Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)

News and Announcements

Congratulations, Vickie and Amanda!!!

Dr. Vickie Mulvaney-Trask, cohort 7, was recently appointed as the Dean of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning at Modesto Junior College. Dr. Mulvaney-Trask leads a team focused on bridging the education to career transition.  In addition to shaping the career-focused educational programs in the areas of agriculture, manufacturing, health, computer technology, leadership, and business, Dr. Mulvaney-Trask leads the Workforce Development Team.  This team specializes in connecting educators, lecturers, speakers and trainers with regional businesses striving to meet operational and workforce goals.  Drawing on her deep understanding of P12 and higher education systems and her incredible people skills, we have no doubt Vickie will be a great success in her new position.

Dr. Amanda Preston-Nelson, cohort 10, has accepted the position of Vice President of Administrative Services at San Joaquin Delta College, effective August 10. Amanda will be part of the executive leadership team, reporting directly to Delta’s Superintendent-President.  In her new position, Amanda will be leading, planning, organizing, developing and directing the activities of the Administrative Services Division. This division includes Fiscal Services, Auxiliary Services (The Market, Bookstore, and Food Services), the Foundation, Payroll, Purchasing and Contracts, Facilities Services/Maintenance, and the Data Center/Information Technology.  Additionally, she will serve as the Chief Business Officer. Amanda is very excited to put her knowledge and leadership skills to work in this executive-level position. We are all so proud of her hard work and growth as a scholar-practitioner.

Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Preston Nelson

Dr. Amanda Preston Nelsonshe received the Dean's Award of Excellence for the Stan State Ed.D. program. In addition to being an outstanding scholar, Amanda is a leader and supporter of fellow students in the program. She leads with both heart and mind, and we are so thrilled to celebrate her accomplishments!!!

Congratulations to Kate Hey

Kate Hey

Congratulations to Kate Hey, Cohort 12! After a rigorous process, Kate received the Rotary District 5220 Scholar Award. This financial award supports Kate’s doctoral scholarship and recognizes her commitment to improving educational outcomes for all students in our region.

Competing with graduate students from Madera in the South, to Galt in the North, from Tracy/Mountain House in the West, to Yosemite in the East, Kate was one of the finalists for the award based on her written application. She then participated in a panel interview, articulating how her scholarship and commitment to improving educational outcomes for individuals in our region align with Rotary International’s focus on supporting education. 

“Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves” (  Rotarians throughout the world and in our region have a long history of supporting education.  District 5220 clubs epitomize the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” by providing scholarships, dictionaries and books for elementary age children, speech competitions, and supporting development of future leaders through Interact clubs at secondary schools throughout the region. 

Congratulations Kou Her

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Kou Her, Cohort 12, is putting leadership into action!  He recently presented to the California Association of School Counselor’s (CASC) conference on the Nurtured Heart Approach. Kou is an example of a scholar-practitioner who leads from within his position as a school counselor in Merced Union High School District.


Congratulations to Kou Her (Cohort 12) for being selected by the California Teachers Association as a recipient of a 2018-19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to Javier Martinez for being recognized as the 2019 Outstanding Student

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Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society 2018-2019

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Celebrating leadership and academic excellence! Congratulations to Cohort 10 members Stephanie Beaver, Daniel Marker, Amanda Preston Nelson, Mark Alabanza, and Yolanda Tituana and to Dean Oddmund Myhre who were inducted today into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Congratulations to Isaias Rumayor (Cohort 9) 

Congratulations to Isaias Rumayor (Cohort 9), principal of Glick Middle School in Empire.  On February 28, 2019, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced that Glick Middle School in Empire has earned the designation of “High-performing California Middle School” in the 2018-2019 Schools to Watch – Taking Center Stage program.  There were only 16 schools in California to achieve “Schools to Watch” status, and Glick is the only school in Stanislaus County.

Schools to Watch includes rigorous criteria. Glick’s designation stems from Isaias’ exemplary leadership and unrelenting focus on equity, social justice, academic excellence, and meaningful student support.  Building on the funds of knowledge of families, students, staff, teachers, and fellow administrators, Isaias has created collaborative systems and shared leadership to empower members of the school community.  They have actively engaged in the challenging yet essential work required to identify and dismantle barriers to student success. 

Congratulations to Taylor Whitehead and Sarah Olson 

Taylor received word today from the Office of the Chancellor that she has been selected as a recipient of the Basic Needs Initiative Student Research Grant.  Reviewers noted her proposal, “Food Insecurity:  An Analysis of Health Barriers for Former Foster Youth Obtaining a 4-year Degree” was a top submission in a competitive applicant pool from students across the 23-campus CSU system.  Taylor’s was one of only four grants awarded at the highest funding level!

Taylor worked diligently during a very short time period in December to write the grant application, including a literature review, research proposal, protocols, and IRB application.  In addition to receiving the grant, her IRB has been approved so she is ready to start her research this spring! 

Taylor will be reporting her research results at a future CSU event and contributing her findings to the work being down throughout the CSU system to support student basic needs and well-being. 

Sarah has been selected as the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 7 2019 Technology Administrator of the Year!  This is a significant honor in the K-12 school leadership world J J  Sarah will be recognized and celebrated in May during the ACSA Region 7 Empowering Innovative Leadership conference in May.

An educational leader committed to creativity and innovation and leading educational programs which celebrate diversity and inclusion, Sarah’s ACSA recognition in part stems from her leadership of K-12 arts and technology programs in her school and the community.  Through such innovative teaching and learning opportunities, students build on classroom scholarship with real-world learning; through this, students of all backgrounds and abilities experience inclusive learning that meets them where they are and pushes them forward.  Significantly, these learning opportunities include engagement in the community.  Students fortunate to learn from Sarah’s leadership develop a servant leadership mindset through reading to others, fundraising for cancer patients, and programs to support the homeless. 

Stanislaus State's Mark Alabanza selected to participate in 2019 David L. Clark Seminar

Stanislaus State's Mark Alabanza was nominated by Educational Leadership doctoral program faculty and selected to participate in the 2019 David L. Clark Seminar, a two-day event for emerging educational administration and policy scholars.  Sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Divisions A and L, the Clark Seminar brings selected graduate students together with noted policy scholars and researchers for presentations, generative discussion, and professional growth.  This year, nearly 100 nominations were received and only the top ranked proposals were accepted.  Of particular note is the fact that Mr. Alabanza is one of only two graduate students from the California State University system to be accepted to this prestigious program. 

Mr. Alabanza is an Ed.D. candidate in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.  His research interests center on student services with a particular focus on systems of support for historically marginalized populations. His dissertation research explores Native American student identity and education system navigation in public postsecondary education.  Through his research, Mr. Alabanza seeks to understand the perceptions of Native American college students, how they utilize resources available to them and how they identify in a college setting.  His research promises to provide valuable insight regarding how to close opportunity and achievement gaps for Native American students in higher education. 

Read more about the David L. Clark Seminar

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Congratulations to Jose Cardenas (Cohort 4) and Health Careers Academy High School for being awarded the 2018 State Champions Race to Submit Award.

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Thank you to Omar Garcia Ponce de Leon, PhD (UAEM, Mexico) for your insightful presentation on The Use of Image in Qualitative Research Methods. Your work brought attractive ideas for our scholarly activities and the work we do with our students. This conference contributes to our efforts to learn about the amazing work that scholars do at other institutions not only here in the US but also in Mexican Higher Education Institutions.

  • Stan Magazine recently highlighted Soua Lee (Cohort 8) in an article titled Courage to Succeed
  • Congratulations to Erin Webb (Cohort 6) for being appointed University Registrar at UC Merced
  • Congratulations to Audry Garza (Cohort 7) for her new position as Coordinator of ELA and HSS at Merced County Office of Education
  • Congratulations to Jose Cardenas (Cohort 4) for being appointed as the Department Chair at Health Care Academy and appointed as the Central California Regional Representative for the California Association of School Counselors
  • Congratulations to Mary Petty (Cohort 10)  for being named Principal at Jacobson Elementary School in Tracy Unified School District

Articles and Publications

  • Poole, D. (2018). CUE conferences: A retrospective from a CUE pioneer.Computer Using Educators blog.
  • Schoener, H. J. & McKenzie, K. (2016). Equity Traps Redux: Inequitable Access to Foreign Language Courses for African American High School Students. Equity & Excellence in Education, 49(3), 284-299, DOI: 10.1080/10665684.2016.1194099
  • Poole, D. & Preciado, M. (2016). Touch typing instruction: Elementary teachers' beliefs and practicesComputers and Education, 102, 1-14. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2016.06.008
  • Riggs, J. (2016). Toward a new ecology of student success: expanding and transforming learning opportunities throughout the community college. League for Innovation in the Community College 19.
  • McKenize, K. & Phillips, G. (2016). Equity traps then and now: deficit thinking, racial erasure and naive acceptance of meritocracy.  Whiteness and Education, 1(1), 26-38. doi:10.1080/23793406.2016.1159600
  • Manuel F. Aguilar-Tamayo, Silvia T. Acuna, and Virginia Montero Hernandez (2016). Hypermedia-based tutoring: Methodology for the production of hypermedia resources through face-to-fact tutoring.  2016 IEEE Glocal Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), doi: 10.1109/EDUCON.2016.7474555
  • Donaldson, M., LeChasseur, K., and Mayer, A. (2016). Tracking instructional quality across secondary mathematics and English Language Arts classes. Journal of Educational Change  pp 1-25. doi:10.1007/s10833-015-9269x
  • Ocampo, A. & Soodjinda, D. (2016). Invisible Asian Americans: the intersection of sexuality, race, and education among gay Asian Americans. Race, Ethnicity and Education 19(3), 480-499.  doi: 10.1080/13613324.2015.1095169
  • LeChasseur, K., Mayer, A., Welton, A., and Donaldson, M. (2016). Situating teacher inquiry: a micropolitical perspective. School Effectiveness and School Improvement  27(2), 255-274. doi:10.1080/09243453.2015.1021818
  • Locke, L. & McKenzie, K. (2016). 'It's like giving us a car, only without the wheels': a critical policy analysis of an early college programme.  International Journal of Leadership in Education 19(2), 157-181. doi:10.1080/13603124.2015.1015617

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