Navigating the Academy: A Seminar for Early Career Scholars in Division G

Navigating the academy: A Seminar for Early Career Scholars in Division G

Division G Mentoring Seminar – Thursday, April 16, 2014

8:00 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 scholar-mentors 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 16, 2014 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the annual meeting of AERA in Chicago.

Seminar Topics:

This seminar is designed to help early career scholars who are in their second or third year in a tenure-line faculty position.  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:

(a) The applicant’s background;

(b) The applicant’s current academic position and university setting;

(c) The applicant’s research interests and methodological approaches to research;

(d) and 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:

  1. The overall quality and thoughtfulness of the application letter
  2. The degree to which the applicant would benefit from the seminar, given the contents of the application
  3. Division G is committed to providing an equitable and diverse representation of participants on the basis of gender, ethnic/racial status, type of university, and disciplinary/research interests.

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 Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Based upon the number of applications we received last year, we anticipate high demand for this session so please take time in preparing your application.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by email by mid-February 2015.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Please contact Dr. Kevin Roxas (, Western Washington University) for additional information or questions about the mentoring seminar.

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