Phitsamay Uy, Graduate School of Education
Assistant Professor, Leadership in Schooling; Core Faculty Member, Center for Asian American Studies
Southeast Asian American students' educational experiences; family and community engagement; teaching diverse populations; culturally competency trainer; professional development trainer
Academic achievement of immigrant and refugee students, particularly Southeast Asian Americans; The role of families, community-members and school-community partnerships in encouraging academic achievement; Training school staff to meet diverse students' needs.
- Ed.D., Harvard University, Communities & Schools
- M.Ed., Harvard University, Administration, Planning & Social Policy
- M.Ed., Boston College, Curriculum & Instruction
- B.S., Boston College, Human Resource Management
As a k-21 educator, community advocate and diversity trainer, I have used these three perspectives help me bridge theory and practice. As a Southeast Asian American scholar, I am particularly interested in finding ways to support and encourage the educational achievement of Southeast Asian American students and the engagement of their families with schools. I do this by combining my teaching experiences with my community organizing experiences. I am deeply passionate about my service as I am about my research and teaching. My service includes an expansive range of university, community, and professional activities at local, national, and international levels.
- Southeast Asians in America
- Culture, Identity, and the Asian American Experience
- Knowledge of Students: Cognitive & Adolescent Development
- Teaching Diverse Populations
Publications: Articles, Chapters, & Reviews
Leung Rubin, C. & Uy, P. (in press). Immigrant Education. In S. Loue & M. Sajatovic, M. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. New York: Springer.
Uy. P. (2009). Asian American dropouts: A case study of Chinese and Vietnamese high school students in a New England urban school district. Los Angeles: UCLA AAPI Nexus Journal on Asian American Pacific Islander K-12 Education.
Warren, M, Hong, S., Leung, C., & Sychitkokhong Uy, P. (2009). Beyond the bake sale: A community-based, relational approach to parent engagement in schools. New York: Teachers College Record.
Uy, P. (2008). How the American Community Survey informs our understanding of the Southeast Asian community: One teacher’s perspective. Journal of Southeast Asian American Education & Advancement, Vol. 3.
Uy, P. (2006). Louie’s Compelled to Excel: Immigration, education, and opportunity among Chinese Americans. Harvard Educational Review, Vol. 76, 1.
2010 Cross-cultural Comparison of Dominican, Laotian, and Khmer Students: The Influence of Parents, Peers, and Teachers on Academic Achievement. Presented at the second Asian Americans in New England Research Initiative Conference.
2010 Untold Stories: Factors That Lao and Khmer High School Students Consider When Deciding to Stay in or Leave School. Presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association.
2009 Untold Stories: Factors That Lao and Khmer High School Students Consider When Deciding to Stay in or Leave School. Presented at the University of Massachusetts Boston Institute of Asian American Studies Research Fellow Talk.
2008 High-Quality Science Instruction and Teacher Qualifications: A Comparative Case Study of Their Relationship in One Urban School District. Presented at the annual meeting of National Science Teacher Association.
2007 Beyond the Bake Sale: A Community-based, Relational Approach to Parent Engagement in Schools. Presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association.
2007 Asian American Dropouts in Boston, MA. Presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association.
2006 Harvard Educational Review Journal Talk. Presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association.
2005 Communities and Schools: A New View of Urban Educational Reform. Presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association.
2005 Immigrant Youth and Educational Access. Presented at the annual meeting of Alumni of Color Conference, Harvard Graduate School of Education.
2004 Moving Beyond Images of Model Minority and Gangster Thugs: Youth Empowerment and Racial Identity for Asian Pacific American Student. Presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association.
2004 CAPAY: Engaging API Youth in their Communities and Schools. Presented at the Student Research Conference and International Forum. Harvard Graduate School of Education.
2004 What Does Real Access Mean – Limited Access to Higher Education. Presented at the New Young Americans Conference. Suffolk Law University.
2003 Southeast Asians in America. Presented at the Boston Asian Student Intercollegiate Conference.
2002 The State of Southeast Asians in America. Presented as the Convocation Speaker at the Southeast Asian Awareness Week. Brown University.
1999 Asian Literacy & Technology Integration. Presented at the annual meeting of the California Association of Bilingual Education.
1999 Community Engagement and Advocacy. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Cambodians, Laotians, & Vietnamese.(NAFEA)
Other Professional & Community Experience
2008– Present Editorial Board Member. Journal of Lao Studies.
2007– Present Editorial Board Member. Journal of SEA American Education and Advancement.
2007 – Present Board Member. Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund. New England
2007 – 2009 New England Coordinator & Curriculum Developer. Legacies of War, Boston & Lowell, MA
2006 – Present Scholarship Reader. Gates Millennium Scholarship. Washington D.C.
2005 – 2011 Board Member. Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC), Washington D.C.
2004 – Present Community Advisory Board Member. Institute of Asian American Studies, Boston, MA
2004 –2006 Solicits Editor and Editorial Board. Harvard Educational Review (HER)