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Joint PhD Program in Education

October 2012 Newsletter

New Graduates

This spring, Matthew Kaye and Amanda Matas graduated from the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education.

Dr. Matas and Dr. Kaye

Pictured Above: Dr. Matas and Dr. Kaye

Matthew D. Kaye, Ph.D. is the Director of the Office of Volunteer Programs and Service at Learning Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He oversees the administration of student-led volunteerism and service learning programming.  Also, he is the supervising administrator to grant funded, after-school programs in six public elementary school in Bridgeport, CT.  Dr. Kaye’s dissertation explored educational access for displaced Haitians in the Dominican Republic near the Haitian border.  He is a former Fulbright-Hays recipient. This led him to Ecuador and Peru where he investigated the role of critical pedagogy within the context of Andean public schools.  Dr. Kaye has held positions with the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Peace Corps.  With continued interest in Latin America, his research is currently focused on college students' critical reflection development before, during and after international service learning.

Amanda Matas received her undergraduate degree at the University of San Diego, with a major in Diversified Liberal Arts and a minor in Spanish. She additionally completed her BCLAD Multiple Subjects credential at USD and subsequently began teaching 6th grade in the San Diego Unified School District. Amanda has taught 6th grade humanities for thirteen years, ten of which at Marston Middle School in San Diego. She received her Masters of Arts Degree in Curriculum Development with an emphasis in Critical Literacy & Social Justice from the Policy Studies department at San Diego State University. Amanda has also worked as a part-time lecturer in the Policy Studies department at San Diego State University, teaching both credential and Masters-level courses. Her research focuses on the needs of English language learners in K-12 schools and creating improved educational conditions for newcomer immigrant youth.

Congratulations Matthew and Amanda!

Program Welcomes New Students

On Thursday, September 13, 2012, a reception to welcome to the new students to the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program was held at the Faculty/Staff Club at San Diego State University.

Four new students began the program this fall: Michael Bovee, David Martin, Brett Pepin and Elizabeth Strickland.

Scott Thomas, Dean of the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University, Ric Hovda, Dean of the College of Education at San Diego State University, and Dr. Rafaela Santa Cruz, Director of the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education, opened the reception with welcome messages. Faculty members, administrators and returning students were also in attendance and shared their thoughts on their experiences in the program.

New Ph.D. Students

Pictured Above (left to right): Brett Pepin, Michael Bovee, Elizabeth Strickland, and David Martin.


Pictured Above: Frank Manzano, Annie Nguyen and Dr. Marva Capello (left to right) dicuss their research interests.

Brett Pepin, Amber Alatorre and Dean Thomas

Pictured Above (left to right): Brett Pepin, Amber Alatorre and Dean Thomas

Program Spotlight

Rachel Stein

Rachel Stein is a Ph.D. candidate in the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education. She also has taught high school chemistry at Castle Park High School in Chula Vista, California for the past nine years. Rachel holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in education from San Diego State University. Rachel's dissertation is a mixed-methods study of the factors that predict Latino/a high school students' decision to pursue science degrees.

Rachel admits that she felt a little lost coming into the program and that some of the concepts seemed nearly impossible to grasp. However, she believes what really helped her in the program was the group she and her fellow students formed for both academic and social interaction. This group often meets several times a week and plays off each other's strengths and weaknesses. Rachel said, "It is a way of being held present and accountable." That group of fellow students offered support to Rachel by attending her proposal defense meeting.

For new students, Rachel suggests not only looking to those students who started the program with you, "look back and forward, too." It's important to form that core of associates and support each other through the program. Additionally, Rachel believes it is important to help each other and ask for help when things get tough. As Rachel said, "The Ph.D. community is like a forest. When you start falling over, let the other trees help hold you up."


Pictured Above: Rachel Stein works in her laboratory

In each newsletter, students, faculty, staff and recent graduates of the program will be spotlighted. If you know of someone who should be spotlighted, please contact the newsletter editor (

CGU Travel Awards

There are two application periods for CGU Travel Awards.

Please note that Travel Awards are given retroactively, so do check the qualifying period to make sure your event took place in the appropriate period to your application.

Please remember to return to the GSC websites for updates on application periods, as these may sometimes have to be adjusted to accommodate school events.

Fall 2012 Travel Awards

Qualifying Period - for events between April 22- October 14, 2012
Application Deadline - midnight on October 28, 2012

Spring 2013 Travel AwardsQualifying Period - for events between October 15, 2012- March 15, 2013

Application Deadline- midnight on March 31, 2013

The GSC will send out emails to announce the Travel Awards at least one month before the application deadline. For complete details on event types that qualify for awards, eligibility criteria and application procedure, click here. For questions, do not hesitate to contact GSC at

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research

Deadline: 11/30/2012

The American Educational Research (AERA) Minority Fellowship supports education research being conducted by outstanding minority graduate students.

Applicants can come from any field as long as the dissertation topic relates to education research. The fellowship duration is one year.


  • This program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • Applicants must work full-time on their dissertations and course requirements.
  • This program is targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders).

Award Amount:

  • One-year stipend of $12,000.
  • Up to $1,000 in travel support to attend the AERA Annual Meeting.
  • Fellowships may be supplemented by university or department awards and tuition waivers. Such supplements are encouraged.

For more information, please visit:

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Ford Foundation Fellowship awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels.  Fellowships are awarded in a national competition. Awards are made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

To be eligible for a Ford Foundation Fellowship award you must be a citizen of the United States, demonstrate evidence of superior academic achievement(such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.  Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice oriented degree programs are not eligible for support.

In addition to the fellowship award, Ford Fellows are eligible to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows, a unique national conference of a select group of high-achieving scholars committed to diversifying the professoriate and using diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

2013 Ford Fellowship competitions are NOW OPEN and currently accepting registrations.

  • Predoctoral application deadline is November 14, 2012 (11:59 PM EST).
  • Dissertation and Postdoctoral application deadline is November 19, 2012 (11:59 PM EST).
  • Supplementary Materials receipt deadline (all levels) is January 9, 2013 (11:59 PM EST).

  • For more information, please visit:

    CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS:  Excellence in Higher Education

    Excellence in Higher Education (EHE) is a sustainable research initiative established with the generous support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of its Decentralized Basic Education 2 Project in Indonesia. EHE is the first English language academic journal in the field of higher education in Indonesia and is sponsored by the Consortium of Indonesian Universities–Pittsburgh (KPTIP: Konsorsium Perguruan Tinggi Indonesia–Pittsburgh). The journal is a product of the Consortium's continued commitment to the quality and innovation of Indonesian education. To this end the Consortium works to create sustainable national, regional, and global partnerships to meet national education reform mandates. EHE is published by the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.

    EHE encourages diverse points of view with international perspectives, creating a forum for the sharing of research on issues pertaining to higher education. The goal of EHE is to enable readers around the world to explore Indonesian and global higher education traditions and contemporary patterns in a global context, thereby promoting mutual dialogue and enriching the theory, policy, and practice of higher education.

    EHE is an international, peer-reviewed journal that seeks to publish scholarly articles on research projects that can significantly contribute to theory development, policy and practice. EHE covers all areas of education research, with a focus on higher education management, active learning, interdisciplinary research, and with a broad Indonesian and international context. EHE aims to reach a wide range of readers including scholars, practitioners, policy makers, development partners, and students of education.

    The journal's scope is broad in both methodology and content. Articles employ a range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods. EHE contributions include analyses of education discourse, policy and practice from interdisciplinary perspectives and their implications for higher education management, policy, research, teaching, and learning.

    Frequency: 2 issues per year
    ISSN: 2153-9669 (print version)
    ISSN: 2153-9677 (electronic version)

    Contact Information:
    Dr. W. James Jacob
    Director, Institute for International Studies in Education
    5714 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, United States

    For more information, please visit:

    Call For Submissions: Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) Inaugural Conference

    Chicago, Illinois
    Sunday, April 21-Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    The purpose of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) Inaugural  Conference entitled, "Repositioning Culture in Evaluation and Assessment" is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from the United States and internationally to focus on the role of culture in theory and practices of evaluation and assessment. The CREA conference will be unique in its definitive recognition of culture's centrality to evaluation and assessment and will illuminate the landscape of culturally responsive evaluation and assessment, a space that remains largely uncharted.

    CREA specifically anticipates paper, symposia and roundtable submissions that address at least one of these four themes:

  • Defining culturally relevant and culturally responsive assessment
  • Documenting the use of culture in evaluation
  • Pursuing social justice
  • Crossing cultural borders in evaluation and assessment


    August 27 – November 9, 2012:
    All submitters may log in to the submission management system from the conference web page ( during the open submission period to submit a paper or session, or to review and make changes to a submission. Call for submissions closes at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) on November 9. No late submissions will be accepted.

    December 19, 2012:
    Notification of acceptance status will be e-mailed and will also be viewable in the submissions management system.


  • Sunday, April 21: Opening Plenary and Welcome Reception at the Chicago Cultural Center
  • Monday, April 22-Tuesday, April 23: Plenary speakers and concurrent sessions from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. each day at the beautiful Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago. International consortium of panels and speakers will address a diverse set of cultural viewpoints.

  • For detailed information about conference costs, registration, submission guidelines, volunteer opportunities, accommodations, and updated schedule, please visit the conference information page:

    Call for Papers: Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations Conference

    The International Advisory Board is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Thirteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations and the call for submissions to the peer-reviewed International Journal of Diversity in Organizations. The Diversity Conference will be held June 26 - 28, 2013 at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia.

    For more details visit:

    This interdisciplinary conference has a history of bringing together scholarly, government and practice-based participants and has included international lecturers, researchers, teachers, leaders and practitioners from any professional discipline who share a common concern for learning and an interest to explore the full range of what diversity means.

    In 2013, the Diversity Conference returns to Australia for the first time in a decade. To Darwin - a focal point for Aboriginal communities across Northern Australia and a multicultural city closely connected with Asian neighbors. Darwin is closer to Indonesia than it is to any other Australian city. This makes Darwin an ideal location to discuss questions of diversity in all its aspect. The interests of the conference range across all the dimensions of diversity including ethnicity, race, aboriginality, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic position, age and disability.

    Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, round tables or colloquia are invited that address issues of diversity through one of the following categories:

    • Theme 1: Identity and Belonging
    • Theme 2: Education and Learning in a World of Differences
    • Theme 3: Organizational Diversity
    • Theme 4: Community Diversity and Governance

    The deadline for early proposal submissions is November, 20 2012. Proposals must be submitted by this date to qualify for the early conference registration rate and other conference benefits. Conference Registration must be completed and paid by December 26, 2012 to be eligible for the discounted early registration rate.

    Other proposal submission deadlines are posted on the website at:

    Presenters may also choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Diversity in Organizations. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication, as well as access to the journal.

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