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Kyle Higgins, Chris Scott selected for National Graduate Student Research Seminar

Kyle Higgins and Chris Scott, doctoral students in educational leadership, are among 40 doctoral students nationwide selected to participate in the 27th Annual David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy.

The title of Kyle Higgins’ research study is “The experiences of North Carolina education association executives and lobbyists and General Statute 115C 84.2. School Calendar.”  Chris Scott’s research is titled “How does speaking the Lumbee dialect impact the academic achievement and ethnic identity development of Lumbee college students?”

The seminar is sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), Division A (Administration, Organization and Leadership) and Division L (Educational Policy and Politics) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and Corwin Press.

It will be held prior to the annual conference of AERA in Chicago in April 2007. 

The purpose of the seminar is to bring together emerging educational leadership and policy scholars and noted researchers for two days of presentation and discussion. Many graduates of this seminar are now faculty members at major research institutions.

Students were nominated from universities across the United States and Canada. Each university was permitted to nominate up to two students.

Students were chosen to participate through a rigorous selection process. First, they were nominated as candidates by their department chair or dean. Next, they developed a detailed statement describing their doctoral research, the problem being pursued, the research design and the intended contribution to theory and practice. Finally, the proposals were reviewed by members of the planning committee, who selected the 40 highest-ranking nominees.

Catherine Marshall is Kyle Higgins’ dissertation advisor, and Kathleen Brown is Chris Scott’s. These faculty members will participate in the seminar with the students.

The seminar is named for David Clark, who was a national leader in educational administration. He served on the School of Education faculty as a Kenan professor from 1991 until his death in 1998.