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Marguerita Best, Derrick Jordan named UCEA Jackson Scholars

Doctoral students Marguerita Best and Derrick Jordan have been named 2008 Barbara L. Jackson Scholars. Both students are enrolled in the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership.

The faculty of the Education Leadership Program selects one or more students each year for this honor. The students become part of the Jackson Scholars network, an initiative of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). The Jackson Scholars program represents UCEA’s commitment to increasing the number of racial and ethnic minority scholars who enter the professoriate.  Scholars are nominated by UCEA member institutions.

The UNC Educational Leadership Program provides financial support for their scholars’ participation in the Jackson Scholars network.

The purpose of the Scholars program, which began in 2004, is to provide mentoring and career development opportunities to outstanding students of color who are enrolled in educational leadership programs and who intend to enter the professoriate. The 2008 cohort will participate in the Scholars program from November 2008 to November 2010.

Each scholar will be paired with an experienced faculty mentor to help the scholar prepare for entry into higher education. The 2008 scholars will meet their mentors and interact with their peers from other institutions at the UCEA annual convention Oct. 31 in Orlando, Fla. The Scholars will be provided with one-on-one mentoring as well as forums aimed at developing a research and publication agenda.

Scholars will participate in career development sessions and small group discussions with their mentors at the UCEA annual conferences as well as the annual meetings of the America Educational Research Association.

Barbara L. Jackson, for whom the Jackson Scholars program is named, is a professor and department chair at Fordham University in New York City. She previously served as dean of the School of Education at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., and associate dean of the School of Education at Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga. In both of these historically black institutions, she worked to establish new doctoral programs in educational administration.