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2020 Call for Nominations – Scholars

2020 Call for Nomination – Scholars

Nominations Due by June 30, 2020

The Award

The UCEA Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Network Advisory Board is calling for nominees for students for the 2020-2022 Jackson Scholars cohort (a two-year term). The program has over three hundred alumni. Nominators are encouraged to nominate doctoral students who are completing their second year of their programs. Nominating institutions agree to a financial obligation of no less than $2,000 per year for each Scholar.

The Jackson Scholars Network develops future faculty of color with high promise and ability for the field of educational leadership and policy. In the structured mentoring program feature, Scholars are matched with experienced faculty mentors who provide guidance in professional development, a model for students to reference when assuming mentor roles, and opportunities for networking.  Mentors may also serve as a sounding board for Scholars as they navigate the phases of dissertation development, a research agenda, and publication in preparation for their entry into higher education. In the networking program feature, nominating UCEA institutions provide registration, travel, lodging, and meal funding for Scholars to attend two UCEA Conventions and two AERA Annual Meetings where the Scholars engage in networking with guidance from mentors.

The institutional benefits of participation in the Jackson Scholars Network include possible increased graduation rates and/or time to degree for Jackson Scholars, and greater success in being hired as a result of the mentoring and training.

The Procedure

Who can nominate:

Deans of Education and Plenum Session Representatives (PSR) of a UCEA member institution (no self-nominations)

How (Part I):

Review the Memorandum of Understanding for Jackson Scholars 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 nominee should be available and willing to attend the workshops and networking events 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 end of June 30, 2020

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