Careers of Doctoral Students, Post Graduation

For some of the graduates, the positions reported below were those held directly after completion of the doctoral program.


H. Robert Harper (2008) Director of Adult Education, Campbell Union High School District

George Manthey (2008)  Founding Partner, Lead Learner Associates 2013-

Assistant Executive Director, Assoc. of California School Administrators  -2013


Tamara Ball (2009) Project Scientist, EE Dept, Jack Baskin School of Engineering, UC Santa Cruz, CA

Lorie Chamberland (2009) Director, Educational Equity and Leadership Development, San Jose Unified School District

Rhiannon Crain (2009) Project Lead, Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Citizen Science

Robert Curtis (2009) Director of Regional and District Support at ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career, 2014-

Jean Gottlob (2009) Principal, Pajaro Valley Unified School District

Adele Hermann (2009) Senior Researcher, New Teacher Center

Kathie Kratochvil (2009) Graduate Program Coordinator for TV, Radio, Film, and Theatre, San Jose State University

Molly Loomis (2009) Education Program Director, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

Arturo Rosette (2009) Chair, Fine Arts Department, Gavilan College


Natalie Bernasconi (2010) Lecturer, UC Santa Cruz


Nicole Hidalgo (2011)  Lecturer, University of Nevada, Reno, NV

Anne Rios (2011) Assistant Professor, Comparative & International Education, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Sara Tolbert (2011) Associate Professor of Science Education, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies Department, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Mele Wheaton (2011) Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

William Zahner (2011) Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Associate Director of the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE), San Diego State University

Assistant Professor, Math Department, Boston University, 2011-14  


Carrie Cifka-Herrera (2011) School Innovation Partner, Partners in School Innovation

Edward Lyon (2012) Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education, Sonoma State University

Soleste Hilberg (2012) Program Director Teacher Education MA/Credential Program, UC Santa Cruz

previously Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Newark School Board, CA

Angela Thompson (2012) Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Computing-Mathematics and Technology, Governors State University, Chicago, IL


Lisa Algee (2012)  Post doc in Science and Environmental Policy Department, California State University Monterey Bay

Ruth Kim (2013)  Coordinator, Writing Program, Student Learning Center, UC Berkeley, 2014 -

Post-Doctoral Researcher, USF, San Francisco, CA, 2013-14

Dora Panayotova (2013) Adjunct Instructor, San Jose City College, San Jose, CA


Zoe Buck (2014)    Science Educator, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), Colorado Springs, CO, 2015-

Ondine Gage-Serio (2014) Assistant Professor of Education, Dept of Liberal Studies, California State University Monterey Bay

Alisun Thompson (2014) Assistant Professor of Social Foundations, School of Education, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR, 2017-

Lecturer and NSF Post-Doctoral Fellow, Noyce STEM Teacher Retention Study, Education Department, UC, Santa Cruz, 2014-17

Kara Ellynn Willett (2013)   Grants and Professional Development Coordinator, Central California Writing Project, and Lecturer, Education Dept, UC Santa Cruz, CA


Xiangyan Liu (2015) Founder at Angel Education, San Jose, CA, Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Graduate School of Education, Peking University, China in April (2017-2019)

Preetha Menon (2015) Post-Doctoral Researcher, Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) research group

Fe Moncloa (2015) 4-H Youth Development Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, San Jose, CA

Molly Shaw (2015) 6th Grade & Science Dept Chair New Brighton Middle School and Lecturer for CalTeach, UC Santa Cruz

          2018 California Geographical Society Distinguished Teaching Award recipient


Linnea Beckett (2016) Director, Apprenticeship in Community Engaged Research (H)ACER Program for College 9 and John R. Lewis College, UC Santa Cruz and Concha Delgado Gaitan Presidential Fellow for 2018-19

Margaret Clark (2016)  Assistant Professor and Director, Early Childhood Education, University of Hartford, CT

Yolanda Diaz-Houston (2016)  Outreach Coordinator, Academy for College Excellence, Cabrillo College, Watsonville, CA

Saul Maldonado (2016) Assistant Professor, Dept of Dual Language and English Learner Education, San Diego State University

Melissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano (2016)  Lecturer, Dept of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, San Jose State University, and Part-Time Faculty, Dept of Intercultural and International Studies, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA


Rebecca Buchanan (2017) Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of Maine-Orono


Erik Green (2018) Adjunct, Education Department, City College of San Francisco

Farima Pour-Khorshid (2018) Assistant Professor in Teacher Education, University of San Francisco

Arnold Sanchez-Ordaz (2018) Senior Equity Data Analyst, Div of Student Success Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives, UC Santa Cruz