Graduate School of Education Professors Honored at Annual AERA Conference

Five professors from UCR’s Graduate School of Education earned recognition from the American Educational Research Association, or AERA, during the association’s annual meeting, held in New York City from April 13-17. AERA, founded in 1916, is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning.

Rita Kohli, assistant professor in The Graduate School of Education, received the Early Career Award from AERA’s Division G, Social Contexts of Education.

Assistant Professor Rita Kohli, who studies the role of racism in K-12 educational inequity, received the Early Career Award from AERA’s Division G, Social Contexts of Education. The award — presented this year to two honorees, Kohli and Nicole Joseph of Vanderbilt University — recognizes an individual in the early stages of their career no later than 10 years after receipt of a doctoral degree. Recipients’ research must focus on the social contexts that shape and are shaped by institutions of education around the world.

Kohli co-edited the book “Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Counternarratives of Critical Practice,” and served as co-founder and co-director of the annual Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice. The professional development program, designed to help teachers of color who work in public schools serving students of color to grow and succeed, will return to the UCR campus for its next installment from June 21-23.

Eddie Comeaux, associate professor in the Graduate School of Education, was presented with the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship from AERA’s Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group.

Associate Professor Eddie Comeaux was presented with the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship from AERA’s Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group. The award spotlights the work of a scholar or practitioner who has advanced multicultural and multi-ethnic education and demonstrated commitment to underserved communities beyond scholarship to improve practical conditions for those communities.

Comeaux’s research focuses on the college experiences of underserved students to determine how those experiences shape intermediate and long-term outcomes. Central to much of his work are issues of access and equity. A former Division 1 baseball player, he has written extensively about how to enhance the educational experiences and college-to-career transitions of college athletes.

In addition to Kohli and Comeaux, two Graduate School of Education faculty members were honored for their contributions to AERA’s journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Professor Cassandra Guarino, who holds a joint appointment in UCR’s School of Public Policy, earned acknowledgment for her service as one of the journal’s outgoing co-editors, while Associate Professor Gregory Palardy was recognized as one of the publication’s Outstanding Reviewers.

Meanwhile, Assistant Professor Cati de Los Rios received two of AERA’s Outstanding Dissertation Awards: one from the Hispanic Research Special Interest Group and another from the Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group. Her dissertation, “Literacies of Power: Exploring Multilingual and Multiliterate Practices in a Secondary Chicanx/Latinx Studies Course,” was completed during her time at Teachers College, Columbia University.

-Tess Eyrich

Two Professors Recognized for Contributions to Plant Pathology

(From left to right) Howard Judelson, professor of plant pathology, Georgios Vidalakis, professor and UC extension specialist in plant pathology.

Two professors have been recognized by the American Phytopathological Society, or APS, an international organization dedicated to the study of plant diseases.

Howard Judelson, a professor of plant pathology, has been named a fellow of the APS. The society grants this honor to a current member in recognition of distinguished contributions to plant pathology or to the society. Recognition is based on significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: original research, teaching, administration, professional and public service, and/or extension and outreach.

Georgios Vidalakis, a professor and UC extension specialist in plant pathology, has received the APS Excellence in Regulatory Affairs and Crop Security Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to regulatory plant pathology, crop security, and trade enhancement efforts by APS members. Those nominated are individuals or teams, led by an APS member, which have measurably contributed to an aspect of regulatory plant pathology and crop security.

Sarah Nightingale

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