Convocation Launches 2014-15 School Year at UCLA Ed & IS

UCLA Ed & IS students, faculty, and staff were recognized with annual awards for academic excellence and innovative research.

UCLA Ed & IS Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco welcomed students, faculty, and staff to the Moore Hall auditorium on Oct. 1 to kick off the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year. Recalling UCLA’s heritage as a teacher’s college, Suárez-Orozco underscored the significance for students of studying at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.

“Today you begin an amazing journey,” he said. “Yours is a unique place in our country’s premier public research university. “Education and information studies have been at the center of the university’s evolution.

“Education and information are more important today than ever before in human history. [They will] play a fundamental role in shaping the course of the economic and social transformations remaking our society today. With the growth of inequality worldwide, education emerges as a powerful tool for justice. Scholarly inquiry must be built on the foundations of respect, rigor, and reflexivity. Without these fundamentals, our fragile edifice of learning and teaching is undermined; our vision is blurred; our mission becomes an elusive mirage.”

Professor Louis Gomez, chair of the UCLA Department of Education, and Professor Gregory Leazer, chair of the UCLA Department of Information Studies, also welcomed students to the beginning of a new school year, followed by Jeff Share, faculty advisor, Teacher Education Program (TEP), who presented a slide show of TEP students and their photographic portrayals of how education can achieve social justice.

TEP students who formed "Team Noddings," Nel Noddings, a philosopher and education theorist, created the above vision of the tranformational power of education as part of a slide show presented at Convocation.  L-R, top left: Benjamin Lee and William Hsu  L-R, middle row: Sarah Mejia, Jasmin Licea, Margarita Alvarado, Kimberly Rosas, unidentified student, Vitrang Pham, Khoi Nguyen, unidentified student, Annie Chung, and Mason Butts.  L-R, bottom row: Rahmon Ford (kneeling), and unidentified student. Courtesy of Jeff Share and June Chou
TEP students who formed “Team Noddings,” Nel Noddings, a philosopher and education theorist, created the above image of UCLA Ed & IS students leaving “The Status Quo” behind, as part of a slide show presented at Convocation. L-R, top left: Benjamin Lee and William Hsu 
L-R, middle row: Sarah Mejia, Jasmin Licea, Margarita Alvarado, Kimberly Rosas, Lisa Ruiz, Vitrang Pham, Khoi Nguyen, Linzy Guevara, Annie Chung, and Mason Butts. L-R, bottom row: Rahmon Ford (kneeling), and Fannie Hsieh.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Share; caption info by June Chou

The Convocation also showcased academic excellence and creativity with annual awards given to  members of the UCLA Ed &IS community. Faculty awards included the Distinguished Teaching Award, given to Professor of Information Studies Michelle Caswell and Professor of Education Robert Cooper. In addition, two annual awards for excellence in research were given, to Professor of Education Noel Enyedy (The Harold A. and Lois Haytin Award), and Assistant Professor of Education Thomas M. Philip (The Bobbie and Mark Greenfield Faculty Award). In addition, the inaugural Distinguished Teaching Award for Professional Faculty was given to Darlene Lee, TEP Faculty Advisor.

Students in the UCLA Departments of Education and Information Studies were also recognized for their work. IS doctoral candidates Morgan Currie (Dissertation Proposal Award); Patricia Garcia (Diversity Paper Award); and Seth Erickson (Hal Borko Student Award), were honored for their writing and research.

UCLA’s Department of Education also awarded several prizes for student achievement and service beyond the classroom. Gabriela Lopez and Sarah Drucker, TEP novices in the teaching credential and Master’s in Education program, were honored with the Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation Award for their academic achievements and their community service.

Doctoral students were recognized with the George Kneller Prize, including Na’im Eggleston, Urban Schooling (US), and Weiling Deng, Social Science and Comparative Education. Doctoral candidate Lluliana Alonso (SSCE) was also a Kneller Prize recipient.

Belinda Williams, a doctoral student in the Human Development and Psychology (HDP) Division, received the Prize in Memory of Leigh Burstein. Doctoral candidates Dalal Katsiaficas, (HDP), and Sarah Lillo, (SSCE) were both honored with the Norma and Seymour Feshbach Dissertation Award. In addition, doctoral students DeMarcus Jenkins (US), and Hughlin Boyd (SSCE) were recognized with the Distinguished Teaching Assistant/Special Reader Award.

For a Facebook photo album of Convocation, click here.

 

Above: A group of TEP students, named “Team Noddings” after Nel Noddings, philosopher and education theorist, depict their vision of the transformational power of education as part of a slide show presented at Convocation. Courtesy of Jeff Share