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Equity-Minded Deans Discuss Leading During the Twin Crisis at #AACTE21

AACTE presented a Deeper Dive session on February 24, 2021 at its 73rd Annual Meeting, “Leading in the Time of Crisis: Responding to COVID-19 and Social Justice Movements.” This panel discussion, moderated by AACTE’s Vice President of Research, Policy, & Advocacy Jacqueline Rodriguez, explored the leadership responses of three education deans to the national and racial pandemic. Although the issues raised were not easy to navigate, each dean highlighted specific strategies and intentional efforts made at their respective institution, which demonstrated the keen ability to lead with justice, compassion, and action. In listening to their responses, I noted that each response matched one of John C. Maxwell’s quote for leadership success, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.”

Jacqueline Rodriguez described the deans as equity-minded leaders who start off with empathy and maintain their efforts through action.

Holmes Preconference Call for Proposals: Deadline is October 31

3D illustration of rubber stamp over white background with the text call for proposalsThe time has come where the realization sets in that there are only 2 months left until the end of the year. I’m not sure about you but I am so ready for a new year, especially for AACTE’s 73rd Annual Meeting in February 2021. I could not think of a better time to encourage current scholars, those who are new and those who are advanced, to submit a proposal for Holmes Preconference.

If you are a new scholar, you may experience trepidation or anxiety on presenting or may not know what to do. Poster presentations and roundtable sessions are two great options because they are informal and laid-back.

For the seasoned scholars who have completed most of your coursework, are doctoral candidates, or are preparing to transition into the academy, the job panel, 3-minute thesis talk or dissertation funding competition are excellent platforms to showcase your research and let your light shine as a scholar.

Wherever you are in your educational journey, now is the time to present on your research interests, your dissertation or thesis work, or something that is interesting to you. All proposals are welcome! Please check the AACTE Holmes Scholars website for specific descriptions on the different sessions and review the tip sheet created by the Holmes Research Committee to assist you in preparing your proposal submissions.

Please email me at if you have any questions. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31.


The Story of Big Data, With All the Small Details

, Holmes Scholars at Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

BIG Data may not be “a piece of cake” but during a presentation by Charles Dukes, students and faculty noted that it can be a slice of pie. On April 11, 2019, Holmes Scholars at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) hosted a seminar, “The story of big data, with all the small details,” featuring Dukes, associate professor in the Department of Exceptional Student Education at UFA. Some 25 doctoral students and faculty, along with a Holmes Scholar from the University of Central Florida, attended the seminar with FAU’s Holmes Coordinator Rangasamy Ramasamy and Holmes Scholars Denise Dowdie, Danna Demezier, Shanett Dean, and Deborah McEwan (pictured above with Dukes). During the seminar, Dukes defined “big data” and explored how such data may be used for social science research. He also shared “big data” links that anyone can access, reviewed primary considerations for its usage, and provided an overview of a current research study with big data.