Professional Development Opportunities
AERA 2019 Graduate Student Travel Grant

Applications are now open for the Graduate Student Travel Grant Fund for 2019. Please visit the Graduate Student Activities page for more information and the application. 

AERA 2018 Workshop for Mid-Career Faculty

Workshop for Mid-Career Faculty: Exploring Career Transitions & Forging Paths to the Future

Join us Saturday, April 14, 2018
4:05-6:05pm, Marriott Marquis, 4th Floor Odets

RSVP to participate: Email

In this session, you will chart your career using the expertise of faculty who engage in research about mid-career faculty and who themselves have been or are in the mid-career stage. Participants will engage in hands on professional development to identify strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats while thinking about support and resources needed to advance based on your career goals. Presenters will facilitate a career mapping exercise and engage in identifying mentors. 

Organized by Jaime Lester. Presenters: Vicki Baker, Kelly Ward, Ann Austin, Pamela Eddy, Aimee Terosky, & Jennifer Ng

Emerging Scholars Workshop

2018 AERA Division J Emerging Scholars Workshop
Thursday, April 12 to Friday, April 13, 2018

Application Deadline: February 25, 2018

The Mis-education of the Scholar:  Intellectual Resistance in the Age of Anti-intellectualism

These are trying times. Daily tweets, news headlines, and the like incited by political leaders remind one of national turmoil. Nestled within narratives of civil and political breakdown is the destabilization of education as a public good necessary for the maintenance of a civil democracy. Those who grapple with the unbreakable link between education and freedom are disturbed and moved to act. What does effective action look like in the age of anti-intellectualism?  What is the role of higher education and the scholar in responding to these times?  How do scholars resist intellectually in environments that devalue education, theory, and research-based solutions?  How do critical scholars interject thoughtful analyses for the good of the most vulnerable in a conversation plagued by vitriol, bigotry, and the valorization of ill/uninformed “common sense”?  These questions overarch the 2018 AERA-J Emerging Scholars Workshop. 

Over the course of this workshop, participants will engage with one another, and senior scholars in the field. Topics include: articulating and advancing career goals, pursuing critical scholarship, examining career options at different types of institutions, maximizing opportunities for publication success, building community and prioritizing self-care, public intellectualism, and sustaining a long-term career. Participants will also engage with presentations on various aspects of the job search process including writing CVs, professional socialization, and offer negotiation. This pre-conference workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 12 (beginning at 9 am) through Friday, April 13 (ending at noon).

This workshop is intended for doctoral students and early-career junior faculty members. If selected for participation, participants will be asked to pay a $60.00 participation fee, which will help defray the costs of food, workshop materials, and room rental.

All prospective applicants are asked to complete an online application which is available at the following link:

The Emerging Scholars Workshop co-chairs are T. Elon Dancy II (University of Oklahoma) and Kirsten T. Edwards (University of Oklahoma). Any questions about the workshop should be forwarded to Kirsten at

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