Our Academic Advisor
Assistant Dean, Office of Student Affairs
Contact Richard with any questions you may have about joining the Urban Teachers program.
Office: SZB 2.110
Phone: (512) 471-3223
Anthony Brown, Social Studies Advisor
Brown's research focuses on historical and contemporary issues concerning African-American students in schools and society. He was recognized by the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Division G, the Social Context of Education, for early career excellence in 2011.
Skerrett's teaching and research interests include English education, student diversity, and adolescent literacy practices. She writes and presents on these topics to scholarly and practitioner audiences, including her new book, Teaching Transnational Youth: Literacy Education in a Changing World. Skerrett received the Early Career Award from the Literacy Research Association (LRA) in 2013.
Salinas is the Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her work examines historical thinking in ESL classroom settings as well as broader understandings of citizenship. She was honored with the highest teaching accolade given by the University of Texas System, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, in 2012.
Kim’s research focuses on literacy, language, and culture in a variety of learning contexts. She is especially interested in cultural diversity, new media, and globalization. Kim is a 2016–2018 Cultivating New Voices Fellow of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Deb Kelt, English Language Arts Advisor
Kelt is interested in exploring literacies students bring to the classroom, and how teachers can build on these practices. She taught secondary language arts at public schools for 20 years, and currently serves as Cohort Coordinator for the Urban Teachers Language Arts program and directs the Heart of Texas Writing Project, a professional development network for greater Austin area teachers.
Payne’s research focuses on understanding, questioning, and furthering the relationship between public schools and the health and renewal of democracy. Professor Payne’s work as a teacher educator and researcher seeks to better prepare democratic educators who can create more equitable classrooms and learning experiences.
Rodríguez coordinates the ESL Methods course for all education majors. Her current work focuses on bilingual education and ESL teacher preparation and the induction and mentorship of novice bilingual education and ESL teachers.
Worthy’s major research and teaching interests are reading interests and preferences, alternatives to ability grouping, and bilingual education. She teaches classes focusing on literacy development, pedagogy, and research in the teacher preparation and graduate programs.