Faculty & Staff
Leadership & Policy
American Educational Research Association Announces 2021’s Fellows
Having demonstration “distinguished and sustained research achievements,” 19 scholars have been named AERA Fellows by the American Educational Research Association. They join the 676 current AERA Fellows. “We are delighted to honor these highly accomplished scholars for their contributions to education research and their commitment to the field,” said AERA Executive Director Dr. Felice J. […]
July 13, 2021
Renowned Scholars Discuss the Role of the Black Intellectual in the 21st Century
Some of the nation’s most prominent Black scholars were among those who gathered virtually at this year’s National Action Network’s (NAN) annual convention, a civil rights organization founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton.
April 16, 2021
TheDream.US Report Highlights How COVID-19 Has Disproportionately Affected Immigrant Scholars
TheDream.US, the nation’s largest scholarship program for immigrant youth, recently released a new survey report on its scholars’ college experience titled, “In Their Own Words.” A section of the survey, conducted from May to mid-June via e-mail, was dedicated to how COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the scholars’ jobs, finances and family.
October 8, 2020
Privilege of the Academic Job Search
Having recently started as a postdoc at Duke University, I had time to reflect on my job search process last year. While my final year of my Ph.D. was undoubtedly a challenge, including finishing a dissertation, teaching full-time, and leading our graduate student government, among other items, the job search was, undoubtedly, the most traumatic part of my final year. I am not alone; indeed, research has found that doctoral students’ well-being decreases during their program.
September 1, 2020
Higher Education’s Obsession With Conferences Put to the Test
Last Spring, I was excited to attend the annual meeting for one of large professional organizations in my field. It was set to take place in a city I’d never visited, and I don’t have the time or resources as a graduate student to travel, so this was a great opportunity. My mentor and I were invited to present a paper at the conference which meant I had access to funding from my university to go. Having attended another large conference the previous fall, I had a pretty good idea about the expenses related. Thankfully, I didn’t need to get new formal wear, but I did have to figure out how to pay for everything else. Yes, I had a spreadsheet.
August 31, 2020
Pledging to Disrupt Systemic Racism in Higher Education Advocacy
I have sat uncomfortably on raised chairs during enough panels with only other White speakers. I have rolled my eyes at enough invitations to events on education issues for which only White people would share their views. I have witnessed enough higher education researchers and advocates who make their living on equity work perpetuate cycles of mistreatment of graduate students and early-career colleagues.
June 12, 2020
Preserving the Espíritu Guerrero of Our Children During Covid-19
Like many mother scholars, I am forced to navigate professional responsibilities while consciously being the best mother I can be. This pandemic has made me especially aware of my energy, the expectations I have of my children/partner, and the need to help keep their espíritu guerrero alive and jovial.
April 2, 2020
‘Professoring’ While Black: Strategies for Thriving in the White Professoriate
With the acknowledgement of increased White nationalist and supremacist activities happening across U.S. higher education campuses, Black faculty have amplified the call for Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) to acknowledge the unique challenges that these scholars face.
March 27, 2020
Faculty & Staff
Authorship: The Elephant in the Room
When it comes to tenure-track faculty positions, and pursuing tenure altogether, there’s no doubt that one item stands above all others: Research. Even in the field of higher education, a field that is supposed to critically reflect on the issues of the academy, including the shortcomings of tenure processes, our programs still emphasize the same flawed indicators: Research -> Publications -> Authorship.
March 4, 2020
Guardian Ninjas of Integrity (And How We Got There)
We teach at Western Governors University (WGU) which has over 110,000 students from every state in the country. Recently, we were part of a student conduct board hearing with a student who allegedly plagiarized four papers. Ava (we’ll call her to protect her identity), was an English Language Learner who was born outside of the U.S.
January 9, 2020
The New School Received $880,000 in Grants
The New School recently received grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Open Society Foundation’s Higher Education Support Program totaling $880,000 in order to support initiatives related to immigration within the United States. Through the New University in Exile Consortium (New UIE Consortium), the funding will go towards helping endangered scholars and graduate […]
December 29, 2019
There Are No Safe Spaces
Conferences are about reunions with colleagues and friends, presentations on the next innovative research, and new connections made to build your academic community. However, conferences are also about performing in spaces, I argue, that can feel and be unsafe. A space where trauma reignites from our past or future selves.
December 2, 2019
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