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RECENT ALUMNI NEWS
Maria D. Martinez ’83 MSW, ’96 Ph.D. — Assistant vice provost at the Institute for Student Success in Undergraduate Education and Instruction at the University of Connecticut
Maria D. Martinez earned a master of social work degree from the University of Connecticut in 1983. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in professional higher education administration at UConn’s Neag School of Education in 1996. Prior to that, she earned her bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the City University of New York.
Martinez began her career at UConn in 1986 as a counselor within Student Support Services (SSS), where she worked with low-income, first-generation college students. She became the SSS program director in 1993. In 1995, Martinez became the director of the Center for Academic Programs, where she managed the operations of the TRIO Programs (Student Support Services, Upward Bound, and Talent Search).
In 2011, she was named assistant vice provost for ISS and UE&I, where she provides strategic and operational leadership for units and programs within ISS; oversees the delivery of services to facilitate the transition from secondary school to college; and manages the Institute’s budget.
Alan Addley ’07 ELP, ’14 Ed.D. — Superintendent of Granby (Conn.) Public Schools
Alan Addley received his Ed.D. from UConn’s Neag School of Education in 2014. Prior to this, Addley earned his Connecticut Intermediate Administrator Certification in 1997 and a Connecticut Superintendent certificate from the Executive Leadership Program in 2007, both from the Neag School. Addley received a bachelor of science degree in education and mathematics from the New University of Ulster in Northern Ireland in 1984 and a master of science degree in education from Western Connecticut State University in 1993.
His prior professional work experience includes working as the director of studies for Rumsey Hall Soccer School in Washington, Conn. overseeing academic life starting in 1988. In 1993, Addley served as the math department chair at the Gunnery School in Washington, Conn., and in 1994, became the acting math department chair at Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield, Conn. He became vice principal of Watertown High School in 1996 and assistant principal in 1997 at Hazelwood Integrated College in Northern Ireland. In 1998, Addley returned to Connecticut and began working as assistant principal of Granby Memorial High School.
Addley became principal of Granby Memorial High in 2001, where he implemented a professional learning community model for school improvement that has resulted in a significant increase in student achievement and increased program opportunities for all students. He has served as superintendent of Granby (Conn.) Public Schools since 2008.
Carter Welch '99 (ED), '11 Ed.D., '12 ELP - Principal of Jerome Harrison Elementary School, North Branford, Conn.
Carter Welch received his bachelor of science in sport medicine in 1999, his Ed.D. in 2011, and a certificate in educational leadership in 2012, all from UConn's Neag School of Education. He is currently enrolled in the Neag School's PK-3 Leadership Program. Welch earned a master of science in school health and a master of science in exercise science at Southern Connecticut State University.
Prior to his current position, Welch taught physical education to students in the North Branford school district from 2002 to 2005. In 2005, he became the K-12 coordinator for health and physical education for four schools in the district. As coordinator, Welch supervised and evaluated K-5 classroom teachers in health education curriculum; led curriculum teams in health and physical education during curriculum cycle phases; and led professional development on differentiated instruction for all district physical education and health teachers.
Welch served as the dean of students for grades 9 to 12 from 2008 to 2010 before becoming an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at SCSU in 2013. In 2014, Welch took on the role of becoming a coach, consultant, and research affiliate with the National School Climate Center in New York. He worked as assistant principal of North Branford High School from 2010 to 2013 before moving to Jerome Harrison Elementary.
Neag School’s Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program highlights recent alum.
RECENT FACULTY NEWS
This past fall she was named co-principal investigator for a five-year $3.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant dedicated to expanding diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics field. Most recently, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, Blanca Rincón, has been elected to serve on the directorate for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Professional Preparation (CPP), and as a programming committee member for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division-J.
As a scholar and researcher, Dr. Rincón continuously shows dedication and passion for higher education, and student affairs. She has a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with areas of expertise in underrepresented minority students in STEM, diversity in higher education, and Latinxs in education. She is most looking forward to serving with ACPA’s CPP and AERA’s Division-J because both have been systems of support and encouragement for her as she transitioned into her role as a new faculty member in higher education and student affairs. She is especially excited to continue her work with AERA’s Division-J. She had previously served as a graduate student representative for two years.
The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Professional Preparation is a program committed to student affairs professional preparation through a diverse directorate that creates opportunities that embrace critical values of the profession including, development of the whole student, diversity and ethics; and pursues the professional development of faculty in higher education through collaborative efforts for networking, scholarship and service with colleagues. As a member of the CPP directorate, Dr. Rincón will serve a three-year term where she will represent the interests and concerns of faculty and staff involved in the professional preparation of student affairs professionals. Some of the resources provided through CPP’s directorate include: a clearinghouse for syllabi and teaching materials, networking opportunities, faculty grants, and awards.
The American Educational Research Association Division-J, is aimed at encouraging the advancement of research, policy, and practice in various areas of post-secondary education. It is made up of policy makers, faculty, graduate students, and researchers from around the world. Dr. Rincón will be co-chairing the college student access section—one of the largest in Division-J. Part of her responsibilities will include coordinating reviewer panels and helping to shape the Division J program for the AERA Annual Meeting 2018 in New York City. She is extremely thankful for this opportunity, and humbled to be selected to serve in such a capacity with Dr. Ana Martínez Alemán of Lynch School of Education at Boston College, as Vice President.
Through her research, involvement, and clear concern for the field of higher education, Blanca Rincón is making great strides in achieving her goal, and helping others achieve theirs. We look forward to seeing Dr. Rincón take on these new positions within the ACPA and AERA Division-J, and to continue her development as a higher education professional, leader, and advocate for change. With her new responsibilities also comes new learning opportunities, and a chance to enact change at the University and beyond.
The Heinemann Podcast (Neag School’s Rachael Gabriel and Sarah Woulfin were interviewed about their book “Making Teacher Evaluation Work”)
Radio Dispatch with The Knefels (13:09 EDLR’s Preston Green is interviewed about how the charter school sector resembles the Enron crisis)
EDLR’s Jennie Weiner quoted in The CT Mirror on Connecticut’s Alliance District program.