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Dean Kohn-Wood

Dear SEHD faculty, staff, students, family, friends, and alumni,

And just like that, we come to the end of an extraordinary year. To start, I am so proud that the School of Education and Human Development ranked among the Best Graduate Schools in the country, climbing six spots to #58 in U.S. News and World Report’s list of top graduate programs nationwide. This is on top of our nine-point jump in the fall rankings for overall Schools/Colleges of Education. Further, Niche ranked our Sports Administration as a top five program in the discipline. We couldn’t have had this success without the ongoing commitment to excellence of our faculty and staff. It was a thrill to return to a sense of “normalcy” as we reconnected with our students without the use of Zoom. This year’s commencement celebrated a historically large number of graduates and was a testament to their ability to forge ahead, demonstrating unrelenting resilience and dedication through the many challenges and disruptions brought on by the pandemic.

Congratulations to our faculty and to Class of 2022!

Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

All my best,

Dean E-Signature

Laura Kohn-Wood, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean
School of Education and Human Development




Speakers celebrated undergraduates’ abilities to excel despite challenges

At this year's commencement exercises, nearly every speaker noted how the students endured the difficulties of the pandemic, which equipped them with resilience to forge new careers and chase dreams with renewed passionLearn more


Graduating senior loves the classroom and helping children

Jaclyn Mait, a student in the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development, will begin her graduate studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the fall. Learn more



Congratulations to the 2022 Awards of Excellence recipients

Awards List

LGBTQ+ graduates encouraged to live their ‘true colors’

Brittney Davis, who received her Ph.D. in community psychology from the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, delivered the graduate student address at the eighth annual Lavender Celebration. Learn more

University alumni create their own lane in the business of sports

Co-founders Adam White and Russell Wilde, both graduates of the sport administration program in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, created Front Office Sports, a leading news media company recently valued at $25 million. Learn more

Ukrainians fleeing their war-torn nation face daunting challenges

Three million have crossed the borders of neighboring countries, but uncertainty and the fear of never being able to return to their homeland haunt them, according to Dr. Dina Birman, professor from the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies who studies refugees. Learn more

SEHD and Miami Herbert‘s Hyperion Council collaborate to deliver financial literacy program in Belize

The School of Education and Human Development (SEHD), in collaboration with the Miami Herbert Business School‘s Hyperion Council, travelled to Belize to provide an experiential learning opportunity for eight University of Miami students from the two schools. The program delivered a customized financial literacy curriculum to 45 elementary school students in Queens Square Anglican School in Belize City. SEHD’s Dr. Soyeon Ahn and Dr. Scotney Evans, both from the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, and Ellen McPhillip, associate dean for undergraduate academic education and innovation, met with potential partners to discuss the launch of a pilot on Social and Emotional Learning, which will provide additional learning and leadership opportunities for undergraduate students across all SHED’s departments.


2023 US News & World Report



The 2022 Provost Awards honors four SEHD faculty members for their exceptional research efforts and commitment to mentoring students.

Provost’s Research Award

Dr. Soyeon Ahn, Educational and Psychological Studies

Project Title: Toward Unbiased, Inclusive, and Representative Scientific Research: An Examination of Intersectionality Analytic Models Using Monte Carlo Simulations

Dr. Batya Elbaum, Teaching and Learning

Project title: Variation in Preschool Children's One-on-One Interactions with Teachers During Free Play

Dr. Moataz Eltoukhy, Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

Project title: Validation of a Novel Artificial Intelligence-assisted Video-based Gait Analysis Tool for Parkinson’s Disease Patients in Minority Populations

Provost’s Teaching Award

Dr. Carol-Anne Phekoo, Educational and Psychological Studies

Providing both master’s and doctoral programs mentorship that connect with students before they arrive on campus and continue long after graduation as they face career decisions and continue to seek her advice.


Dr. Wendy Morrison-Cavendish, Department of Teaching and Learning, and Dr. Kele Stewart, School of Law, were awarded the Spencer Foundation Grant for their project, Building Social Capital and Social Networks for Marginalized Youth. The foundation is the leading funder and only national foundation focused exclusively on education research that cultivates learning and transforms lives. 

Dr. Jason Mizell, assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, was awarded the Bob Belle Service Grant from the Southern Regional Education Board to carry out his work with minoritized youth; was the recipient of the 2022 Promising Scholar Award from the North American Systemic Functional Linguistics Association for his outstanding contributions to applied linguistics; and was selected to the 2022 - 2024 cohort for the Literacy Research Association STAR (Scholars of color Transitioning into Academic Research Institutions) Mentoring Program. In addition, he was selected as one of the 2022 - 23 UM Engaged Faculty Fellows by the Office of Civic and Community Engagement; and was just awarded a 2022 - 23 UMIA Faculty Research Grant.

Dr. Kysha Harriell, clinical professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, was accepted into the prestigious National Academies of Practice in Athletic Training in recognition of her professional achievements and contributions in the field and was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow at the academy’s annual meeting.

Dr. Jenesis Ramirez, lecturer in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, received a grant from the American Institutes for Research for her continued work on Latinas' educational experiences, their networks of women, and the intersecting influences of race, gender, family, and institutional climates on Latinas' personal, professional, and academic journeys.  

Kirsten Schwarz, lecturer in the Department of Teaching and Learning, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Undergraduate Teaching Award. The annual award, presented by the Dean, honors the exemplary teaching of a faculty member at the School of Education and Human Development at the undergraduate level. 


Dr. Kevin Jacobs, professor, Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
Dr. Bryan Mann, associate professor, Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
Dr. Erin McNary, associate professor, Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
Dr. Ashmeet Oberoi, associate professor, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies