Graduate Program Update

School of Education News

Emailed August 30, 2019*

NEW Graduate Student Directory

Graduate students, if you would like to be included in the Grad Student Directory that will be housed on the School of Education website, please fill out the Qualtrics survey as soon as possible to be included. Contact Katie Anthony with any questions.

NEW Campus Climate and Community Committee Seeks Grad Student Reps

The Campus Climate and Community Committee (Quad C) seeks two graduate student representatives to join Quad C. They are looking for one student from each division to join their meetings. Email xx if you’re interested. Students will be chosen on a first-come, first-chosen basis.

Welcome to our NEW SoE Faculty and Staff

The below individuals have joined the School of Education over the past several months.  As you have an opportunity to do so, please stop by and introduce yourself to these newest members of our SOE community and welcome them to Iowa State.

  • Donald Hackmann, Director & Educational Leadership, Organizations, & Policy
  • Amanda Cordova, Educational Leadership, Organizations, & Policy
  • Chris Duree, Higher Education
  • Alyssa Emery, Learning Sciences
  • Craig Hansel, ISBMA
  • Gabriel Rodriguez, Social & Cultural Studies
  • Doug Smith, Higher Education
  • Rachel Smith, Higher Education
  • TJ Stewart, Higher Education
  • Nick Tanchuk, Social and Cultural Studies
  • Denny Wulf, Educational Leadership, Organizations, & Policy
  • Kathy Christensen, Academic Advisor
  • Sara Erickson, ISU 4U Promise Program Coordinator
  • Marcia Krieger, ISBMA Program Assistant
  • Deb Long, Clinical Experience Coordinator 

Join JCTP Editorial Board at Iowa State University as a Copy Editor

The Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis (JCTP) is currently seeking graduate student applicants for copy editors. No experience is necessary and each position provides great learning and growth opportunities. The JCTP application and editorial board member responsibilities can be found on their website. JCTP is a graduate student run, peer reviewed journal housed in Iowa State University’s School of Education. It provides a space for emerging scholars, educators, and activists to engage in critical and progressive inter/transdisciplinary scholarship and dialogue that supports awareness of social justice issues. Email with any questions. 

Planning to Graduate in Fall 2019? 

If you are planning to graduate this fall, please be aware of the following deadlines:

  • September 13 – Submit application for graduation through AccessPlus
  • September 13Request for coursework online final check for students with no final oral exam
  • November 6 – Last day to submit final oral exam request (exam request must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to exam date)
  • November 27 – Last possible date for final oral exams

University and Graduate College News

NEW Lunch with Dean Graves
Thursday, Sept. 12, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Dr. William Graves, Dean of the Graduate College, is hosting a series of lunches with small groups of graduate students. The next lunch will be on Thursday, Sept. 12, 11:30-1:30 p.m. If you would like to be entered into the pool of students chosen to have lunch with the dean, please complete this survey. Approximately 16 students will be chosen for each lunch and notified by email with additional details.

NEW Connect 4 CHS Student of Color Meet-Up
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 5-7 PM, 1009 Lebaron Hall

Looking to make connections with other students of color in the College of Human Sciences? Here’s your chance! This meet up is for all CHS students of color; new, returning and Graduate students. Come ask questions, share insights and get to know one another. Drop in as your schedule allows. Refreshments provided. Contact Carmen Flagge with any questions.

Funding Opportunities 

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research

AERA established the Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. This fellowship is targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). AERA awards each Fellow up to a $19,000 stipend to study education, teaching, learning, or other education research topic. The fellowship funds can be used for tuition and/or institution fees, books, living expenses, equipment, travel, supplies, software, and other expenses that are directly related to conducting this research. Application deadline for the 2020-2021 competition is Friday, November 1, 2019. More information can be found on their website.

AERA Dissertation Grants Program for Projects using Large Scale Federal and International Data Sets

AERA is offering awards of up to $25,000 for dissertation research projects involving large scale data sets.  The program supports highly competitive dissertation research using rigorous quantitative methods to examine large-scale, education-related data. The aim of the program is to advance fundamental knowledge of relevance to STEM policy, foster significant science using education data, and build research capacity in education and learning. To learn more about the program, including the full call, visit their website. Proposals are due by September 25, 2019.

AERA Research Grants

AERA provides small grants for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars to undertake quantitative research using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA research grants are awarded for one or two years, for an amount of up to $35,000. Proposals are due by September 25, 2019. found on their websiteMore information can be .

Professional Development and Learning Opportunities 

Career Services – CHS & Graduate College Events and Opportunities

The staff in CHS Career Services is available to help you during a 1:1 appointment or with groups to discuss your career development needs. Resources available include: Resume or CV review and preparation, interview practice, LinkedIn, job searching strategies, and other career related questions.  Contact CHS Career Services today! CHS Career Services can be found in 131 MacKay Hall, can be reached at 515-294-0626, or via email. The Graduate College Career Services office is an additional resource for graduate students and postdocs. Please contact for additional Graduate and Postdoc Career Coaching needs. Please see the attached flyers for career-related programs available to you.

Straight to the Source: Pro Tips for Grad Students
Sept. 12, 3:30-5:00 PM; Parks Library 0032

Workshop for Grad Students: Learn how to find dissertations, influential research articles and important journals in your subject area! Find out who is your subject librarian, and learn about Library services that can help facilitate your research and writing. Registration is required through Learn@ISU website.

Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) Now Accepting Applications for Peer Review Groups

The CCE Peer Review Group (PRG) Program is open to graduate students looking for constructive feedback and a supportive community for communication. PRGs offer regular meeting times with constructive and additional feedback on work throughout the stages of your project and allow for diverse thinking strategies. Check out their website for more information and to apply to join a PRG for the fall semester. Applications are due by August 30 for consideration for a PRG.

Fall 2019 Workshops/Events Schedules

Assistantship/Employment Opportunities 

Assistantship Opportunities for 19-20

Are you seeking an assistantship for next year? See the attached flyer for the most current opportunities. If you are interested in an assistantship opportunity, please send your CV/resume and a letter of interest outlining your skills, experiences, and interests. As we learn of new assistantship opportunities, we make these materials available to supervisors who are seeking students. Contact Sara Goplin if you have any questions.

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison
University of Utah

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will provide leadership and support for a national research project focused on assessing the landscape of higher education in prison. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work under the supervision of the Director of the Research Collaborative for Higher Education in Prison, part of the University of Utah Prison Education Project (UPEP). Committed to social transformation, UPEP advances educational equity through on-site higher education, empirical research, and advocacy. The Research Collaborative strongly encourages applications from individuals directly impacted by incarceration and punishment systems. See flyer in the August 30 Graduate Program Update email for more information.

NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium Fellowship Program

The 2019-20 NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) Fellowship Program is ready to receive applications. ISGC awards these fellowships to support outstanding graduate students pursuing research opportunities in STEM disciplines that support the mission of NASA. The application period is open through September 16, 2019. Please see the attached flyer or visit their website for more information.


Associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs in the College of Human Sciences and SOE Professor Robert Reason is serving as a mentor in an inter-institutional research project promoting faculty success for women in STEM fields.

Photos from this week

EdD cohort
The inaugural cohort for the Ed.D. program at Iowa State visited campus for orientation the week before classes began. We’re so excited to see them progress through the program!
Project SEARCH 2019-2020
We are excited to have six new Project SEARCH interns with us for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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