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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Dr. Yi Leaf Zhang has been honored with the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) at the CSCC Annual Conference earlier this month. Dr. Zhang serves as Assistant Professor of higher education/community college in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UTA’s College of Education.
Dr. Zhang was also elected as a member of the CSCC Board earlier this year.
According to the CSCC, the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award recognizes a new scholar for outstanding theoretical and/or applied research that contributes to the professional body of knowledge about community college. Nominees must also demonstrate excellence in teaching, advising and/or mentoring and integration of knowledge to teaching and service. Eligible nominees must hold a rank below associate professor at a university, have held associate professor rank at a university for less than two years or hold a management or faculty position at a community college or other organization focused on community colleges. Awardees must be a current member of CSCC.
The Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and a project of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges hosted by the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education. Council members include university-based researchers and community college practitioners who further scholarship on the community college enterprise.
Before coming to UTA, Dr. Yi Zhang served as a postdoctoral fellow at Iowa State University. Her research focuses on college access, student mobility and student success, particularly in a community college context. She has published articles in a number of journals including Community College Review, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, and Journal of Applied Research in the Community College. Dr. Zhang has taught at UTA since 2012.