Governance & History

Holmes Program Governance

An elected Holmes Council provides a formal structure for maintenance of the AACTE Holmes Program. The following members were elected to the Council for 2018-2019:

  • President: Amber Haley, University of Central Florida
  • Vice President: Azaria Cunningham, Penn State University
  • Secretary: Timara Davis, University of Central Florida
  • Historian: Reena Patel-Viswanath, University of South Carolina
  • Sergeant at Arms: Lydia Carnesale, University of South Carolina
  • Research Coordinator: Valentina Contesse, University of Florida
  • Social Media Coordinator: Carla Roberson, Ohio University
  • General Alternate: Adegoke Adetunji, Purdue
  • General Alternate: Sacha Cartagena, University of Central Florida
  • Holmes Honors Representative: Ke-La Harris, Southwest Missouri State University

Holmes Program History

AACTE assumed ownership of the Holmes Scholars Program upon dissolution of the Holmes Partnership in 2010. The Holmes Scholars Program was originally established in 1991 by the Holmes Group (which later evolved into the Holmes Partnership) with the primary goal of establishing equity, diversity, and cultural competence in programs of higher education and PK-12 schools. The program was designed to enrich the scholarly experience and professional training of talented graduate-level students of color pursuing careers in education. Since its inception, more than 600 students have benefited from the program, and more than 200 are now in tenure-track and leadership positions, including AACTE Board members Wanda Blanchett (Rutgers University), Dianne Mark (Coastal Carolina University), and Monika Shealey (Rowan University) and several other education deans including Lora Bailey (New Mexico Highlands University), Andrew Daire (Virginia Commonwealth University), Jacob Easley (Eastern Connecticut State University), Phyllis Metcalf-Turner (Prairie View A&M University), and Tarrell Awe Agahe Portman (Winona State University). AACTE was a national partner of the Holmes Partnership from its inception. Learn more about the early years of the Holmes Scholars in this article.

Beginning in June 2001, AACTE and the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and later the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, jointly assumed the management and coordination of the Holmes Scholars Program for the Holmes Partnership. Over the years, AACTE staff has worked closely with the Holmes Scholars Council, an elected body of Scholars representing each region of the United States, as well as with the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni (NAHSA) in the preparation of an annual conference and job fair. Scholars’ evaluations of the program have consistently shown that its most valuable aspects are the networking and professional development opportunities offered during the Annual Meeting and the annual Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute.

2020 AACTE Annual Meeting Holmes Pre-Conference and Poster Session

Call for Research Proposals

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AACTE is now accepting proposals for the 2020 AACTE Annual Meeting Holmes Pre-Conference and Poster Session in Atlanta, GA. Master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral students may submit proposals. This is an excellent opportunity to present your research and receive feedback in an open and supportive setting. The Holmes Pre-Conference, February 27-28, will include a roundtable, a job panel, 3-minute thesis, and the dissertation funding competition presentations. The Poster Session presentations will take place during the AACTE Annual Meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 29. Holmes Scholars may submit more than one proposal. Please review the session descriptions and submit your proposal here.

Submission Deadline: October 26, 2019

Session Descriptions

  • Roundtable – 30 minute session – This is a more relaxed session format for those who have a start for their research but still have questions. The format for this session includes a brief overview of your research interest area, a concise description of your proposed study or research line, followed by a discussion. During the discussion you can pose questions, ask for advice, or discuss alternate methods with those in attendance.
  • Job Panel – 20 minute session (Doctoral Candidates or Graduates who have completed dissertation) – This session will be presented in front of a panel. You will have approximately 15 minutes to discuss your dissertation (theoretical framework, method, results, significance) and the last 5 minutes will consist of questions and answers from the audience and panel, as well as feedback from the panel.
  • 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) – 3 minute session – This session is a chance to propose your research or present your pilot study. You have 3 minutes, 1 PowerPoint slide (no animation, no audio), and just your voice (no props, no costumes). This session provides excellent practice for your elevator speech that you will be giving when people ask what is your research interest or agenda.
  • Poster Session – 60 minute session – This session is free flowing. You will create a poster to display during the session and attendees will walk around the session viewing posters. Be prepared to summarize your poster, expand on elements of your poster, and answer questions. It is suggested you bring business cards or a handout for those interested in more information.
  • Dissertation Funding Competition (DFC) – 5 minute session (Doctoral Candidates only) – DFC finalists will present their anticipated dissertation at the “pre-data collection” stage (i.e., not completed). The purpose of the DFC is to support the finalists’ dissertation research proposal related expenses

Proposals Evaluation Criteria

All submissions will be evaluated for acceptance using the following evaluation criteria:

  • Timely submission: Only submissions received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, October 26, 2019 will be considered for acceptance.
    Research described clearly: The description of research is understandable by a universal audience and free of subject specific jargon.
  • Research described concisely: The proposal includes a brief yet informative description of the research that provides the reader with the necessary information.
  • Methods: The description of methods is clear and detailed enough that the reviewer can understand what the applicant did. No jargon.
  • Goals clearly stated: Goals are clearly stated in a way that is easy to follow and provides adequate detail.
  • Innovation of results and/or methods: A brief, but strong description of the novelty or newness of the methods and/or results is provided.
  • Spelling, grammar, punctuation: The proposal is free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.

Remember to submit your proposal by October 26. If you have questions, please contact AACTE Holmes Research Coordinator Valentina Contesse at holmesresearchcommittee@gmail.com.


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