Researchers at Auburn University College of Education are making progress in their research collaboration with education colleagues at the University of Alabama. Over the next two years, the collaboration will focus on critical studies in education, centered on understanding the cultural, institutional and structural dynamics that create and perpetuate injustice, inequity and oppression in education and schooling.
“This collaboration began last year when my colleague from Alabama, Dr. Stephanie Shelton, whom I had met previously through our work with the American Educational Research Association, received a grant from the SEC Faculty Travel Program,” Strunk said. “I, too, received one of the travel grants, and we each visited the other’s campus for research presentations and to develop a stronger level of collaboration between the two institutions around scholarship. critical. We were both eager to expand the collaboration and received matching funding from our respective Deans, Dr. Betty Lou Whitford in Auburn and Dr. Peter Hlebowitsh in Alabama.
Strunk is on the Critical Studies Task Force here in Auburn, and Shelton has similar research interests in Alabama.
Although there were more research proposals than could be funded, seven strong projects emerged. Each project will involve researchers from both universities, and the collaboration will ultimately include a summer writing retreat in Auburn, leading to a presentation of research findings at the Graduate Studies Research Symposium in Psychology, Research Methodology and council in Tuscaloosa in April 2020.
Auburn faculty members whose proposals have been funded include Dr. Kamden Strunk, Dr. Antonio Duran, Dr. Laura Parson, Dr. Leonard Taylor, Dr. Andrew Pendola, Dr. David Marshall, Dr. Crystal Garcia and Dr. Jill Meyer. Meyer is in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling, while other faculty members come from the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology. Seven researchers from Alabama will collaborate on these projects.
“The research topics are timely and vital to improving educational equity in Alabama,” Strunk said. “They will examine issues such as race and racial segregation in charter schools in rural Alabama, transgender admissions policies in higher education, theories of learning in higher education, experiences of students, methodological issues in critical scholarship, and (dis)ability and sanity. ”
All of these collaborative projects aim to improve education and move educational institutions toward equity across the state. The projects also offer significant opportunities for graduate students from both colleges.
Strunk’s collaborator on her project, titled “A Review of Methodological Quality in Critical and Queer Research,” Dr. Stephanie Shelton of Alabama, agreed on the importance and timing of the collaboration.
“Some of these relationships are new, which is exciting,” Shelton said. “The scholarship generated from this collaboration wouldn’t happen without this program, and it’s something that will matter to UA, Auburn, Alabama State, and hopefully beyond.”