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Ronn Hallett

Associate Professor

Contact

Phone: 209.946.2265
Email: rhallett@pacific.edu
Website: WebsiteLink1

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Educational Policy, University of Southern California, 2009

Master of Arts in Education and Human Development, George Washington University, 2003 Multiple Subject, Special Education Teaching Credential

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1999

Curriculum Vitae 

PHILOSOPHY
The courses I teach combine a rigorous learning environment with scaffolding necessary to reach the high expectations. I expect students to read all course material and the time in class is spent going beyond readings by critiquing and applying the content. In addition to course content objectives, each class includes instruction concerning graduate level writing and critical thinking. Students receive extensive feedback on their assignments from basic grammatical and formatting errors to more complex structural and analysis issues. I attempt to demystify the writing process by explicitly explaining how I approach the process. I allow students to critique my writing and ask questions about the choices I made while constructing manuscripts. I push them to explore and critique their writing processes through peer review. I approach teaching from the perspective that all students can learn when provided the appropriate tools and support. As such, I provide ample feedback on drafts to assist in their development as scholars and practitioners.        

RESEARCH INTERESTS
My research interests include the influence of social context on educational participation and achievement. As a sociologist, my research seeks to address the social inequalities that influence marginalized student populations. I am interested in action based research that can be used by practitioners, policymakers and researchers.

Broadly speaking, I consider the educational process a continuum from preschool through graduate school. My current research interests fall into three areas: (1) how mobility influences educational participation for homeless and foster youth; (2) the process of transitioning to higher education for underserved student groups; and, (3) how to teach writing in graduate school.Additionally, I work with educational leaders and administrators to reconsider how the students' family, friends, neighborhood and broader social context influence their ability to navigate the educational process.Prior to joining the faculty at Pacific, I conducted research at the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at the University of Southern California. My work has been published in several research and practitioner journals, including College and UniversityMetropolitanUniversities, and Critical Studies Cultural Methodologies.

 
  • Action Research
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Applied Inquiry I: Introduction to Doctoral Research
  • Applied Inquiry IV: Developing a Dissertation Proposal
  • Cultural Diversity and Educational Administration
  • History of Higher Education
  • Pluralism in American Education
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Sociology of Education
 

Honors + Awards

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Justice Award, University of the Pacific 2014
  • Young Academic Fellow, Institute for Higher Education Policy 2011
  • Appreciation Award, Lincoln Latin Leadership, Lincoln School District 2011
  • Dissertation of the Year, Rossier School of Education 2010

Leadership in Organizations

  • Editorial Board, Journal of the First Year Experience & Students in Transition 2015-present
  • Past Chair, Social Justice Initiative, AERA, Division J 2016-2017
  • Chair, Social Justice Initiative, AERA, Division J 2013-2016
  • Member, Ad-Hoc Committee on Inclusion, AERA, Division J 2013-2016
  • Section Co-chair, Program Committee, ASHE 2014
  • Social Justice Coordinator, American Educational Research Association Conference 2013
  • Coordinator, Local Guest Educators Initiative, AERA, Division J 2013
  • Proposal Mentor, American Educational Research Association, Qualitative SIG 2012
  • Member, Intersectionality Working Group, Interuniversity Collaborative 2011-2012
  • Writing Coach, PhD Program, Rossier School of Education 2011-2012
  • Member, Local Guest Educators Initiative Committee, AERA, Division J 2011

Professional Presentations

  • *Griffen, J. M., & Hallett, R. E. (2016, April). Reframing professional development: An actionable case study of a collaborative urban school counselor network. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
  • Hallett, R. E., *Freas, A., & *Withrow-Clark, R. (2016, April). Homeless in higher education. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
  • Hallett, R. E., & *Griffen, J. M. (2016, April). Creating Opportunities Via Education: A research partnership empowering parents. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
  • *Griffen, J., & Hallett, R. E. (2015, November). Bridging barriers to build a partnership of trust: Exploration of an undocumented Latino parents' journey. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Denver, CO.
  • Hallett, R. E., Skrla, L., & Low, J. A. (2015, April). Beyond backpacks and bus tokens: Case study of a district homeless student initiative. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Hallett, R. E., & *Westland, M. (2015, April). Community college foster youth preparedness for transfer to a four-year institution. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Skrla, L., & Hallett, R. E. (2015, January). Beyond backpacks and bus tokens: Case study of a district homeless student initiative. Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.
  • Hallett, R. E., & Skrla, L. (2014, August). "That idea we have in our mind of what homeless is, is not what homeless is": A school district's journey toward recognizing the needs of homeless, doubled-up, and economically displaced children and youth. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, Camarillo, CA.
  • Hallett, R. E., *Griffen, J., & *Stanco, H. (2014, April). Engaging families in college preparation: An actionable research case study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Skrla, L., & Hallett, R. E. (2014, January). Serving families in transition. Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI. 
  • Hallett, R. E., & *Moynahan, C. (2012, November). The role of community cultural wealth for undocumented community college students. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Las Vegas, NV.
  • *Chase, D., & Hallett, R. E. (2012, April). Intersecting identities in college admission. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Hallett, R. E., & Barber, K. (2012, April). Power relations during online research: Ethnography as feminist methodology. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.
  • *Moynahan, C., & Hallett, R. E. (2012, April). Paying homage: Identity classification and motivational attributes of Latino youth. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2011, November). Dangers of member checking. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Charlotte, NC.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2011, April). Blocking intersections: Constrained identity development of undocumented college students. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2011, April). Crossing invisible imaginary lines: Gaining access and building relationships with undocumented college students. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hallett, R. E., & Barber, K. (2011, April). "Friending" a participant: Qualitative data collection and social network sites. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2010, November). Undocumented students in college: Utilizing peer networks to increase access and retention. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Tierney, W. G., & Hallett, R. E. (2010, November). State regulation and proprietary colleges and universities: The case of California Assembly Bill 48. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2010, April). Living doubled-up: Influence of unstable living environments on educational participation. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2010, April). Undocumented success: Influence of social networks on the transition to college. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2016, April). Addressing equitable student support across marginalized college student populations. Invited panelist for Division J Graduate Student Council Fireside Chat, Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2015, April). The power of utilizing qualitative research to advance social justice. Invited panelist for Division J Vice Presidential Session, Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2015, April). Scholarly conversations: Key emerging topics in the study of higher education. Invited panelist for Division J Vice Presidential Session, Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2014, January). Creating college access programs in public schools. Delta Kappa Gamma, Stockton, CA.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2013, February). Undocumented students in higher education. California College Personnel Association Institute, Stockton, CA.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2013, January). Understanding how to serve youth and families living doubled-up. Ceres School District Management Team, Ceres, CA.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2012, June). Understanding diversity: Homeless youth and educational practice. Teacher credential course, Brandman University in Modesto.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2012, March). Creating funding portfolios and financial aid opportunities for undocumented students. Presented at Lincoln High School in Stockton, California.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2010, September). Urban research and qualitative methodologies. Presented to the Pathways to Postsecondary Success Research Group, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Special Initiative at the University of California in San Diego. 
  • Hallett, R. E. (2010, April). Student access and success. Division J Emerging Scholars Pre-Conference Workshop during the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Denver, CO.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Hallett, R. E., & *Westland, M. (forthcoming). A trauma-informed care approach to supporting foster youth in community college. New Directions for Community Colleges.
  • Low, J. A., Hallett, R. E., & Mo, E. (forthcoming). Doubled-up homeless: Comparing educational outcomes to low-income students. Education & Urban Society.
  • Hallett, R. E., & *Griffen, J. (2015). Empowering parents in the college planning process: An action inquiry case study. Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk, 20(2), 101-119.
  • Hallett, R. E., Low, J. A., & Skrla, L. (2015). Beyond backpacks and bus passes: Next steps for a district homeless student initiative. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 28(6), 693-713.
  • Hallett, R. E., Skrla, L., & Low, J. A. (2015). That is not what homeless is: A school district's journey toward serving homeless, doubled-up, and economically displaced children and youth. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 28(6), 671-692.
  • Hallett, R. E., & *Westland, M. (2015). Foster youth: Supporting invisible students through visibility. About Campus, 20(3), 15-21.
  • *Nath, V., & Hallett, R. E. (2015). Where there is no hope: A teacher's experience with homelessness. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 28(6), 663-670.
  • Hallett, R. E., & Barber, K. (2014). Ethnographic research in a Cyber Era. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 43(3), 306-330. 
  • Hallett, R. E. (2013). Undocumented student success: Navigating restraints related to retention. Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies Journal, 5(2), 99-112.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2013). Interrupting life history: Evolution of a relationship within the research process. The Qualitative Report, 18(14), 1-16. 
  • Hallett, R. E. (2012). Living doubled-up: Diverse environments and educational outcomes. Education & Urban Society, 44(4), 371-391.
  • Tierney, W. G., & Hallett, R. E. (2012). Social capital and homeless youth: Influence of residential instability on college access. Metropolitan Universities Journal, 22(3), 46-62. 
  • Hallett, R. E., & Venegas, K. M. (2011). Is increased access enough? Advanced placement courses, quality, and success in low-income urban schools. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 34(3), 468-487.
  • Sallee, M. W., Hallett, R. E., & Tierney, W. G. (2011). Teaching writing in graduate school. College Teaching, 59(2), 66-72.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2010). Homeless: How residential instability complicates students' lives. About Campus, 15(3), 11-16.
  • Tierney, W. G., & Hallett, R. E. (2010). In treatment: Writing beneath the surface. Qualitative Inquiry, 16(8), 674-684.
  • Tierney, W. G., & Hallett, R. E. (2010). Writing on the margins from the center: Homeless youth and cultural politics. Cultural Studies  Critical Methodologies, 10(1), 19-27.

Books and Monographs

  • Hallett, R. E., & Skrla, L. (forthcoming, December 2016). Serving students who are homeless: A resource guide for schools, districts and educational leaders. Teachers College Press.
  • Hallett, R. E. (2012). Educational experiences of hidden homeless teenagers: Living doubled-up. New York: Routledge.

Book Chapters

  • Hallett, R. E., & Tevis, T. (2014). Increasing college access and success. In J. D. Mathis, R. M. Rall, & T. M. Laudino (eds.) Fundamentals of college admission counseling: A textbook for graduate students and practicing counselors (Fourth Edition) (pp. 31-48). Arlington, VA: National Association for College Admission Counseling. 
  • Hallett, R. E. (2012). Dangers of member checking. In W. Midgley, M. Baguley, & P. A. Danaher (eds.), The role of participants: Ethics, epistemologies and methods (pp. 29-39). New York: Routledge.
  • Tierney, W. G., & Hallett, R. E. (2012). Homeless youth and educational policy: A case study of urban youth in a metropolitan area. C. C. Yeakey (ed.), Living on the boundaries: Urban marginality in national and international contexts (pp. 49-78). Bristol, UK: Emerald.

Special Issue Editor 

  • Hallett, R. E., Miller, P. M., & Skrla, L. (2015). Homeless and highly mobile students: Equity, access and institutional response. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 28(6), 637-640.
  • Hallett, R. E., & Venegas, K. M. (2015). Socially influenced decision-making and Latino college student experiences in the United States: Introduction to special issue. Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies, 6(3), 99-101. 
  • Venegas, K. M., & Hallett, R. E. (2013). Social identity and college student experiences in the United States: Introduction to special issue. Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies, 5(2), 68-70.
 

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