Dr. Holly Hungerford-KresserDr. Holly Hungerford-Kresser

Dr. Hungerford-Kresser is an Associate Professor of English education and literacy studies at the University of Texas at Arlington.  She earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in literacy studies.  Her research focuses primarily on college and career readiness, with two primary angles—first generation college students and pre-service teacher education.  Recent projects include research partnerships with non-profits and universities, centered on teacher education and college ready classrooms.  She will continue this work in the fall as a fellow with the Greater Texas Foundation.



Dr. Maria Martinez-CosioDr. Maria Martinez-Cosio

Dr. Martinez-Cosio is an associate professor at the School of Urban and Public Affairs and Assistant Vice-Provost for Faculty Development at UT Arlington.  She earned her doctorate in sociology at the University of California, San Diego.  Her research interests span several disciplines including education, planning and sociology.  Her book, co-authored with Dr. Mirle Bussell from UC San Diego, Catalysts for Change:21st Century Foundations and Community Development (Routledge, 2013) was recently awarded the “Current Research Award” by the Community Development Society at its annual meeting in July 2014.


On March 25, from Noon until 1 pm (Central Time), in the LINK Lab 246 Nedderman Hall
Dr. Hungerford-Kresser and Dr. Martinez-Cosio conducted a round-table discussion, regarding the topic:

Title: Conversations on Strategies of Support for Underrepresented Learners

UT Arlington’s diverse student population represents the future of higher education in the United States: culturally diverse, varied learning needs, and broadly inclusive of students that have not participated in higher education historically. Universities are increasingly called on to focus on students that have traditionally been under represented. This round table will continue discussions on how UTA can improve on early successes in serving the needs of all learners. Topics will include creating an organizational culture of academic excellence and advancing national research on under representation in education, student support systems, and policy implications.