Eight Assistant Professors Join UCLA Ed & IS

New faculty members represent innovative direction of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.

Eight new assistant professors join UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies this fall as welcome additions to a faculty of innovative scholars and renowned academic experts.

“The arrival of eight new Assistant Professors marks an historic turning point in the evolution of GSE&IS,” says Wassserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco. “Perhaps not since our origins in the last Century have we embarked in such ambitious, purposeful, and successful recruitment of younger colleagues. Each an emerging nova in his or her own field, together they embody the sine qua non in higher education moving forward: excellence, diversity, and engaged citizenship. I am proud and extremely pleased to welcome Ananda, Jessica, Lorena, Matthew, Minjeong, Ozan, Sarah, and Shawn.”

Lorena Guillén will teach in the Teacher Education Program (TEP) in the Division of Urban Schooling. She has served as an instructor and teaching assistant in courses on teacher education and teaching English language arts at the University of Washington.

Professor Guillén was a graduate fellow of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, and has received travel grants from the University of Washington, the Pico Playhouse, and the Los Angeles Times to conduct her research. She has also had classroom experience as a high school teacher in Pasadena, Santa Clara, and schools in Rhode Island.

Professor Lorena Guillen
Professor Lorena Guillén, TEP

Guillén’s research interests include the preparation of urban teachers, social justice and educational policy, and preparing teachers to collaborate with families and communities. She earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction at the University of Washington; her master’s degree in secondary English language arts from Brown University; and her bachelor’s degree in English/creative writing from Stanford. Professor Guillén is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, the National Council for Teachers of English, and The Puente Project.

Jessica Harris will be teaching student affairs in the Division of Higher Education and Organizational Change (HEOC). She recently taught as a visiting assistant professor at the School of Education at the University of Kansas. She was a research project associate at the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University and a research assistant at the Center for Multicultural Excellence at the University of Denver. Harris also served as a research associate for the National Survey of Student Engagement at the Center for Postsecondary Research.

Harris’s research interests include the academic and social experiences of multiracial women, campus climate for students of color, and critical pedagogy, and sexual violence on college campuses. While at Indiana University, she served as principal investigator on a study titled, “Exploring the Racialized Experiences of Multiracial Women Students at a Predominantly White Institution,” funded by the Holmstedt Dissertation Year Fellowship. She also was the principal investigator for the projects, “Beyond Monoracial: Biracial and Multiracial Experiences in America” at the University of Denver, and “The Educational Reform System in Accra, Ghana,” at Occidental College.

Professor Jessica Harris,
Professor Jessica Harris, HEOC

Harris has served as a reviewer of research in brief and an outside reviewer for the Journal of College Student Development. She was a state representative for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrator’s Multiracial Knowledge Community and a conference session chair and proposal reviewer for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).

Professor Harris earned her doctorate in higher education and student affairs at Indiana University; her master’s degree in college student affairs from Pennsylvania State University; and her bachelor’s degree in critical theory and social justice from Occidental College. She has received scholarships and travel scholarships from the Association of Higher Education, the University of Denver, and Occidental College. Harris is a member of AERA, the American College Personnel Association, the Critical Race Studies in Education Association, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Ozan Jacquette will teach higher education in the HEOC division. He previously taught educational policy studies and practice at the University of Arizona as an assistant professor. He served as a research assistant for the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, and as a research analyst for Abt Associates.

Jacquette’s research interests include organizational behavior, enrollment management, higher education finance, and higher education policy. He has been a sought-after source in the media, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Nation, The Huffington Post, CNN Money, NPR Marketplace, and the Wall Street Journal.

Professor Ozan Jacquette, HEOC
Professor Ozan Jacquette, HEOC

Professor Jacquette served as principal investigator for a University of Arizona project on “The Effect of State Appropriations to Community Colleges on Tuition Price, Student Success, and Market Share.” He also served as PI for a study on “Exploring Change Over Time and Across institutional Sectors in Student Loan Default and Title IV Financial Aid Revenues,” funded by the Spencer Foundation; and served as project director on “Educational Experiences and Outcomes of High-Performing, Low-Income Students,” funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Jacquette earned his doctorate in higher education from the University of Michigan, his master’s degree in social policy from Oxford University, and his bachelor’s degree in business economics from George Washington University. He is a member of ASHE and the Association for Education Finance and Policy.

Minjeong Jeon will teach quantitative methods and educational assessment in the Division of Social Research Methodology (SRM) . She recently taught quantitative psychology in the Department of Psychology at Ohio State University. She has also taught as a graduate student instructor at UC Berkeley and Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

Jeon’s research interests include latent variable models, psychometrics, multilevel models, dynamic modeling of longitudinal data, and the development of maximum likelihood and Bayesian estimation methods and software

Professor Jeon was a visiting scholar in quantitative psychology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium, and a postdoctoral researcher for UC Berkeley and the Educational Testing Service (ETS). In addition, she has served as an intern and consultant for the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Minjeong Jeon, SRM
Professor Minjeong Jeon, SRM

Jeon serves as the book review section editor for the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics and as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals including Applied Psychological Measurement, the International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education, and Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal.

Professor Jeon earned her doctorate in quantitative methods and evaluation and her master’s degree in statistics from UC Berkeley. She received a master’s degree in quantitative methods, measurement, and evaluation, and bachelor’s degrees in education and in sociology from Yonsei University in Seoul. She is a recipient of the Brenda Loyd Dissertation Award from the National Council of Measurement in Education and the Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellowship from ETS. Jeon is a member of the Psychometric Society, AERA, the American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education.

Matthew Madison will teach qualitative methods and educational assessment in the SRM division. He previously taught courses at the University of Georgia, Central Michigan University, and the University of North Carolina in algebra, calculus, and the applied analysis of variance in education.

Madison was a research assistant for a project on “Assessment Tools for Capturing Students’ Procedural Skills and Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics,” that was funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences. He designed and conducted a study on the test speed of the CPA Uniform Exam for the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants; and assisted with a NSF-funded project on “AutoMentor: Virtual Mentoring and Assessment in Computer Games for STEM.”

Madison’s research interests include equity in mathematics textbooks, developing diagnostic formative assessments in graduate statistics courses, and evaluating the statistical properties of epistemic network analysis.

Professor Matthew Madison, SRM
Professor Matthew Madison, SRM

Professor Madison is a candidate for his doctorate quantitative methodology from the University of Georgia, where he completed his master’s of science degree in statistics. Madison earned his master’s of arts degree in mathematics from Central Michigan University, and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina. He is a member of the American Statistical Association, the Psychometric Society, the Northeastern Educational Research Association, AERA, and the National Council on Measurement in Education. He serves on the Standards and Test Use Committee of the National Council for Measurement in Education. In 2015, Madison was honored with the Owen W. Scott Award for Academic Merit and Professional Promise from the University of Georgia.

Ananda Marin will teach qualitative methods in the SRM division. She previously taught as a lecturer and teaching assistant in the School of Professional Studies and the School of Education & Social Policy at Northwestern University. She has served as an evaluation consultant for the American Indian College Fund, and was the assistant dean of Student Services at Harry S. Truman College in Chicago where she also taught interdisciplinary studies and Native American history. In addition, Marin was a GED instructor in the Institute for Native American Development at Truman College.

Marin’s research interests include Native American science education and the role of culture, epistemology, identity, and bicultural efficacy in American Indian educational and professional success. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University; a research assistant at the American Indian Center of Chicago at Northwestern University; and a curriculum designer and teacher at the American Indian Center of Chicago. Marin has also been an evaluation consultant for the American Indian College Fund, and was the assistant dean of Student Services at Harry S. Truman College in Chicago, where she also taught interdisciplinary studies and Native American history. In addition, she was at Truman College.

Professor Ananda Marin, TEP
Professor Ananda Marin, SRM

Professor Marin earned her doctorate in learning sciences from Northwestern University; her master’s degree in public policy at Harvard University, and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Yale University. She is the recipient of the Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences Fellowship and a Dissertation Year Fellowship from Northwestern University. She has served as co-coordinator for the Science Learning strand of the National Association in Research in Science Teaching; as secretary/treasurer for the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas special interest group of AERA; and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

Sarah Roberts will teach Library Studies in the UCLA Department of Information Studies. She most recently taught as an assistant professor on the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, and was a faculty affiliate in the Department of Women’s Studies & Feminist Research at the University of Western Ontario.

Roberts’s research interests include social equity, labor issues, and literacy within digital media contexts. She is best known for creating the concept of commercial content moderation, a globalized set of practices of human review of social media content. In her research, she has interviewed workers from Silicon Valley, Canada, the UK and the Philippines, the latter funded by a granted titled, “Commercial Content Moderation and the Global Circuit of Online Work.” Roberts served as the principal investigator for a study on “Commerical Content Moderation and the Global Circuit of Online Work” for the Social Sciences and Humanities Council, as well as for a study funded by the Government of Ontario titled, “From North America to Call Centre Capitals: Tracing Digital Work’s Global Migration.”

Professor Sarah T. Roberts, Library Studies

Roberts is sought-after source across print, television and online media, including WIRED Magazine, Al Jazeera America, TV Ontario, TRT World, El Mundo, The London Free Press, and The Los Angeles Times. She has served as a media consultant for Showtime, Netflix, Radiolab, and VICE. Roberts is a member of the American Library Association, the American Society for Information Science and Technology, the Association of Internet Researchers, the International Association for Media and Communication Research, the Society for the History of Technology, and the Union for Democratic Communications.

Professor Roberts earned her doctorate in library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master’s degree in library and information studies, bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish language and literature, and a certificate in women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has received awards from the Western University Faculty Research Development Fund. While at the University of Illinois, she was awarded the Lois Wells Irwin Fellowship and the Anita and Marie Hostetter Fellowship by the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences. Roberts is also a recipient of the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Beta Phi Mu International Library & Information Studies Honor Society.

Shawn VanCour will teach Media Archival Studies in the UCLA Department of Information Studies. He was previously a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He has also taught as a lecturer in the film and media studies program at the University of South Carolina, and as an associate lecturer in media and cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin.

VanCour has served as the Eastern regional director and ultimately, the national grants director of the Radio Preservation Task Force within the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. He was also an archival assistant in the Moving Image Research Collections of the University Library System of the University of South Carolina.

VanCour’s other media experience includes production manager and head producer for Sound Vision Audiovisual Services in Burlington, Vt., and television news and commercial production assistant for WPTZ News in Plattsburg, NY. He is the author of the forthcoming “Making Television: Inventing the Art and Craft of American Television, 1945-1960” and “Making Radio: Early Radio Production and the Rise of Modern Sound Culture 1920-1930.”

Professor Shawn VanCour, Archival Media Studies
Professor Shawn VanCour,  Media Archival Studies

Professor VanCour earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the State University of New York. He received a Professional Development Award from the Office of the Dean at the Steinhardt School to conduct archival research on “Teaching Television: The Development of Courses in Early Television Instruction, 1940-1960,” and an American Heritage Center Research Award for his study of the collected papers of early network television writers, directors, and producers. VanCour has been a member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Broadcast Education Association, the National Communication Association, the Society for American Music, and the Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association.