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DIVISION G FIRESIDE CHAT: Making the Implicit Explicit: Navigating the Academy

This panel will demystify and provide explicit guidance for graduate students about building academic communities, forming writing groups, publishing, and navigating power dynamics in the academy. We will count with: Dr. Bryan Brayboy (Arizona State University), Dr. Alison E. Leonard (Clemson University), Dr. Mariana Pacheco (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Dr. Jeong-eun Rhee (Long Island University), and Dr. Beth C. Rubin (Rutgers University). Please, join us on Sunday, April 6, from 8:15am to 9:45am at the Convention Center, 100 Level, 112B in Philadelphia.

AERA fireside chat 2014

Pre-Conference Mentoring Seminar for Graduate Students at AERA 2014

From Dissertation to Completion and Beyond: A Mentoring Seminar for Graduate Students of Color, Including International Students

Division G Graduate Student Pre-Conference Seminar—Thursday, April 3, 2014
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Event Information:

Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee has organized a professional development seminar for graduate students. This pre-conference seminar will provide students with excellent opportunities for professional development and a chance to gain a better understanding of how to make a smooth transition from dissertation completion to finding a job.

Seminar Topics:

This interactive seminar format will include both plenary sessions and specialized break-out group sessions focusing on four areas:

  • From Dissertation to Completion: How do you find balance in your life given the demands of your doctoral degree program?
  • Career Path of Academics: What do you need to know before entering the academic and non-academic job market?
  • Dissertation Writing and Publishing: What are the general principles of scholarly writing? The discussion will include the process of dissertation conversion for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Mentoring Across Differences: How to navigate the academy through creating, maintaining, and preserving your identity. This forum aims to provide advice and guidance on how to maintain your identity as a scholar of color or as an international scholar.

Application Process:

Space is limited and registration for participation is required. The event is open to students in any stage of their doctoral degree program; however, the break-out sessions are focused on issues specific to the concerns of doctoral students in the dissertation stage. Interested students should submit an application by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 14, 2014 to The application should include a CV along with a 1-2 page statement of interest with the following information:

  • Personal information including name, email address, telephone number, institution, your status (year in program, information such as writing a proposal or writing dissertation), and your research interests, methodological approaches to research
  • One or two issues or problems you hope this seminar will address / what you would like to ask the panelists
  • Your career goals and job search timeline

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 letter. 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.

If you have any questions, please write to Division G Student Executive Committee at:

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

GSC Community Service Event at AERA14

The AERA Graduate Student Council (GSC) is hosting a community-service event before the AERA 2014 annual meeting in Philadelphia. This year, the GSC will partner with Philadelphia Urban Creators (PUC), a grassroots, youth-led organization that uses an innovative model of social change to create healthy and sustainable environments within the urban landscapes where they reside. Winners of’s 2013 reGenerate Philly Summit Awards, PUC currently runs a variety of initiatives focused on urban innovation in North Central Philadelphia, including a fully-operating urban farm. Their group seeks to unite, educate, energize, and empower Philadelphia youth to become passionate leaders in the movement to transform blighted urban landscapes into models of community-based sustainability through community organizing, service-learning, artistic expression, and urban agriculture. Following an orientation and tour, we will work outdoors alongside members of PUC to help support their mission. Visit their website or Facebook page for more information about this organization and their mission to bring equitable and sustainable solutions to North Philadelphia Neighborhoods.

This event will take place Wednesday, April 2, 2014 and will cost $20 for participants, which will include transportation. More details to come, but add it to your calendar now before you start making your travel plans for AERA 2014!

Graduate Student Session

During the conference on Saturday, the Division G Graduate Student Committee held a Student Session titled “Networking: Utilizing Conferences to Your Advantage – Crafting the Research Spiel.” We had a great group, with amazing participation, questions and discussion. Janelle Johnson, Erika Bullock and Kristi Donaldson also provided feedback.

Here’s a description of the session:
The AERA experience, especially the first time, can be overwhelming. For starters, the size of the conference is often daunting and can make it difficult to find one’s place or intimidating to make connections with other researchers. This session was designed to help graduate students make the most of their networking opportunities at AERA. In it, we covered the basics of crafting a research spiel, provided time to develop one own and practice, and talked about how to initiate a conversation with other scholars. The research spiel is a concise statement of one’s research – experiences and interests, as well as basic information about career goals. We discussed how to craft and adjust the spiel based on audience, location and time limitations.

Here’s a copy of the slides for future use: Elevator Pitch & Research Spiel, developed by Gretchen Busl and Matthew Capdevielle of the University of Notre Dame.

Thank you to everyone who came and participated! Please let us know how you’re developing and using your research spiels!

Global Conversations on Literacy Research

Global Conversations in Literacy Research (GCLR) is proud to announce its 2012-2013 web seminar speakers who will address an exciting range of literacy topics including discourse analysis, critical literacy, academic English for English learners, digital literacies and young children, literacy and identity, family literacy, and public pedagogies. Please join a global audience in engaging literacy conversations! As an Internet-based project, GCLR is grounded in critical literacy, and sees as its mission to provide no-cost, accessible professional development that connects leading literacy scholars with global populations, and to make research available to globally diverse groups of people interested in literacy. Please share this information with global others interested in literacy, and access our website for on-going, detailed, and updated information: questions, please contact Dr. Peggy Albers (, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA.

September 9, 2012        Dr. James Paul Gee, Arizona State University, USA; 7:00 p.m. EST/USA

October 7, 2012            Dr. Allan Luke, Queensland University of Technology, Australia; 7:00 p.m. EST/USA

November 4, 2012         Dr. Yvonne Freeman & Dr. David Freeman, University of Texas, Brownsville, USA; 7:00 p.m. EST/USA

January 20, 2013         Dr. Julia Davies, University of Sheffield, England; 3:00 p.m. EST/USA

February 17, 2013       Dr. Patricia Edwards, Michigan State University, USA & Dr. SusanPiazza, Western Michigan University, USA; 7:00 p.m. EST/USA

March 17, 2013          Dr. Bonny Norton, University of British Columbia, Canada;7:00 p.m. EST/USA

April 14, 2013             Dr. Patrick Shannon, Pennsylvania State University, USA;7:00 p.m. EST/USA