Margaret Nash & Karen Graves Present: Mad River, Marjorie Rowland, and the Quest for LGBTQ Teachers’ Rights


February 14, 2023
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Ramseyer Hall, room 100

Margaret A. Nash (professor emerita, University of California, Riverside) and Karen L. Graves (retired professor at Denison University) will discuss their newly released book in which they trace the story of a heretofore little-known legal case involving Marjorie Rowland, an Ohio guidance counselor who was fired in 1974 for being bisexual. After a lengthy process, the Supreme Court declined to hear this case; however, Justice Brennan wrote a dissenting memo in Rowland’s favor that in future decades became, as Nash and Graves explain, “the foundation for LGBTQ civil rights advances since.” Marjorie Rowland, whose experiences are profiled in Mad River, will offer her thoughts.

Preparing for Comps and Candidacy

Educational Studies is hosting Preparing for Comps and Candidacy on Jan. 30 at noon and 5 p.m. on Zoom. Navigating comprehensive exams and preparing for candidacy can be a stressful and confusing process for doctoral students. During this program, we will provide an overview of important dates to remember, common student issues, and answer student questions about this process.

Register for Noon
Register for 5 p.m.

EHE Dissertation Apps Due January 20

The College of Education and Human Ecology, in partnership with the Graduate Studies Committee in each department, awards graduate dissertation research fellowships each academic year, based on availability of funds. The intent of the Dissertation Fellowships is to support outstanding students in the completion of their programs, by allowing them to focus on their dissertation research.

Doctoral students who have successfully passed candidacy or will be in candidacy beginning in Su23.
Please follow these instructions when assembling your application.

Application Requirements

Cover letter that includes the following information:

  • Name.
  • Department.
  • Program area.
  • Degree.
  • Address.
  • Work telephone.
  • Home telephone.
  • Email.
  • Major advisor.
  • GPA.
  • Date candidacy exam completed or when scheduled.
  • Date application submitted.
  • Signature.

Research Proposal
Up to a 6-page proposal (excluding references and appendix section), single-spaced, 12-point font, of the student’s dissertation research which must include the following sections:

  • Background and significance.
  • Data collection plan.
  • Research design and methods.
  • Timeline for proposed research.

Advisor Letter
Letter of support from the major advisor that:

  • Confirms that the submitted proposal is the basis for the dissertation research and that funds for conducting the planned project are available, if necessary (indicate source of such funds).
  • Comments on the student’s research performance to date, and quality and potential impact of the proposed research.
  • Comments on the proposed timeline for the dissertation research and the students’ readiness to undertake the planned project.
  • Comments on the how the student aligns with the department’s mission statement.
  • Indicates expectations for the student’s post-doctoral career and the likelihood of the student’s future success in their scholarly field.

Recommendation Letters
Recommendation letters from two faculty members other than the major advisor that:

  • Comments on the student’s research performance and the quality of the proposed research plan.
  • Indicates expectations and likelihood of success for student’s post-doctoral career.

Curriculum Vita
Curriculum vita containing information on:

  • Peer-reviewed publications; manuscripts that have been submitted and are under review by application deadline should be listed, including abstracts and proceedings (indicate whether peer-reviewed).
  • Presentations at professional conferences.
  • Recognition, honors, and awards (local and national).
  • Involvement in professional and community organizations.

Advising Report
Advising Report from Graduate School (log into BuckeyeLink to retrieve your advising report)

Application Deadline and Submission Information

Email the entire PDF (without the letters of recommendations) application packet by 5 p.m. EST, Friday, January 20, 2023, to the appropriate graduate studies chairperson: Dr. Jackie

Faculty who are writing letters of recommendation can send them separately to

Spring 2023 Graduation Application Open Now

Apply by Friday, January 27 in GRADFORMS

  • Schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor.
  • Review program plan/degree audit making sure you meet all requirements for graduation.
  • Use your program plan/degree audit to guide your discussion during appointment.
  • Register and pay for 3 graduate credit hours.
  • Make sure that you have no missing grades, incompletes, EN grades or holds on your account.
  • Submit your program plan to the student services office via email at
  • Based on graduation review/clearance, your application to graduate is either approved or denied in GRADFORMS.

All PhD and EdD students

  • Submit signed program plans and annual reviews via email at
  • Email confirmations can be used in lieu of signatures for students and advisors.
  • All course substitutions will need to be taken care of before submitting your program plan and annual reviews. You will need to let student services know in advance what courses were approved to be taken. Documentation/approval from your advisor for the substitution must be on file in the student services office.
  • Final semester procedures for doctoral students can be found on the Graduate School web site for procedures for your final semester.

All MA, MLT and EdS students 

  • Submit one of the following via email at A) Program plan or B) PDF version of Degree Audit. Students only need to submit one or the other. Learn how to run your degree here.
  • Email confirmations can be in lieu of signatures for students and advisors.
  • Degree Audit Only-Advisor Review is the only requirement that can be incomplete prior to submitting your audit; no other missing requirements should be on your audit.
  • All course substitutions will need to be taken care of before submitting your program plan/degree audit. You will need to let student services know in advance what courses were approved to be taken. Documentation/approval from your advisor for the substitution must be on file in the student services office.
  • Final semester procedures for master students can be found on the Graduate School web site for procedures for your final semester.

Dates to keep in mind

  • January 27, 2023  >> ONLINE Applications to Graduate. Final date set by Graduate School.
  • April 14, 2023 >> Master Examination Report Forms must be submitted electronically by the student’s advisors. Doctoral Examinations Report Forms must be completed and submitted electronically on or before the given date.
  • April 21, 2023 >> Approved thesis and dissertation documents must be submitted and accepted. Students are encouraged to get the documents uploaded a day early in case they experience challenges with submissions.
  • May 3, 2023 >> EHE Commencement for Master’s, Specialist and Doctoral Graduates
  • May 7, 2023 >> Spring 2023 Commencement
  • May 8, 2023 >> End of Semester deadline

Got an Interdisciplinary Research idea? GSIRI wants to fund it! Submit your ideas by September 25

The Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (GSIRI), funded by Dean Don Pope-Davis, offers EHE graduate students an opportunity to collaborate in interdisciplinary research. The chief mission of GSIRI is to enhance collaboration, creation, and contribution amongst diverse graduate student burgeoning expertise in order to address the pressing educational issues that exist in our society.

This is the 4th year of the program, and we once again have $10,000 available to foster graduate student-led interdisciplinary research across EHE. Former participants have described GSIRI as “the most formative academic experience” they’ve had during their time at OSU, and we want to extend the same opportunity to YOU! GSIRI provides a wonderful chance for you to accelerate the development of your research skills and pursue your passion projects. To read more about the program and to see what projects were funded in previous years go to

What do we need from you? Submit a short summary of a research idea that you would like to assemble an interdisciplinary team to work on and specify the types of skills and subject area specialties that you are looking to recruit. Alternatively, browse the list of submitted ideas to see if there’s a team you’re interested in joining and contact the team leader!

The deadline for idea submissions is September 25 (and submitting an idea before the proposal is required for your team to be considered for the grant). Submitting your idea prior to the deadline will give you greater exposure to potential team members and is highly recommended.

If you have any questions, please send your inquiries to Julie Fitz at

Warm Regards,

The GSIRI Team

Ramseyer Safety Notice and Guidance for All ES Community Members

As many more faculty and students are returning to campus and working more regularly from on-campus locations, we want to make sure you are aware of some recent issues and offer guidance to help ensure the safety of our students, staff, faculty, and guests.

In the past year there has been repeated attempts to break in to the QualLab suite on the 3rd floor of Ramseyer (339/341) from both the main hallway and the Commons. You may recall a message from Judith last April about increased police presence in Ramseyer. This was due to previous break ins to the QualLab, and we are requesting again additional presence due to two break-in attempts within the last two weeks. Police will likely be making nightly rounds in/around Ramseyer. If you have any questions about this, please reach out to Mark Taylor, EHE Facilities Planner.

Because of these issues and the increased usage of campus spaces, we are asking everyone to:

  • Please pay attention to your surroundings and if any physical space looks out of place (e.g., a propped open door, a sleeping bag), please notify your building coordinator (in Ramseyer that is Judith Gordon; in PAES that is Emily Martini)
  • Please make it of habit of keeping keys with you and locking office and suite doors whenever you leave the space. For instance, if you are in Ramseyer 301 suite, it’s fine to have the main door unlocked while actively present. But if you leave to use the restroom or leave for the day, please ensure the main suite door is secured (locked). Please also make sure GAs using spaces also adhere to this.
  • Add the non-emergency Ohio State Police number to your phone and report any suspicious behavior on campus to 614-292-2121.

Open CGS Delegate Seat for Educational Studies

CGS Delegate Elections


Application Period: Monday Sept 12 – Friday Sept. 16th, 2022

Voting: Noon(ET) Wednesday Sept. 21 until 5pm Wednesday Sept. 28 2022

The Council of Graduate Students (CGS) has vacant delegate seats for our 2022-2023 academic year!

CGS is the official student government that represents graduate students on the main and satellite campuses of the Ohio State University. Our purpose is working toward a continual improvement of the graduate student experience at The Ohio State University in all its facets: education, research, social, safety, and overall quality of life.

CGS Delegates serve as constant advocates in the process of crafting university policy-making decisions. Our competitive funding programs and graduate-centered programming and advocacy support the personal and professional development and needs of all graduate students.

CGS provides graduate students with the opportunity to participate in the executive level functions of the University by serving as delegates to the Council. We hope that you will apply to fill a vacancy to represent your program if this description fits your passions and academic/career goals! Terms begin immediately in Fall 2022, and continue through Summer 2023 (unless you graduate Spring 2023, or otherwise leave your degree program).

  • Applications will close on Friday Sept. 16. After applications close, emails will be sent with voting links and information on the voting process.
  • Voting will take place from noon on Wednesday Sept 21 through 5 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 28. Graduate students will only be able to vote for delegates running in their home department/degree program.
  • New delegates will be notified immediately and seated no later than Wednesday, October 6.

Reach out to Katie Conner.280 (Vice President) with questions or for further information.

Apply at from Mon. Sept 12 – Fri Sept. 16.

Educational Studies Welcomes New Faculty for 2022!

We are excited to welcome four new faculty members as we start the autumn 2022 semester! Please join us in welcoming our new faculty!

Dr. Jasmine Abukar, Clinical Assistant Professor (HESA) and SPA Program Coordinator

  • What were you doing before your new role with Ed Studies/Where are you coming from?
    • I’m a recent graduate of EHE! I received my PhD from the Department of Teaching and Learning in Spring ’22.
  • What is a hobby of yours or a fun fact about you?
    • Fun fact: I once talked my way into a sold-out Adele concert in Barcelona.
  • What is something you are looking forward to in your new role?
    • I am a graduate of the HESA Program (MA ’14), so I’m looking forward to rejoining the community.

Dr. Venus Evans-Winters, Visiting Professor (Educational Policy and Qualitative Research)


  • What were you doing before your new role with Ed Studies/Where are you coming from?
    • Black Girls Research Initiatives Coordinator at AAPF and Clinical Therapist in Private Practice.
  • What is a hobby of yours or a fun fact about you?
    • I enjoy teaching mindfulness meditation to everyday people.
  • What is something you are looking forward to in your new role?
    • In my new role, I look forward to teaching and learning alongside colleagues and students alike to learn how educational research paradigms and methodologies can be used to serve and heal our nation’s most vulnerable individuals, families, and school communities.

Dr. Carly Gilsen, Associate Professor (Special Education)


  • What were you doing before your new role with Ed Studies/Where are you coming from?
    • Most recently, I was at Texas A&M University for the past five years as an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Psychology. Before that, I was a middle school special education teacher in Atlanta prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in Special Education at Vanderbilt University.
  • What is a hobby of yours or a fun fact about you?
    • I love to run and do yoga! I have completed 7 marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2018 and most recently the Woodlands Marathon in Houston, Texas, in March 2022. The picture is from a 200-mile relay race I did from Chattanooga to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2015. I have also been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and am a certified yoga instructor.
  • What is something you are looking forward to in your new role?
    • I can’t wait to get to know my future colleagues and students at OSU! I’m also excited for my first Buckeye game because I heard the band is pretty decent. 🙂

Dr. Kamontá Heidelburg, Assistant Professor (School Psychology)


  • What were you doing before your new role with Ed Studies/Where are you coming from?
    • Assistant Professor at The University of Buffalo, SUNY.
  • What is a hobby of yours or a fun fact about you?
    • First Black man to graduate from UC’s School Psychology doctoral program.
  • What is something you are looking forward to in your new role?
    • In my new role, I am looking forward to increasing the number of Black men in School Psychology.


Welcome from the Chair

Dear Educational Studies Students,

WELCOME BACK to campus and to Autumn Semester 2022. I want to extend a hearty welcome to our new students who are joining us this year. I hope all of you had a great summer break and you are prepared for a wonderful academic year. As the year begins, I want to share the mission and vision at the forefront of teaching, research, service and administration in our Department:

Across our unique tapestry of academic specializations, we prepare equity-minded leaders, scholars, practitioners and global citizens and produce innovative research to transform schools, colleges and universities, non-profits, community agencies, and policy entities to effectively address the challenges of rapidly changing societies.

We work to equip students to serve all people, particularly those from historically marginalized groups. We strive to promote equity, inclusion, and social justice, to facilitate reciprocal, strategic partnerships, and to disrupt systemic oppression and educational inequities. Collectively, we endeavor to make a positive impact on the growth, vitality and wellness of children, adults, families, communities, and the workforce in Ohio and beyond through the application of our teaching, research and service.

I am excited about what we will accomplish together, guided by our mission and vision.

Over the academic year, we will do our very best to support you as you pursue your educational goals. We encourage you to ask questions, engage with your faculty advisors and instructors, learn about your academic programs, as well as extend your knowledge by learning about the other specializations in the department. If you are not aware, our department is extremely large, with 12 diverse academic specializations. Not only does this diversity make us unique, it also presents an opportunity for you to have a more robust educational experience.

As Department Chair, I look forward to connecting with you during our Student Welcome Back event on August 25 at noon. Additionally, I hope you will attend our Chat with the Chair gatherings and other department and campus events. Oftentimes, students experience campus administrators as distant or inaccessible. I want your experience to be the opposite. Use the Chat with the Chair to get to know me and other leaders and staff within Educational Studies, to get questions answered, and to be in community with your peers. Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and read this newsletter weekly to keep up with what is going on in the department and ways to stay connected.

I wish you the very best as the academic year commences. I speak on behalf of our faculty and staff in welcoming you and sending positive energy throughout the year!!

Dr. Lori Patton Davis
Chair, Department of Educational Studies