Grants, Awards and Achievements: October 2022

Curriculum and Instruction

Desirée Pallais-Downing • Assistant Professor

Dr. Desirée Pallais-Downing and Dr. Patience Epps, a professor in the Department of Linguistics, recently received a prestigious 2022-2023 President’s Award for Global Learning. One of only two awards granted, their proposal titled, “Enhancing Global Education Initiatives in Literacy Development Through an Understanding of Context,” aims to contribute to reversing language loss and promote context-based literacy efforts in the Peruvian Amazon. They will partner with The Universidad Cayetano Heredia, a private nonprofit university located in Lima, Peru. Created with the objective of invigorating international engagement between UT Austin and the world, the President’s Award program combines interdisciplinary faculty collaboration, transnational institutional partnerships, cross-cultural work and research opportunities for students.

David P. Barry • Ph.D. ’21
Christopher P. Brown • Professor

Dr. David P. Barry, who received his Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was recently selected for the 2022 National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award. Nominated by Educational Leadership and Policy professor, Dr. Christopher P. Brown, Barry will be formally recognized for his exemplary work in the field during the NAECTE annual meeting in November 2022.

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

Linda Garcia • Assistant Professor

Dr. Linda Garcia is one of 40 executive directors in the nation selected by the Kresge Foundation’s Education Program to participate in the newly launched Thrive Leaders Network. Designed to provide grantee leaders of color with flexible leadership enrichment resources to support their sustainability and growth, cohort members come from a wide range of organizations, but all focused explicitly on improving racial equity in higher education. Each member will receive a $10,000 stipend over the course of a year to support wellness and professional development opportunities.