Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Educational Studies is to reform and improve education, particularly urban education, by conducting outstanding research, providing engaged and challenging teaching, and being actively involved in schools and other educational institutions in the community.


March, 2016

Congratulations are in order for Mei-Lin Chang who was awarded Tenure at Kennesaw State University.  She will be promoted to Associate Professor at the end of the current academic year, her third year at KSU, and the shortest time allowable for promotion to this rank.

DES Prosem: Dr. Dania Francis, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst presented “Why Don’t More Black Students Take AP Math Courses? Racialized Tracking, Social Isolation and the ‘Acting White’ Hypothesis as one the James Weldon Johnson Institute invited lecture series on Race and Difference. On Monday, March 14, 2016 in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library with follow-up conversations with DES faculty and graduate students in the Wilson Commons Room.

Patricia Vela successfully defended her Empirical Study, Heuristics Employed by Problem Solvers Engaged in a Robotics-based Task on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.  Further congratulations are in order for Pati as she has been named one of the 64 semi-finalists for the NAED/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship from a field of over 356 qualified candidates from more than 100 graduate institutions.

April, 2016

DES Faculty and alums are invited to get together for lunch on Saturday, April 9th from 11:30-2:00 during the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. The event will he held at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

There will be a special symposium at AERA honoring the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Vanessa Siddle Walker’s acclaimed book, “Their Highest Potential.”  Maisha Winn and Sheryl Croft wills serve as two of the four panelists. Details will be posted once they are available.

Adrianne Pinkney, holds the position as Division B Senior Representative for the Graduate Student Council (GSC) of the American Educational Research Association in 2015-2016. The GSC Business Meeting and other GSC sponsored events will be held during the AERA Annual Meeting in Washington DC, April 8th-April 12th.