Kelly VaughnKelly Vaughn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Education and Leadership

Dr. Vaughn is currently the principal investigator for research on community-based work at Belle Air School. She and Dr. Demaree have been invited to present a paper on teacher reflectivity at the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference in Atlanta in February 2013. They are co-authoring a book chapter in Reflectivity & Cultivating Student Learning: Critical Elements for Enhancing a Global Community of Learners and Educators, ed. Edward Pultrak (NY: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). Dr. Vaughn is also collaborating with Dr. Nancy Markowitz, Professor of Elementary Education at San Jose State University, on the implementation and research of Social Emotional Learning in teacher education seminar courses.


  • Ph.D., Social Sciences, Policy, and Educational Practice (SSPEP). School of Education, Stanford University, 2009.
    • Program: Social Sciences in Education
    • Advisor: Dr. Raymond McDermott
    • Dissertation: “Mapping Labeling Acts among Immigrant Youth in an American High School.” Three-year ethnographic study on the relationships and interactions of Asian, European, and Latin American immigrant youth in a U.S. high school English Language Development (ELD) program.
  • MA, Asian American Studies.School of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, 2002.
    •  Advisor: Dr. Lorraine Dong
    • Thesis: “Redefining Parachute Kids: Challenging Misperceptions of Transnational Youth.” Exploration on representation of Asian unaccompanied immigrant youth, using content data analysis on media, government, and scholarly representation and case study interviews.
  • M.Ed., Education. School of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 1994.
    •  Multiple clear teaching credential
    • Emphases in Cross-Cultural Language & Academic Development (CLAD) and mathematics
  • BA, cum laude, East Asian Languages and Cultures (Chinese). College of Letters and Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991.

Research and Interests

  • Immigrant youth in the United States
  • Ethnic/culture identity and its connection with academic identity
  • Social networks in educational settings
  • Ethnography
  • Best practices of small school reform
  • Teaching practices in math education


  • California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Recipient. Competitive financial assistance program awarded to doctorate students whose career aim is to teach and research as academic faculty within the California State University, 2003-2006
  • Getsinger Fellowship and Research Award Recipient. Three year fellowship co-sponsored by Stanford University School of Education, 2002-2005
  • California State University Sally Casanova Pre-Doctorate Scholar. Fellowship chosen among California State University students for Ph.D. scholarship potential, 2001-2002
  • Chao Suet Foundation Scholarship Recipient. Scholarship for recognition of outstanding Asian American graduate students, 2000
  • “SmartSchools PC Day” Grant Recipient. Award of 8 personal computers (value $10,000.00) to be used for grant proposal of middle school e-mail math mentoring program, 1999
  • Industry Initiatives Science Math Education (IISME) Fellow. Selected as an educational consultant of the Intel Museum for curriculum design in math and technology for two years, 1997-1998
  • University of California Educational Abroad Program Pacific Rim Scholarship Recipient. One year scholarship for study at Beijing University, China, 1988-1999

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS)
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • American Sociological Association (ASA)

Presentations and Publications

  • “Planning Across the Curriculum.” Accepted for paper and workshop presentation with Dr. Stephanie Demaree. Paper presented, 2012 PACT and edTPA Implementation Conference, San Diego, CA, November 1, 2012.
  • “Mutual Benefits between Preservice Teachers and Students of a Program Improvement School through Service Learning.” Poster Session, California Council on Teacher Education Fall 2012 Conference, San Diego, CA, October 12, 2012.
  • Vaughn, T.K. (2012, Summer). From NBC to TPA: A researcher’s reflection on “How does performance assessment improve teacher practice?” CCNews, 23(2), 25-27.
  • “From NBR to TPA: A Researcher’s Reflection on ‘How does Performance Assessment Improve Teacher Practice?'” Poster Session, California Council on Teacher Education Spring 2012 Conference, San Jose, CA, March 30, 2012.
  • “Augmenting a Global Community of Learners through the Incorporation of Teacher Reflectivity.” Panelist to present research about the correlation between formative assessment and teachers’ reflections, Association of Teacher Educators 2012 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 14, 2012.
  • “Chunking It: Scaffolding the PACT for Our Student Teachers.” Paper projected to be co-presented (with Julie Williams) on November 4, 2010 at PACT 2010 Implementation Conference, University of San Diego, CA.
  • Sato,M., Chung R.W., Greenwald, E., Dean, S., Vaughn, K. (2010). The role of professional teaching standards in teacher reflection. In E.G. Pultorak (Ed.), The purposes, practices, and professionalism of teacher reflectivity: Insights for twenty-first-century teachers and students (pp. 325-349). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.
  • “Got Accreditation?: Poster Sessions in the CTC Accreditation Visit.” Poster Session with NDNU School of Education faculty, California Council on Teacher Education Spring 2009 Conference, San Jose, CA, March 27, 2009.
  • “The Impact of National Board Certification on Teachers? Classroom Assessment Practices: Analysis of Change in Classroom Practice.” Paper presented, American Education Research Association 2007 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 10, 2007.
  • “Hip Hop and Fangpi?: Situated Identity Markers and Cultural Bridges amongAsian Immigrant Students in American High Schools.” Paper presented, Popularizing Asia Pacific Americas Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz, February 12, 2005.
  • “When the Minority Becomes the Sole Majority: Social World of Youth in a Non-White High School.” Paper presented, annual conference of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, San Jose, CA, August 6, 2004.
  • “Parachute Kids.” Documentary film (directed and produced with Asako Ushio) screened from January to May 2002 at the following events: National Asian American Telecommunications Association 19th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival; 8th Annual Chicago Asian American Film Festival; 2nd Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival; National Japanese American Historical Society Special Exhibit, San Francisco, CA.
  • “Redefining Parachute Kids: Content Analysis on Media, Government, and Academic Sources,” San Francisco State, College of Ethnic Studies, Ethnic Studies Journal 1(Spring 2001): 41-50.
  • “Redefining Parachute Kids: Content Analysis on Media, Government, and Academic Sources.” Paper presented, annual conference of the Association of Asian American Studies, Toronto, Canada, March, 30 2001.
  • “Extending Beyond the Math Community Via E-Mail.” Paper presented, annual conference of the California League of Middle Schools, San Diego, CA, March 12, 1999.