Dr. Marialena Rivera receives a 3 year external grant from the Greater Texas Foundation to study the role of college support non-profits in an era of rising higher education costs.


Texas’mdr headshot underserved college students, particularly those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and first generation college goers, face an intimidating financial barrier in an era of rising tuition costs and state disinvestment in public higher education. Public financial aid can increase access and retention; however, aid packages often fall short. Many students receiving public aid must still cobble together other necessary resources including jobs, outside loans, and private scholarships. “College support nonprofits” are defined as organizations that provide scholarships and services unaffiliated with public federal, state, or institutional (college- or university-based) programs or aid. This multiple case study design examines five college support nonprofits that focus their support for socioeconomically disadvantaged and first generation college students in an era of rising tuition and state disinvestment.

Dr. Haber-Curran receives the 2017 Outstanding Scholarship for Emerging Scholars Award from the International Leadership Association’s Women’s Leadership Affinity Group.

Dr. Paige Haber-Curran recently received the 2017 Outstanding Scholarship for Emerging Scholars Award from the International Leadership Association’s Women’s Leadership Affinity Group.  The award recognizes outstanding scholarship that advances the topic of women’s leadership.  Dr. Haber-Curran’s research focuses on college women’s leadership development, and she recently published two books on the topic, Theorizing Women and Leadership: New Insights and Contributions from Multiple Perspectives and Critical Perspectives on Gender and Student Leadership. 

Dr. Clarena Larrotta Builds Community Education Programs with Graduate Students

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Dr. Clarena Larrotta, Associate Professor of Adult Education, has been profiled in the University Star for her work building community education programs with graduate students. Having begun her own path in Columbia, Dr. Larrotta draws on her professional expertise and personal experiences to assist adult immigrants and English Language Learners to be successful in pursuing their education dreams. Read the full article and learn more about Dr. Larrotta’s impact on a wide range of graduate students at  https://star.txstate.edu/2017/03/24/professor-builds-community-education-programs-with-students/

5th Annual Texas State Qualitative Research Workshop and Conference – February 3rd and 4th

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An Evening with Johnny Saldaña

Free Registration:  http://bit.ly/2k1ngjH

5th Annual Texas State Qualitative Research Conference

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Date: Saturday, February 4th, 2017
Location: LBJ Student Center Teacher Theater, 9am – 2pm

Keynote: Johnny Saldaña, MFA Evelyn Smith Professor,                      School of Theatre and Film
Title: Dick and Jane and Johnny: A Childhood Primer

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Research Enhancement Grants Awarded to CLAS Faculty

Each year, the University’s Research Enhancement Program (REP) awards a limited number of internal grants to tenure line faculty across the university to support research projects. These competitively awards grants provide seed funding advance faculty research lines. This year, 50% of the College of Education’s REP grants were awarded to faculty in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology!

Congratulations to:

Dr. Paul Jantz/CLAS and Dr. Richard Morley/Criminal Justice – NIH Blueprint: Human Connectome Project Data Analysis: The Link Between Brain Networks and Known Predictors of Violence – $16,000

Dr. Melissa Martinez/CLAS – Latina Educational Administrators Nationwide (LEAN) – $6,000

Dr. Marialena Rivera/CLAS – Inequitable PK-12 School Facilities Investment in San Antonio, Texas – $8,000