Evely Gildersleeve, a UT Arlington associate
professor of education and expert in immigration and educational opportunity, has
been named a 2012-13 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow.
honor comes with a $55,000 award to further Gildersleeve’s research,
specifically for his project, “Discourse and Opportunity: Undocumented Students
and Higher Education Policy.”
was one of 20 fellows selected from a field of 170 applicants.
study will help policy-makers and the broader public understand the
consequences to current and proposed policies in more complex ways,” said
Gildersleeve, who is also director of the Center for K-16 Education Policy and
Research in the College of Education and Health Professions. “I am interested
in taking policies apart and exposing their unrecognized, masked or hidden
assumptions, which often result in unintended consequences not only for the
policy itself, but for how we understand the problems that policies seek to
Gerlach, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions, said
Gildersleeve’s selection by the National
Academy of Education is evidence of the top-tier research underway within
is our goal to analyze and publicize best practices and policies within the
national education community,” she said. “Dr. Gildersleeve’s research is
focused on one of the most significant issues of our time – do we as a nation
provide educational opportunity for undocumented students and to what end.”
Borko, chair of the Postdoctoral Selection Committee at the Academy, said “The
fellowships enhance the future of education research by developing new talent
in the many disciplines and fields represented by the scholars we’ve selected."
fellowships are the oldest source of support for education research, nationally
or internationally, for recent recipients of the doctorate.
year, Gildersleeve earned the John B. Muir Editor Award from the National
Association for College Admission Counseling, for his research into the college
access and immigration issue.
opportunity is a fundamental concern of contemporary society,” Gildersleeve said.
“It has implications for who gets to participate in democracy, how, and under
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