New Department Chair
Dr. William A. Smith has accepted the appointment of interim chair for Education, Culture and Society. He brings exceptional skills to this leadership position as a researcher with national and international distinction, former administrator in our College of Education and the U, and as professor in ECS and Ethnic Studies. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Access, & Equity in the College of Education as well as the Special Assistant to the President & NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. Dr. Smith is the co-editor (with Philip Altbach & Kofi Lomotey) of the book, The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education: The Continuing Challenges for the 21st Century (2002). His work primarily focuses on his theoretical contribution of Racial Battle Fatigue which is the cumulative emotional, psychological, physiological, and behavioral effects that racial microaggressions have on People of Color. Dr. Smith’s work has appeared in such journals as The Journal of Negro Education, Harvard Educational Review, Educational Administration Quarterly, and American Behavioral Scientist. Dr. Smith is a former postdoctoral fellow for both the Ford Foundation and the Center for Urban Educational Research and Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a former Research Associate with the CHOICES Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has worked as an administrator or professor at Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University (University Park, IL), Western Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Eastern Illinois University (BA in psychology and MS in guidance and counseling) and his Ph.D. is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (educational policy studies, sociology/social psychology of higher education).
Sarah Kate Selling is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Utah. Her research interests include mathematics instruction, classroom discourse, and teacher education with a focus on the intersection of these with issues of equity and justice. Prior to arriving in Utah, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan, and she earned a PhD in mathematics education from Stanford University. Her work has been published in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, the Journal of Mathematical Behavior, the Mathematics Enthusiast, and Mathematics Teacher Educator. Dr. Selling frequently presents her work at both national and international conferences and regularly serves as a reviewer for a number of journals, conferences, and the National Science Foundation. In 2014, she received the Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. In addition to her scholarship, she has taught elementary and high school mathematics in multiple contexts and has worked as a mathematics teacher educator in the Stanford Teacher Education Program and in the Teacher Education Department at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Selling is excited to be joining the ECS department, and she hopes to work closely with local districts, schools, and communities to improve access to high-quality mathematics learning.
Dr. Ed Buendia, former department chair of Education, Culture and Society, has been appointed dean of the School of Educational Studies at University of Washington Bothell. Buendia has been at the University of Utah at Salt Lake City since 1997 and has served as department chair in ECS from 2013-2016. His exceptional leadership in the department will be greatly missed.
Dolores Calderon has accepted a position as an Associate Professor of Youth, Society, and Justice in the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University.
Clayton Pierce has accepted a position as an Assistant professor, Youth, Society, and Justice in the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University.