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2020 Call for Nominations – Mentors

2020 Call for Nomination – Mentors

Nominations are due June 30, 2020

The Mentorship

The UCEA Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Network Advisory Board is calling for nominees for mentors for the 2020-2022 Jackson Scholars cohort (a two-year term). This program, which has over three hundred alumni, develops future faculty of color with high promise and ability for the field of educational leadership and policy.  Nominators of mentors are encouraged to consider colleagues who could mentor doctoral students of color during the second, third, and fourth years of their programs.

For the structured mentoring program feature, through ongoing face-to-face visits during the networking program features (see below) and consistent online and telephone communications, mentors will provide guidance in professional development, a model for students to reference when assuming mentor roles, and opportunities for networking.  Mentors may also serve as sounding boards for Scholars as they develop their dissertations, research agendas, and publications in preparation for entering the field of higher education.

For the networking program feature, institutions nominating mentors provide registration, travel, lodging, and meal funding for mentors to attend two UCEA annual conventions and two AERA annual meetings where they will 1) guide their Scholars to engage in networking, and  2) attend their Scholars’ second year presentations for which they also provide pre- and post-support.

The Procedure

Who can nominate:

UCEA member institution faculty and faculty of non-UCEA member institutions may nominate mentors (self-nominations accepted)

How (Part I):

Review the Memorandum of Understanding for Jackson Scholar Network Mentors with both a department leader and with the nominee. The Memorandum of Understanding is available via the following link:

The institution should be able to cover the costs defined therein, and the candidate should be available and willing to attend the networking events and Scholar presentations discussed.  In some cases, as a result of the preliminary discussions of the Memorandum of Understanding with the department leader and the nominee, the nominee may choose to assume some of the costs of the program.

How (Part II):

To proceed with formally nominating a candidate and declaring financial responsibility, kindly log in at to navigate to the following link:

Nominations must be received by June 30, 2020

Please email or call (434) 243-1041 with questions.