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Aug 2012Jun 2016

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

University of California, San Diego

Educational Research in Teaching and Learning

Dissertation: "Resiliency Networks: Bridging Multiple Worlds of Military-Connected Adolescents in Civilian Schools"

Committee in Charge:

  • Alison Wishard Guerra, Ph.D., Education Studies
  • Shana R. Cohen, Ph.D., Education Studies
  • Alan J. Daly, Ph.D., Education Studies
  • Gail D. Heyman, Ph.D., Psychology

Professional Credentials/Licenses

California State Single Subject English Language Arts Credential

California State Single Subject Social Studies Credential

California State Multiple Subject Credential: Subject Matter Authorizations in Beginning French and Civics


Outstanding Dissertation Award, AERA Division E: Counseling and Human Development, April 2019

Faculty Success Program Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Award, January 2019

Travel Grant Awards Showcase, sponsored by GSA and the Alumni Association, May 2016

Selected to attend the AERA Division E Graduate Student Preconference Seminar, April 2016

Dean of Social Sciences Travel Funds Grant, April 2014

Publications and Presentations

Conference Presentations:

Black, A. (2020, April). Predicting Friendship and Advice-Seeking Behaviors of Military Connected Adolescents: a Social Network Analysis (Practical Applications of Mixed and Multimethod Research). Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Francisco, California. 

Black, A. (2019, April). Friends are Like Flowers: How Military-Connected Adolescents in Civilian Schools Cultivate Social Networks. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada. 

Black, A. (2019, April). The Kids Are Alright: Eliciting Feedback in the Mixed Methods Research Process. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada. 

Black, A. (2019, March).  Friendship-Making: How Military-Connected Youth Cultivate Social Networks. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Baltimore, Maryland.

Black, A. (2018, November). Resiliency Networks: the Friendships and Support Networks of Military-Connected Adolescents. Paper presented at the second annual meeting of the North American Social Networks (NASN) of the International Network for Social Network Analysis, Washington D.C. 

Warstadt, M., Black, A. (2018, November). Sharing Social Justice Beliefs: The Role of Social Networks in a Cohort-Based Teacher Preparation Program. Paper presented at the second annual meeting of the North American Social Networks (NASN) of the International Network for Social Network Analysis, Washington D.C. 

Black, A. (2016, April). Military-connected adolescents in civilian schools: How underserved youth find support. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association,  Washington D.C.

Black A. (2016, April). Teaching for impact: Innovative strategies for today’s standards sponsored by the  Education Studies Department and the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and  Teaching Excellence (CREATE).

Black, A. (2014, April). Facilitating cognitive and social-emotional growth in the middle school classroom:    An evaluation of the Empathy Integrated curriculum.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the  American Educational Research  Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Book Chapters:

Black, A. (2016). Facilitating cognitive and social-emotional growth: Empathy and prosocial behavior in Osanloo, A. (Ed.), Creating and negotiating collaborative spaces for socially just anti-bullying interventions and innovations for k-12 schools.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.


Black, A. (2019, November 8). How we can honor veterans bu serving active-duty families. San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved from 

Featured in: 

Neebe, D., and Roberts, J. (2015). Power up: Making the shift to 1:1 teaching and learning. Portland,  ME:  Stenhouse Publishers. 

Reising, A. (2011). Inquiring knowledge: Reflections on inquiry-based teaching. San Diego, CA: San Diego County  Office of Education

Guest Lecture Presentations:

EDS 118 Adolescent Development and Education:

 Building people: The Connection between empathy and social-emotional health

EDS 206: Teaching Performance Assessment Portfolio:

 Professional development: Improving connections and practice for K-12 educators

Center for Engaged Teaching Presentations:

Tools for Teaching and Research Communications

  • Project-based learning and creation apps (,,, etc.)

Participating in Effective Teaching

Course Design Studio

Service to the Community & University

Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, 2017- present

  • Family-Friendly Campus Climate Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Applications and Screening Subcommittee Chair
    • Initiated, led, and delegated a complete assessment and creation of new application questionnaire, scoring rubric, internal processes, etc. with an expressed goal of promoting diversity on the committee
  • Academic Voting Member

Community Project Panel Member, Pacific Beach Middle School (2018)

Participating Member of Innovative Teaching Network, San Diego Unified School District

Honors Thesis Co-Advisor, Critical Gender Studies (2017):

  • "Biraciality and Bisexuality: How the World has Let Us Down" 


Current research focuses on the social context of learning: student social networks and the intersection of cultural communities of practice and identity - special populations, military-connected adolescents, adolescent development, and academic outcomes. 

Coaching and supervision of interns and student teachers

Adult learning theory and higher education curriculum development 

  • Center for Engaged Teaching Course Design Studio 

Experience with diverse scholarship and range in educational research theory, research design, data collection and analysis, social network analysis and mixed methods, knowledge of analysis software such as UCINET and NETDRAW, SPSS, Dedoose, HyperRESEARCH, and InqScribe.

Experience reviewing submissions for AERA annual meeting (2016, 2018, 2019).

First-year paper for the doctoral program covered an action research project for evaluating the self-created, research-based Empathy Integrated curriculum, which was designed to embed empathy tasks into regular narrative reading experiences in the classroom. 


Jul 2016Present

Lecturer in Secondary Education and Supervisor of Teacher Education

University of California, San Diego

EDS/SOC 117 -  Language, Culture, and Education

EDS 373 - Secondary English Teaching Practices

EDS 351 - Teaching the English Language Learner

EDS 379 A, B, C - Single Subject (Secondary) Internship Practicum

EDS 129 B - Introduction to Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

EDS 201 - Introduction to Resources for Teaching and Learning

EDS 205 B - Reflective Teaching Practice

Supervisor of secondary English language arts interns and student teachers

May 2016Jul 2016

Online Instructor

University of San Diego

EDUC 520- Social Justice & Educational Equity - A course for the Online Master of Education Program at USD. Analysis of the development of the American educational system with a particular focus on issues of diversity, inequity, conflict and social justice within a school context. Historical case studies, contemporary policies and practices, and international comparisons compel consideration of the social construction of education.

Jul 2015Aug 2015

Reader/Teaching Assistant

University of California, San Diego

EDS/SOC 117: Language, Culture, and Education

Grading and assistance with creating exams, collaborative writing assignments, and course development

Jun 2013Jun 2015

Board Member and Curriculum Development Leader

BeREAL Students

Be REAL Students is a non-profit program in development in San Diego County, California. Our mission is to empower youth to cultivate connectedness and build school community through student-led initiatives. Recently, the curriculum we developed has been awarded the LISC grant for use with SD Youth Voice, an inner city after school program that bridges relationships between local youth and police departments.  Visit or

Aug 2012Jun 2016

8th Grade English and 7th Grade Humanities Teacher

Coronado Unified School District

English Language Arts with an emphasis on diversity in American literature

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment with supplemental student Chromebooks

Aug 2011Jun 2012

Founding 7th Grade Humanities Teacher

High Tech High

Project Based Learning (PBL) focused charter school: Medieval world history, geography and visual art, creative writing for publication (with, and ongoing thematic literature analysis through literature circles

1-1 environment with an interactive projector and student MacBooks

Sep 2009Mar 2009


Mission Hills High School, San Marcos Unified School District

Individual and small group instruction in secondary English language arts and mathematics to juniors and seniors struggling to pass the California state exit exam. 

Jun 2008Sep 2008

Assistant Conference Coordinator

International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR)

Conference coordination and liaison for paper submissions, communication with researchers and conference host (Olga Vásquez, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and CREATE), as well as set up, and assistance for presenters and conference attendees.

Ecologies of Diversities: The developmental and historical interarticulation of human mediational forms

September 8-13, 2008

Jun 2008Aug 2008

Grants Assistant

The Center for Academic and Social Advancement (CASA)

Research, organization, and assistance with grant writing for The Center for Academic and Social Advancement (CASA) a nonprofit to fund La Clase Mágica (LCM): a curriculum Program, which connects College students with children in low income/minority communities. LCM is in five learning centers, and two preschools in San Diego. CASA also partners with UCSD CREATE (Center for Research in Education, Assessment and Teaching Excellence), and UC Links-Berkeley.

Aug 2005Jun 2007

Instructional Aide

Del Mar Unified School District

One-on-one support for two students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and general education classroom support in a kindergarten and first-grade classroom.

Professional Memberships

Golden Key Honor Society

Society for Research in Child Development

Society for Research on Adolescence 

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

  • Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education
  • Division E: Counseling and Human Development
  • Division G: Social Context of Learning
  • Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group

Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

California Association of Teachers of English CATE

Computer Using Educators (CUE)

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

National Council of Social Studies (NCSS)


Alison Wishard Guerra, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093

[email protected]

(858) 534-1878

Alan Daly, Ph. D.

Professor, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093

[email protected]

(858) 822-6472

Thandeka K. Chapman, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093

[email protected]

(858) 822-3960 

Shana R. Cohen, PhD.

Assistant Professor, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093

[email protected]

(858) 534-1683