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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"

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


Grants Awarded :

Teaching + Learning Commons Community Engaged Learning Changemaker Faculty Fellow (2023-2024)

    • $10,000 grant award to complete a project to integrate community engaged learning (CEL) into teaching, research, and public service. Award winners are recognized as campus leaders in CEL pedagogy and participate in designated CEL professional development opportunities with a formal learning community. The CEL Faculty Fellows Program is led, funded, and managed by the Teaching and Learning Commons Engaged Teaching and Experiential Learning Hubs, with support from the Changemaker Institute and Faculty Leadership and Development at UCSD.
    • Project: Rethinking Fieldwork: Transforming University-School Partnerships by Co-Constructing Undergraduate CEL Experiences in Teacher Training Preparation Courses.

Grant Participation:

Anti-Racist Professional Learning Communities (ARPLC): A Research Practice Partnership with UCSD's Ealy Childhood Education Center focused on social justice in early childhood through anti-bias and anti-racist pedagogies. 

    • A. Black (2023, July). Nature Stories. A brown bag workshop presented to Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) educators. San Diego, CA.

Publications and Presentations

Journal Publications:

Black A and West G (2023) Predict Who Your Friends Are?. Front. Young Minds. 11:820289. doi: 10.3389/frym.2022.820289 

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 by 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

Editorial Reviewer:

  • Hamel, N. (2022). Social participation of students with a migrant background - a comparative analysis of the beginning and end of a school year in German primary schools. Frontiers in Education: Sec. Language, Culture and Diversity.

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.

Leadership & Service

Reviewer for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (2021-2023)

  • Multiple Subjects and Single Subjects Program Review (2022-2023)
  • Clear Administrative Services Credential Initial Program Review (IPR) (2022)
  • California Teachers of English Learners 

University of California Multilingual Learner Support Network Improvement Committee (MLS-NIC) (2021-Present)

  • Collaboration with teacher education colleagues and leaders across UC campuses
  • Collective work on problems of practice related to preparing teacher candidates for supporting multilingual learners and racial justice efforts in their instructional practice
  • Research on teacher education program improvement efforts
  • Presenting research at conferences, with research briefs, etc.

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

Department Level Professional Development Presentations:

  • Tips from the Faculty Success Program: Writing and Work-Life Balance (Brown Bag) (2020)
  • Tips from De-escalation training facilitated by DGB Counseling and Consulting (2023)

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)

The Center for Engaged Teaching, UCSD (2016-2018)

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

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 (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 university systems, school district personnel, community groups, families, and youth)
  • Supervising and mentoring graduate students, undergraduate students, new and aspiring educators
  • Coordinating student teacher and fieldwork placements with local school district leaders and personnel
  • Ongoing communication and relationship management with school and district leaders

Research and Scholarship: 

  • 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.
  • Mixed Methods, Qualitative Methods, Social Network Analysis, Action Research
  • Editorial review and review of submissions for academic conferences

Higher Education Teaching and Curriculum Design:

  • Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Pedagogy
  • Student-centered, active-learning and experiential learning teaching methods to support health and wellbeing, diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education
  • Program articulation and design
  • In-person, remote, hybrid, and online (synchronous and asynchronous) course design
  • Ability to learn and utilize a variety of instructional tools: Google Apps for Education, Canvas, Blackboard, Pear Deck, PollEverywhere, Mentameter, Adobe, Kami, etc.
  • Supervision of ELA and World Languages interns and student teachers

PK-12 Teaching and Curriculum Design and Development:

  • Teaching foundational/early literacy, reading assessment and intervention
  • Differentiation and literacy support for multilingual learners and learners with IEPs/504 plans.
  • Inclusion and co-teaching with RSP and Mild-Moderate Special Education Teachers
  • Student-centered SEL teaching methods to support health and wellbeing for children & adolescents
  • Teaching 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 2022Present

Education Consultant

the Empathy In Nature Project

Director of Education

Jul 2016Present

Lecturer and Supervisor of Teacher Education

University of California, San Diego
May 2016Jul 2016

Online Instructor

University of San Diego
Jul 2015Aug 2015

Reader/Teaching Assistant

University of California, San Diego

EDS/SOC 117: Language, Culture, and Education

Sep 2009Mar 2009

CAHSEE Tutor Coordinator

Mission Hills High School, San Marcos Unified School District

Individual and small group instruction in secondary English language arts and mathematics

Jun 2008Sep 2008

Assistant Conference Coordinator

International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR)
Jun 2008Aug 2008

Grants Assistant

The Center for Academic and Social Advancement (CASA)
Jun 2006Jun 2008

Reading Instructor

Lindamood-Bell Learning Process

Teaching reading, spelling, language, and comprehension, working with a variety a students: students with previous diagnoses such as dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, or general learning challenges.

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.

Aug 2004Aug 2007

Early Childhood Care


0-6 years old

Jun 2003Aug 2003

Substitute Teacher Preschool

A+ Subs
Aug 20012007

Activities Director, Camp Winthers Music Camp

San Juan Unified School District

Outdoor education, music education, management, educational activities scheduling, and communication

Professional Memberships


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

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