Skip to main content

Journal Honors UTEP Professor for Year’s Top Article

Last Updated on April 24, 2018 at 4:55 PM

Originally published April 24, 2018

By UC Staff

UTEP Communications

The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) recognized UTEP’s David E. DeMatthews, Ph.D., with its 2018 William J. Davis Award for writing the most outstanding article published in Educational Administration Quarterly in 2017.

Pictured are, from left, Sara Dexter, David E. DeMatthews and Roderick Carey.
Pictured are, from left, Sara Dexter, David E. DeMatthews and Roderick Carey.

The presentation was made during the annual American Educational Research Association meeting April 13-18, 2018, in New York City.

The journal’s editorial board selected DeMatthews’ “Guilty as Charged? Principals’ Perspectives on Disciplinary Practices and the Racial Discipline Gap” for outstanding scholarship.

DeMatthews, assistant professor of educational leadership and foundations, wrote the article with UTEP’s Arturo Olivarez, Ph.D., professor of educational leadership and foundations, and Kevin Moussavi-Saeedi, who earned his Master of Education in educational administration in 2015.

The award was presented to DeMatthews by Sara Dexter, Ph.D., UCEA senior associate director and associate professor of education at the University of Virginia. He accepted the award with another co-author, Roderick Carey, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware. 

DeMatthews said he and his group of interdisciplinary co-authors were surprised and excited with the recognition. He added that the different perspectives and interpretations of the data led to lengthy discussions and an improved research project. 

“This is a tremendous honor,” he said.

The Davis Award was established in 1979 to honor its namesake, who was the former associate director of the UCEA. 

The UCEA also honored DeMatthews in December 2017 with its Jack A. Culbertson Award, an early career honor that goes to outstanding junior professors of educational administration.

DeMatthews has been with The University of Texas at El Paso since 2013.