Emerging Research Fellows

Application Deadline Extended to 11: 59 p.m. Sunday, November 8, 2020

The issue of educator diversity extends beyond PK12 contexts, for this reason, Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED) seeks to support emerging education scholars of Color. Towards this goal, BranchED is seeking applications for its inaugural cohort of Emerging Research Fellows. The goal of this program is twofold: 1) to support the development and success of emerging scholars of Color whose research interests are within the scope of teacher education and 2) to engage in collaborative and transformative scholarship related to diversifying the teaching profession and intentionally addressing critical issues of educational equity for all students. The Emerging Research Fellows program seeks to increase the number of scholars of Color and to amplify scholarship by scholars of Color, especially that which highlights the assets and supports the growth of Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs). Please share this Request for Applications (RFA) with eligible applicants as defined in the “Who” section of this RFA.

Executive Summary

WHAT

The Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED) invites applications for the inaugural cohort of Emerging Research Fellows. The goal of this program is twofold: 1) to support the development and success of emerging scholars of Color whose research interests are within the scope of teacher education and 2) to engage in collaborative and transformative scholarship related to diversifying the teaching profession and intentionally addressing critical issues of educational equity for all students.

WHO

Eligible applicants should identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color and be an emerging scholar. In this case, “emerging” means that the applicant needs to meet one of the following two sets of criteria: 1) be enrolled in a doctoral program in an area of education and have completed a minimum of 18 doctoral-level credits, or 2) be employed within a as faculty (full or part-time) and have graduated with a doctoral degree within 2 years (May 2018 or later).

WHEN

The online application form (below) must be submitted on this page first, and the remaining application materials should be submitted via email, directly to BranchED’s Research Associate, Dr. Tara J. Plachowski, drplachowski@educatordiversity.org. Both the online form and the application materials must be submitted prior to 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2020. Applicant finalists will be asked to complete a virtual interview in November and final decisions will be made by December 1st. The cohort will be asked to attend a virtual cohort launch party the week of December 14th. The two-year fellowship begins January 1, 2021 and concludes on December 31st of 2023.

HOW MUCH

Each Fellow will be awarded a stipend totaling $5,000 to be paid in installments upon completion of program milestones. Each Fellow will identify a mid-career or senior scholar as their mentor. Mentors will be awarded a $1,000 stipend for their participation in some of the program events (1-2 each semester) and for committing to regular (monthly) collaborative meeting time with their Fellow across the two-year period.

Emerging Research Fellows Program Overview

In a world where quality and diversity in education and educator preparation are seen as two dichotomous aims, BranchED asserts that a redefinition of quality educator preparation that includes diversity is needed. To this end, BranchED has created the Framework for the Quality Preparation of Educators, which has been developed and vetted with a diverse group of educator preparation program faculty and is the first framework to include a detailed schema (“roadmap”) of what quality preparation looks like when diversity is a key component of quality.

BranchED’s commitment to diversity and quality in educator preparation extends into teacher education scholarship. The Emerging Research Fellows program seeks to increase the number of scholars of Color and to amplify scholarship by scholars of Color, especially that which
highlights the assets and supports the growth of Minority Serving Institution Educator Preparation Programs.

During year 1 of the fellowship, milestones will involve collaborating as a co-researcher on a project with a BranchED staff member, attending monthly virtual meet-ups with the cohort, attending regular check-ins with the BranchED Research Associate, and participating in a writing retreat. During year 2 of the fellowship, milestones will include a Fellow-facilitated research project aligned to one of BranchED’s Framework Principles, collaborating on a scholarly project for the BranchED Knowledge Center, attending monthly virtual meet-ups with the cohort, attending regular check-ins with the BranchED Research Associate, and participating in a writing retreat.

These program milestones are designed to engage the emerging scholar in the process of research while providing scaffolded supports explicitly focused on: 1) using a critical lens to explore, critique, and leverage existing scholarship in the interests of educational equity, 2) improving their scholarly writing through developing a scholarly voice, learning how/improving their ability to adapt writing for specific audiences, and engaging in revision process strategies to refine work for publication; 3) increasing writing productivity; and 4) exploring a variety of theoretical/conceptual frameworks and research methods, including workshops on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods data analysis.

Application Materials

Please submit the following items via email prior to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 8th, 2020 directly to BranchED’s Research Associate, Dr. Tara J. Plachowski drplachowski@educatordiversity.org

  • Current CV
  • Transcript(s) of doctoral coursework (These may be unofficial for now, but be prepared to submit official transcript(s) if you are asked to move on to the finalist round.)
  • Teaching Philosophy (less than 2,500 words, not including references)
      This teaching philosophy should be focused on teaching in higher education. (and/or on your experiences as a student in higher education if you have not yet had many higher education teaching opportunities).
  • Short essay responses to both of the following 2 prompts. Each response should be between 500 and 1,500 words (not including references). Please keep both short essay responses in one document.
      In what ways do your research interests/dissertation plans align to one or more of BranchED’s Framework Principles?
    1. Identify a conceptual or theoretical framework and explain how this framework might guide inquiry into topics relevant to educator preparation within Minority Serving Institutions. Use a variety of peer-reviewed articles to support your explanation.
  • A letter of reference from a professor with whom you have collaborated or studied under in the last 3 years. Please ask the recommender to indicate the nature and length of your relationship in the letter.
  • Your name and email address placed in the Header of the applications materials must match the name and email address submitted in the online form. If your name has changed since your transcript has been issued, please indicate your former name(s) in parentheses in the online application form.
  • The application online form (below) should be submitted first, and the remaining application materials should be submitted via email, directly to BranchED’s Research Associate, Dr. Tara J. Plachowski, drplachowski@educatordiversity.org. Both the online form and the application materials must be submitted prior to 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2020.
  • Please reach out to Dr. Tara J. Plachowski drplachowski@educatordiversity.org with any questions about the program or application process.

Application Form

  • (You may leave this blank if you have not yet identified a potential mentor.)
  • Your signature indicates that you have read the entirety of this RFA, meet the criteria for the program, are available to commit to the entirety of the fellowship, and that your teaching philosophy and short essay responses represent your original work.
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