Alumni Highlights

Debra Austin, PhD, JD, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction, ’04, was awarded the University of Denver’s (DU) Distinguished Teaching Award. Austin is currently a professor of practice of law at DU’s Sturm College of Law, where her contributions are credited with elevating DU’s Lawyering Process Program into the U.S. News & World Report Top 10 Legal Writing Programs.

Sarabeth Berk, PhD, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction, ‘15, published the first book in her hybrid professional series, More Than My Title: The Power of Hybrid Professionals in a Workforce of Experts and Generalists. In 2019, Berk was recognized by Colorado Inno as one of 50 “Inno on Fire” recipients, an honor awarded to people in Colorado who are doing incredibly innovative work.

Emily Bongiovanni, MLIS, Research Methods and Information Science, Library and Information Science, ’18, was the Principal Investigator on a grant from the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Bongiovanni was awarded $30,000 in 2019 and $38,000 in 2020 to develop and sustain an Open Educational Resources incentive program at the Colorado School of Mines. The title of her grant project is Open Mines: Deploying Open Educational Resource Development at Colorado School of Mines.

Fernando Branch, EdD, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, ’18, was selected as a Barbara L. Jackson Scholar. This honor provides formal networking and mentoring for doctoral students of color from University Counsel for Educational Administration member universities. The Jackson Scholar Network is a significant pipeline of faculty and graduate students of color, providing a system of support while enriching the field of educational leadership.

Lauren Collins, PhD, Higher Education, ’19, was selected as an Engaged Scholar by the Western Region Campus Compact who work to advance co-created knowledge, critically engaged pedagogies, models of institutional change and collaborative action that addresses societal issues. The Engaged Scholars Initiative is aimed at developing, supporting and connecting leaders from member institutions.

Michelle Garcia-Olp, PhD, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction, ’18, won the 2019 John Laska Dissertation Award for Curriculum from The American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) for her dissertation, Decolonizing Identity: Finding Face, Finding Foundation, and Finding Heart. Each year, the AATC recognizes two outstanding dissertations in teaching and curriculum that best represent the mission of the organization.

Rick Ginsberg, PhD, Counseling Psychology, ’00, accepted a position as president of the Colorado Psychological Association (CPA), which aims to be the voice of psychology across the state of Colorado. The association advances the profession of psychology through advocacy and education for the promotion of psychological health and well-being.

Chayla Haynes Davison, PhD, Higher Education, ’13, was honored as the 2020 Comparative International Education Society (CIES) African Diaspora Special Interest Group (SIG) Emerging Scholar. Each year, the CIES African Diaspora SIG selects one to three emerging scholars whose scholarly and/or artistic cutting-edge contributions of inventive, creative works, emphasizing comparative studies and/or artistic accomplishments have the potential to have a positive impact on the educational, economic and artistic lives of African descendants across the African Diaspora.

Brittany Sovran Greiert, PhD, Teaching and Learning Sciences, School Psychology, ’16, was named the Colorado School Psychologist of the Year by the Colorado Society of School Psychologists. This award is given annually and designed to recognize professionals who demonstrate exemplary skills and efforts within the profession of School Psychology.

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