Mentoring and Career Development: 2019 Ispa-Landa and Leatherwood

Project: Research project

Project Details


The mentoring and research plan will revolve around structured collaboration focused on an investigation of school discipline in a large, racially and socioeconomically diverse public high school. The project, designed in partnership with a local school district, aims to help educators identify and overcome challenges to creating a more racially equitable and developmentally appropriate disciplinary environment for high school students. Collaboration on the grant will be mutually beneficial. Specifically, it will enhance the PI’s skill in communicating with junior researchers of color around sensitive and challenging topics. It will also support her efforts to deliver mentoring in more structured, intentional, and planned ways. Finally, it will advance her research agenda. The grant will benefit the mentee in four key ways. First, he will receive one-on-one tutoring in the sociological literatures on race and education. Second, he will expand his professional networks to include sociologists of race and education, including senior sociologists of color in the Association of Black Sociologists (ABS). Third, he will develop expertise in in-depth qualitative interviewing. Fourth, through the grant, the mentee will receive an opportunity to collect data for his dissertation. Overall, the opportunities associated with the Mentoring Grant will prepare the mentee for the academic job market and strengthen his candidacy for Assistant Professor positions.
Effective start/end date7/1/196/30/23


  • William T Grant Foundation (190020)


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