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Doctoral student Jerry Wilson named a 2019 David L. Clark Scholar

Jerry Wilson

Doctoral student Jerry Wilson has been named a 2019 David L. Clark Scholar by the University Council for Educational Administration.

Wilson, a student in the Policy, Leadership and School Improvement strand of the Ph.D. program, is one of 42 students from around the country selected for the program.

The David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration & Policy brings emerging educational administration and policy scholars and noted researchers together for two days of presentations, generative discussion, and professional growth. The seminar will be held at the beginning of the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Toronto in April.

Wilson, who has played a prominent role in the student-led campaign to remove UNC-Chapel Hill’s Silent Sam monument, is conducting doctoral research focused on the ways in which teachers bring difficult political conversations into secondary school classrooms. He has a master’s degree in secondary education from National Louis University, and a master’s degree in public administration from UNC-Charlotte. He majored in history as an undergraduate at Fayetteville State University.

Wilson was a Ginny Looney Southern Education Leadership Initiative Summer Fellow in 2016, working with the Intercultural Development Research Association in San Antonio, Texas to research how state and federal policies impact English language learners and Latino students in Texas. He has also worked as a Public Service Fellow with Freedom School Partners, a Charlotte organization that provides summer academic enrichment activities for children.

He has taught high school social studies in Chicago.