Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


Department Notables

Spring 2017

  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen and Mary Rouhiainen, Class of 2018, co-presented findings from their summer Faculty-Student Research project titled “Role of Imaginary Play in the Zone of Proximal Development and Science Learning” at the annual conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

  • Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore delivered the keynote address at the Black History Month celebration hosted by the Sun City Ebony Ladies organization on Saturday, Feb. 28, and performed an original poem titled Black Beauty that was written to disrupt the harmful impact of colorism that exists between and within communities of color. Moore also presented “At the Crossroads of Equality: Paths to Liberation and Progress in Academia,” in honor of Black History Month, on Feb. 8 at the Williamson Museum’s Salon. The Williamson Museum’s Salon is a monthly speaker series that features leading professionals and researchers in their respective fields.

  • Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore delivered the keynote address for the Black History Month celebration at the historic Round Rock Sweet Home Pinnacle of Praise on Saturday, Jan. 28. The address was anchored by the National 2017 Black History Month Theme: The Crisis in Black Education and provided statistics about the disproportionate impact of K–12 school suspension and expulsion on students of color in southern states. In celebration of the occasion, several Round Rock dignitaries were in attendance.

  • Associate Professor of Education and Co-Editor of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History: Black History Bulletin Alicia Moore was featured in a recent edition of the Berkeley Review of Education. Ten Tips for Facilitating Classroom Discussions on Sensitive Topics, by Alicia Moore and Molly Deshaies ’12, “provides a foundation of confidence for the teacher and can be used in elementary, secondary, or post-secondary settings.” Moore is a networked leader who collaborates with colleagues to broaden participation and concurrently organizes resistance and advocates for systemic improvements in social justice through knowledge.

Fall 2016

  • Associate Professor of Education Alicia L. Moore was interviewed by Tom Hall of National Public Radio’s “Midday” on Dec. 8. The conversation was broadcast that afternoon on Baltimore’s NPR station, WYPR 88.1 FM. Moore collaborated with New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Dr. Kaye Wise-Whitehead and Dr. Regina Lewis to develop the Trump Syllabus K-12: Lesson Plans for Teaching During this New Age of Resistance (#TrumpSyllabusK12). The lesson plans provide ideas for teaching about the 2016 presidential election.

  • Associate Professor of Education Alicia L. Moore presented a teacher workshop to public school teachers and university historians at the Association for the Study of African American Life History (ASALH) 101st Annual National Conference in Richmond, Va. Moore continues to serve as Co-Project Manager for the Teacher Workshop. The mission of ASALH is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about African American life, history, and culture to the global community. Moore also served on two ASALH academic panels, Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memory, and Activism and Mothering in the Age of Activism.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus and her bilingual daughter, Sabrina Mateus, were recently interviewed by Telemundo-Austin to provide tips about what it has been like to raise bilingual children in Austin, and in Sabrina’s case, why she loves being able to use Spanish in her community.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus co-authored a Huffington Post article titled “Save CA Residents from a Language Drought: Vote ‘Yes’ This Fall,” which promotes California’s Proposition 58-LEARN (Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now). If passed, the proposition will repeal the ban on bilingual education that began in 1998, and provide a multilingual education for all students.

Spring 2016

  • Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore recently co-authored a book titled, Borders, Bras and Battles: A Practical Guide to Mentor Undergraduate Women to Achieve Career Success. The book is an account of mentorship with heartfelt stories from students, and provides a valuable roadmap on how to conduct research with undergraduates from diverse populations.

Fall 2014

  • Stephen Marble, associate professor of education and Michael Kamen, professor of education, presented at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, on Oct. 30. 

  • Four faculty members have been selected to be Community-Engaged Learning Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year and will receive special mentoring from the Office of Civic Engagement on how to integrate community-engaged learning into their classes. The new fellows are Erin Crockett, assistant professor of psychology; Abby Dings, associate professor of Spanish; Katherine Prater, assistant professor of education; and Carl Robertson, associate professor of Chinese. Read more about the program here.

Spring 2014

  • English and education major Paige Duggins has been named the inaugural recipient of the G. Rollie White Public Service Scholarship at The University of Texas School of Law. The scholarship provides $15,000 a year for three years to an entering student with strong academic credentials and demonstrated commitment to public service who plans to pursue a legal career helping the underserved. Read more here.

  • Senior English and education major Paige Duggins has been selected to receive the 2014 Academic Internship Student Achievement Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA). The award will be presented April 8 at the CEIA’s annual meeting in Seattle, Wash., and comes with a $500 prize. The award spotlights students who not only excel in their internships, but also actively serve their communities. Duggins was selected to receive the award for work she did as an intern with the Luna Legislative Scholars and Fellows Program at the Texas Capitol in the spring of 2013. Duggins is the fourth Southwestern student to receive this national award in the past eight years. No other school has had more than two students receive this award. Read more here.

Fall 2013

  • Michael Kamen, associate professor of education, co-authored a chapter titled “Exploring Innovative Schools with Preservice Teachers,” which appears in The Routledge International Handbook of Innovation Education. Kamen wrote the chapter with Debbie Shepherd from the Meridian School in Round Rock.

  • Senior education and Spanish major Katie Elder has been selected to receive a scholarship from the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA) for the 2013-2014 academic year. The scholarships are given each year to three students who TASPA identifies as the best teacher candidates throughout Texas. This year’s scholarships will be presented at TASPA’s annual awards luncheon in Austin Dec. 12. Read more here.

Spring 2012

  • Alicia Moore, associate professor of education, has been sworn in as a member of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from civilian colleges and universities from around the United States. The committee is a subcommittee of the Army Education Advisory Committee and provides advice to CGSC’s senior leaders on ng issues of graduate-level education, including opportunities for improvement and compliance with prevailing academic standards to ensure continuing academic accreditation.  

  • Alicia Moore, associate professor of education, was honored at the Twelfth Biennial African American Women’s Profiles of Prominence 2012 ceremony held March 31 at the Carver Cultural Center in Austin. The ceremony was hosted by The Austin Metroplex Chapter of National Women of Achievement, Inc. Moore was a co-honoree in the category of Education.

Fall 2011

  • Senior math and education major Sarah Ayers is one of three students selected statewide to receive a scholarship from the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA) for the 2011-2012 school year. The scholarship will be presented at the organization’s annual awards luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel in Austin Dec. 8. The scholarship honors the best teacher candidates in the state. Ayers hopes to be a high school math teacher and also wants to coach swimming at the high school level. Read more here.