Pre-Conference Mentoring Seminar for Early Career Scholars at AERA 2014

Navigating the academy: A seminar for early career scholars in Division G

Division G Mentoring Seminar – Thursday, April 3, 2014
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Event Information:
Division G has organized a professional development seminar for early career scholars. During the seminar, early career scholars (defined as pre-tenure university faculty) and established senior scholars from Division G will gather at roundtables and focus on various topics related to research and scholarship, teaching, and service. The seminar will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Philadelphia. Senior scholar participants currently include: Luis Moll, Elizabeth Moje, and Nancy Hornberger.

Seminar Topics:
Topics to be discussed at the seminar include:

  • Defining your purpose and research agenda in academia
  • Defining one’s self and research niche within Division G
  • Navigating the larger academy and your own university in relation to the field of social contexts of education and social justice. How can you do this work when it’s sometimes not valued even in your own college?
  • Getting your message out – presenting at conferences and publishing your work 
  • Moving towards tenure and promotion – my own personal journey
  • Beyond survival – finding a work-life balance and genuinely finding “happiness” in your life in academia

Application Process for Early Career Scholars:
Early career scholars will need to apply and be selected to participate in this seminar. The seminar will end with a networking reception for early career scholars and more established senior scholars from Division G.

To apply for the seminar, Division G members must submit a curriculum vitae and a one page letter of application that includes a description of:

  1. The applicant’s background;
  2. The applicant’s current academic position and university setting;
  3. The applicant’s research interests and methodological approaches to research; and
  4. One or two problems or issues facing the applicant as an early career scholar.

Applications will be reviewed on the basis of the following criteria: the overall quality and thoughtfulness of the application letter and the degree to which the applicant would benefit from the seminar, given the contents of the application. Consideration will also be given to providing an equitable and diverse representation of participants on the basis of gender, ethnic/racial status, type of university, disciplinary/research interests, etc.

Applications (including the curriculum vitae and one-page letter) should be sent as a word document attachment to Dr. Kevin Roxas ( Space is limited and the deadline for applications is Friday, February 7, 2014. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by email by mid-February 2014. Please contact Dr. Kevin Roxas (, the University of Wyoming) or Dr. Kevin Carroll
(, the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez) for additional information or questions about the mentoring seminar.

*** note: there will also be a mentoring pre-conference for graduate students. Details to come on the blog and AERA-G listservs

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