Holmes Scholars Program

The College of Education and Health Professions and the Curriculum and Instruction Department seek a candidate for the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Holmes Scholars® Program.

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The program was established in 1991 and provides “mentorship, peer support, professional development and rich scholarly experiences to doctoral students from groups and backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in academia who are pursuing terminal degrees in education at AACTE member institutions. The program helps member institutions increase the diversity of their faculty by developing a pool of diverse candidates for higher education and other positions in education,” as noted by the organization’s website.

The Holmes Scholar position is a 12-month, half-time doctoral graduate assistantship (20 hours per week with a monthly stipend of $1,000). The scholarship also pays tuition for the recipient. The position will begin in summer or fall 2015 and end in June of 2017. Travel expenses to AACTE Holmes Scholars Annual Meetings, Holmes Scholars Job Fair, and Summer Policy Institute in Washington are provided.

Previously, CIED has supported approximately 12 Holmes Scholars® who are now tenured faculty and serving in leadership positions at institutions of higher education or state departments of education.  

“The Holmes Scholars program enabled me to study full-time while pursuing a doctoral degree," said Diana Gonzales Worthen, Holmes Scholar® (2000-2002) who now directs Project RISE-Realizing and Increasing Student Excellence at the University of Arkansas. “I met other doctoral students from across the U.S. and attended workshop sessions that assisted me through the dissertation process. The sessions included such topics as narrowing your dissertation topic, writing your first publication, and preparing your vita. The topics were specific for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year doctoral students. Each year, I attended the Holmes Scholars® Job Fair to see what was on the horizon regarding job prospects. Today, I serve on the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni Board, facilitate Holmes Scholars® sessions and mentor current Holmes Scholars® at the AACTE Annual Meeting.”        

The qualifications include:


  • Must be from an underrepresented background, and a culturally or linguistically diverse U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident or DACA recipient/applicant.
  • Must be a full-time student.
  • Must obtain admission to the Graduate School and a doctoral program in education. Preference given to those planning to work in P-12 education.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work as a member of a research team.
  • Must have experience working in Pre-K to 12th grade public school settings in the U.S.


  • Experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse students and holding an ESL Endorsement.
  • Experience in collecting research and evaluation data.
  • Experience in the analysis and writing of research and evaluating data.

Deadline: April 24, 2015

Diana Gonzales Worthen, Ph.D.
Director, Project RISE-Realizing and Increasing Student Excellence

Janet Penner-Williams, Ed.D.

Assistant Dean for Education and Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction