Call for a Doctoral Fellowship in the Ed.D. Educational Leadership Program at San José State University

The Ed.D. Educational Leadership Program at San José State University is seeking applications for a multi-year doctoral fellow.

With the generous support of Dr. Brad Porfilio, Director of the SJSU Ed.D. Educational Leadership Program and Dr. Heather Lattimer, Dean of the Connie L. Lurie College of Education, the SJSU Center for Collaborative Research Excellence in Education (CCREE) is seeking applications for a doctoral fellow committed to research that supports the educational needs of students in foster care and youth experiencing homelessness in California.

Dr. Brent Duckor, Director of SJSU’s CCREE says the goal of the multi-year fellowship is to engage in applied research that addresses and advances equitable outcomes for students in foster care and students experiencing homelessness from the K-12 population. He notes, “This fellowship will provide advanced training in quantitative and qualitative research and opportunities for engagement in education policy with a focus on moving research into spheres of professional training and practice.”

“Intersecting the needs of youth with a lens on race, class, and language, our doctoral fellow will work closely with a broad range of SJSU faculty from the fields of Social Work, School
Counseling, Teacher Education and Administrative Leadership” says Dr. Lorri Capizzi, Co-Principal Investigator of a new project sponsored by the Center for Closing the Opportunity Gap (CCOG).

Building bridges across traditional preparation and credential programs, the doctoral fellow will work in transdisciplinary projects that connect university experiences with local educational agency (LEA) needs, with a singular focus on children and teens who are experiencing homelessness and students in foster care, Dr. Capizzi emphasized.

The Ed.D. Educational Leadership Program at San José State University is the preeminent academic unit for preparing transdisciplinary leaders who are capable of engaging in research to address educational disparities. Working closely with core faculty members associated with the Ed.D. program, the doctoral fellow will have opportunities to engage in research, policy and practice aimed at ameliorating inequitable outcomes facing foster youth and students experiencing homelessness in California with a focus on intersecting K-12 populations.

Working with Ed.D. dissertation advisors, the doctoral fellow will gain exposure to think tanks, research and advocacy groups across the San Francisco/Bay Area, while also having opportunities to participate in local, state, and national conference venues. Publication of dissertation results related to the study of foster youth and students experiencing homelessness are expected for this fellowship.

Applications for this fellowship are due Monday, February 1, 2021. For more details about the fellowship and application, visit

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