Weiner Chosen as 2020 Brock Prize Juror

EDLR’s Dr. Jennie Weiner was recently selected to serve as a juror to determine 2020’s The Brock Prize in Education Innovation, an award dedicated to enhancing education and promoting change.

Each year, the recipient of the Brock Prize in Education Innovation is determined by a jury of nine members. Jurors include educators and champions of education, university officers, meritorious professors, business and government officials, and others committed to excellence in education. 

Weiner was chosen for her scholarship on issues of educational leadership and organizational change, including the impact of gender and racial discrimination in educational leadership.

Prospective LLEP Student to Receive Dean’s Doctoral Scholarships

In conjunction with the Neag School of Education the Faculty from the Learning, Leadership, & Education Policy (LLEP) are proud to announce that a prospective student was offered a scholarship from the Dean’s Doctoral Scholars Program (DDS) in the program’s inaugural year:

  • Britney Jones (Leadership and Education Policy) – Britney has professional experience working in charter schools in Rhode Island and New York, and has most recently served as a fourth grade science teacher and science teacher leader in New York schools.

The Dean’s Doctoral Scholars Program offers students four years of full funding and a stipend while pursuing their Ph.D. The program will provide opportunities to:

  • Become a member of one of several interdisciplinary research teams shaping the future of education
  • Conduct high quality and impactful research in education areas, specifically:
    • Equity and social justice
    • STEM education
    • Creativity and innovation
    • Educator quality and effectiveness
  • Present at conferences and publish research
  • Participate in the development of educational innovations
  • Build the knowledge and experience to become national leaders in education research, policy and practice

The program looks forward to working with Britney throughout the

Michael Mudrick

Michael Mudrick

Michael is in his fourth year as a doctoral student in Sport Management. His research interests include sport consumer behavior and the effects of media on fan identification and consumption motives. Some of his research projects have included social media’s influence on fan reactionary behavior, the uniqueness of college recruiting networks and their effects on highly identified fans, emotional attachment to sport brands, the assessment of credibility amongst sport media, and blatant fan support of team failure.

Michael has also taught several courses in the department, including Sport Law, Financial Management in the Sport Industry, and Introduction to Sport Marketing. After completing a degree in journalism at Temple University, Michael came to UCONN in 2009 in pursuance of a master’s degree in sport management, to which he graduated in 2011. Since his arrival to UCONN, Michael has also served several years as a graduate student senator, representing the Neag Graduate Student Association.

Jesse Mala

Jesse Mala

Jesse is a first-year doctoral student in Sport Management. He is a Connecticut native, from New Britain. He is a veteran who has served with the 75th Ranger regiment, 3rd Ranger battalion, and has deployed multiple times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). After being honorably discharged, he received a Bachelor of Science in physical education from Central Connecticut State University. Afterwards, Jesse came to UConn in 2012 and earned a Master of Science in Exercise Science under Dr. William Kraemer.

During his second year in the exercise science program, Jesse “stumbled” upon a class in Sport Management and found his passion. His current research interest is the development and implementation of sport based youth development programs in underprivileged populations. Jesse is currently a graduate assistant under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Bruening and is a part of the Husky Sport staff. He is also a teacher’s assistant for the Introduction to Sport Based Youth Development class.

Michael Corral


Michael Corral

Michael is a first-year Ph.D student in Sport Management. His research interests include understanding how to best restructure failing and marginalized schools using sport as a central focus and catalyst for academic and life success. His current roles include working as a UCONN Husky Sport Program Leader and Teaching Assistant under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Bruening.

After completing his degree in Business Management and Marketing from Eastern Oregon University he went on to join an AmeriCorp sponsored teaching program that placed him in Phoenix, Arizona where he taught middle and high school math and coached various sports for three years. While teaching in Phoenix, Michael attained his Master’s in Teaching and Learning as well as in Educational Administration and Leadership