<![CDATA[AERA Division A Newsletter - GRADUATE STUDENT CORNER]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:35:51 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[What’s Happening – An Inside Look at the Division A Graduate Student Committee]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:20:44 GMThttp://aeradivisiona.org/graduate-student-corner/whats-happening-an-inside-look-at-the-division-a-graduate-student-committee4372896Picture
Message from Emma Bullock, Senior Representative

It has been a tremendous honor to serve as the 2016-17 Division A Graduate Senior Representative this year. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work across divisions with other graduate representatives and with the most outstanding committee. Naomi Lawrence-Lee at Texas Southern University and Jessica Schwartzer at George Mason University have elevated our Connect Series to a whole new level and I encourage everyone to check out our archived webinars. Tara Wilson at George Washington University facilitated an exceptionally well-attended Publishing Mentorship Session at UCEA in which members from both Divisions A and L dialogued with a panel of faculty which helped to demystify the publishing process. Jason Ribeiro at the University of Calgary and Alison Wilson at the University of Oklahoma published our most diverse, knowledgeable, consistent, and reliable newsletter on Division A Graduate News to date and communicated our events far and wide utilizing social media. LaTanya Dixon at the University of Mississippi, with our exceptional lead reviewers, Craig DeVoto at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Mark McKinney at the University of New England, and Nakia Gray-Nicolas at New York University, helped review and select our four Foster-Polite Scholarship awardees who each received a $500 stipend to present their research in San Antonio this year. Finally, Amy Gearhart at the University of Missouri-Columbia and our lead reviewers have put together our seminal mentoring session at the annual meeting, the Dialogic Forum, in which 14 students have been paired with exceptional faculty mentors. I have really enjoyed working with Division A and I anticipate many years of collaboration in the future as I accept my first faculty position in the Fall at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Wei-Ling Sun at the University of Texas at Austin will take over as the Senior Representative after our annual meeting and I know she will do a phenomenal job. Thank you for the honor to serve and I will see you all in San Antonio!

Message from LaTanya Dixon, Foster-Polite Scholarship Chair

As my second term as the Foster-Polite Scholarship Chair has been nearing an end, I recently became more curious about the scholars whom the graduate student award honored. While sitting in my advisor's office last month, I told her my interest in learning more about the scholarship's namesakes. She immediately named Lenoar "Len" Foster and Vernon Polite. Then she referred me to Linda Tillman, who was vice president of AERA Division A when the scholarship was created. Although I spoke with Linda Tillman by phone, I could hear the respect and joy saturating her words as she described Len Foster and Vernon Polite.
Vernon Polite was Dean of the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University at the time of his death in 2010. Len Foster was Interim Dean of the College of Education at Washington State University when he died in 2009. Both men were "influential scholars and willing and influential mentors to graduate students and untenured professors," said Linda Tillman. When she attended AERA for the very first time, Vernon Polite was the first person who said hello to her. She also recalled Vernon Polite being a pioneer in research on educational leadership and also co-authoring with James Earl Davis one of the first books on African American males in education and society. I was intrigued as Tillman described Len Foster as a scholar with whom she co-edited a book on African Americans in the principalship and as someone who was active in AERA Division A and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). At that moment in our conversation, I realized that Len Foster was likely a scholar opening the path for P-16 educational leadership long before it was a trending issue. I also knew it was a privilege that I have been able to oversee the administration of this prestigious award.
With this knowledge of the scholars, educators, mentors, and leaders whom the Foster-Polite Scholarship honors, I hope graduate students who have received and will receive the award in the future understand the educational leadership shoulders upon which they and their work stand. May the academy say about us emerging scholars what Linda Tillman recalled a colleague saying about Len Foster and Vernon Polite at the establishment of the Foster-Polite Scholarship: "They gave us so much, but they never asked for anything back."

Message from Amy Gearhart, Dialogic Forum Chair
The Dialogic Forum is an opportunity for graduate students to review their developing research with faculty mentors from related fields from throughout the nation.  Graduate students submitted applications for the Forum, which were blind reviewed for relevance to the 2017 Annual Meeting Theme and fit with one of Division A's five sections: (a) leadership, (b) school organization and effects, (c) school improvement, (d) school contexts and communities, or (e) leadership development.  Thirteen graduate researchers (or pairs) were accepted and they will be matched with faculty who will hear their presentations, provide constructive feedback, and explore how their research relates to emerging trends in the sections of Division A.
The Dialogic Forum is scheduled for Friday, April 28, 8:15-9:45 a.m., and is open to accepted grad students and faculty only.  Breakfast will be served and presentations will be made by each researcher prior to time with the faculty mentors.
This is my first AERA meeting and experience with Division A.  I dove in by saying “yes!” to a listserv invitation to apply for Division A leadership.  I’m new to higher education from a previous career, and I wanted to immerse myself in the professional association and development opportunities that AERA provides.  I’ve enjoyed meeting so many other grad students from around the country and learning more about their research interests.  I’m looking forward to being at the Annual Meeting in San Antonio to finally put faces with so many names and find my place in the collegial world of higher education leadership and administration.  

Message from Craig DeVoto, Nakia Gray-Nicolas, and Mark McKinney, Lead Reviewers

Hi, everyone! We are excited to serve as Lead Reviewers on the Division A Graduate Student Committee for 2016-17. As Lead Reviewers, we are tasked with supporting the chairs of the Dialogic Forum and the Foster-Polite Scholarship by reviewing applications for the forum and the scholarship. Through a blind review process we are able to critically assess applications in order to highlight exemplary scholarship from our fellow Division A graduate students.

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Nakia Gray-Nicolas
Lead Reviewer
New York University

​Nakia Gray-Nicolas is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at the Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development at New York University.  Her dissertation research focuses on interrogating the purpose and effectiveness of, and access to, pre-college transition programs as it relates to the college readiness of traditionally marginalized populations. Nakia has over 10 years of combined experience in non-profit, secondary education, and higher education. Prior to entering her doctoral program, she worked at a non-profit organization as a program coordinator and eventually the youth services director, and then as a middle school English teacher. While enrolled in her program she worked as a college transition program director and now works as a college lecturer teaching first-year seminar and research courses. Nakia holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University and two Master of Science degrees (English Education and Inclusive Special Education) from the Syracuse University Graduate School of Education. Nakia is also an avid volunteer and continues to mentor high school and college students. 

Jason Ribeiro
Communications Co-Chair
University of Calgary
Jason Ribeiro (B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.) is a Ph.D. student at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada working out of the Leadership, Policy and Governance unit. He has served as a K-12 teacher, private consultant, student government representative and community leader. As Communications Co-Chair, Jason manages Division A's social media accounts and presence online. His current research aims to inform education leadership capacity to shape, lead and sustain emergent schools/systems looking to innovate. Jason also holds a prestigious SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Government of Canada's National Research Council.
"It has been my distinct privilege to serve on Division A's GSC this year and encourage many of my fellow graduate students to get involved in division-level leadership. It is a truly rewarding experience! I look forward to connecting with many of you at our Annual Meeting in San Antonio and via distance in the future. Please follow our Division A Twitter account @DivisionAGSC and me at @jason_ribeiro. Lead on!"

Alison Wilson
Communications Co-Chair
University of Oklahoma
Alison Wilson is a Ph.D. student in Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to her doctoral studies, she is a full-time graduate research assistant in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department. For the past two years, she has worked under an AERA research grant sponsored by NSF titled “How do school leaders support student opportunity to learn.” Her research interests include opportunity to learn, organizational and social structures in schools, school leadership, school improvement, ethical leadership, and educational equity. In addition to serving as Communications Co-Chair for the Division A Graduate Student Committee, Alison is a Graduate Student Representative and Newsletter Managing Editor for the Leadership for School Improvement (LSI) SIG. She also serves as the Editorial Assistant for the Values and Ethics in Educational Administration (VEEA) journal. In 2015, she received the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) Graduate Student Summer Fellowship, which funded her work with the OU center affiliate to the Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education (CSLEE). Alison has five years of experience as a secondary language arts teacher and three years as department head in a large public school district in Oklahoma. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Central Arkansas and completed her M.Ed. in Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision at the University of Oklahoma. 

Tara Wilson
UCEA Publishing Session Chair
The George Washington University
Tara A. Wilson is a doctoral candidate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association and University Council for Educational Administration Graduate Student Councils, where she serves as the Publishing Session Chair. She also serves as Student Representative on the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) board. Tara has six years of teaching experience and is currently a fourth grade teacher at Maud Abrams School in Cape May, New Jersey. She earned her M.Ed. in Reading Education and her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. In 2015, she was honored as her Teacher of the Year at Odyssey Middle School in Orlando, Florida. Her dissertation research is focused on the coaching and mentoring of assistant principals. She is particularly interested in the methods used to prepare assistant principals for upward career ascension within school leadership. 

<![CDATA[AERA 2017 Preview: Upcoming Sessions at AERA for Division A Graduate Students]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:04:27 GMThttp://aeradivisiona.org/graduate-student-corner/aera-2017-preview-upcoming-sessions-at-aera-for-division-a-graduate-studentsDivision A Graduate Student Research Dialogic Forum (By Invitation Only)
Friday, April 28th, 8:15-9:45am
Grand Hyatt Third Floor Independence
Chaired by Amy L. Gearhart (University of Missouri-Columbia), the purpose of the Division A Dialogic forum, a pre-session event, is to provide graduate students an opportunity to a) present new research perspectives on current educational issues addressing the AERA theme and b) receive constructive feedback from scholars and peers about current and future directions of the research and its contribution to the field around this theme. These presentations from graduate students also act as a platform to encourage discussion, which helps shape the direction of research agendas within the field.

Division A Fireside Chat
Friday, April 28th, 10:35am-12:05pm
Gonzalez Convention Center, Meeting Room Level, Room 215
Co-chaired by Emma Bullock (Utah State University) and Wei-Ling Sun (University of Texas at Austin). STEM initiatives abound to support K-16 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities that educate and engage young people while fostering creativity and innovation. Early exposure to STEM initiatives and activities positively impact elementary students’ perceptions and dispositions. Children on track to complete needed coursework in middle and high school are better able to enter STEM degree programs at institutions of higher learning. However, these rich educational opportunities are often not equitably extended to diverse and marginalized populations. In this session, researchers and practitioners in the trenches of educational leadership and STEM education will dialogue on the current research and practical steps being undertaken around the country to allow for equitable access to STEM education for all of America’s children. The moderator will be Dr. Issam Abi-El-Mona of the Department of STEAM Education Center, Science/Math, and MA STEM Program Coordinator at Rowan University, and STEM-SIG Chair. Panelists include Dr. Erin Peters-Burton, Director and Associate Professor, Division of Educational Psychology, Research Methods, and Education Policy, George Mason University, and eSTEM Project collaborator; Dr. Alexis Martin, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Level Playing Field Institute; Dr. Tia Madkins, Center for STEM Education, University of Notre Dame; and Associate Superintendent of Academics Lisa Riggs from the San Antonio Independent School District.

Division A Business Meeting
Saturday, April 29th, 6:30-8:30pm
Gonzalez Convention Center, Meeting Room Level, Room 2017A
Chaired by Dr. Michael E. Dantley, Miami University. Please plan to attend our business meeting to have a voice in the future direction of your division and to learn about opportunities to participate in the leadership (and followership) of the Division.

UCEA, Division A, Division L, and SAGE Publications Joint Reception
Saturday, April 29th, 8:00-10:00pm
Grand Hyatt, Fourth Floor, Texas Ballroom, Salon A
<![CDATA[upcoming news and Events]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:01:05 GMThttp://aeradivisiona.org/graduate-student-corner/upcoming-news-and-events4371124Graduate Student Service Opportunity: Join the UCEA Graduate Student Council (GSC)

Deadline to Apply: Monday, May 8, 2017

Website to Apply: http://www.ucea.org/call-for-gsc-representatives-applications/

The UCEA Graduate Student Council (GSC) is accepting applications for three seats on the GSC to serve a two-year term from 2017-2019. The GSC is an innovative group of graduate students from across the country who support fellow graduate students by planning year-long professional development and networking opportunities. See the above website link for additional details. Email any questions to uceagradconnex@gmail.com.

2017 UCEA Graduate Student Summit (GSS) Call for Proposals

Deadline to Submit Proposals: Monday, May 8, 2017

Website to Apply: https://members.ucea.org/login and then click on “Visit All Academic” on the right-hand side (opens 4/7)

The 2017 UCEA Graduate Student Summit Call for Proposals has been released! It can be downloaded from the UCEA GSS webpage. The UCEA Graduate Student Summit is an extension of the UCEA Convention, and the 31st Annual UCEA Convention theme, Echando Pa'lante: School Leaders (Up)rising as Advocates and (Up)lifting Student Voicesis intended to encourage opportunities for reflective dialogue regarding the educational contexts that students, teachers, principals, and superintendents will be facing within a changing national climate and its impact on educational policy. The words in the theme “echando pa'lante” are a derivation of echando para adelante which translates from Spanish as moving forward. Yet the terms imply more than just that action. They describe the will to keep going especially when times are tough and intrinsic motivation is needed to keep moving forward. Traditionally used within Latinx, Spanish-speaking communities, these words serve to inspire one to challenge themselves no matter what the odds. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your proposals!

Please Note:
  • The 6th annual UCEA Graduate Student Summit will be held November 15-16, 2017 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, CO.
  • The 31st annual UCEA Convention will be held November 16-19, 2017 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, CO.
  • All Academic will open for proposal submissions on Friday, April 7, 2017. All proposals are due by Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT.
Should you have questions, always feel free to email the UCEA Graduate Student Council at uceagradconnex@gmail.com.]]>
<![CDATA[February 2017 connect series webinar]]>Thu, 02 Mar 2017 03:39:36 GMThttp://aeradivisiona.org/graduate-student-corner/february-2017-connect-series-webinar
Leadership for Social Justice  

Published on Feb 23, 2017
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Call for AERA Division A 2017-2018 Junior Representative and Committee Members

Dear Div A graduate student members, 
This letter contains calls for AERA Division A graduate student applications for (1) incoming junior representative and (2) one-year committee member appointments. The roles of these positions are outlined below. To apply, both appointments require a submission of your CV and a 500 word statement of interest. Graduate students who apply for the junior representative position will automatically be considered for committee member positions. If you would like to be considered for only one of the positions or if you will graduate in May 2018 and are only eligible for a one-year committee member appointment, then please specify that in your statement of interest. 
All applications must be received electronically by Friday, March 4, 2017. Email completed applications to Wei-Ling Sun at sunwl27@utexas.edu. Contact 2016-2017 junior representative Wei-Ling Sun at sunwl27@utexas.edu or senior representative Emma Bullock at emma.bullock@aggiemail.usu.edu with any questions. All applicants will be notified of appointment decisions by March 25, 2016. Thank you for considering this invitation. 

AERA Division A (Administration, Organization and Leadership) invites applications for a two-year appointment to serve as Graduate Student Representative in Division A and in the AERA Graduate Student Council (GSC). To be considered, applicants must be full-time graduate students through May 2019 and should have leadership experience and a strong interest in leadership and mentoring of graduate students in Division A and AERA. The position offers a unique opportunity to get involved in Division A matters and to work closely with scholars in the field. Other benefits of the position include meeting and working with graduate students both within Division A and from different disciplines. In year one, the Junior Graduate Student Representative works closely with the Senior Representative (Wei-Ling Sun) in the capacities of the position as listed below. In year two, the Junior Representative moves up to Senior Graduate Student Representative and mentors the incoming Junior Representative on all Division A and AERA activities. Senior Representatives attend the AERA Coordinated Committee Meeting (CCM) with expenses paid. Both Junior and Senior representatives are expected to attend the fall convention for the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) and the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Junior and Senior Representatives receive a stipend to support their travel to the AERA annual meeting. 
Description of Responsibilities: • Student advocacy, community building and self-governance • Communicate with students and faculty about opportunities for graduate student involvement in AERA, Division A and UCEA • Direct and coordinate initiatives to extend participation in Division A for graduate students • Support and coordinate tasks of Division A Graduate Student Committee Members • Plan the Division A Fireside Chat for AERA annual meeting • Continue to build and strengthen current sessions available for Division A graduate student members and potential members at AERA as well as mentoring • Direct and coordinate the Foster Polite scholarship program. • Contribute to the planning of graduate student events for the UCEA convention with Division L graduate student representatives and UCEA • Contribute to AERA Graduate Student Council activities (GSC) activities and initiatives • Establish relationships and collaboration with graduate students across other AERA Divisions Graduate students who are interested in applying for the position submit: • an updated vita • a 500 word statement of interest explaining how you are involved in Division A and experiences that may have prepared you for this position. 
AERA Division A (Administration, Organization and Leadership) invites applications for a one-year appointment to serve as Graduate Student Committee Member in Division A. To be considered, applicants must be full-time graduate students through May 2018. Applicants for both positions should have leadership experience and a strong interest in leadership and mentoring of graduate students in Division A and AERA. The position offers a unique opportunity to get involved in Division A matters and to work closely with scholars in the field. Other benefits of the position include meeting and working with graduate students both within Division A and from different disciplines. Graduate Student Committee Members works closely with the Senior and Junior Representative and assume responsibility for the duties as listed below. Committee Members are encouraged to attend the fall convention for the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) and the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). 
Description of Responsibilities: • Assist Junior and Senior Representatives with annual meeting planning • Student advocacy • Self-governance • Communicate with students and faculty about opportunities for graduate student involvement in AERA, Division A and UCEA • Create announcements for upcoming events and scholarships • Coordinate the annual AERA Division A Foster Polite Scholarship and Dialogic Forum • Coordinate the graduate student work-in-progress roundtable session at AERA • Write newsletter articles for the fall, spring and summer Division A and GSC newsletters Graduate students who are interested in applying for the position should submit: • an updated vita • a 500 word statement of interest explaining how you are involved in Division A and experiences that may have prepared you for this position. 
Warm regards,

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<![CDATA[What’s Happening – An Inside Look at the Division A Graduate Student Committee]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:33:52 GMThttp://aeradivisiona.org/graduate-student-corner/whats-happening-an-inside-look-at-the-division-a-graduate-student-committeePicture
Message from Emma Bullock, Division A Senior Representative

It’s an exciting time to be involved in the Division A Graduate community. This year we have been actively involved in many activities providing opportunities for graduate students to engage in AERA. In addition to our fantastic monthly Connect Series Webinars which have included topics such as Homeless and Refuge Student Education, Leadership of Cultural Competency in Schools, and an Introduction to AERA Division A and how to get involved, we are deep into our preparations for this year’s Annual Conference in San Antonio. If you have never been to the AERA annual meeting, we invite you to come and join our community. There will be many workshops, panels, presentations, and receptions, and other opportunities for you to network and engage in conversations with experienced faculty and other graduate students. Offerings include the Division A Fireside Chat focusing on STEM Education and School Leadership: Equitably Accessing the Playing Field, the Division A Dialogic Forum for which we are currently reviewing applications, and many other sessions sponsored by the broader Graduate Student Council (GSC). We are also reviewing applications for the Foster-Polite Scholarship and look forward to announcing those recipients in February. Finally, the calls for next year's Division A Graduate Junior Representative and other graduate student committee members will be out shortly. Please apply! The sooner you get involved as a graduate student, the more opportunities there will be for you to expand your network and engage. See you in San Antonio!

Message from Wei-Ling Sun, Junior Representative

Greetings! I am so pleased to receive this wonderful opportunity to serve as a 2016-17 junior graduate representative for Division A. In the past semester, other than supporting the senior representative’s mission of providing the best experiences to all graduate students in Division A, I was also able to connect with other graduate students from different universities to collaborate on organizing events and sessions in conferences to fit your academic needs. We are all very excited about this coming AERA in San Antonio. Some of you will be able to receive travel funding from Division A; some of you will attend AERA pre-sessions to meet with mentors and to advance your academic skills. We are also going to have a Division A Fireside Chat and receptions with Division L and UCEA members for you to network with professors and students from different universities. Don’t forget to sign up for our listserv to receive the most updated activities, events, and opportunities. If you have any concerns, ideas, or questions about the Division A Graduate Student Committee, or you would like to join our team, feel free to contact our senior representative, Emma Bullock, or me. It is truly our honor and privilege to serve you and bring graduate students’ voices to Division A. 

Message from Naomi Lawrence-Lee and Jessica Schwartzer, Connect Series Co-Chairs

We hope you had a chance to view the first four sessions of the AERA Division A Connect Series!  The Connect Series is a sequence of virtual, real-time sessions that focus on a unique theme related to policy, organization, and leadership practice and preparation and will feature a different set of panelists each month.  Panelists will include a combination of scholar-practitioners, school and community leaders, and policymakers.  Graduate students, educators, university faculty, and anyone else interested are encouraged to join these sessions.  
Our next Connect Series will focus on Leadership for Social Justice where we will enjoy a lively discussion on What is SJ?; What is the role of school leaders for social justice in today’s current political climate?; and How can principal preparation programs prepare school leaders to advocate for marginalized students in their organizations?   If you would like to join the conversation, look for our February Connect Series Flyer coming shortly in your email or on Facebook and Twitter. In the meantime, check out past webinars posted on the Graduate Student Corner featuring topics on Leadership for Cultural Competency, Homeless and Refugee Education, and ESSA. 
If you have suggestions for future Connect Series sessions or you would like to be a panelist, please contact us!  Best of luck in your Spring semester!

Message from Tara Wilson, UCEA Publishing Session Chair

Hi, everyone! Serving on the Division A Graduate Student Committee for 2016-17 has been a wonderful opportunity, both socially and academically. As the Publishing Session Chair, I planned and facilitated the graduate student breakfast session, Publish and Thrive: Steps to Jumpstart the Publishing Process, with support from Division L. This session took place at the Annual Convention of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) so I was able to travel to Detroit to moderate the panel. This session is held each year for doctoral students to dialogue with a panel of faculty with a rich record in publishing and to learn how to navigate the publish or perish realities of the academy. Since the panel is an annual tradition, I was able to gather a lot of great advice from the former chair, which made the planning process much easier to manage. Working with other like-minded graduate students and meeting several renowned scholars in our field were the highlights of this experience. I strongly recommend this position because I feel that I have benefited tremendously from the opportunity. 

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<![CDATA[Meet Your Graduate Student Committee]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:14:44 GMThttp://aeradivisiona.org/graduate-student-corner/meet-your-graduate-student-committee3370092Picture
LaTanya Dixon
Foster-Polite Scholarship Chair
University of Mississippi

LaTanya Dixon is a candidate for the doctor of philosophy degree in Education with an emphasis in K-12 Educational Leadership and an 18-hour cognate in Higher Education at The University of Mississippi, where she formerly earned a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. She also holds master's degrees in Chemistry from Jackson State University and Teaching Arts/Secondary Education from Mississippi College. Her research interests include college access, P-22 STEM pathways, Southern educational contexts, culturally responsive leadership, and educational leadership within school-community-university partnerships. She examines how race, socioeconomics, and school contexts intersect to shape educational opportunity structures for student success in higher education and how school leaders contribute to these constructions. LaTanya has nearly 10 years of combined experience in secondary science teaching, academic support programs, and school-community-university collaboratives. Most recently, she has substantiated her skills and knowledge pertaining to the transition to college as instructor of a first-year seminar and academic mentor for a freshman learning community at a postsecondary institution.

Amy Gearhart
Dialogic Forum Chair
University of Missouri - Columbia

Amy Gearhart is an Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.  After thirty years serving congregations as a pastor in the United Methodist Church, she chose to extend her education, executive leadership and coaching experience into higher education and administration.  In addition to her doctoral studies, she is an adjunct professor of religion at Central Methodist University, an evaluation researcher for the MU International Center, a credentialed professional coach, and chair of the AERA Division A Dialogic Forum.  She is the proud mom of Hannah, a junior at Illinois Wesleyan University, and Chloe, a high school senior.  Amy loves traveling, entertaining, and crafting, and looks forward to relocating after her dissertation is completed!

Craig De Voto
Lead Reviewer
University of Illinois at Chicago

Craig is a doctoral candidate in urban education policy studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Additionally, he is a research assistant for UIC’s Center for Urban Education Leadership. Concerning research interests, Craig primarily focuses on federal education policy (specifically the Elementary and Secondary Education Act), as well as principal and teacher preparation. Prior to entering doctoral studies, he was an educator at various Chicago museums including the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. 

Mark McKinney
Lead Reviewer
University of New England

Mark McKinney is an Ed.D student at the University of New England in Portland, Maine.  His specialization is educational leadership focusing on transformative leadership in higher education, social justice in K-12 and higher education, military veteran higher education issues and cultural leadership in all levels of education.  Prior to attending University of New England, Mark served in the U.S. Army and is a retired Medical Service Corps officer.  He received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  He also received a Master’s of Arts degree in Public Administration and a Master’s of Arts degree in Procurement & Acquisitions Management from Webster University.  His research area is understanding the experience of military veterans after their first semester of Community College.  He also has served as an Adjunct Professor for numerous institutions during his military service.

<![CDATA[Division A Graduate Student Recent & Upcoming Publications]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:08:57 GMThttp://aeradivisiona.org/graduate-student-corner/division-a-graduate-student-recent-upcoming-publicationsBrewer, D. & Miranda, C.P. (2016). AEFP at Forty: Looking Back and Thinking Forward
​[Presidential Essay]. Economics Education Finance and Policy, 11(4), 361-368.   

Clement, D., Fries, B., Postma, M., & Zhang, B. (2015). Informed interaction: A Funds of Knowledge approach to students in poverty. The William & Mary Educational Review, 3(2), 58–69.

Lewis, K. (2016). Social justice leadership and inclusion: A genealogy. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 48(4), 324-341.

Lucas, T., Linsenmeyer, W. (2016). Caught in a crisis: How student and parent perception influences admission.   The Journal of College Admission.

Lucas, T. Linsenmeyer, W., O’Brien, K. (2016).  Crisis Management: An Assessment of College and University Executive Communications Prior to the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision. Western Journal of Black Studies Special Issue on Ferguson (39)4.  

Mann, J., & Casebeer, D. (2016). Mapping civic engagement: A case study of service-learning in Appalachia. Excellence in Higher Education, 11(1), 85-96. doi: 10.1177/1746197915626089

Mann, J. & DeAngelo, L. (2016). An examination of the transformative learning potential of alternative spring breaks. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.  Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19496591.2016.1202835

Miranda, C.P., Enumah, L., & McGhee, C. (2015). Single-Sex Schools for Boys of Color Panacea or Yet Another Failure of NCLB?  [Review of the book Schooling for Resilience]. Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8(2), p. 296. 

Rosario-Moore, A. (2015). OneApp, many considerations: Black social capital and school choice in New Orleans. Souls, 17(3-4), 231.

Rosario-Moore, A. (2016). Convergence culture and school change: developing collaborative learning communities for the 21st century. In J. Slater, M. Reardon, & R. Ravid (Eds.), Building and Maintaining Collaborative Communities: Schools, University, and Community Organizations. Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing.
Rosario-Moore, A., and Rosario-Moore, E. (2017). From the ground up: criminal law education for communities most affected by mass incarceration. Clinical Law Review. (23) 2.
Superfine, B. M., & De Voto, C. (2016). The ESEA and teacher workforce management systems. Education Law & Policy Review, 3, 241-272. 

Williams, J. (2016). African American males' college preparedness: The role of spirituality in home-based education. In T. Hicks (Ed.), Spirituality research studies in higher education Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc.

Williams, J. (2016). Homeschoolers: Experiences of African American males. Urban Education Research and Policy Annuals, 4(1), 110-121.

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<![CDATA[UCEA 2016: Division A Graduate Student Highlights]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 21:44:45 GMThttp://aeradivisiona.org/graduate-student-corner/ucea-2016-division-a-graduate-student-highlightsUCEA Publishing Session
Chair: Tara Wilson, The George Washington University

The UCEA graduate student breakfast session, Publish and Thrive: Steps to Jumpstart the Publishing Process, provided graduate students with an opportunity to learn more about how they can better prepare to become respected and tenured scholars in the field of education. The panelists included: Ira Bogotch, Florida Atlantic University; Alan J. Daly, University of California, San Diego; Joseph Murphy, Vanderbilt University; Craig Peck, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Karen L. Sanzo, Old Dominion University. These first-rate panelists provided candid stories and honest advice to an enthusiastic audience of doctoral students.  The facilitators, Tara A. Wilson, The George Washington University; Emma Bullock, Utah State University; and Wei-Ling Sun, University of Texas, asked the panelists relevant questions that helped make the publishing process feel less intimidating. While some panelists believed that students should focus only on writing their dissertation, most advised for students to write or review articles when they pertain to their research topic.  The Twitter hashtag #UCEAPublishingSession was used to gather questions from the audience. The panelists’ advice left graduate students feeling better prepared to take the necessary steps toward preparing for their future careers. 

Moderator Tara Wilson, far left, questions the panelists on the publishing process at the UCEA graduate student breakfast session. The panelists, from left, are Alan J. Daly, University of California, San Diego; Karen L. Sanzo, Old Dominion University; Joseph Murphy, Vanderbilt University; Craig Peck, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Ira Bogotch, Florida Atlantic University.

Division A Graduate Student Reflections

Indeed, this was my first UCEA Conference. But having gone to many other conferences (e.g. AERA, ELA, IERC), I found UCEA to be the right size and level of intimacy. Put simply, you actually got to know people on a more personal level. With everything centrally located, networking became much more frequent, and various sessions/events encouraged this. Moreover, I really enjoyed both speaking engagements— Geoffrey Canada and Tonya Allen. I especially appreciated their perspectives and honesty about where education is at and where it should be. Most of all, however, I found an eclectic mix of sessions to attend, ranging from content-based, to exploratory, to professional development. As a graduate student, I felt the Graduate Student Summit Program was particularly helpful—just to know there are many people going through the same things I am currently doing. Taken together, I now look forward to going to the UCEA Conference for many years to come! No doubt, this will be an important home for my work. 
                                                                    -Craig De Voto, University of Illinois at Chicago
The first time I attended the UCEA Annual Convention was as a spectator and newcomer in 2013. I learned a lot, but the conference felt a little intimidating. As the 2016 convention approached, I had much to be nervous and excited about as a first-time presenter and as a graduate student from a non-UCEA institution. However, when I saw all of the familiar faces from AERA Division A, my nerves quickly calmed. Presenting in the Graduate Student Summit kept my excitement high, and it proved to be a fruitful experience as I received feedback from the faculty mentor who chaired my roundtable session. Beyond attending other sessions featuring prominent research from the field, I also had an opportunity to have a meeting with a professor I asked to mentor me after the last AERA Annual Meeting. My mentor and I had been meeting through Skype for months, and the UCEA Annual Convention allowed us to have a mid-year, face-to-face meeting before the next AERA Annual Meeting. Other professors also were generous with their wisdom, and I connected with a former Division A graduate student committee member to discuss a future research collaboration. However, my favorite memories were running into two of last year's Foster-Polite Scholarship awardees and getting to take a photo with Dr. Dantley after he received the 2016 Master Professor Award. He is one of my scholar heroes! Needless to say, I had a great time at the UCEA Annual Convention. Most notably, I left knowing I had found an academic home not only in AERA Division A but also in UCEA.

                                                                           -LaTanya Dixon, University of Mississippi 

​Photo taken after Dr. Dantley received the 2016 Master Professor Award. From left to right: Paul Spradley (Ph.D. Student at University of Pittsburgh), LaTanya Dixon (FPS Chair), Dr. Michael Dantley (VP of Division A), and Osly Flores (2016 FPS awardee). 

​The 2016 University Council for Educational Administration’s 30th Annual Convention was amazing. The Convention theme was Revitalizing Education in Complex Contexts: Re-envisioning Leadership, Refreshing Practice, Redefining Student Success and it was amazing because of the session offerings, but it was the record breaking number of doctoral students that registered and attended that made this UCEA Convention one of the best that I have attended. Doctoral students made up slightly over 30% of the total registrants (394 of 927). The Graduate Student Summit (GSS) also had a record breaking number of registrants at 174. The Graduate Student Summit was the highlight of my convention experience. I had the opportunity to plan and coordinate GSS sessions prior to the actual convention with the Graduate Student Council, and present in and chair sessions during the GSS and general convention. To close the Graduate Student Summit, Dr. Michael Dantley, the UCEA 2016 Master Professor Award winner and current AERA Division A Vice President, discussed with the graduate students present his doctoral journey and gave sage advice on navigating and completing doctoral studies. Dr. Dantley asked us to reflect on the following question: “What difference will your presence make?”. I left the GSS closing session feeling revitalized and ready to hone my research, scholarship, and service to better re-envision leadership, refresh practice, and redefine student success.
                                                                            -Nakia Gray-Nicolas, New York University
Once again, UCEA provided a space for graduate students to network, share their research, and prepare for future leadership roles.  The Graduate Student Summit allowed graduate researchers to present their work during paper, roundtable, or Ignite sessions and receive feedback from prominent scholars in their related field.  The UCEA Graduate Student Council also developed sessions led by veteran educational leaders to help graduate students navigate their newly emerging careers with some of the sessions centered around the job search, contract negotiations, and publishing your research.  All were informative and helped to forge collaborative connections for future research.  

                                                                    -Jessica Schwartzer, George Mason University

​Dr. Michael Dantley, former UCEA President, AERA Division A Vice President, and recipient of the 2016 UCEA Master Professor Award, speaks to graduate students during the Graduate Student Summit Closing Session.

​Our colleagues from the UCEA Graduate Student Council . Back Row: Bryan VanGronigen, Rachel White, Hilary Lustick, Chandler Patton Miranda, Wesley Henry, Meredith Wronowski; Front Row: Isaiah McGee, David Aguayo, Nakia Gray-Nicolas, Elizabeth Gill.

​Having been attending UCEA, AERA, and other conferences for four years, the UCEA annual convention has always been my favorite. I remember my first time attending conferences, I felt very isolated and intimidated by the large crowd of AERA. But I had a great time at UCEA as a first-year attendee. UCEA is more like a conference for Division A and L graduate students. Because of the smaller crowd of attendees, professors in your research field are more approachable than in AERA.  Every year, I can always find answers and mentorship as I progress in my doctoral program with different questions about academia and different needs from mentors. The amount of support from UCEA members is incredible and heartwarming.

The UCEA 2016 Convention theme was Revitalizing Education in Complex Contexts: Re-envisioning Leadership, Refreshing Practice, and Redefining Student Success. The graduate student summit was held before the general convention. And the international summit was held after the general convention. Students whose proposals were accepted in the graduate student summit were assigned to a discussant. After the presentation, you had an individual feedback session with your discussant and other presenters at your panel. This was a great opportunity for graduate students to get some feedback on their manuscript for publication. During the general session, there were many graduate student workshops to help students understand how to navigate in the big academic machine. Division A and Division L graduate student committees worked collaboratively to organize a publishing session for graduate students to unveil the myth of publishing journal articles. There were many networking opportunities for graduate students at receptions and wonderful mentors and graduate students who might become your life-long academic friends.

The UCEA 2017 Annual Convention theme is Echando Pa’lante: School Leaders (Up)rising as Advocates and (Up)lifting Student Voices in Denver, CO.  The call for proposals is coming soon. I strongly encourage you to submit your work-in-progress papers to the graduate student summit or proposals to the general convention. Come join this big academic family! Looking forward to seeing all of you in Denver this year.     

                                                                 -Wei-Ling Sun, The University of Texas at Austin