Education

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

April 2019

  • A paper coauthored by Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton, Associate Professor of Education Sherry Adrian, and Emma Kathryn Groves ’17, titled “A Model of the Transmission of Cholera in a Population with Contaminated Water,” which was accepted for publication in November 2018, has been published in the CODEE Journal, vol. 12.  The article was downloaded across 15 countries in its first 25 days of online availability.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus presented a paper titled “Developing Critical Awareness: A Teacher’s Role in Engaging Students to Dialogue about Social Inequities” at the Establishing Sociopolitical Consciousness as the Fourth Goal of Dual-Language Education symposium at the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 5–9, 2019.





March 2019

  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen and Sarah Buchanan ’20 and Abigail Luna ‘20 presented their collaborative research “Block Play and a Pedagogic Model for Playful STEM Learning” at the International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education conference in San Jose, Costa Rica.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne Garcia-Mateus presented a paper titled “One White Student’s Journey Through Six Years of Elementary Schooling: Uncovering Whiteness and Privilege in Two-Way Bilingual Education” which was part of a panel titled “Translanguaging in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL):  Perspectives and Possibilities” at the TESOL International Convention in Atlanta, GA, March 12–15, 2019.





  • Associate Professor of Spanish Abby Dings and Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus presented about their ongoing research project titled “Language Ideologies in a University Classroom: Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of Latinx Students as Language Learners.” The panel about dual-language education took place at the 6th National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language (NSSHL) hosted by University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley, in McAllen, TX.





November 2018

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus presented a paper titled “A Case Study of One Latinx and Bilingual Student: (Re)envisioning Bilingualism for Immigrant Children in a Gentrifying Two-Way Immersion Bilingual Program” on a panel she organized titled “Possibilities for Resistance and Change: Constructing Identities as Learners, Educators, Transfronterizos, and Intercultural Nations in Public Education” at the 117th American Anthropological Association conference in San Jose, CA, Nov. 1418, 2018.





October 2018

  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton, Associate Professor of Education Sherry Adrian, and Emma Kathryn Groves’s ’17 coauthored paper, “A Model of the Transmission of Cholera in a Population with Contaminated Water,” has been accepted for publication in the special issue Linking Differential Equations to Social Justice and Environmental Concernsof the Journal of the Community of Differential Equations Educators(CODEE). Groves and Shelton worked on the mathematical model in SCOPE 2015. Adrian and Shelton worked on the connections with social justice.





  • Associate Professor of Education Sherry Adrian was invited by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to present a nationally sponsored webinar, “Diversity Is Nature’s Greatest Asset: Including All Children in Project WILD.” Adrian’s presentation addressed how educators can enhance Project WILD learning experiences by differentiating instructional content and procedures that foster more successful inclusion of all students.  Project WILD Coordinators and Facilitators from universities and organizations throughout the U.S. participated in the webinar.





  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen along with Southwestern students Sarah Buchanan, class of 2020, Abby Earle, class of 2019, Abigail Luna, class of 2020, alumna Kelli Mclaughlin ’18, and NYC-based playwright Adaire Kamen and Dr. Alys Mendus of the University of Hull, United Kingdom, performed and discussed their collaboratively written original play “They Call Teachers by Their First Names!”: An Ethno-Drama of Pre-Service Teachers Visiting Schools at the Performing the World 2018 conference in New York City. The conference brings together professionals, artists, and scholars who share an interest in the role of performance and play for activism, education, and healthcare.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus was interviewed by Austin’s Community Impactnewspaper. The article “Austin ISD’s Bilingual Program Aims to Narrow Achievement Gap” provides a brief history of bilingual education in the U.S. and offers multiple perspectives focused on becoming bilingual, bi-literate, and bicultural in Austin public schools.