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Phitsamay S. Uy

Phitsamay Uy
Dr. Phitsamay Sychitkokhong UyAssociate Professor, Leadership in Schooling; Co-Director, Center for Asian American Studies
  • CollegeGraduate School of Education
  • DepartmentSchool of Education
  • Phone(978) 934-4612
  • OfficeO'Leary Library - 524
  • EmailPhitsamay_Uy@uml.edu
  • Profile URLs

Research Interests

Immigrant and refugee youths, Southeast Asian American communities, family and community engagement, professional development training

The academic achievement of immigrant and refugee students in particular Southeast Asian American students. The role of parents, families, and school-community partnerships in encouraging academic achievement. Training teachers to meet the needs of a diverse student population

Education

  • EDD: Educational experiences of Southeast Asian and immigrant students, (2011), Harvard University Graduate School of Education - Cambridge, MA
    Supporting Area: Communities and Schools
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: The Educational Experiences of Lao and Khmer High School Students: The Influence of Families, Friends, and Teachers on Academic Achievement
  • Other: Education. Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, (2003), Harvard University - Cambridge, MA
  • Other: Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, (1996), Boston College - Boston, MA
  • BS: Human Resource Management, (1995), Boston College - Boston, MA

Biography

As a K-21 educator, community advocate, and diversity trainer, I use these three perspectives to bridge theory and practice in my teaching, research, and service.

Awards and Honors

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell Faculty Service Learning Grant, Service, University - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • High Impact Teaching (2014) - University of Massachusetts Lowell Transformational Education 2nd Annual Symposium
  • University of Massachusetts Boston Asian American Student Success Program Grant (2012), Service, University - University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell Healey Public Service Award (2012), Service, University - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Harvard University's James N. Snitzler Scholarship (2010), Scholarship/Research - Harvard University
  • University of Massachusetts Boston's Institute for Asian American Studies Research Fellowship (2008), Scholarship/Research - University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Facing History Upstander Award (2007)
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean's Summer Fellowship (2005) - Harvard University
  • Harvard University Presidential Fellowship (2005) - Harvard University
  • Boston College's Matthew R. Copithorne Scholarship (2002), Scholarship/Research - Boston College

Publications

  • Uy, P.S. (2016) "Lao families' educational engagement: How Lao parents and family members support their children," Amerasia Journal 42:3 pp. 69-89
  • Uy, P.S. (2016) "Underserved and unseen: Southeast Americans in higher education," Information Age
  • Uy, P.S. (2016) "Unpacking racial identities: the salience of ethnicity in Southeast Asian-American youth’s schooling experience," Race Ethnicity and Education
  • Uy, P.S., Kim, S.J., Khuon, C. (2016) "College and Career Readiness of Southeast Asian American College Students in New England," Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice pp. 1-23
  • Wright, W.E., Uy, P.S., Sak-Humphry, C. (2015) "Editor’s Introduction to the 10th Anniversary Volume of the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement," Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement 10:1 pp. 1
  • Uy, P.S. (2015) "Supporting Southeast Asian American Family and Community Engagement for Educational Success," Journal of Southeast Asian American Education & Advancement 10:2 pp. 3
  • Nichols, M., Pendakur, S., Uy, P.S. (2014) "Conversation: Complicating the Complications," Peter Lang
  • Uy, P.S. (2014) "Khmerican and Lao American Youth's Contested Ethnic Identities: Perspectives That Moves Teachers Beyond Race," Peter Lang
  • Uy, P.S. (2014) "Laotian Americans," Sage Publications
  • Leung Rubin, C., Uy, P.S. (2012) "Immigrant Education," Springer
  • Uy, P.S. (2011) "Disaggregated data and community-based organizations-school partnerships: Two untried policy strategies target the achievement gap of Asian American Students,"
  • Uy, P.S. (2009) "Asian American Dropouts: A Case Study of Vietnamese and Chinese High School Students in a New England Urban School District," AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community 7:1 pp. 83-104
  • Warren, M., Hong, S., Rubin, C., Uy, P.S. (2009) "Beyond the bake sale: A community-based relational approach to parent engagement in schools," The Teachers College Record 111:9 pp. 2209-2254
  • Uy, P.S. (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 3:
  • Uy, P.S. (2006) "Review of V. Louie's Compelled to Excel: Immigration, education and opportunity among Chinese Americans," 76:1

Presentations

  • Immigrant Youth and Educational Access - the annual meeting of Alumni of Color Conference, Harvard Graduate School of Education,
  • Re-imagining the Lao American Diasporic Identity: Sharing Stories of Resilience - Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian American Studies, 2016 - Miami, FL.
  • Supporting Southeast Asian American Family and Community Engagement for Educational Success - Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian American Studies, 2016 - Miami, FL.
  • The Cambodian Genocide, 2016 - Fall River, MA
  • Southeast Asians Health - Race, Ethnicity & Health Class, March 2016 - Boston, MA
  • The State of Southeast Americans in the United States: 40 years After Resettlement & Community Development - Integrative Seminar in Peace & Conflict Studies, February 2016 - Lowell, MA
  • Update of Southeast Asians in the United States, November 2015 - Wellesley, MA
  • Update of Southeast Asians in the United States, November 2015 - Boston, MA
  • The State of Southeast Americans in the United States: 40 Years After Resettlement & Community Development, April 2015 - Wellesley, MA
  • "Khmerican" and Lao American Youths' Contested Ethnic Identities: Perspectives That Move Teachers Beyond Race - Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April 2015 - Chicago, IL
  • Southeast Asian College and Career Readiness - Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian American Studies, April 2015 - Evanston, IL
  • State of Lao(tian) Amerricans: A Reflection on 40 Years of Resettlement and Community Development in the United States - Our Shared Journey: Lao American & Historical Contexts and Lao American Writer's Summit II , April 2015 - Minneapolis, MN
  • Parental and Familial Influences on Southeast Asian American College and Career Readiness - Second Symposium on Enhancing Asian American Student Success: Linking Research and Practice, January 2015 - Boston, MA
  • Update of Southeast Asians in the United States, November 2014 - Wellesley, MA
  • The States of Southeast Asian Communities in New England - National Meeting of the State of Southeast Asians in Diaspora, October 2014 - Minneapolis, MN
  • Southeast Asians in Lowell - Urban Health Guest Speaking, October 2014 - Boston, MA
  • Complexities in Research with Southeast Asian Immigrant Communities: Reflections on Rebuilding Relationships, Threats to Safety, and the Outsider Within - National Meeting of What Went Wrong Conference, July 2014 - Minneapolis, MN
  • Update of Southeast Asians in the United States, April 2014 - Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  • Update of Southeast Asians in the United States, April 2014 - Boston, MA
  • How to Work with Southeast Asian Refugee & Immigrant Communities - Community Service course for the Sociology Department , March 2014 - Lowell, MA
  • Educational Experiences of Southeast Asian American Youth - Language, Literacy and Culture , March 2014 - Lowell, MA
  • The Educational Experiences of Lao and Khmer High School Students: The Influence of Families, Friends and Teachers on Academic Achievement - 4th International Lao Studies Conference, July 2013 - Madison, WI
  • Social Justice Allies: Fostering Dialogue and the Wellness for Asian American Students - Annual Meeting of the Asian American Psychological Association , July 2013 - Honolulu, HI
  • Refugee Communities, Culture & Context - Voices of Refugees Conference, May 2013 - Lowell, MA
  • Family and Community Engagement: Literacy Initiative - Philips Brooks House Association Training, May 2013 - Cambridge, MA
  • The Educational Experiences of Southeast Asians in America - Annual Meeting of Asian American Pacific Islander in Higher Education , April 2013 - San Francisco, CA
  • YOUTH Teen Center: A Youth-Driven and Youth-Directed Space For Exploration - Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, April 2013 - Chicago, IL
  • Providing The Missing Rung in The Ladder: Transition from High School to College and Career - Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April 2013 - San Francisco, CA
  • Family and Community Engagement: Community Organizations & Parental Partnerships - Guest Lecture for ELL Graduate Certificate, April 2013 - Lawrence. MA
  • Culture and English Language Learners - Second Language Acquisition and Assessment class, March 2013 - Lawrence, MA
  • Educational Experiences of Southeast Asian American Youth - Contemporary Issues in Education: Immigrant Children in American Schools , March 2013 - Ames, IA
  • Assessing Southeast Asian American College and Career Readiness - Symposium on Enhancing Asian American Student Success: Linking Research and Practice , January 2013 - Boston, MA
  • Building Community-based Alliances between Teachers, Families, and Communities - National Conference of National Association of Multicultural Education , November 2012 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Culture and Educational Experiences of Southeast Asian High School Students - National Leadership Conference of Southeast Americans Restoring Community Hope (SEARCH), November 2012 - Providence, RI
  • An Outcomes-Driven Research Doctorate in Education: The UMass Lowell Leadership in Schooling Ed. D. - The Advancing a Massachusetts Culture of Assessment (AMCOA) Regional Conference on Assessment in Higher Education, October 2012 - Lowell, MA.
  • Southeast Asian Family and Community Engagement: Authentic Approaches through Community-based Organizations - The Asian American and Pacific Islander Educational Research Coalition (ARC) Summit, October 2012 - Honolulu, HI
  • Higher Educational Experiences of Southeast Asians in America - SEARAC Leadership Advocacy Training, July 2012 - Washington, D.C.
  • Asian American Women Scholars-Activists Unite! - The 10th Annual Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching for Excellence (ASPIRE) Conference, 2011 - Boston, MA
  • Southeast Asian Family Conference: Bridging Research with Practice - The Inaugural Boat People SOS Conference, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Educational Experiences of Female Southeast Asian American Youth - ASPIRE Conference, November 2011 - Boston, MA
  • Educational Experiences of Southeast Asian American Youth, September 2011
  • Legacies of War: Challenging the Master Narrative of the Vietnam War - The Annual Meeting of Association of Asian American Studies, May 2011 - New Orleans, LA
  • Untold Stories: Factors That Lao and Khmer High School Students Consider When Deciding to Stay in or Leave School - The annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, 2010 - Denver, CO
  • The State of Southeast Asians in America - 40th Anniversary Diversity Dinner, November 2010 - Mankaton, MN
  • Cross-cultural Comparison of Dominican, Laotian, and Khmer Students: The Influence of Parents, Peers, and Teachers on Academic Achievement - The Second Conference of the Asian Americans in New England Research Initiative, October 2010 - Storrs, CT
  • Untold Stories: Factors Lao & Khmer High School Students Consider When Deciding to Stay or Leave School - Southeast Asian Communities in Lowell & the Diaspora Seminar and Discussion, May 2009 - Lowell, MA
  • Untold Stories: Factors That Lao and Khmer High School Students Consider When Deciding to Stay in or Leave School - The University of Massachusetts Boston Institute of Asian American Studies Research Fellow Talk, April 2009 - Boston, MA
  • High-Quality Science Instruction and Teacher Qualifications: A Comparative Case Study of Their Relationship in One Urban School District - The annual meeting of National Science Teacher Association, 2008
  • Asian American Dropouts - The Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association, 2007 - Boston, MA
  • Beyond the Bake Sale: A Community-based, Relational Approach to Parent Engagement in Schools - The Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association, 2007
  • Immigrant Youth and Educational Access - the annual meeting of Alumni of Color Conference, 2005 - Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Communities and Schools: A New View of Urban Educational Reform - the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, 2005
  • Moving Beyond Images of Model Minority and Gangster Thugs: Youth Empowerment and Racial Identity for Asian Pacific American Student - the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, 2004
  • What Does Real Access Mean ? Limited Access to Higher Education - the New Young Americans Conference, 2004 - Suffolk Law University
  • CAPAY: Engaging API Youth in their Communities and Schools - the Student Research Conference and International Forum, 2004 - Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Southeast Asians in America - the Boston Asian Student Intercollegiate Conference, 2003 - Boston, MA
  • The State of Southeast Asians in America - the Convocation Speaker at the Southeast Asian Awareness Week, 2002 - Brown University
  • Asian Literacy & Technology Integration - the annual meeting of the California Association of Bilingual Education, 1999
  • Community Engagement and Advocacy - the annual meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Cambodians, Laotians, & Vietnamese (NAFEA), 1999

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Research Fellow (2012), Fellowship - Asian American & Pacific Islander Research Coalition (ARC)
    Uy, P.S.
  • Southeast Asian American College Readiness at Middlesex Community College (), Grant - University of Lowell
    Uy, P.S. (Principal)
  • Southeast Asian American College Readiness (), Grant - University of Massachusetts Boston Asian American Student Success Program (AASSP)
    Uy, P.S. (Co-Principal)
  • UMass Lowell Principal Preparation Expansion Program-Project Lead (), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Education Race to the Top Funds
    Uy, P.S. (Co-Principal)
  • Parental and Famalial Influences on Southeast Asian American Students' College and Career Major Decisions (), Grant - University of Massachusetts Boston Asian American Student Success Program (AASSP)
    Uy, P.S. (Principal)
  • Assessing Southeast Asian American Youth's College and Career Readiness (), Grant - University of Boston AANAPISI Program
    Uy, P.S. (Principal)
  • Evaluating and Disseminating The Preparing Excellent Teachers of All (English) Language Learners (PETALLs) - an University-K-12 School District Professional Development Model (), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Healey Public Service Award
    Uy, P.S. (Principal)
  • Academic Support of the Teen Coalition (), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Faculty Service Learning Grant
    Uy, P.S. (Principal)