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Invitation: Holmes Dissertation Retreat, July 26-28


AACTE Holmes Scholars and other graduate students are invited to sharpen their research acumen at the annual Holmes Dissertation Retreat and Research Symposium, July 26-28 at Rowan University (NJ). The retreat supports the research, academic, and professional development of doctoral students through 2½ days of workshops, relationship-building activities, and peer-to-peer and student-to-faculty engagement.

A combination of plenary and smaller concurrent sessions will cover topics such as writing an annotated bibliography, quantitative and qualitative research methods, developing measurable questions, mentor/mentee relationships, reading/dissecting research articles, publishing research, academic etiquette, time management, scholar identity, and training for Holmes Program coordinators.

For the Greater Good

The 2018 research symposium also has a theme, “E Pluribus Unum: Democracy and Unity in Diversity,” to encourage participants to conceptualize their individual and collective research in service of the greater good. According to activist Cesar Chavez, “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community …. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” In other words, the growth, purpose, and progress of Scholars is inextricably tied to their communities. Therefore, in order to advance in their own academic and professional careers, Scholars must also address the needs of underrepresented and marginalized groups through frameworks of social justice and culturally responsive practice.

About Our Host

The retreat will be held on the campus of Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Guided by the phrase, “Access, Success, and Equity…Turning Research into Practice,” the Rowan University College of Education is firmly committed to research, innovation, and community engagement. With approximately 3,000 students preparing to be education professionals, Rowan University is poised to transform the P-20 landscape.


Registration is now open online at aacte.org. The fee of $250 per student covers a 3-night stay in apartment-style housing, registration, and lunch. These accommodations include single bedrooms, Wi-Fi, and dining and living areas. Because sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. on July 26, registrants who are not local to the campus should plan to arrive July 25. The event closes at noon July 28.

Please contact me with any questions!

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Janeula Burt

AACTE Consultant