Graduate Student Resources
Graduate Student Resources

AERA is committed to capacity building for & nurturing of future education researchers. AERA is home to more than 7,000 student members, including approximately 6,500 graduate students and 500 undergraduate students.  Students represent over 28% of all AERA members. 

The 2015 Annual Meeting Graduate Student Resource page is a one-stop-shop for graduate students looking for an Annual Meeting experience unique to their interests. This page includes Graduate Student Council information, tips, sessions, events, resources, and more geared for graduate students at the Annual Meeting. This page will be updated as event times are announced and opportunities emerge. 

Welcome Events


AERA Welcoming Orientation for New Members and First-Time Attendees
Graduate students, new members and first-time meeting attendees are invited to an orientation session. This session offers an opportunity to learn more about AERA and the benefits of being a member, as well as helpful tips on navigating the Annual Meeting.

Friday April 17, 7:00 to 8:00 a.m.  
Hyatt, East Tower - Gold Level - Grand AB

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Getting Connected AERA's Multiple Offerings: Graduate Student Edition
This session focuses on how to navigate the Annual Meeting. Hear from current graduate students about how to get the most from your Annual Meeting experience. You will receive information about the benefits of AERA membership and have the opportunity to connect with representatives from AERA divisions and special interest groups, as well as with current graduate student campus liaisons.

Thursday April 16, 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Marriott, Fifth Level - Chicago E

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Reflecting on Service and Graduate Education

2014 GSC Community Service
Project in Philadelphia

Sunday, April 19, 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. 
Marriott, Fifth Level, Chicago E 

An opportunity for graduate students to come together and reflect on the role that service plays in our graduate education, connect with others, and establish a vision for the future of service initiatives in the Graduate Student Council. 

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Graduate Student Resource Center

The Annual Meeting Graduate Student Resource Center is a special meeting service for graduate students navigating the Annual Meeting. Stop in the GSRC during the Annual Meeting to meet AERA staff and learn about sessions, activities, and opportunities specifically geared towards students. 

Marriott Magnificent Mile Chicago, Chicago E, Fifth Level

Thursday, April 16         12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 17                8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 18           8:00  a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 19             8:00  a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Graduate Student Council Sessions

Sorted chronologically.   
Cultivating the Writer Inside of You: Planning, Strategizing & Giving and Taking Feedback 
Friday April 17, 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. 
Marriott, Fifth Level - Chicago E

This session will provide graduate students practical tips and suggestions for enhancing their writing. Panelists will share information about a variety of different writing strategies, suggestions for publishing venues, and methods of developing successful writing habits. Participants are invited to bring a short piece of writing, which panelists may use to demonstrate methods for giving feedback as part of peer writing groups.

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  • Erica K. Dotson 
  • Alyssa Hadley Dunn 
  • Stephanie Behm Cross 
  • Nadia Behizadeh 

Data and Assessment Literacy in Schools of Education 
Friday April 17, 10:35 to 12:05 p.m. 
Marriott, Fifth Level - Chicago E

Teachers are increasingly expected to use data to inform practice; however, few have been prepared to do so. This session will include principles of quality assessments, as well as a discussion of what data literacy entails and how to integrate these skills into programs that benefit candidates, faculty, and providers.

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  • Glenda Ann Breaux
  • Stevie Chepko

Chicago and Spoken Word

Friday April 17, 12:25 to 1:55 p.m.  
Marriott, Fifth Level - Chicago E

For this event, the Graduate Student Council is hosting a group of spoken word artists to perform a series of poems and narratives and engage in a dialogue about some of the issues that are of concern to them. These students will speak from their hearts on their perspectives, views, and ideas about what it means for them to experience their worlds. 

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Graduate Student In-Progress Research Roundtable

Friday April 17, 4:05 to 6:05 p.m.  
Marriott, Fifth Level - Chicago E

In this roundtable session, invited graduate students from a range of academic backgrounds will share reports of in-progress research. Participants are invited to join in the discussion and provide feedback to help fellow graduate students advance their projects. This session is an opportunity to engage in an array of education research interest areas.

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Graduate Student/Early Career Mentoring Collaborative, Community-Based Scholarship

Saturday April 18, 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
Marriott, Fifth Level - Chicago E

Urban Research-Based Action Network (URBAN) is committed to strengthening relationships between academics and community-based practitioners. Active members of URBAN will address relevant aspects of collaborative, community-based scholarship such as impact, ethical issues, navigating IRB, sharing findings, developing career pathways, and increasing the acceptance within the academy.

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We Women Speak: Reflections On My First Year In Academia
Sunday April 19, 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. 
Marriott, Fifth Level - Chicago E

A panel of women will share their reflections about the highs and lows of their first year in a variety of academic positions. Graduate students and new faculty members especially encouraged to attend.

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  • Tamara T. Butler 
  • Emily Annette Nemeth 
  • Ranita Cheruvu 
  • April Baker-Bell
Moving Toward Justice By Operationalizing Multicultural And Equity Studies: A Conversation On Methodology, Epistemology And Ontology 

Sunday April 19, 12:25 to 1:55 p.m.
Marriott, Fifth Level - Chicago E

This session will answer questions about the trio of “-ologies.” Over a light lunch, senior scholar Cynthia Tyson will provide another form of food for thought as the group explores the implications of invoking particular methodologies, epistemologies, and ontologies within the social justice realm. Participants will leave with firm understandings of these concepts, as well as with a plan for how to apply them. 

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  • Cynthia A. Tyson 

Queer in the Academy: Carving out theoretical and Identity Spaces

Sunday April 19, 4:05 to 5:35 p.m.
Marriott, Fifth Level - Chicago E

This session is designed to support new scholars who are queer, take up queer positions or are queerly positioned through their scholarly and social identities. 

Topics of discussion include:

  1. positioning of queer subjects, issues and perspectives in developing a research agenda; 
  2. when and how to serve as an advocate around sexuality, gender, and dis/ability; 
  3. balancing and/or blending activism and scholarship; 
  4. the political and social decisions surrounding identity disclosure; 
  5. how theoretical affiliations shape access to academic spaces; and 
  6. intersectional identities and the use of identity to maneuver in and around the academy.

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  • Zaid M. Haddad 
  • Janet S. Sauer 
  • Cris Mayo 
  • Erica R. Meiners 
  • Adam Joseph Greteman 

Division Fireside Chats

Sorted alphabetically by Division.  
Division A Fireside Chat. Strengthening School Leaders' Understandings of the Intersections of Identity, Culture, Language, Heritage and Justice Conceptualization

Friday April 17, 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Swissotel, Lucerne Level - Lucerne III

This session will examine intersections of identity, culture, language, and heritage and how school leaders can realize justice for students and families who are educationally marginalized, dispossessed, and excluded. Critical scholars of education leadership, education policy, language, and culture will discuss research, preparation, and frameworks for strengthening school leaders’ pursuit for education justice.

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  • Gloria J. Ladson-Billings 
  • Norma E. Gonzalez
  • Jean A. Patterson 
  • Robert T. Teranishi 
  • Anjale DeVawn Welton 

Division B Fireside Chat. Bringing Ferguson to our Classrooms: The Implications of Michael Brown's Teacher Curricula

Friday April 17, 12:25 to 1:55 p.m.
Hyatt, East Tower - Gold Level - Columbus CD

The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri reawakened the public consciousness about racism. This and other recent events have tremendous implications for curriculum workers and how we prepare teachers to address the issue of racism with their students. 

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  • Jennifer R. Esposito 
  • Tyrone C. Howard 
  • Bettina L. Love 
  • Speaker: David O. Stovall 

Division C Fireside Chat. The Journey From Doctoral Student To A Tenure Track Job

Thursday April 16, 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Sheraton, Second Level - Ontario

There are many different roads that may be traveled when seeking tenure line employment. This Fireside Chat will introduce graduate students to collection of professors, each with a unique tale of how they traveled the sometimes frustrating but rewarding road from student to professor. 

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  • William F. Pinar 
  • Peter L. McLaren 
  • Deborah W. Meier 
  • William H. Schubert 
  • William C. Ayers 
  • David J. Flinders 
  • David M. Callejo Perez 
  • Joseph E. Flynn 
  • Steven Page 
  • Brian D. Schultz 
  • Nancy P. Gallavan 
  • Christine M. Greenhow 
  • Andrew T. Kemp 

Division D Fireside Chat. Tomorrow's Methodologist: Defining and Demystifying Simulation Studies

Friday April 17, 4:05 to 5:35 p.m.
Marriott, Fifth Level - Los Angeles/Miami

Simulation studies are becoming more common in the field of educational research; however, there are misconceptions about the usefulness and appropriateness of these studies. Panelists will introduce the concept of simulation studies and discuss the importance of simulation studies to the field, advantages and disadvantages of conducting simulation studies, and how simulation studies can promote mutually respectful, collaboration among various disciplines and modes of inquiry.

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  • Deborah L. Bandalos 
  • William Holmes Finch 
  • Brian F. French 

Division E Fireside Chat. Navigating AERA Special Interest Groups: A Discussion of Participation and Benefits

Sunday April 18, 10:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
Hyatt, West Tower - Bronze Level, Columbian

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide a forum within AERA for the involvement of individuals drawn together by a common interest in a field of study, teaching, or research when the existing divisional structure may not directly facilitate such activity. With over 130 SIGs to choose from, this session provides graduate students

  1. an introduction into SIGs, 
  2. an overview of membership participation in SIGs, and 
  3. an opportunity to learn more about the activities of specific AERA SIGs.

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  • Geni Cowan 
  • David M. Osher 
  • Monica Miller Marsh 
  • Gregory R. Hancock 

Division F Fireside Chat. Writing Educational History in the Digital Age: Crafting your Research-to-Writing Workflow

Saturday April 18, 10:35 to 12:05 p.m.
Swissotel, Event Centre Second Level - St. Gallen 3

This session will focus on ways of reflecting on and crafting personal scholarly workflow, with suggestions about digital tools to make work more efficient and accessible to selected audiences.

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  • Jack Dougherty 
  • Natalia Mehlman Petrzela 
  • Ansley T. Erickson 

Division G Fireside Chat. Justice for Whom? Building Research and Praxis Capacities Committed to Educational Justice in our Schools, Neighborhoods, Communities and in the Academy

Monday April 20, 12:25 to 1:55 p.m.
Hyatt, West Tower - Gold Level - Acapulco

How might we engage in research, practice and education policy (praxis) toward the achieving justice in our schools, neighborhoods and communities? By engaging in candid conversations with emerging and seasoned scholars across academic disciplines that utilize multiple methods of inquiry, graduate students will equip themselves with knowledge and skills to implement authentic, meaningful, transformative inquiries within their schools, neighborhoods, communities, and academia.

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  • Keisha L. Green 
  • Christopher Emdin 
  • Kevin Kumashiro 
  • Erika C. Bullock 
  • Linda T. Smith 
  • David O. Stovall 
  • Dolores Delgado Bernal 

Division H Fireside Chat. Toward Research, Evaluation, and Assessment that Informs Praxis in Schools

Thursday April 16, 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Marriott, Sixth Level - Indiana/Iowa

The journals with the highest impact ratings may not be readily accessible to practitioners, and it is often difficult to disseminate technical reports. This session will focus on how educational researchers help inform praxis; formats, venues, and outlets for reaching practitioners; and communicating accessible work.

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  • Joseph M. O'Reilly 
  • Mei Kuin Lai 

Division I Fireside Chat. Navigating the Cultures of Careers: Recognize Your Transferable Skill Set!

Friday April 17, 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Sheraton, Second Level - Michigan A

How do I shape my graduate school experiences to best position myself to successfully transition and thrive? A panel of scholars will share their experiences from their career trajectory. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about how to communicate and market themselves as an educator with transferable skills.

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  • Mark Grichanik 


  • Yoon Soo Park 
  • Bridget Colleen O'Brien 
  • Christopher O'Neal 

Division J Fireside Chat. The Evolution and Current State of Diversity in Higher Education

Sunday April 19, 12:25 to 1:55 p.m.
Sheraton, Ballroom Level - Sheraton III

The purpose of this session is to facilitate a dialogue on

  1. the ways in which diversity in higher education has evolved and 
  2. the challenges related to inclusivity within higher education as an institution and ways to address them.

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  • Walter R. Allen 
  • Mitchell J. Chang 
  • Michelle M. Espino 
  • Ryan Evely Gildersleeve 
  • Noah Daniel Drezner 

Division K Fireside Chat. Praxis Works: Forging Social Justice with the Work of P-12 Teachers, Teacher Educators, Researchers and Policymakers

Friday April 17, 12:25 to 1:55 p.m.
Marriott, Fourth Level - Clark

This session invites multiple educational communities to discuss the role of praxis both as a tool for social justice and as a needed outcome for an institution central to advancing society. Discussions will center around pedagogies, initiatives, research methodologies, and policy implementation involving the intentional use of teacher, researcher, and policy-maker expertise to authentically and ethically address educational inequities.

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  • Ruby Takanishi 
  • Tambra O. Jackson 
  • Rita Kohli 

Division L Fireside Chat. The Economics and Politics of Space and its Appropriation: Implications for Justice

Sunday April 19, 12:25 to 1:55 p.m.
Hyatt, West Tower - Gold Level - New Orleans

The notion of space is currently at the forefront of education policy discussions as districts, states, and the federal government seek to remedy spatial issues after Brown. This session will address and illuminate critical topics about educational access and equity across schools by placing space at the forefront of the discussion.

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  • Jennifer Jellison Holme 
  • Christopher A. Lubienski 
  • Kara S. Finnigan 
  • Casey D. Cobb 

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