Faculty News

Carrillo, Hughes receive promotions

Two members of the School of Education faculty – Juan Carrillo and Sherick Hughes – have received promotions.

“Both Dr. Carrillo and Dr. Hughes are highly respected in their fields and their contributions to the research, teaching, and service mission of the School of Education and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are deeply valued,” said Dean Fouad Abd-El-Khalick in announcing the promotions.

Carrillo, a scholar who investigates how Latino/a children achieve success in schools, was promoted to associate professor with tenure. Carrillo, who joined the School of Education in 2011, received his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, with a concentration in cultural studies in education, and a Mexican American Studies Graduate Portfolio from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a native of the barrios of south Los Angeles and is the son of Mexican immigrants.

Dr. Juan Carillo

His background includes experiences as a high school teacher, chair of a high school social studies department, teacher mentor and lead positions in curriculum design.

Carrillo’s research includes a focus on Latino/a, Chicano/a education, Latino males, the social and cultural foundations of education, and anthropology of education. He also explores the schooling trajectories of working-class, Mexican-origin males.

In 2015 he was named a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, an award that provided support for his research and professional development. His dissertation – “So Far From Home: Portraits of Mexican-Origin Scholarship Boys” – won a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in 2008.

Carrillo was named the 2014 recipient of Carolina’s Chiron Award, an award bestowed by student groups at UNC to recognize excellence in teaching and devotion to students. He founded the Latin@ Education Research Hub at the School of Education.

Hughes, a scholar who examines topics involving race in education and qualitative research methodologies, was promoted to the rank of professor.

Dr. Sherick Hughes

Hughes a native of Camden, N.C., who obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Education in 2003, joined the School’s faculty in 2012. He had previously taught at the University of Maryland-College Park and at the University of Toledo.

Hughes’s research focuses on critical race studies and black education, the social context of schooling in urban and rural education, interdisciplinary foundations of education, and qualitative/mixed research methodology.

He is the author or co-author of four books, including “Black Hands in the Biscuits, Not in the Classroom: Unveiling Hope in a Struggle for Brown’s Promise,” which was given a Critics’ Choice Award by the American Educational Studies Association.

He was the lead author and co-editor of “The Evolving Significance of Race: Living, Learning, and Teaching,” which was nominated for the 2012 AESA Critics’ Choice Book Award.

Hughes’s work has been recognized by Phi Delta Kappa and the Harvard Family Involvement Network of Educators. He has been honored with a 2010-2011 CTE-Lilly Fellowship from the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Undergraduate Studies and in 2012 was honored with a Border Crossers Award, from Border Crossers, a community organization in New York City that works to bring together diverse students to explore issues of inequality, discrimination and social justice.