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Research course at AERA co-founded by UW-Madison's Jackson proves successful

April 25, 2018

UW-Madison's Jerlando Jackson co-founded a research course at the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) annual meeting more than a decade ago that allows graduate students and early career scholars to spend a day working with established researchers on questions and methods that inform studies and help uplift African-Americans in education. 

Jerlando Jackson
Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He also is director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

The Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Course on African Americans and Education is now in its 11th year and is a collaborative project sponsored by the UW-Madison Wei LAB, the Urban Education Collaborative at UNC Charlotte, the Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male at Ohio State University, and the Center for the Study of Regional Competitiveness in Science and Technology at Washington University in St. Louis.

“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,” Jackson says in a story about the class that was published by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. “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.”

Read more about the course on the Diverse website.

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