As part of its larger work in the policy arena, UCEA is inviting graduate students to apply to become a UCEA Policy Associate. Students will join a team of senior scholars from across UCEA institutions engaged in policy efforts. The application period will open Monday, January 8th and run until Friday, January 26th.
In joining the UCEA policy team, students will have the opportunity to collaborate with experienced senior scholars to (1) track policy initiatives across the U.S., (2) co-author policy briefs, and (3) co-author rapid responses to recent policy reports or proposals. Students may also be afforded the opportunity to present at policy sessions at the UCEA Annual Convention and co-author journal articles with members of the UCEA policy team. In 2017, Policy Associates were provided high-quality professional development opportunities with NCSL around the challenges of writing for a policy audience, led reviews of the treatment of school leadership in state ESSA plans and collaborated in teams to write and research policy briefs on chosen policy topics such as principal turnover, diversity in school leadership, teacher shortages, structures of federal grants, education savings accounts among others.
Application to become a Policy Associate is competitive and requires students to complete a brief application along with the name and email contact for the student’s advisor/faculty mentor for recommendation purposes. Applicants should be current Ph.D. students who will attend UCEA’s annual convention and can make an approximately a one year commitment to the project. Policy Associates will be required to attend one special session for Policy Associates at the UCEA Annual Convention and will be strongly encouraged to attend other policy-related sessions. In addition, Policy Associates will be required to attend virtual meetings, engage in background research and independently write on chosen policy topics.
Importantly, we are looking to enhance the pre-existing skills and abilities of students rather than work with students new to the policy arena. Please keep this in mind when deciding to apply or recommending particular students.
In order of importance, students will be selected based on the following criteria: (1) strength of faculty support; (2) demonstrated experience in policy and/or policy analysis efforts; (3) demonstrated quality of writing; (4) match between the student’s policy interests and the policy efforts of UCEA. Students do not have to be from a UCEA institution. Further, we will consider multiple applications from the same institution.