Notable Faculty & Student Achievements
Associate Professor of Education Sherry Adrian, Professor of Education Michael Kamen, and Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore, together with staff from Texas Parks & Wildlife, hosted the Texas WILD Forum over three days for 40+ participants in Mood-Bridwell. The Forum was an opportunity to demonstrate how to share conservation with young children with the intent to build a child’s sense of wonder with arts and crafts, music, reading, math, and conservation activities. Presenters demonstrated the importance of enhanced learning and development in all areas within the social, emotional, physical, linguistic, and cognitive domains,correlated with TEKS, Head Start, and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.
- Dr. Adrian spoke of differentiating instructional content and procedures to foster more successful inclusion of all students in her presentation “Diversity Is Nature’s Greatest Asset: Including All Children in Project WILD.”
- Professor of Biology Romi Burks presented the “ABCs of Apple Snails and eDNA.” She spoke about the basic ecology, diversity, and distribution of apple snails and how future monitoring efforts may incorporate environmental DNA.
- Dr. Kamen delivered a session titled “WILD Play and the International Play Crisis.” His session touched on the importance of play in development and learning for children and animals.
- Dr. Moore presented “The WILD Ones: Working to Identify Learning Pathways through Diversity,” which provided opportunities for participants to examine personal and cultural identities to enhance their teaching and learning.
Visiting Assistant Professorof Education Suzanne Garcia-Mateusand Cristina Costas,class of 2019, presented a paper titled “Bilinguals Raising Bilingual Children: Institutional, Societal, and Familial Influence on Bilingual Parents’ Family Language Policy.” This new study examines how community members are making sense of the way local institutions and society support or influence family language policy decisions. The presentation was part of a panel titled “Language Planning and Language Policy” at The Symposium about Language and Society Austin (SALSA XXVI) at The University of Texas at Austin, April 20–21, 2018.
Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore serves as the Educational Consultant for Bela’s Children’s Books. Most recently, she provided her expertise to the author of the wonderful book The Silent Surprisewhich shares the playground adventure of a young boy who is autistic and nonverbal. The Bela’s Children’s Books Collection was created with the hope of helping children and parents become more aware of current and prevalent social issues using the collection to foster teachable moments that explore self-awareness. Leslie A. Turner ’11, an Austin-based illustrator, theatrical designer, and fabricator, beautifully illustrated the book, while Nekia Becerra ’12, Technology Design Coach in Austin ISD, and Nichole Aguirre ’12, Director of Early Childhood in Manor ISD, wrote the complementary lesson plans for The Silent Surpriseunder the supervision of Dr. Moore.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus presented a paper titled “‘Envisioning and Understanding Two-Way Dual Language Bilingual Education for Transnational Emergent Bilingual Learners” as part of the symposium “Dual Language Education and Neoliberal Reforms: When a Bilingual School Becomes a School of Choice” at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in New York City, NY, April 13–17, 2018.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus presented a paper titled “‘They are mostly like Spanish-speakers. We are Pro- Spanish speakers.’ The Power of Hegemony in a Two-Way Bilingual Education Classroom” as part of the colloquium, “Bilingualism for all?: Challenges and opportunities in two-way immersion” at the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference, Chicago, Ill., March 24–27, 2018.
Southwestern University, along with two other ACS institutions, Millsaps College and Hendrix College, was the recipient of a recently-funded ACS Diversity Grant to support an initiative known as FOCUS (Faculty of Color Uniting for Success). The project’s overall objectives are to enhance recruitment, success, and the retention of faculty of color at our three institutions and in all ACS consortia schools. It aims to raise awareness of the challenges that faculty of color face through sustained advocacy, summer workshops, and regular surveys of participants on campus climate. In conjunction with ACS’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Anita Davis, the initiative will also provide materials and webinars to help educate institutional leadership about ways to better support faculty of color. This year, the FOCUS project will host its summer workshop at Southwestern June 10–15. This workshop was designed to bring together faculty of color from ACS member colleges for a week-long summer retreat focusing on scholarship, networking, self-care, professional advancement, navigating service demands, and the challenges that faculty of color face on their path to professional success in the academy. It will include faculty participants from Hendrix, Millsaps, and Southwestern. Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore serves as the FOCUS Program Director. Director of Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Julie Sievers, Senior Director of Foundation Relations Larkin Tom, and Associate Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo serves on the FOCUS steering committee and will serve as facilitators for the 2018 FOCUS summer retreat.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus received second place in the Bilingual Education Research SIG Outstanding Dissertation Award, which will be presented on April 15, 2018, at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in New York City. She is also a finalist for the AERA Second Language Research SIG Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus co-presented a poster titled “How do heritage speakers support their 3rd generation children’s bilingual development? An urgent call for making connections between family and institutional language policy decisions” at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., Nov. 29–Dec. 3, 2017.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus published an article titled “Translanguaging Pedagogies for Positive Identities in Two-Way Dual Language Bilingual Education” in the Journal of Language, Identity & Education. The article is coauthored with Deborah Palmer, a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.