I’m pleased to write my first message to you as the Division’s new Vice President. In my candidate’s statement, I said I would work to extend the Division’s long-standing commitment to mentorship and dialogue across communities of researchers in an effort to help continue to build the field’s capacity for rigorous inquiry. I’m pleased to report that we have already made progress in that domain.
First, we have continued to support the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration & Policy, and have pledged $6000 – our single largest annual expenditure – to the initiative. As many of you know, the Seminar, cosponsored with Division A, UCEA and SAGE publications, brings outstanding doctoral students and noted education administration and policy scholars together for two days at the start of the AERA annual meeting. The majority of Clark Scholars go on to become professors at major research institutions around the world. In addition to our financial support, the Division is sending a representative to sit on the program’s planning committee. Sonya Douglass Horsford (Teachers College, Columbia) has agreed to serve, having previously served the Clark program as a faculty mentor. This year, Division L has also committed 3 mentors to work with selected students. The mentors are Elizabeth Farley-Ripple (University of Delaware), Morgan Polikoff (University of Southern California), and Stacey Rutledge (Florida State University). We thank them all for their service.
Second, we have joined the Politics of Education Association (PEA) and UCEA in sponsoring the William L. Boyd National Education Politics Workshop. Our financial commitment of $1000 is perhaps less important than our contribution of mentors from among our Division members. We are still looking for mentors to serve. (Please see the sidebar on p. 1 to volunteer.) Once mentors are secured, students and recent graduates will be invited to sign up. Division L’s graduate student representatives, Megan Austin (Notre Dame) and Nestor Ramirez (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), are working with the Workshop coordinator to plan the event.
Third, along with Division A, our Division cosponsored a Graduate Student Forum held during UCEA. The topic of the forum, planned by the two Divisions’ student representatives, was Publish and Thrive: Steps to Jumpstart the Publishing Process. Details can be found in the graduate student update on p. 8. We have also been hard at work on the 2017 Annual Meeting. Led by Daphna Bassok (University of Virginia), the Program Committee met in Charlottesville in September. Both the Division’s Affirmative Action Chair, La’Tara Osborne Lampkin (Florida State University) and I joined the committee as they considered some 1,500 reviews. We could not convene the Annual Meeting without the dedicated efforts of the program committee, submission authors, and volunteer reviewers. Thank you. Please visit p. 9 for Daphna’s report. In our work to build dialogue and a diversity of ideas, we have also begun to adopt and implement recommendations from the Division’s Affirmative Action Committee. Among other initiatives, these include embedding the Affirmative Action Chair in the work of proposal review and program deliberations, especially the development of the Division’s invited sessions for the Annual Meeting. I hope you will read La’Tara’s report on these efforts on p. 6.
La’Tara was one of three of us representing the Division at the AERA Coordinated Committee and Executive Council meeting in Washington, DC in October. In my role as Division VP, I also serve on the Government Relations Committee of AERA as a representative of the Executive Council. The committee provided feedback to AERA’s government relations team on a host of issues, most notably a memo the Association is preparing for the Presidential transition team. We also heard from Jenna Sablan, AERA’s first Congressional Fellow. The deadline to apply for the 2017-18 fellowship is December 15, 2016. Those interested can find more information on p. 7. Megan Austin, the Division’s Senior Graduate Student Representative, was also in attendance at the October meeting in Washington. Please see Megan’s report on the Graduate Student Council meeting on p. 8.
Finally, I hope you will take a look at the Division’s Call for Awards on page 5-6 of the newsletter, and consider nominating outstanding students
Robena and Walter E. Hussman Distinguished Professor of Policy and Education Reform
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill