50% GRA Position Open in Ed Studies for Spring

Percent Appointment: 50%
Position Type: GRA
Appointment Start Date: 01/01/2022

Position Description and Primary Duties

This position will provide 20 hours of support for Dr. Kaprea Johnson and other researchers involved in ongoing research and grant projects focused on youth and adult physical and mental health equity. Primary duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Participant recruitment,
  • Gathering research data,
  • Developing IRB’s,
  • Analyzing findings,
  • Preparing reports and paperwork,
  • Maintaining databases,
  • Supporting administrative needs,
  • Other duties as assigned.

The Targeted Hiring Range for this position is $2,364.45/month (August and May checks every year are prorated due to working partial months).

Position Qualifications

This position is suitable for persons interested in an academic appointment upon graduation, due to its heavy emphasis on research and grants.

  • Required Qualifications
    • Strong writing and research skills;
    • Knowledgeable and experienced in data gathering and analysis using both qualitative and quantitative data analysis platforms.
  • Preferred Qualifications
    • While being a subject matter expert is not a pre-requisite, it is important to have an interest in health equity, social determinants of health, and healthcare technology;
    • Ability to learn quickly, work independently, and think analytically;
    • Attention to detail;
    • Strong time management, problem-solving, and written and communication skills.
    • PhD student in the Department of Educational Studies

Application Submission

  • Interested applicants should send the following in 1 PDF to Dr. Kaprea Johnson (9545@osu.edu):
    • CV,
    • One page document with 3- 5 bullet points highlighting your related experience and 3-5 bullet points that you identify as potential growing edges if you were selected for the position, and
    • Academic writing sample.
  • Submissions will be accepted starting October 21, 2021 for the position and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled.

GA Benefits Information

In addition to the above-stated compensation, the successful candidate will also receive the following benefits:

  • Tuition coverage of instructional, general, and technology fees during eligible semesters;
  • Position renewal eligibility. Position will start in Spring 2022 and is renewable for up to two academic years (ending Spring 2024). Renewal of funding beyond the initial semester will be based on a combination of performance, availability of funds, need for services, student eligibility, and progress towards degree;
  • Collaboration will garner grant, publication, presentation, and interprofessional collaboration experience;
  • Johnson pledges to mentor and support the professional needs of the GRA;
  • Subsidized student health insurance for 50% appt. & eligibility to participate in state retirement plan;
  • More information and details about the benefits available to Graduate Associates are available on the EHE GA website.

Educational Studies Student Services Office Operations

Student Services and Graduate Studies is currently going through several staffing changes which may have an impact on our response times to student inquiries. We appreciate your patience as we enter one of our busiest times of year while in a staffing transition. Our primary focus continues to be providing excellent service to the approximately 500 graduate students in our department. With that, please review the information below for how we can best serve you.

  • Our hours of operation remain unchanged. We still have our physical office open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. During those hours, you can still call us at (614) 688-4007. Please feel free to leave a voicemail if we are unable to answer and we will return your call as soon as we can.
  • You can still reach us via email at edstudies@osu.eduPlease allow two business days for a response to emails. Multiple emails about the same issue within that time frame may lengthen the amount of time it takes for us to respond to emails.
  • We have different email addresses that are best for certain issues. See below for the best contact information for specific issues:

We will continue to communicate with all of our students important information and encourage you to do the following to stay up to date on what you need to know:

Vaccine Requirement and Student Registration Holds

Friday, October 15 is the deadline for students to submit proof of their vaccination status or have an approved exemption from Ohio State’s vaccination requirement on file.  Students who have not complied with the university’s requirement will only be allowed to register for classes that are in the Distance Learning (DL) mode – 100% online.

Students who are in fully online programs, denoted with an ONL subplan, can be directed to register themselves through Buckeye Link. They should be aware that the University Registrar will drop them from any successful registrations into in person (P), hybrid (HY), or distance enhanced (DE) classes, unless they comply with the vaccination requirement. We cannot guarantee that those seats will be available to them at a later date.

After the October 15 deadline, a hold will be placed on all other student accounts that will prevent them from registering.  The Graduate School registration staff will, upon request and on a first-come, first-served basis, temporarily remove holds so that students may enroll themselves in DL classes within their program. Additionally, our Registration Services staff may assist in registering students in DL classes in which they are unable to register themselves, but have received all requisite permissions. If students contact you for assistance with registering, please remind them that only online classes are available to them and refer them to the Graduate School’s Registration Services area at grad-schoolregistrationservices@osu.edu.

Project LEADERS: Fully funded PhD in Special Education with specializations in severe disabilities and advanced research methods

Preparing Future Scholars in Severe DisabiLitiEs and ADvancEd ReSearch Methods

The Department of Educational Studies Special Education program was recently awarded a grant through the U S Department of Education Office of Special Education Programming that will fund a cohort of five PhD students to study severe disabilities and advanced research methods.

Apply by December 1, 2021 at https://go.osu.edu/spephdapplynow

Learn more about the program at https://go.osu.edu/spedphd

Benefits include:

  • Tuition, books, and fees
  • Monthly living stipend
  • Computer
  • Conference travel and training opportunities
  • Mentorship from leading experts in severe disabilities and advanced research methods
  • Total value of $194,000


When does the program begin and end?
Students will begin the program in Summer 2022 and graduate in Summer 2026. Prospective students must apply by December 1, 2021.

Is this a full-time or a part-time program?
The program is full-time only. A monthly living stipend is included.

Is this an online program?
Although some courses will be delivered in an online format, most coursework and training activities will be delivered in person.

What qualifications are required for acceptance?
Successful candidates will have a master’s degree and practical experience working with students with severe disabilities in schools.

Is the GRE required?
No, the GRE is not required for admission.

Do students need a background in research methods or statistics?
No background in research methods or statistics is required. Training will be provided.

Who are students with severe disabilities?
This program focuses on studying special education for students with intellectual disability, on the autism spectrum, or with multiple disabilities who have intensive support needs.

Who will advise students in LEADERS?
Students will be advised by leading experts in severe disabilities (Dr. Matt Brock), advanced quantitative methods (Dr. Ann O’Connell), and complex communication challenges (Dr. Laura Justice).

How do applicants express interest in LEADERS funding?
Every applicant who describes an interest in severe disabilities in their personal statement will be considered for LEADERS funding.

How many students will be accepted into LEADERS?

Five students will be accepted into LEADERS through a competitive admission process.

What research opportunities will be available?
Students will receive mentorship on federally funded research projects such as FLIP Recess and PEERS, as well as opportunities to partner on other research projects at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy. In addition, students will receive access to restricted datasets from the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition to coursework and mentorship, what additional training opportunities will be available?
LEADERS funding will pay for students to receive training to administer the Autism Program Environmental Rating Scale (APERS), attend the Council for Exceptional Children Leadership Summit, attend multiple national conferences in special education, and receive training and consultation from experts from other Universities.

What kind of training will be provided in advanced research methods?
Students will complete the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Quantitative Research Methods.

Will this funding be offered for students who apply after 2021?
No, this funding is only available for students who apply by December 1, 2021 for admission in Summer 2022.

Where do students work after they graduate?
Recent graduates in the severe disabilities program are currently working as special education faculty at major Universities across the United States including the University of Oklahoma, Duquesne University, and Cleveland State University.

What is it like to live in Columbus, Ohio?
Columbus is the 15th largest city in the United States, and offers outstanding opportunities to enjoy art, music, live sports, dining, parks, and nightlife. In addition, Columbus has very affordable housing compared to other metro areas. Read more about living in Columbus here.

Additional questions?
Please contact Dr. Matt Brock

The Department of Teaching and Learning has an opening for a 25% Graduate Research Associate (GRA)

Dr. Stephanie Power-Carter in the Department of Teaching and Learning has an opening for a 25% Graduate Research Associate (GRA) for the remainder of the Autumn 2021 semester and Spring 2022 semester. The GRA position will provide 10 hours of service per week to support her role as a department section head. This position will assist her with Section head duties and facilitating the mission and vision of the Department Teaching and Learning., GRA will assist with administrative tasks and the day-to-day facilitation of Section 1 under the supervision of Dr. Power-Carter. The GRA will be responsible for general administrative activities such as assisting in creating communication documents, preparing handouts, data gathering and entry, filing and organizing information, assisting with presentations, section meetings, and section retreats as well as other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Enrollment in a graduate program at The Ohio State University.
  • Must have a 50% GA position currently, so this would be an additional 25% position.
  • Ability to work hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Fridays
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as practice tact, confidentiality, diplomacy, and courteousness in a manner that reflects positively on Section 1 section head and the Department of Teaching and Learning.
  • Good follow-through skills, dependable, and detail oriented.
  • Motivated and able to work independently or collaboratively.
  • Effective leadership skills and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Proficient in using Microsoft office suite, as well as comfortable working with database/spreadsheets, word processing, and desktop publishing software.
  • Technologically savvy and have some experience with technology and/or comfort and willingness to learn (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Qualtrics as well as social media platforms such as twitter and face book etc.).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, critical thinker that is dependable and goal oriented

Targeted Hiring Range: $1,182.23/month (pre-tax, stipend will be prorated for partial months.)

Appointment Dates: October 1, 2021 – May 10, 2022

Interested applicants should send a resume/CV to Dr. Power-Carter (power-carter.2@osu.edu). Review of applications will occur on a rolling basis and will be accepted until a candidate is identified.

Talk About Race book discussion group

The College has a commitment to antiracism for students, staff, and faculty.  As a part of this commitment, we are delighted to announce that we are forming book discussion groups for students in EHE this fall.  The book we will read and discuss is Dr. Bettina Love’s We want to do more than survive: Abolitionist teaching and the pursuit of educational freedom.  The book is being provided free to the first 40 students who sign up for the discussion groups.  These group meetings will be held for four weeks on the same day and time, and we have a variety of times and days, both on zoom and in person, for you to choose from.  Sign ups will close on Sept 23.

Sign up to participate in the Talk About Race book discussion group.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Colette Dollarhide.

Lori Patton Davis to deliver iconic 2021 Brown Lecture in Education Research

Nationally recognized scholar in racial justice, equity, inclusion to give American Educational Research Association talk Oct 21


Lori Patton Davis, professor of higher education and student affairs and a nationally recognized scholar, educator and thought leader on racial justice, equity and inclusion in education, has been selected to deliver the iconic Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research during the 2021 conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Her lecture title, “Still Climbing the Hill: Intersectional Reflections on Brown and Beyond,” is inspired by the poem by Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate who read “The Hill We Climb” at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration.

The 18th  Annual Brown Lecture by Lori Patton Davis will be held virtually on Thursday, October 21, 6-7:30 p.m. ET.


Patton Davis, one of the most influential educators in the country and the first Black woman elected president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, will challenge the dominant narrative about the 1954 Brown v. the Board of Education decision and introduce perspectives typically overlooked or erased in larger Brown discussions.

Her insights will inform the work of scholars, students and practitioners who want to challenge the traditional thought processes around Brown, its impact and how it is applied today, not just in K-12 schools, but in higher education as well.

Drawing on her professional philosophy that is rooted in equity-mindedness, collaboration and innovation, Patton Davis’ talk will bring context that benefits educators, policymakers and researchers in three ways:

  • Using Brown as a catalyst to take a deeper dive into historical context, Patton Davis will challenge dominant narratives about the decision. Her perspective positions us to better understand why Brown, while significant, isn’t an educational cure-all, so we can garner more knowledge, learn from mistakes and acknowledge Brown’s unfulfilled promises.
  • By making connections between past and present, Patton Davis will explain how understanding Brown can help us better frame today’s divided opinions about issues in education. She will use differences in opinion about how to respond to COVID-19 in educational settings to illustrate this concept.
  • Listeners will gain perspective to better understand the pushback against critical race theory, a slippery part of the hill that keeps us from reaching the top. Patton Davis will make connections to help us activate our talent, skill and knowledge to move us further up the hill.

Patton Davis also will make recommendations about how a critical race lens might guide us toward a more progressive realization of the promises of Brown. In particular, she will suggest how educational researchers, the majority of whom are situated in postsecondary settings, can engage in activism, modeled after the communities still fighting for racial and educational equity since Brown.

Patton Davis is a trailblazer in academia

As a two-time recipient of the Mildred E. Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, as well as the first Black woman to chair the college’s Department of Educational Studies, Patton Davis maintains a critical research agenda that has deeply influenced the landscape of and knowledge base within higher education research.

Much of her scholarship centers around the lives and experiences of minoritized groups as they interact with visible and invisible policies, practices and processes.

Currently, Patton Davis, a native of East St. Louis, Illinois, is studying the experiences of Black children’s educational pathways under the Missouri Transfer Law. Funded in part by the Spencer Foundation, she explores how a seemingly innocuous education policy led to the near dismantling of a high school populated by racially, socially and economically disadvantaged students.

Patton Davis’ additional areas of research expertise

Black women and girls. Patton Davis’ scholarship and praxis is explicitly intersectional. Her research, with its focus on the experiences of Black women and girls in P-20+ educational and social contexts, particularly their collegiate trajectories, as well as their gendered-raced-sexual identities and experiences, is a galvanizing force and model for a generation of emerging and early career scholars committed to disrupting the scholarly neglect to which Black women and girls have been subjected.

Her collaborations in this work with three Black women scholars, also from East St. Louis, offer an alternative perspective to Jonathan Kozol’s Savage Inequalities. Their research appears in Teachers College Record, Urban Education and in the forthcoming book from SUNY Press titled Re-authoring Savage Inequalities: Counter-Narratives of Community Cultural Wealth in Urban Education.

She is also:

Campus culture centers. Patton Davis is particularly recognized as the foremost researcher and scholar in the area of campus culture centers, having written the first dissertation that underscored the significant contributions of Black culture centers and their emergence during the Black Student Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

In addition to peer-reviewed publications, she edited Campus Culture Centers in Higher Education: Perspectives on Identity, Theory, and Practice, the first and only volume to highlight various types of racial/ethnic culture centers in higher education, their continued relevance and implications for their existence in relation to student retention and success.

Critical Race Theory. An accomplished and influential scholar, Patton Davis has an established reputation as a leading expert on Critical Race Theory (CRT) applied to postsecondary contexts. Her Urban Education article titled “Disrupting Postsecondary Prose: Toward a Critical Race Theory of Higher Education” cogently theorized CRT in higher education.

She also addresses CRT as co-author of the most widely adopted text in higher education and student affairs graduate programs across the country, Student Development in College, published by Wiley.

Editorial editorships, service, awards and honors

 Patton Davis’ robust body of work has been published in multiple respected journals. She has served on nine editorial boards for journals in the field of education and is former associate editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

She was twice appointed as AERA Division J Equity and inclusion Officer and was a 2021 AERA Conference Program Chair. The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) members elected her as the inaugural Director of Equity and Inclusion on the association’s national governing board.

She has received many national awards for her scholarly contributions, including ACPA recognizing her with its Senior Scholar, Diamond Honoree and Contribution to Knowledge awards.

The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators recognized her with the George D. Kuh Outstanding Contribution to Research Award and the Robert H. Shaffer Award for Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member.

Patton Davis’ research has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, Lumina Foundation, American Psychological Foundation and an array of other entities.

Patton Davis was recently recognized in the 2021 Edu-Scholar Rankings as among the top 200 most influential educators in the United States.

She is a frequently sought expert on a wide range of education topics. Dozens of media outlets have quoted her and featured her research, including:

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Inside Higher Ed
  • Huffington Post
  • National Public Radio
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
  • USA Today

She has also advised university presidents and other senior administrators, philanthropic foundation executives, culture center directors and educators in urban K-12 schools.

Updates from the Graduate School on processes related to document format reviews for dissertation/thesis students, and the platform for final exams

As some of you are aware, the Graduate School has been offering dissertation and thesis format reviews remotely during the pandemic.  This process has worked really well, so much so that the option for a remote format review will now be standard.  Students will need to submit a complete draft of their document to grad-schoolformatreview@osu.edu and Graduation Services staff will follow-up with the student concerning feedback about the formatting.  PhD students of course will need to have the draft document submitted at least two weeks before their final defense.  Master’s thesis students are not required to submit their draft thesis for a format review, but we highly encouraged them to do so to avoid problems when doing the final submission for graduation.   Around the thesis defense is a good time for master’s students to have the review.  In addition to the remote option, students can also still bring a complete paper draft of their dissertation/thesis document to the Graduate School in 247 University Hall for an in-person review.  In-person reviews can be done on a walk-in basis from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

The new remote format review address with your PhD and master’s thesis students – grad-schoolformatreview@osu.edu .

Another policy that is extending beyond the pandemic and is now considered standard is the platform option for final exams.  Exams can be conducted on-campus, remotely, or a hybrid.  Remote and hybrid exams should follow the guidelines for videoconferencing as outlined in Appendix B of the Graduate School Handbook.  The main point to remember is that all exam participants must be able to see and hear each other during the entire exam, so platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams are a good way to go.  PhD students will designate the platform for their exams on the respective Application for Candidacy and Application for Final Exam on Gradforms.  Petitions are not required for videoconferencing.

Congrats to the QualLab Graduate Student Board (GSB), who now have a journal publication in a qualitative research journal!

The QualLab Graduate Student Board is a student-led organization of a diverse group across disciplines, race, gender, nationality and additional identities.  The GSB worked together as a research team as they collected, analyzed, and published their work on “Radical interrelated qualitative space in the midst of multiple pandemics” in press with Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies. Congratulations to Lisa Combs (ES), Maretha Dellarosa (TL), MJ Kim (TL), Alexander Pittman (TL), Chelsea Gilbert (ES), Spencer Smith (ES), Tessa Smith (ES), Shay Valley (ES) and Dr. Penny Pasque (ORIC & ES)! For more on the QualLab GSB see https://u.osu.edu/quallab/get-involved/graduate-student-engagement/