Division L – Educational Policy & Politics

2017 Annual Conference Division Poster

Division L Poster 2017 - Final


Division L’s Vice President is Lora Cohen-Vogel of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Cohen-Vogel (Ph.D., Leadership and Policy Studies, Vanderbilt University) is the Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Policy and Education Reform at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work addresses questions that connect the study of federal and state education reforms to larger bands of work in political science on policy development in the United States, looking in particular at teacher education, quality and assignment reforms. She previously served as the associate director and co-principal investigator of the Institute of Education Sciences-funded National Center for Research and Development on Scaling up Effective Schools, which was interested in identifying the programs, policies, and practices of schools that are successfully raising schooling outcomes for traditionally underperforming student populations. Aside from her vice presidency, Dr. Cohen-Vogel is also on the editorial boards of Educational Researcher and the Peabody Journal of Education. Division L welcomes our Junior Graduate Student Representative Nestor Ramirez. Nestor is a PhD student in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on issues around college access and student success, and how institutional policy and practice can support student growth while in college. He works primarily with underrepresented groups in college settings, such as Latino/a, low-income, and rural first-generation college students.

Division Updates

  • Division L will soon begin accepting nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award. To be eligible, dissertations must have been completed and successfully defended between August 31, 2015 and August 31, 2016. Nominations can be submitted by a faculty member of the nominee’s doctoral degree granting institution. Look for more information on the nomination process in the upcoming Division L Fall Newsletter.
  • Division L continues its history of collaborating with Division A and the UCEA Graduate Student Council to host a graduate student event at the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Convention. This year’s theme will be: Publish and “Live”: Taking the Fear out of Publishing and features a diverse caliber of scholars as panelists. The session aims to take the fear out of the “Publish or Perish” maxim by providing beginning and mid-career doctoral students a space to engage in rich discourse with established scholars as well as emergent scholars regarding the “How To’s” of: (a) developing a research agenda, (b) publishing as a student, and (c) publishing as junior faculty. A panel of published scholars will provide stories and advice to help make the publishing process feel less intimidating for doc students. The convention will be held November 17-20 in Detroit, Michigan. Visit the UCEA Convention for more information.
  • Division L participates in the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar, which is held just before AERA. The Clark Seminar brings emerging educational administration and policy scholars and noted researchers together for two days of presentations, generative discussion, and professional growth. Students must be nominated by their university; nominations for the 2017 seminar are due November 4, 2016.

Upcoming Events

Division L graduate student representatives will co-host the AERA 2017 Division L Fireside Chat in San Antonio, TX. Our 2016 Fireside Chat was a huge success, with an outstanding panel of presenters and great turnout by graduate students. This year’s theme and panelists are to be determined; look for more information as AERA 2017 gets closer.

Getting Involved

The Division continues to expand its social media presence. Through social media the Division intends to connect policy makers, advocates, scholars, and researchers across the United States and the world on critical policy issues and burgeoning areas of interest. Follow Division L on Twitter @Division_L and join Division L’s Facebook page: “Educational Policy and Politics.”

If you are interested in getting involved with Division L, please contact either Megan Austin (maustin4@nd.edu) or Nestor Ramirez (naramire@live.unc.edu). The Division’s Executive Committee welcomes graduate student involvement from any Division L member.


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