GRA and GTA Assistantships
Demetricia Hodges on being an EPS student
“I am a doctoral candidate in the Educational Policy Studies Department. I am majoring in Educational Leadership with concentrations in Social Foundations and Qualitative Research in Education.
I entered the EPS program, fall 2006, with the explicit goal of becoming a professor of pre-service educator programs (i.e., teacher and school leadership) and an educational policy analyst in the hope of ensuring that educational policies governing educators’ preparation and ongoing professional development substantively prepare them to effectively afford educational equity and equality to all students.
I am building a research agenda around projects in urban and rural environments that are meaningful, policy-oriented, and that directly benefit the participants and community stakeholders. Once I became a full-time student, I was able to realize a different, much more rewarding doctoral residency experience.
I am afforded the opportunity to work with an exceptional instructor and methodologies, Dr. Janice B. Fournillier, as a GRA. I attend the Professional Development Wednesday’s Speaker Series, where I engage in scholarly dialogue with experts in various fields of education.
With the support of the EPS Department, I have attended and presented my research at conferences (i.e., UCEA, AERA & EESW) as well as recognized at conferences as an emerging scholar (i.e., David L. Clark Scholar, Barbara L. Jackson Scholar & Emerging Engagement Scholar).
Thanks to the mentoring and advisement of Dr. Janice B. Fournillier and committee members, Dr. Joyce E. King, Dr. Hayward Richardson and Dr. Cynthia Dillard, I am confident that I will be prepared for a progressive career in academia and policy.”
Statement from Demetricia Hodges (Ph.D. student concentrating in Educational Leadership)