Doctor of Education Program Presents at the American Educational Research Association Convention

A group from Webster's Doctor of Education program at AERA(From left to right: Lee-Johnson, Tamara Rodney, Kerri Fair, Nahid Nader-Hashemi, Katherine O’Connor, Juana M. Reyes)


Three students, one professor, and two research collaborators from Webster’s Doctor of Education Program were selected to present at this year’s American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Convention.  The convention, which took place in Chicago from April 13-16, is a top-tier peer-reviewed conference that sets the industry standards for educational research. 
All submissions to be featured at the conference underwent rigorous peer review. According to the acceptance email, 11,000+ proposals were submitted to this year’s annual convention, and only highly qualified proposals were accepted. Webster University’s Doctor of Education program had five accepted proposals.  
Doctoral candidates Kerri Fair and Tamara Rodney presented their papers at the Research in Progress sessions. Fair’s topic centered around well-being and resilience in schools, while Rodney’s paper focused on the complexities of race in higher education.  
Yin Lam Lee-Johnson, associate professor and director of the Ed.D program, presented a co-written paper on the topic of racial microaggressions with Katherine O’Connor, who is a recent graduate of the Ed.D. program.  
“It was an honor to be able to attend and present at AERA this year. Being amongst fellow scholars and educational professionals while discussing transformative works, theories, and concepts further solidifies my passion for higher education research,” said O’Connor.   
Lee-Johnson further presented with research collaborators Juana M. Reyes and Nahid Nader-Hashemi, in addition to presenting individually. She was also a conference program co-chair of the Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans (REAPA) special interest group.

“It was rewarding to see our doctoral students present to a professional audience and have a chance to network with respected scholars at AERA," said Lee-Johnson. "I observed how much they enjoyed the experience. The conference offered opportunities for our doctoral students to transition into the professional identity of a scholar. Many search committees were present at AERA and thus gave them a chance to make themselves known."
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