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Maria Ledesma2017 AERA Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award

Congratulations to MarÍa Ledesma, ELP Assistant Professor! The Committee on Scholars of Color in Education Awards recognize scholars in various stages in their careers who have contributed significantly to the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect minority populations, and minority scholars who have made a significant contribution to education research and development.


utah readsUniversity of Utah Reading Clinic partners with Utah Reads to improve literacy in Utah schools.

In 2015, the Utah America Reads program changed its name to Utah Reads.The University of Utah is one of over 1,100 institutions of higher education to participate in the America Reads challenge providing quality tutoring to children struggling to read on grade level.


Erin CastroErin Castro receives U of U Early Career Teaching Award

Congratulations to Erin Castro, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy. The award is given to outstanding young faculty members who have made significant contributions to teaching at the University of Utah.




Sarah Braden

Sarah Katherine Braden

As a postdoc in the College of Education at the University of Utah I am honored to be working on two main projects. First, I am collaborating with Dr. Lauren Barth-Cohen, Educational Psychology, to redesign and teach EDU 5375: Elementary Science Methods. Under Dr. Barth-Cohen’s leadership we have created a course that prepares pre-service teachers to facilitate young learners’ use of evidenced-based reasoning to explain the natural phenomena they experience in their daily lives. I am also excited to be infusing the curriculum for EDU 5200/6200: Teacher Language Awareness with my perspective as a language socialization researcher. READ MORE >>


Deniece Dortch

Deniece Dortch joined the University of Utah in the fall of 2016 as postdoc research fellow and the inaugural Program Manager of the African American Doctoral Scholars Initiative (AADSI)- a campus-wide research intensive program focused on the recruitment, retention and holistic development of African American doctoral students. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher & Postsecondary Education Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s of Education degree in Higher & Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership & Management from the School for International Training in Vermont.  READ MORE >>


Nadia Granados

Nadia Granados

Nadia R. Granados received her doctorate degree from the Language, Reading & Culture program in the Department of Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include community literacies, literacy processes, biliteracy, bilingualism, academic literacies, language and community, and women’s literacies. She began as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Utah in January of 2016.




Alumni, Emeriti, and Friends

Marilyn Lunt Phillips Marilyn Phillips has devoted her life to service in educational, community, and humanitarian causes. In addition to her B.S. in elementary education, she holds a master's of education from Westminster College and a graduate certificate in Educational Administration from the U's College of Education.

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Last Updated: 3/6/17