council.

Patricia Sánchez was elected CAE (Council on Anthropology and Education) 1st Year Member at Large.

Howard Smith was on an expert panel on dual language for the Spanish Language and Cultural Exchange Program –Español for Todos.

David Thompson will become President of the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration in September 2013.

Anne-Marie Nuñez will serve as the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Program Chair 2014 in Washington, D.C.

The second Wintergarden doctoral cohort began their second year of coursework with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. The Wintergarden program offers classes to an under- served region in Southwest Texas, and brings COEHD professors to teach in the local community at Southwest Texas Junior College.

William Cooke won the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Research Achievement at the 2013 University Excellence Awards.

Donovan Fogt won the Richard S. Howe Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award at the 2013 University Excellence Awards.

Rosalind Horowitz, a Fellow of The National Academy of Education, was invited to serve as a Working Group Leader, and Chair and Discussant of Dissertations Fellows Research at The National Academy of Education Meeting in Washington, D.C. Dr. Horowitz also served as Chair of the American Educational Research Association, Division G, Social Context in Education, Research Mentoring Award and presented this award at the AERA Conference in San Francisco. She also presented a paper, Talking Texts: How Voice Enters into Written Argumentation of 21st Century School-Based Writing at the XV Comparative Education World Congress at The University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Laura I. Rendon

Laura I. Rendón, UTSA professor of educational leadership and policy studies, was named one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas by the National Diversity Council. She received the award at the Texas Diversity Council’s ninth annual Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference in Dallas.



Theodorea Berry was invited to attend the Lecture Presentation for the Leadership Academy at Mercer University in March 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Berry also participated in six Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations across the nation. She is also serving as the Presidentelect for the Georgia Educational Research Association.

Mari Cortez is the newly appointed Editor for Dimensions of Early Childhood Journal.

Crystal Kalinec-Craig, the co-writer of Math Through Mariachi Curriculum, was selected to participate in AERA 2011 Division K Graduate Student Seminar.

Christine Moseley served on the statewide steering committee to plan and organize the Texas Natural Resource/Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP). She organized writing sessions and review sessions in San Antonio and Austin (which was a two-year process), and co-hosted ELP Summit in January with Laura Bush as keynote speaker. Dr. Moseley also co-hosted a reception for 50 GLOBE partners across nation in San Antonio in April with Our Lady of the Lake University and UT-Tyler GLOBE partners at the U.S. GLOBE Partners’ 2013 meeting. She was also invited to be an instructor for the Amazon Educators Academy in July to Peru for three weeks.

Northside Independent School District dedicated Folks Middle School to Dr. John M. Folks, senior lecturer in The University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development.


Abraham DeLeon, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Meizi He, Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition.
Misty Sailors, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
Barbara Gonzalez-Pino, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

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