Our Values in Practice

Holistic teaching, collaborative research, community engagement, social justice

These are the lenses through which we consider every aspect of education, the values we put into practice every day. They influence the ways we teach our students, conduct our research, serve our communities, and work toward a global future that is more equitable and more just. Our teaching practice synthesizes foundational scholarship, pioneering research, and practical engagement. Our leading-edge research promotes policies, practices, and partnerships that nurture diverse, just, and effective educational communities. We collaborate with our local, state, national, and global communities, leveraging our research and evidence-based expertise to inform public policy, enrich public debate, and contribute to social change. We recruit and support a vibrant student body that reflects the many dimensions of diversity in the Commonwealth, preparing teachers and leaders who will revolutionize education through their professional practice and research.

Read how our faculty, students, and alumni put these values into practice

 

  • Community Engagement

Building Partnerships to Expand Access

The College of Education and Upward Bound enjoy a relationship that helps both advance their missions.

  • Teaching

Fostering collaboration among teachers

Associate professor Rebecca Woodland advances computer science education by advocating for teacher collaboration.

  • Research

Turning kids into computer scientists

Florence Sullivan, professor, explores girls’ engagement in computer science and children’s development of computation thinking skills under two significant NSF grants.

 

  • Community Engagement

Bringing the world to our door

Mahboob Morshed (Ph.D. 2018) and Sumera Ahsan (Ph.D. 2018) While our international education faculty and alumni spread around the world to help build and strengthen education systems, they also bring the world to us.

  • Research

Cultivating the next generation of change makers in higher education

Chrystal George Mwangi, assistant professor, channels her background as a college administrator into improving the college going experience of students of color.

  • Social Justice

Turn passions into action

Marcella Runell Hall’s passion for hip hop, social justice, and student development led to a rich career in higher ed and a world of opportunities to create lasting change. 

  • Community Engagement

Impact students far beyond the classroom

Maria Reina Santiago loves the opportunities that school psychology gives her to shape students while also shaping their educational and family environments.

  • Research

Examining how global competition is changing the work of colleges and universities

As a professor, Gerardo Blanco-Ramirez hopes to provide the kind of invaluable mentorship he enjoyed as a UMass graduate student.

  • Teaching

Turning high schoolers into savvy media producers

With a teaching position, but limited training, Jeromie Whalen found the career development and educational community he needed in learning, media, and technology.

  • Social Justice

Pursue the work you’re passionate about

Examining how institutions support parents and families of students, Amanda Morgida looks at the impact this has on student access to higher education and the equity of their college experience.