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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

Dean of Social Sciences Travel Grant, April 2014

Publications and Presentations

Refereed Conference Proceedings:

Black, A. (2022, Apr) Diving Into Holes: A Social Network Framework for Data-driven Improvement. In E. van Es (Chair), Investigating the promise of network improvement communities to improve teacher preparation research and practice. AERA Annual Meeting San Diego, CA. 

West, G. & Black, A. M. (2020, Apr 17 - 21) Predicting Friendship and Advice-Seeking Behaviors of Military Connected Adolescents: A Social Network Analysis. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA (Conference Canceled).

Black, A., West, G. (2020, March). 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 biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescents, San Diego, California (Conference Canceled). 

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

 Brown Bags:

  • Tips from the Faculty Success Program: Writing and Work-Life Balance (Brown Bag)

The Center for Engaged Teaching UCSD Presentations:

  • Tools for Teaching and Research Communications 
  • Project-Based Learning and Creation Apps
  • Participating in Effective Teaching
  • Course Design Studio

Leadership & Service

Reviewer for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing California Teachers of English
Learners (CTEL) Program Review (2021)

Editorial Reviewer for Frontiers in Education (2021)

Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (2017-2022)

  • Faculty Co-Chair (2020-2022)
  • Recruitment, Retention, Advancement and Recognition Subcommittee Co-Chair (2019-2020)
  • Family-Friendly Campus Climate Subcommittee Co-Chair (2018-2019)
  • Applications and Screening Subcommittee Chair (2017-2018)
    • 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

UC San Diego EDS/CREATE Teaching and Learning Conference (2016-2019)

  • Recruit presenters for and design a regional K12 educator conference and assist with registration and presentations as well as coordinating guests and students on the day of the conference

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

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

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

Participating Member of Innovative Teaching Network, San Diego Unified School District (2017-2019)

Board Member and Curriculum Development Leader (2013-2015)

  • BeREAL 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

Coronado Unified District Board Goals Development Committee, Teacher Representative (2014-2015)

Coronado Unified Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Committee Member, Teacher Representative (2013-2014) 

Fulton K-8 School Site Council (SSC) (2009-2010)



  • Leading and organizing large campus wide committees (and subcommittees) with diverse membership
  • Liaising among diverse groups within and across universities, as well as among school district personnel, community groups, families, and youth
  • Supervising and mentoring new and aspiring educators in local education contexts
  • Coordinating student teacher placements with local school district leaders and personnel
  • Ongoing communication and relationship management with school and district leaders for fieldwork and student teaching placements

Research and Scholarship: 

  • Social Network Analysis, Mixed Methods, Qualitative Methods
  • 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.
  • Current research focuses on student social networks and the intersection of cultural communities of practice and identity, adolescent development, and academic outcomes. 
  • Special population of focus: early adolescents, military-connected adolescents, highly mobile youth
  • Action Research
  • Review of submissions for academic conferences: American Education Research Association (AERA), Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD)

Higher Education Teaching and Curriculum Design:

  • Student-centered, active-learning and experiential learning teaching methods to support health and wellbeing, diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education
  • Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students and supervision of interns and student teachers

K-12 Teaching and Curriculum Design and Development (K-12):

  • Student-centered teaching methods to support health and wellbeing for children & adolescents and to support diversity, equity, and inclusion  
  • Creating and evaluating a research-based Empathy Integrated curriculum, designed to embed cognitive and affective empathy tasks into narrative reading experiences in the classroom setting


Jul 2016Present

Lecturer and Supervisor of Teacher Education

University of California, San Diego

EDS/SOC 117 -  Language, Culture, and Education (Summer, Elementary)

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

EDS 201 - Introduction to Resources for Teaching and Learning (Elementary)

EDS 205 B - Reflective Teaching Practice (Action Research) (Elementary & Secondary)

EDS 351 - Teaching the English Language Learner (Secondary)

EDS 373 - Secondary English Teaching Practices

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

Supervisor of secondary English language arts interns and student teachers

Guest Lectures:

EDS - Elementary Teaching Practices: Visual/Multimodality Social Studies Methods

EDS 256 - Introduction to Mixed Methods: Research Design Processes Story (Ask the Kids)

EDS - Communicating Research: Including the Community & Sharing the Work with the Broader Audience

EDS - Adolescent Development and Education: Building People, Empathy and Social-emotional Health

EDS 206 - Teaching Performance Assessment Portfolio: Professional Development and Professional Networks

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

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

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA)

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
  • Social and Emotional Learning Special Interest Group

California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE)

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)


Cheryl Forbes, Ed.D.

Director of Teacher Education / Lecturer in Bilingual Education, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093 

(858) 534-1686

Alison Wishard Guerra, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093

(858) 534-1878

Alan Daly, Ph. D.

Professor, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093

(858) 822-6472

Thandeka K. Chapman, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093

(858) 822-3960