Faculty Spotlight!

Trang Phan
Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Director of Kremen Instructional Technology Resource Center (INTERESC)

Trang Phan

Trang earned her MA in English as a Second Language at UT Pans American (now UTRGV) and her Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology at the University of Houston. Born, raised and went to college in Vietnam and later worked at 3 different HSIs in the U.S, Trang's academic career has revolved around multilingualism and diversity. Her teaching, research and services have included culturally, linguistically and economically diverse groups of students.

At Fresno State, Trang teaches required credential courses in technology for both the elementary and secondary students, as well as graduate level courses in the Curriculum and Instruction Masters. She's also an affiliated faculty member in the Doctoral Educational Leadership program at Kremen School.

Trang's research background strictly involves diversity and is service-oriented towards the underrepresented. Her Master’s thesis examined the effects of graphic organizers on reading comprehension of native speakers of English, Spanish-speaking Generation 1.5 and ESL learners subgroups. During her Ph.D, she co-designed professional development (PD) Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for Texas K-12 teachers and global audience and developed her research agenda on this area. At Fresno State, she was one of the representatives of Fresno State in their partnership with Microsoft and Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) in the Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI) in 2017. Trang participated in various PD trainings organized by CFE including eScholars, DISCOVERe, Summer Academy, and Graduate Online Mentoring workshop, to name a few. Most recently, she collaborated with her colleagues at College of Engineering and submitted a $1.5M NSF DTI R&D grant on developing, testing and assessing a technology-enhanced and community-engaged experiential learning program to strengthen learning opportunities and promote STEM careers for underserved high school students in the Central California.

Trang serves in a number of technology-oriented committees at the university level due to her Directorship at INTERESC. She also organized NASA educational workshops for pre- and in-service teachers at Fresno State and in Fresno county. In 2017, Trang won a mini grant from the Continuing & Global Education to recruit international graduate students from Vietnam.

A link to one of the videos about teaching and learning at Kremen school: https://youtu.be/AeoJK8mx1zo

I do believe in the power of empathy which translates into both emotional concerns and acts on students' needs, as well as cognitive/perspective taking: adopt their point of view on a daily basis. I want my students to experience ambiguity, confront failure, accept constructive criticism, ask the right questions, and develop an understanding and a sense of empathy for the users when they design a product for them. I have been practicing this in my classes, write about it, and want to continue doing it and improving on it. Together with encouraging students' meaningful uses of technology, this is my lens to student-centered learning practice in my class.

CFE has influenced my teaching practice in so many positive ways from organizing the aforementioned useful workshops and training to informal sharing and being always available for support. I love the collegiality built with the CFE instructional designers and director.