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By: Jo Ann Jones/ College of Education and Human Development

Hannah Douglas, a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Education and Human Development (COEHD), was one of three applicants from across the nation accepted into the Doctorate in Child Development program at the Erikson Institute in Chicago. Douglas also received a three-year, full fellowship from the institute.

“When I applied to the Erikson Institute, I was convinced I wasn’t going to be accepted,” said Douglas. “So to be accepted, and receive a three-year fellowship is almost unbelievable.”


The doctoral program at the Erikson Institute is a collaboration with Loyola University in Chicago. Douglas, along with two other students from Harvard University and Northwestern University, will comprise the 2014 cohort.


“I owe everything to UTSA; any professional successes I have in my future will be because of this university,” said Douglas. “The research I was required to complete for my studies [at UTSA] allowed me to present at several conferences, including out-of-state conferences, and was what led me to being accepted to the Erikson Institute and being awarded the doctoral scholarship.”

Douglas completed her Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood and Elementary Education in December of 2013. Prior to her current role as an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, she worked at the UTSA Child Development Center as a toddler teacher.

“I am so proud of Hannah because she has worked hard and has made this possible for herself,” said Dr. Mari Cortez, professor and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching. “She truly transformed her career goals because of the experiences that she had in our program but also mostly because she was open to new possibilities and was up for the challenge. Her acceptance to the Erikson Institute validates the fact that we provide the Tier One experiences students need to further their education at any university.”

Douglas will begin the doctoral program at the Erikson Institute this fall, and it is something, she said, she is excited about.

“I am looking forward to exploring a new city, especially one that is as large and diverse as Chicago,” said Douglas. “I am also looking forward to getting to expand my knowledge of child development and my skills as a researcher.”

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