Voices from the Field: The Impact of COVID-19 on Early Career Scholars and Doctoral Students

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 Voices from the Field: The Impact of COVID-19 on Early   Career Scholars and Doctoral Students

 Publication Date: January 2021

 Felice J. Levine, American Educational Research Association
 Na'ilah Suad Nasir, Spencer Foundation 
 Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, University of California, Los Angeles
 Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, University of Denver
 Katherine J. Rosich, American Educational Research Association
 Megan Bang, Spencer Foundation, Northwestern University
 Nathan E. Bell, American Educational Research Association
 Matthew A. Holsapple, iMentor

This joint report from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Spencer Foundation explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on early career scholars and doctoral students in education research. The report presents findings and recommendations based on a focus group study held in May and June of 2020. The purpose of the study was to listen to and learn from the experiences of education researchers. The study included separate groups of scholars of color, women of color, and doctoral students of color, given that the COVID-19 crisis was highly racialized and having a disproportionate impact on communities of color. The aim of the report is to provide information that higher education institutions, agencies funding research, professional associations, and other research organizations can use to support the next generation of researchers and help buffer or contain adverse impacts to them. The report offers seven recommendations that could help to foster institutional and organizational responses to COVID-19 that are equitable and enriching. It is part of an ongoing initiative by AERA and Spencer to survey and assess the pressing needs of early career scholars and doctoral students at this pernicious time of a national pandemic.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3102/aera20211

Preferred Citation: Levine, F. J., Nasir, N. S., Rios-Aguilar, C., Gildersleeve, R. E., Rosich, K. J., Bang, M., Bell, N. E., & Holsapple, M. A. (2021). Voices from the field: The impact of COVID-19 on early career scholars and doctoral students [Focus group study report]. American Educational Research Association; Spencer Foundation. https://doi.org/10.3102/aera20211