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Meet our Department Chair

William SmithDr. William A. Smith 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.

The Department of Education, Culture & Society job openings:

Assistant Professor in Pacific Islander Studies



Master's Plus Program

For Canyons School District ONLY
Applicaton Deadline: September 1, 2017

ECS 5645/6645 Enrollment Information

** Note: Section 001 is for Secondary Majors; Section 002 is for Elementary majors


William Smith

Experience of black doctoral students underscores need to increase diversity in STEM fields

William Smith, ECS Professor, co-authored a new study that explores challenges faced by black male students.


Dr. Leticia Alvarez Gutiérrez & students presented at the 3rd Annual Breaking the Pipeline Symposium which took place on March 31 at the University of Utah.

See photos and read more about this event>> 

Harvey Kantor

Education Can't Solve Poverty - So Why Do We Keep Insisting It Can?

ECS Emeritus Professor discusses this in an interview with AlterNet >>

Veronica Valdez

Newly tenured Mexican-American women model success for minorities at the U of U. Leticia Alvarez and Verónica Valdez are among those featured inthis City Weekly article.

Winners of the 2017 AESA and Taylor & Francis Past President's
Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research


Ana Carolina Fernandes de Bessa Antunes, U of Utah
Memory of Home and Islam in the Curriculum

Gardner Seawright

Gardner Seawright, U of Utah
Whiteness, Ambiguity and the Phenomenology of Observing Race


Honorable Mention:
Graham Slater, U of Utah
Neoliberalism, Surplus Life, and Political Economy of Excess in Education

Last Updated: 4/18/18