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 ( 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 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 – .

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

Submit Your AU21 Graduation Application

Apply by Friday September 10th 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 by Wednesday, September 1, 2021 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 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

  • September 1, 2021 >> Submit program sheets and degree audits for graduation clearance. Priority given to students who submit by September 1.
  • September 10, 2021 >> ONLINE Applications to Graduate. Final date set by Graduate School.
  • November 24, 2021 >> 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.
  • December 3, 2021 >> 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.
  • December 19, 2021 >> Autumn 2021 Commencement

January 7, 2022 >> End of Semester deadline

Educational Studies Student Services Office Hours

As we prepare for the Autumn semester, we are excited to announce that our physical Student Services office in Ramseyer Hall is now open! Please see some notes about our office hours below:

When is the office open?
Our physical office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. We are located in Ramseyer 122. We are also available through phone or email Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Will all staff members be in the office during these hours?
Many of our staff will be working a hybrid schedule as we begin the semester. If you are looking to meet with a specific staff member in person, please email

What COVID safety protocols will the office be following?
Our office will adhere to all university safety protocols. As was recently announced by President Johnson, masks are currently required indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. We also ask that visitors respect physical distancing to protect everyone’s safety. Visit to stay updated on the most current information regarding the university’s COVID safety protocols.

Will staff still be available to meet virtually?
Yes. If you are uncomfortable coming to the office in person or are not able to physically be here during our office hours, we are still happy to meet with you virtually! Reach out to to set up a virtual meeting appointment. You can also reach us by phone at 614-688-4007.

We hope you all have had a terrific summer and we are excited to welcome you back to campus in just a few short weeks!

Unapologetic Educational Research: Addressing Anti-Blackness, Racism and White Supremacy

QualLab & Educational Studies Research Series

The purpose of the series is to engage our alums and general audiences in thinking about and reflecting on what it means to conduct educational research from a standpoint that honors Black lives in the research process, while also disrupting racism and white supremacy. Given the unprecedented moment we are all experiencing in our lifetime we are committed to shifting the landscape of qualitative research and using this research to shift our sociopolitical context toward racial equity and justice. Each OSU Alum will engage in a discussion with hosts Dr. Lori Patton Davis, Professor and Department Chair of Educational Studies and Dr. Penny A. Pasque, Professor and Director of QualLab.