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Joint PhD Program in Education

May 2013 Newsletter

Shimogori Receives Honors

Yujiro Shimogori, a recent graduate of the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education, recently received two honors: the SDSU/CGU Joint Program Achievement Award and induction into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at San Diego State University.

The SDSU/CGU Joint Program Achievement Award is presented to a SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program student whose work and scholarship exemplify the mission of the program to develop scholars who are committed to research on democratic schooling, social justice and equal educational outcomes for all students, and the improvement of educational systems serving diverse communities.

Yujiro was also inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at San Diego State University on April 26, 2013.

The San Diego State University Phi Kappa Phi Chapter annually recognizes students who have extraordinary academic accomplishments at its Spring initiations. Chapter scholarships for graduate study are awarded and outstanding community members are inducted as well as the top 10% of students in the university who have been nominated and elected to join.

There are 283 Phi Kappa Phi chapters nationwide. Phi Kappa Phi's purpose is to promote the pursuit of excellence in all fields of higher education and to recognize outstanding achievement by students, faculty, and others through the election to membership and through various awards for distinguished achievement.

Yujiro Shimogori is interested in improving intercultural relationships. His research interest is in bicultural identity development, cross-cultural psychology, cultural adaptation, dual language education, and second language acquisition. His dissertation research examined the relationship between biculturalism and self-efficacy and cognitive-flexibility of Japanese adults.

Yujiro is a 14 year veteran as a primary, secondary, and higher education educator in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tokyo. Prior to entering the doctoral program, he was a director of English Program at a Japanese elementary school in Tokyo, and was instrumental in developing the English as a foreign language program. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, and a master's degree in education with a focus in human development and psychology from Harvard University. Living, working and learning in both Japan and the US, he is bilingual and bicultural. He is proficient in Japanglish as well. Shimogori has a black belt in Aikido, and is an advanced snow skier.


Congratulations Yuji!

Lafferty Receives Tae Han Kim Award

Karen Lafferty, a student in the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education, was recently awarded the Tae Han Kim Award at Claremont Graduate University.

The Tae Han Kim Award is presented to an SES student who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to, and respect for, humanity and culture. It honors the memory of Dr. Tae Han Kim, a graduate of the School of Educational Studies and past president of Kiemyung University in Taegu, Korea.

Karen has worked in public education for 19 years; 16 as an English and French high school teacher and three as a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) support provider. It was her experience working with new teachers that inspired her return to graduate study where she is preparing to join the ranks of teacher educators. Karen's research interests are in clinical practice, teacher education, and reform of the high school English curriculum for greater cultural diversity. She earned a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz and an M.A. from New York University, both in French literature. Karen is also a National Board Certified Teacher.


Congratulations Karen!

2013 Graduation Reception


On May 18, 2013, the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education held a reception to honor the recent and soon-to-be graduates of the program immediately after the graduation ceremony. Those in attendance included graduates, faculty of the program, guests, friends and family.  Both Dr. Rafaela Santa Cruz, director of the program, and Dr. Ric Hovda, Dean of the College of Education, welcomed guests to the reception.

One of the guests recognized at the reception was Kate H. Klump, Ph.D.  Dr. Klump recently completed her Ph.D. at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The title of her dissertation was: Challenging Complicity: The Shaping of White Antiracist Lives Against the Prevailing Wind. This study was undertaken to explore through qualitative research procedures the transformative process of moving from some level of unconscious support of a racist discourse to an antiracist discourse.

Dr. Alberto Ochoa, long-time faculty member at SDSU, served on Dr. Klump's dissertation committee and recognized Dr. Klump for many years of community activism and commitment to social justice.

Congratulations to the recent and soon-to-be graduates of the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education:

Mae Chaplin - Summer 2013

Mariana Gomez - Summer 2013

Yvonne Hernandez - May 2013

Sarah Kahn - May 2013

Shawna Rodnunsky - May 2013

Ryan Santos - May 2013

Yujiro Shimogori - May 2013

Rachel Stein - December 2012

Mae Chaplin, Ryan Santos, Mariana Gomez, Yvonne Hernandez & Sarah KahnAlberto Ochoa, Rafaela Santa Cruz, Mariana Gomez & Hermalinda
Above (LR):Mae Chaplin, Ryan Santos, Mariana Gomez, Yvonne Hernandez & Sarah KahnAbove (LR): Alberto Ochoa, Rafaela Santa Cruz, Mariana Gomez & Hermalinda
Alberto Ochoa & Kate Klump Ryan Santos & Rafaela Santa Cruz
Above (LR): Alberto Ochoa & Kate KlumpAbove (LR): Ryan Santos & Rafaela Santa Cruz
 Sarah Kahn & Alberto Ochoa Gerald Monk, Sarah Kahn & Karen Cadiero-Kaplan
Above (LR): Sarah Kahn & Alberto OchoaAbove (LR): Gerald Monk, Sarah Kahn & Karen Cadiero-Kaplan
Kate Klump, Mariana Gomez, Alberto Ochoa & Karen Cadiero-KaplanMae Chaplin & Rafaela Santa Cruz
Above (LR): Kate Klump, Mariana Gomez, Alberto Ochoa & Karen Cadiero-KaplanAbove (LR): Mae Chaplin & Rafaela Santa Cruz
Alberto Ochoa & Ryan SantosDean Hovda
Above (LR): Grace, Alberto Ochoa & Ryan SantosAbove: Dean Hovda





Chaplin Begins New Position

Mae Chaplin, a soon-to-be graduate of the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education, was recently hired as a Program Specialist for English Language Development with the Orange County Department of Education. The OC Department of Education serves 27 K-12 school districts and 4 community college districts with a total of 502,195 K-12 students and 126,301 community college students. Some of her new duties will include:

  • Serving as a liaison with OC school districts, institutions of higher education, and the State Department of Education;
  • Act as a consultant for district staff, parents, and community groups;
  • Work with the Services for English Language Learners (SELL) to coordinate services for ELL students;
  • Support districts in meeting the needs of ELL students with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and new ELD State Standards; and
  • Assist with program evaluation, curriculum development, the promotion of programs designed for ELL students, and professional development.

  • Mae grew up in Escondido as the daughter of a public school kindergarten teacher who taught for over 30 years in the Escondido Union School District (EUSD). She spent her first six years teaching 7th and 8th grade ELD Humanities at Hidden Valley Middle School in EUSD-- the same middle school she attended as a teen. She left Hidden Valley in 2009 to serve as a Distinguished Teacher in Residence for the College of Education at California State University, San Marcos. For two years, she taught various courses in the Multiple Subject, Middle Level, and Integrated Credential Programs. She also supervised student teachers in kindergarten through 11th grade classrooms. When she returned to EUSD in 2011, she worked as a Literacy and ELD Coach at Mission Middle School and continued to teach MA courses for the College of Education at CSUSM.

    Congratulations Mae!

    Opperman Wins Dean Award at SDSU Student Research Symposium

    Amanda Opperman, a student in the Joint Ph.D. Program in Education, was awarded a College of Education Dean's Award at the 2013 SDSU Student Research Symposium (SRS). The title of Amanda's presentation was 'A Collaborative Framework for Developing Cognitively-Relevant Scaffolding: Applying Social Orientation Theory in the Communicative ESOL Classroom'.

    The Student Research Symposium is a two-day event to recognize the outstanding scholarly accomplishments of SDSU students. The SRS provides a public forum where SDSU students present their research, scholarship, or creative activities. Presentations, oral or poster, are organized by academic disciplines with divisions for undergraduate, master's and doctoral students.

    Amanda has been the Academic Programs Coordinator and TOEFL Prep Instructor at Hancock International College in La Jolla for the past two and a half years. She enjoys sharing her research at academic conferences, most recently presenting a project entitled "Developing a Collaborative Epistemology of Practice: Participatory Action Research as Critical Pedagogy in the ESOL Classroom" at the 10th annual University of San Diego Action Research Conference held May 4th, 2013. She is currently working a qualitative project involving manifestations of Non-Unitary Notions of Self and Modern Feminist Theory in personal accounts of international female graduate students studying for the first time in the United States. Amanda's research interests focus on how the intersection of cognition, culture, and language in the classroom can foster the democratic empowerment and critical consciousness of post-secondary students.

    Congratulations Amanda!

    Amber is Back!

    Amber Alatorre, program coordinator for the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education, is back from maternity leave after the birth of Jules. Amber and her family are pictured below.


    From left to right: Alex, Amber, Jules and Julius Alatorre.

    Lafferty and Keaney Receive CGU Travel Awards

    Two students in the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education were recently awarded CGU Graduate Student Council (GSC) Travel Awards for the Spring 2013 semester. Karen Lafferty received a conference award and Christine Keaney received a professional development award.

    The Travel Awards Program aims to support and encourage academic excellence beyond CGU's campus and to offer students opportunities to gain professional experience in their field by subsidizing travel costs. The Material Awards Program aims to support and encourage academic excellence by providing students with reimbursement for material costs related to their academic endeavors. For more information on the GSC Travel and Material Awards and the upcoming fall application period, please visit their site at

    The GSC would also like to announce the creation of the Travel Grants beginning in the Fall of 2013. Students will now be able to apply for grant money prior to an event.

    Fall 2013 Courses at SDSU

    A schedule of the SDSU Fall 2013 courses can be downloaded here. For schedule numbers, please contact the doctoral program office at

    SDSU Fall 2013 Course Schedule

    Fall 2013 Registration at CGU

    Fall registration at CGU is currently underway and extends through Friday, August 2, 2013.

    Registration periods apply to all continuing students, including students registering for Continuous Registration (Master's) and Doctoral Study. Registration deadlines apply to all students, including those registering for Continuous Registration (Master's) or Doctoral Study. Be sure to register for Fall before the August 2 deadline to avoid interruptions in your library and other student services. And please remember that August 2 is the registration deadline. Tuition is assessed later in the Summer and a separate tuition payment deadline is set and announced by Student Accounts.

    Schedule of Classes:

    Registering for Classes:

    Tuition & Fees, Student Accounts:

    To ensure your successful completion of the registration process, check your student portals now for any holds that may prevent you from registering for the semester. Delays in addressing holds will result in late registration fees.



    Holds placed to ensure advising each semester must be cleared by your department.

    For fee changes effective Summer 2013, please refer to the tables on the Student Accounts website. The Summer 2013 edition of What's New? (For Students), available through the link on the registrar's website, provides information on fees as well as other changes affecting student processes—most importantly, the dissertation process for doctoral students.

    Student Accounts:

    Should you need assistance with registration or have questions, contact or (909) 621-8285.

    HSTS Database Training Seminar

    The National Center for Education Statistics, in the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, will sponsor a 3-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) High School Transcript Study (HSTS) database for education research and policy analysis.

    The goal of this seminar is to provide education researchers and policy analysts with an opportunity for hands-on experience exploring and analyzing this rich database of secondary student transcript information. This seminar has the specific aim of stimulating interest in using the NAEP HSTS data to address current and future education research questions. The seminar will include the following topics and activities:

  • an overview of HSTS design and database contents;
  • methodological and technical issues that must be taken into account when analyzing NAEP and HSTS data;
  • example analyses and practice with NAEP-specific software; and
  • hands-on experience in conducting individualized statistical analysis projects using NAEP data.

  • Training will be held July 10-12, 2013. Application deadline is May 24, 2013. Apply for the seminar today!

    For more information, please visit:

    NAEP/NIES Database Training Seminar

    In an effort to encourage research on American Indian and Alaska Native students, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education, will conduct a 3-day advanced studies seminar on the use of NCES databases for education research and policy analysis.

    This seminar will focus primarily on the National Indian Education Study (NIES), a study conducted as a part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). NCES conducts the NIES study at the request of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Indian Education within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. NIES was last conducted in 2011 with results released in July 2012.

    Training will be held June 26-28, 2013. Application deadline is May 24, 2013. Apply for the seminar today!

    For more information, please visit:

    Call for Proposals - 2013-2014 Paul P. Fidler Research Grant

    The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition invites applications for the 2013-2014 Paul P. Fidler Research Grant. The Paul P. Fidler Research Grant is designed to encourage the development and dissemination of knowledge to improve the experiences of college students in transition.

    With an award package that includes a stipend, travel to two national conferences, a presentation at a national conference, and priority consideration for publication, the Paul P. Fidler Research Grant supports and promotes research with the potential to have a national impact on student success. The Center invites applicants to submit proposals for research projects addressing a variety of topics, which may include underrepresented student populations, community colleges, advising, transfer and articulation, career development, and other issues related to college student transitions.

    Comprehensive Award Package

  • Stipend of $5,000
  • Travel to the 20th National Conference on Students in Transition, October 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia, at which the award will be presented
  • Announcement and recognition at the 20th National Conference on Students in Transition luncheon
  • Travel to the 21st National Conference on Students in Transition, October 2014, at which the research findings will be reported
  • Announcement on the National Resource Center webpage, listservs, and print publications
  • Priority consideration for publication by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

  • Grant submission officially opens on April 1, 2013. The application form may be accessed at and must be submitted electronically using the online form by 11:59 PM Eastern Time, July 1, 2013.

    For more information, please visit:

    Invitation to 2nd Annual Common Reader Workshop

    The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Academic Success Center is hosting the 2nd Annual Common Reader Workshop on July 18-19, 2013. This workshop is geared toward those involved in (or establishing) common reader programs within higher education. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity to share best practices and research for common reader programs. This year's common reader topics are:

  • Partnering Across Campus
  • Promoting Information Literacy
  • Developing a Framework for Assessment
  • Planning Co-Curricular Activities and Events

  • The workshop fee is $99, which includes breakfast and lunch both days.

    To register, visit Register early to ensure your spot at the workshop.

    Invitation to Texas Conference - Violence on Campus

    The UNT Texas Higher Education Law Conference, in response to great interest, a challenging legal environment, and heightened focus on campus safety, will sponsor a special, one-day session, Violence on Campus: Legal Issues, Practical Actions, on Monday, July 1, on the campus of the University of North Texas, Denton. Registration is now open.

    The conference will consider relevant law, and intervention, prevention, and response strategies. Registration will include access to all presentations, presenter materials on a thumb drive, and a full breakfast and the luncheon. The day-long session will last from about 8:30 a.m. until about 3:30 p.m.

    For more information on the general and breakout sessions, as well as registration visit: Through June 1, the early-bird registration price is $160 for the day.

    Call for Volunteers - College Summit Workshops

    Each summer, College Summit runs four-day workshops (on local college campuses) for rising high school seniors, from our partner schools, on how to navigate the postsecondary process. We work with educators from each of our partner schools to identify the most influential students-not necessarily the top students academically, to attend these workshops.


    During the workshop, students are immersed in a dynamic training that will allow them to enter their senior year with a leg up on their postsecondary plans. Over four days, students will:


  • Complete a practice application
  • Craft a personal statement with support of a volunteer writing coach
  • Gain insight about the financial aid process
  • Meet one-on-one with a volunteer college coach
  • Learn how to positively influence their peers outside of the workshop

  • Once the workshop is completed, students will serve as Peer Leaders, working with educators to drive college-going culture in their school and community. By training influential students to navigate the path to college and to bring higher expectations and college-going know-how into their school to share with classmates, College Summit helps to create sustainable change.

    None of this work would be possible without the support of our volunteers, who serve as Writing Coaches and College Coaches each summer to help guide these students through the postsecondary process. At each workshop, 15-20 volunteers join forces to help impact and shape the lives of these amazing students.

    Learn more about being a Writing Coach or College Coach by visiting:

    CERA Conference

    The 92nd Annual California Educational Research Association (CERA) Conference is coming to the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, for two full days on December 5 – 6, 2013. There will also be pre-conference sessions on December 4, 2013. The theme for this year's conference will be 'Implementing the Common Core: Opportunities, Challenges and Innovation'.

    Indeed, as the California educational community moves toward the full implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and continued pilot testing of Smarter Balanced Assessments, it is important for CERA members to understand the unique role they play in this highly significant change to public education. From teacher educators to researchers to policy makers to data systems developers to LEA administrators, our roles are critical to facilitate this change to produce positive outcomes for the 6.2 million California public school students.

    This year's conference will feature keynote addresses from prominent researchers and policymakers in the CCSS community including Margaret Heritage from the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who will return to CERA with an address focusing on the key role of formative assessment practices in Common Core implementation. Stanley Rabinowitz from WestEd will provide the latest information on development of the Smarter Balanced Assessment system. Joe Johnston and Lynne Perez from the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) at San Diego State University (SDSU) will speak to effective building level practices they have identified through their research program, and Deborah Sigman from the California Department of Education will give us the an update on policy development around implementation of Smarter Balanced Assessments in California.

    You are encouraged to consider submitting a presentation proposal for the conference. One of the goals for this year's conference is to provide even more rigorous and timely paper presentations and breakout sessions aligned to our conference theme. Your participation will aid in building a program that helps CERA members learn which practices are effective and which strategies can be replicated.

    The program continues to strengthen our connection with graduate students by highlighting graduate student presentations. Announcements requesting presentation proposals will be e-mailed to CERA members in the upcoming weeks. Proposals will be due June 28, 2013.

    For more information, please visit:

    Invitation to Worldviews International Conference

    The "Worldviews 2013: Global Trends in Media and Higher Education" will take place in Toronto, Canada - June 19-21, 2013 on the University of Toronto campus.

    Organized by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, the Washington-based Inside Higher Ed. the London-based University World News, and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), Worldviews 2013 is a lively two-day conference, assembling a variety of thinkers, academics, editors, students, journalists, communications professionals from colleges and universities across the globe, all offering critical perspectives on higher education and the media and possible directions for the future.

    The conference explores the impact of new and emerging forms of communication, the internationalization of higher education campuses in a time of explosive demand and how fundamental shifts in journalism are affecting higher education, to list only a few.

    For more information, please visit:

    Call for Papers: Journal of Student Affairs in Africa


    Along with the revitalization of African higher education and the increasing massification of universities and colleges across the continent, student affairs has been experiencing an incipient professionalization in Africa. Master's and doctoral-level programmes in Higher Education Studies, in parts focused on the training of researchers and professionals with interest or involvement in student development, have sprung up in African universities. Simultaneously, new and existing centres are increasing efforts to develop the body of knowledge and expertise necessary for the rapid expansion of higher education research in Africa. This trend is underpinned by a growing recognition among university leadership of the need for professionally qualified personnel in student affairs to deal with increasing demands for professional student development services and evidence-based policy making.


    It is within this context that the Journal of Student Affairs in Africa (JSAA) is inviting original contributions of conceptual, empirical and normative nature that engage with questions around the incipient professionalization of student affairs in Africa.

    Critical contributions engaging with the notion of 'professionalization' / 'professionalism' and its meaning in relation to the practice of student affairs Explorations of the nexus of student affairs theory, policy and practice in the African context Explorations of theory development, professional trends and academic programmes related to student affairs in Africa Conceptual discussions of student development, and key enablers and inhibitors of student development in Africa Case studies of innovative practices in student affairs in the context of African higher education (e.g. in residence administration, student governance, student counselling) High level reflective practitioner accounts. In addition, the journal publishes relevant book reviews, and professional and conference notices from affiliated scholarly associations and institutions.


    The Closing Date for receiving full papers for the prestigious launch double issue is June 30, 2013.

    Submissions on these and related topics relevant to the field of student affairs can be made at any time.

    Authors must register and manuscripts must be submitted electronically to the Journal's website (or per email to regarding the format and process of submission can be obtained from JSAA / About / Author Guidelines.

    There are no processing fees or page fees to publish in JSAA