Faculty and Staff

Our Academic Advisor

Photo of Richard HogedaRichard Hogeda

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  
Email: rhogeda@austin.utexas.edu

Anthony Brown, Social Studies Advisor

Dr. Anthony BrownBrown'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.

Allison Skerrett, Director of Teacher Education

Dr. Allison SkerrettSkerrett'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.

Cinthia Salinas

Dr. Cinthia SalinasSalinas 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.

Grace MyHyun Kim

Photo of Grace KimKim’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.

Additional Faculty

Deb Kelt, English Language Arts Advisor

Deb KeltKelt 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.


Katherina A. Payne

Katherina PaynePayne’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.

Haydeé Rodríguez

Haydeé RodríguezRodríguez 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.

Jo Worthy

Jo WorthyWorthy’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.