Ph.D. Alumna Marcela Reyes is joining Irvine Valley College (IVC) as a Research & Planning Analyst. IVC is a premier community college that provides students different avenues for success. It offers guided pathways to transfer opportunities, certificates, associate degrees, employment, and further education to a diverse and dynamic local and global community. The college also fosters economic and workforce development through strategic partnerships with business, government, and educational networks.
In her new role, Dr. Reyes will conduct research to foster the quality improvement of student learning by providing accurate and innovative information that drives the college decision-making. She will collaborate with different departments (e.g., Office of Instruction), as well as high schools and organizations that work closely with IVC.
Reyes received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine in 2016, specialized in Educational Policy and Social Context. Her advisors were Distinguished Professor Greg Duncan and Dr. Thurston Domina. She received her master’s degree from UCLA in Social Research Methodology, and bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s University in Sociology with a minor in Mathematics.
Reyes has been working as a postdoctoral scholar with Chancellor's Professor Carol Connor in the Center for Creating Opportunities through Education (CCOE). The Center includes faculty in education, psychology, cognitive science, sociology, and related disciplines who work together to address a significant society challenge: creating opportunity for all students but particularly students who come from low-income families, are a cultural or racial minority, or who receive special education, through effective educational interventions. CCOE aims to build partnerships that are mutually beneficial to researchers and practitioners. Reyes has worked on developing partnerships with Orange County school districts and other organizations (e.g., Head Start). She collected information about our partner’s goals and educational challenges in order to connect faculty and practitioners with shared interests.