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Joint PhD Program in Education



December 2012 Newsletter


Cueva, Gomez, Matas and Stein Accepted for 2013 AERA Conference

Jaime Cueva and Guillermo Gomez (students in the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education) and Amanda Matas and Rachel Stein (2012 graduates of the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education) have had a session submission selected for the 2013 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting.   The session is entitled ‘An Action Plan to Improve the Academic Success of Latino/a Youth in Impoverished Urban Border Communities’.

The goal of this session is to bring together research from multiple Southern California urban border community educators serving low socio-economic Latino/a populations.  An action plan will be discussed on how to improve the educational opportunities of these students in order for them to succeed within the K-12 educational system and beyond.  Researchers will highlight themes such as ethnic identification, immigration, school policies, formal and informal support systems, and classroom practices in terms of their impact on Latino/a youth.  This includes dialogue of how to help these students succeed academically, have higher self-esteem, attend college, and enter high-level professions that will enable them break the cycle of poverty that impacts the U.S. Latino/a population.

More information regarding the 2013 AERA Annual Meeting can be found at:

Congratulations Jaime, Guillermo, Amanda, and Rachel!



Temporary Office Personnel Changes

Two student assistants, Maria and Jocelyn, will be filling in for Amber during her absence from the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program office. They will be communicating program information through the '' email address. You can also reach them through that address.

Additionally, if you are planning to graduate in the spring or summer of 2013, and have not received an email about the process, please contact Maria or Jocelyn at

SDSU Spring 2013 Courses

A list of the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education courses offered at SDSU during the Spring 2013 semester is available by clicking here.

AERA Dissertation Grants

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program announces its Dissertation Grants competition. The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets. The program supports research projects that are quantitative in nature, include the analysis of existing data from NCES, NSF or other federal agencies, and have U.S. education policy relevance.


AERA invites education-related dissertation proposals using NCES, NSF, and other federal data bases. Dissertation Grants are available for advanced doctoral students and are intended to support the student while writing the doctoral dissertation. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.


Applicants for Dissertation Grants may be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens and must be working at a U.S. institution. Applicants should be advanced doctoral students at the dissertation writing stage. Underrepresented minority researchers are strongly encouraged to apply.


Awards for Dissertation Grants are up to $20,000 for 1-year projects. Grants are not renewable. In accordance with AERA's agreement with the funding agency, institutions may not charge indirect costs on these awards. Approximately 15 Dissertation Grants will be awarded per year.

In addition to the dissertation grant award, grantees will be invited to participate in a 2-day conference in Washington, DC. The conference will provide unique professional development experiences for grantees, including highly qualified speakers on topics of education policy and career development, presentations of dissertation research by former grantees, and interaction with the Governing Board and federal agency staff. This conference is specifically for AERA grantees, and travel expenses will be paid by AERA.

Another professional development meeting for dissertation grantees will be held for one day in conjunction with the AERA Annual Meeting. Grantees must include travel funds in their grant budget to attend the AERA Annual Meeting held in the spring.

Application Deadlines

Proposals for Dissertation Grants will be reviewed three times a year, with funding decisions made within one month of the review date.

The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

For more information, visit:

The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

The California State University (CSU) announces its Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) for the 2012/2013 academic year.

Established in 1987, the CSU CDIP is the largest program of its kind in the United States. As of June 2011 the program has loaned $40 million to 1,872 doctoral students enrolled in universities throughout the nation, and 1,054 of these participants have successfully earned doctoral degrees. Among participants who have earned their doctoral degrees, 600 (57 percent) have subsequently obtained employment in CSU instructional faculty positions.

The California State University is the largest higher education system in the United States. It's comprised of 23 campuses with an enrollment of almost 433,000 students, and approximately 44,000 faculty and staff. The CSU offers over 1,800 bachelor's and master's degree programs, a select number of joint doctoral programs, and a doctoral program in education.

This program provides student loans to a limited number of individuals pursuing full-time doctoral degrees at accredited universities throughout the United States. After participants receive their doctoral degrees and obtain a qualifying instructional position in the CSU, a portion of their loan from this program will be forgiven every year.

Through the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP), the California State University (CSU) provides financial assistance in the form of a student loan to a limited number of individuals pursuing doctoral degrees. The program seeks to provide loans to doctoral students who are interested in applying and competing for CSU instructional faculty positions after completion of the doctoral degree.

Program Details

Loans are available in amounts of up to $10,000 per year up to a total of $30,000. Loans obtained through this program are repayable over a 15-year period, commencing one year after completion of or withdrawal from full time doctoral study.

If a participant applies, competes for, and is hired in a CSU instructional faculty position after completion of the doctoral degree, 20 percent of the loan will be forgiven for each year of full-time postdoctoral teaching employment in the CSU. Part-time teaching in the CSU may also be considered for partial loan forgiveness, if the participant teaches at least half-time and has successfully completed the doctorate degree.

The CDIP Application is available to be downloaded at:

The deadline for the SDSU application is February 22, 2013.

Additional information can be found by visiting:

AIR Dissertation Grants

The Association of Institutional Research's (AIR) Grant Program provides dissertation grants to students to conduct research as part of a doctoral dissertation requirement under the guidance of a faculty dissertation advisor. At the time of application, the dissertation should be in the early stage of development. The major portion of the research should be completed between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014.

To qualify for funding, proposal submissions must either use data from one or more of the national datasets of NCES and NSF or address the 2013 NPEC Focus Topic: "The Impact of Data on the College Search and Selection Process."

Doctoral students enrolled at U.S. postsecondary institutions may submit proposals. A signed letter of support from the student's faculty dissertation advisor is required. Applicants may be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens. Applicants should be advanced doctoral students at the dissertation writing stage.

The deadline for grant proposals is January 10, 2013

More information can be found at:

Higher Education in Review Call for Papers

Higher Education in Review (HER) is an independent, refereed journal published by graduate students of the Higher Education Program at The Pennsylvania State University. Their mission is to make a substantive contribution to the higher education literature through the publication of high-quality research studies, scholarly papers, and literature reviews in areas related to the university, the four-year college, the community college, and other institutions of higher learning. In so doing, they provide graduate students first-hand experience with the publishing process.

HER's print journal is distributed to leading higher education graduate programs nationwide and is electronically available, free of charge, on their web site. They also publish additional original content online at First authors must be currently-enrolled graduate students or have written their manuscript during graduate school. Graduate students from a variety of disciplines and fields (e.g., education, sociology, economics, law, and psychology) are encouraged to submit their work for consideration.

To ensure consideration for the upcoming volume, submissions should be received by January 15, 2013.

More information can be found at:

Modern Modeling Methods Conference 2013

Call for papers

The Modern Modeling Methods (M3) conference is an interdisciplinary conference designed to showcase the latest statistical modeling methods and to present research related to these methodologies. The third annual M3 conference will be held May 21 through 22, 2013 at the University of Connecticut. Keynote speakers for the 2013 conference include Bengt Muthen, Judea Pearl, and Linda Collins.

M3 is currently soliciting both methodological research papers and papers that illustrate methodological techniques in the area of modeling, broadly defined. Papers related to multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, mixture modeling, longitudinal modeling, and item response theory are especially encouraged. Given the interdisciplinary focus of the conference, it is completely acceptable to present papers that have been published or presented elsewhere.

Proposals for the 2013 conference are due January 31st, 2013.

For more information about the modern modeling conference, please visit:

Big Issues in Testing Conference: Improving Admissions and Learning in Higher Education

March 28-29th, 2013, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Buros Center for Testing is sponsoring a conference on testing issues in higher education. The conference will highlight research and insights regarding the current and future state of admissions and learning assessment at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Issues to be discussed include the extent to which testing and assessment produces desired results or effects, influence of the context in which assessment occurs, implications for special and minority populations, and lessons higher education can learn from K-12 assessment for accountability.

For more information visit:

Oxford Education Research Symposium

You are invited to participate in the Oxford Education Research Symposium which will be held March 17 through 19 March, 2013 at St Edmund Hall in Oxford University.

You are also invited to present a paper on an aspect of education research, or you may wish to attend as an observer or panel member.

Major fields included are: Administration and Leadership, Secondary Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation, Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy, Economics of Education, School Governance, Financing Education Systems, Special Education, and Pedagogy. The listing is not intended to be exhaustive and participants are encouraged to present nuanced research subjects within the scope of these topics.

For more information, visit:

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