The Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, The Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California, and the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston Law Center, in partnership with the Association for the Study of Higher Education have been awarded a grant by the Ford Foundation to plan for the creation of an Institute on Equity Research Methods and Critical Policy Analysis. The Ford Foundation has funded this initiative as part of its overall commitment to increasing minorities in the scholarly and policy professions.
The Institute will address three needs related to the educational attainment of racial and ethnic minority students: (1) to develop a core group of minority scholars with the knowledge and research methods to study questions of racial and ethnic equity in higher education; (2) to transform the agendas of higher education policy centers and give greater visibility to the needs and interests of minority communities; and (3) to develop greater recognition of minority experts in higher education and expand the network of minority scholars who are called on to shape policy agendas.
As part of the Institute’s planning activities, a Higher Education Equity Publication Workshop will be held June 24-26, 2009, at the Hilton de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico. This intensive seminar for junior faculty is designed to improve the skills of faculty who write and teach in the broad field of postsecondary racial and ethnic equity and related areas. It will include rigorous research into salient topics, useful and critical feedback from editors, and mentoring from more senior scholars. Once selected for the June, 2009 Workshop, each participant will prepare an original work that will be shared in advance with the group. A senior scholar with expertise in the specialty will review the work, as will an editor from a postsecondary journal.
During the Workshop, a small number of fellows (8-10) will be chosen to present papers or works-in-progress to the group, who will be joined by senior faculty with special expertise in the field of higher education equity, and by editors of major postsecondary education journals. Fellows' work in higher education equity topics will be presented and critiqued, and there will be additional activities, including a discussion of research resources (funding opportunities, research agenda -building, mentorship). All papers should be original, unpublished works. While collaborative work will be accepted, a preference will be accorded individual work; collaborative work will be considered, but the Workshop participant must be the senior author and must be authorized to edit and revise the article submitted for consideration.
Attendance will be limited to junior faculty in rank who have not yet been awarded tenure, as of Summer, 2009. Visiting faculty, adjunct faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and others not in tenure track are not eligible. No doctoral students without completed dissertations will be considered, or law students whose JD degree has not been awarded. All applicants are expected to have begun their tenure track appointment. In accordance with Ford Foundation funding, only scholarship on higher education equity issues will be eligible, and a preference will be given to minority scholars who undertake this research. All persons who meet these requirements are welcome to apply.
Applications must be made online through a Common Form, downloadable from : http://www.usc.edu/dept/education/CUE/ASHE/index.html
The Workshop is scheduled for June 24, 2009 (Wednesday evening) through lunch on Friday, June 26. All participants selected must agree to attend the entire Workshop, work to revise the work during the Publication Workshop, and submit a final draft for journal publication consideration within a reasonable period of time following the Workshop.
All local expenses are paid by IHELG/Ford, and fellows' expenses will include only airfare or other travel to Albuquerque/Santa Fe, NM. Fellows’ families may attend at their own expense, but all activities are designed to be limited to the Workshop participants.