Distinguished Professor Alberto J. Rodriguez has been invited to be part of the core planning group of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Collaborative for Advancing Science Teaching and Learning in K-12. The goals for the initiative include implementing science standards across states and districts and developing a communication and engagement strategy for advancing K-12 science and engineering education. Rodriguez will attend a planning meeting in Washington, D.C. in November.
Hope Rigby-Wills, a lecturer in the special populations program and a doctoral alum, has been selected for the Council for Learning Disabilities Leadership Institute. The program is designed for graduate students and early career faculty to develop career, grant writing and teaching skills. Rigby-Wills earned an Ed.D. in professional leadership – special populations in 2023.
Steven Wei, who earned an Ed.D. in professional leadership – health science education in 2021, received the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual symposium in August. Wei is currently a manager of advanced practice providers in the Department of Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Bernadette Castillo, a clinical assistant professor in the curriculum and instruction – teaching/teacher education program, will become program chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Latina/o/x Research Issues special interest group for the 2024-25 academic year. She’s currently serving as program chair-elect of the group, which connects researchers and practitioners focused on issues of importance to the Latinx community in the United States.
Blake Allan, an associate professor in the counseling psychology doctoral program, has been elected to fellow status in the American Psychological Association’s Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17). His research focuses on quality of work, including issues such as underemployment, precarious work, decent work and working poverty. The College has five other APA fellows:
- Consuelo Arbona, professor of counseling psychology
- Julie Dunsmore, professor of human development and family sciences
- Robert McPherson, professor of counseling psychology and former dean
- Roberta Nutt, former clinical professor of counseling psychology
- Nathan Grant Smith, professor of counseling psychology program
Stephanie Pérez-Gill, program director for the Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute, received a 2023-24 scholarship from the UH Staff Council. She was honored at the Staff Council Awards and Scholarship Ceremony in July. Perez-Gill is also a doctoral student in the higher education program.
Kelly Lee, who earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology in 2016 and an M.Ed. in counseling in 2013, will serve as president-elect for the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. Lee is currently a clinical associate professor and training director for the counseling psychology program at the Texas A&M University School of Education and Human Development. Her official term as president-elect will begin in August.
Three-time UH graduate Michael Ahlf, an assistant manager in the College’s technology department, won a first-place research award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology’s Division of Distance Learning. Specifically, he received the division’s Graduate Student Research ‘Mixed Methods’ Based Award for the capstone paper of his doctoral dissertation titled “A Systematic Review of Research on Moderators in Asynchronous Online Discussions.” Sara McNeil, an associate professor and director of the College’s learning, design and technology program, was the second author on the paper. Ahlf earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in 2022, an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction in 2014 and a B.S. in electrical engineering from UH in 2002.