Saturday, February 25, 2012

2012-2013 New Student Leaders

It's time! We are happy to announce our new student leaders who will assume office after the Vancouver Annual Meeting. Congratulations, colleagues!

Benjamin C Heddy
Incoming Graduate Student Council Co-Representative (2012-2013)
University of Southern California | Rossier School of Education
3470 Trousdale Parkway, WPH 800 | Los Angeles, CA 90089 | 702-466-6255

Benjamin is a third year graduate student in Urban Education Policy at the University of Southern California.  With a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Educational Psychology, Benjamin has a passion for understanding the mind and behavior.  In fact, he has taught as an instructor at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and continually seeks new ways to apply psychological constructs to his teaching strategies.  His research interests include: transformative experience, conceptual change, STEM education, and academic emotions.  He has presented these topics at SCIPIE, NCIC, ICLS, and AERA.  As a member of the Division C graduate student committee, his goals are to improve communication between graduate students and current scholars that will lead to productive and influential collaborations.  

Ariana Vasquez Crowther
Incoming Graduate Student Council Co-Representative (2012-2013)

University of Texas at Austin
College of Education
George I. Sanchez Building, Suite 504
1 University Station | Austin, Texas 78712

Ariana received both her Bachelor's in Psychology and Master's of Art in Teaching with a concentration in elementary education from Austin College in Sherman, TX. She began her teaching career in Mesquite, Texas by teaching in a 4th grade self-contained classroom for one year. She then started teaching at KIPP TRUTH Academy in Dallas, Texas. In her first year there, she was a reading specialist working with mainly 5th grade students. During her next three years at KIPP, she taught 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts. Ariana is currently studying Educational Psychology as a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ariana’s research interests include parental and teacher autonomy support and its impact on student’s motivation. She is also broadly interested in motivation and interest development. Her primary research interest involves conducting a meta-analysis exploring the relationship between parental autonomy support and its impact on student achievement, psychosocial functioning, and motivation. Ariana currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Motivation Lab at UT, a Graduate Research Assistant for the Charles A. Dana Center, and as a Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate course entitled Human Learning, Cognition, and Motivation. Ariana hopes to strengthen the national network of graduate students in Division C.

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