Graduate School of Education Welcomes Nine New Faculty Members

Meet the professors who are now part of the Graduate School of Education

Meet the nine new faculty members who joined the Graduate School of Education:

Soojin Park

Soojin Park

Soojin Park, assistant professor, earned her Ph.D. in education psychology and quantitative methods from University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Park served as both a lecturer and statistical consultant in the Department of Educational Psychology. Her current research topic is about causal mediation analysis that investigates why and how a treatment has its effect on an outcome. Looking to the future, her next article seeks to suggest ways to circumvent strong assumptions to identify causal mediation effects using a design approach.

 Raquel M. Rall

Raquel Rall

Raquel Rall

Raquel M. Rall, assistant professor of Higher Education, earned her Ph.D. in urban education policy at USC’s Rossier School of Education, where she was also a Provost Fellow. Last year, Rall was a University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the UC Riverside School of Education where her research focused on issues of governance. Rall’s research centers on identifying best practices to increase access to and success in higher education for traditionally marginalized communities and on bridging research and practice.

 Celeste Pilegard

Celeste Pilegard

Celeste Pilegard

Celeste Pilegard, assistant professor, received her Ph.D. in 2016 in psychology and brain sciences from UC Santa Barbara (UCSB). At UCSB she was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. She was the recipient of a Dissertation Research Award from the American Psychological Association in 2015. From 2013–16 Pilegard participated in a graduate research fellowship at the National Science Foundation. She is broadly interested in cognition and instruction. Her research interests also include STEM areas, especially in the use of technology in education.

Michael Solis

Michael Solis

Michael Solis

Michael Solis, assistant professor of special education, earned his Ph.D. in special education in 2015 from University of Texas at Austin. Prior to becoming a faculty member of the GSOE, Solis worked at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education in Charlottesville, Virginia. His line of research focuses on vocabulary and reading comprehension interventions for students with reading difficulties in grades 4–12. Solis is currently pursing a series of studies designed to support the development of evidence-based reading practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Scott Brooks

Scott Brooks

Scott Brooks

Scott Brooks, the newly appointed associate dean for Undergraduate Education, earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Brooks was previously an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Sociology at UC Riverside from 2004–12, before taking a position at his former institution, University of Missouri in the departments of Sociology and Black Studies. Brooks has consulted the NFL, MLB, college, and high school coaches and athletes. He authored Black Men Can’t Shoot (University of Chicago, 2009), and is currently working on three manuscripts: one regarding coaching, a second that investigates high school basketball since 1950, and a third project on Black campus dating.

Uma Jayakumar

Uma Jayakumar

Uma Jayakumar

Uma Jayakumar, associate professor in the Graduate School of Education, received her doctorate from the Higher Education and Organizational Change Division at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to that she was a professor of leadership studies at the University of San Francisco, where she co-founded a Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) master’s program. Her scholarship and teaching address racial justice and policy issues in higher education. Her advocacy scholarship has been featured in several publications, including numerous amicus briefs submitted to the Supreme Court in favor of the University of Texas in Fisher v. University of Texas.

Louie Rodriguez

Louie Rodriguez

Louie Rodriguez

Louie Rodriguez, an associate professor, earned an Ed.D. from Harvard University in administration, planning and social policy in 2005. He comes from the Department of Educational Leadership and Curriculum at California State University, San Bernardino, where he served as co-director of the Doctorate Educational Leadership program. His research interests include: educational equity issues in schools and communities. In 2015, Rodriguez published Intentional Excellence: The Pedagogy, Power, and Politics of Excellence in Latina/o Schools and Communities. Rodriguez hopes to launch a community-based research initiative that finds ways to build opportunities between youth and educators in the local community.

William Erchul

William Erchul

William Erchul

William Erchul, professor and director of the GSOE School Psychology Program, received his Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin. He has previously served as professor of psychology at North Carolina State University, and research professor at Arizona State University. Erchul’s major research interest is psychoeducational consultation (sometimes referred to as academic coaching).  Erchul produced over 100 scholarly works, has been associate editor of the School Psychology Quarterly, and has served on the editorial review boards of nine scholarly journals. Erchul is a licensed psychologist and board certified in school psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

Joseph Kahne

Joseph Kahne

Joseph Kahne

Professor Joseph Kahne is the inaugural Ted and Jo Dutton endowed presidential chair for education policy and politics in the GSOE. Kahne earned a Ph.D. in education and an MA in political science from Stanford University. He continues as the principal investigator and chair of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. Kahne authored Reframing Educational Policy: Democracy, Community, and the Individual. His research interests include: the civic and democratic purposes of education, school policy and urban school reform, digital media, equity, and youth development.

Media Contact


Tel: (951) 827-4580
E-mail: sarah.nightingale@ucr.edu
Twitter: snightingale

Archived under: Inside UCR, , , , , , , , ,

Top of Page