Alicia is part-time faculty in Education and Psychology on the Lyndon and Randolph campuses. Outside of VTSU, Alicia is the Director of Licensing Programs for the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative, where she is responsible for the implementation of licensure/endorsement and certificate programs in special education, early childhood education, early childhood special education, health education, work-based learning, and neurodiversity and inclusion.
Prior to her work with VT-HEC, Alicia was a faculty member and department chair of Core Education at Landmark College in Putney and an evaluation specialist for North Country Supervisory Union. Before moving to Vermont, she worked for the UTeach Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, supporting more than 50 universities nationwide to implement high quality STEM educator preparation programs. In her time there, Alicia secured $2.6 million in National Science Foundation and private grant funds to establish the UTeach Computer Science program, which provides equitable access to computing education through a universally designed curriculum and strengths-focused professional learning program and community of practice. As part of that effort, she was invited by the White House to participate in a series of working groups in support of President Obama’s #CSforAll initiative.
Alicia earned a B.A. in psychology at Bard College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in educational psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. She began her career as a middle grades special educator and maintains a Vermont educator license in special education K-21, ELL PK-12, and elementary education K-6.