The Asa G.Hilliard and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Course has been positively influencing the trajectories of researchers interested in studies on African-Americans in education for the past eleven years. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education featured the enduring impact of the course in its recent article, “Research Course at AERA Proves Successful Eleven Years Later.”

This past April, early career scholars and advanced graduate students worked directly with established researchers on questions and methods that inform studies on African Americans in education. Each year, the research course is held during the American Education Research Association’s annual meeting in New York City, New York. Participants were exposed to the fundamentals of developing a research agenda and career focused on conducting research on African American populations in education.

Professor Jerlando F.L. Jackson is a co-founder of the event. He shared the meaning of the course with Diverse:

“Each year, we go through great lengths to structure the course to target potential pitfalls and content likely omitted from their formal doctoral program and department-based mentoring,” said Dr. Jerlando F.L. Jackson, co-founder of the course and the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  “It is a meaningful part of my work to cultivate a research-focused experience that disrupts career barriers and glass-ceiling effects for scholars committed to explore the education experiences for African-Americans.”