Holmes Scholars Program

ABOUT

Established in 1991, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Holmes Scholars Program supports students enrolled in doctoral programs in education with a demonstrated commitment to improving the representation and supporting the development of historically underrepresented communities in the education professoriate or in leadership positions in education and education research fields. The goal of the program is to offer mentorship, peer support, professional development, and rich scholarly experiences to Scholars, who in turn, become an outstanding pool of candidates for future faculty and leadership positions. Since 2008, Purdue University’s College of Education has sponsored the Holmes Scholars Program as a means to support the retention and graduation of doctoral students committed to improving the representation and development of historically underrepresented communities.
For more information visit AACTE Holmes Scholars Program website.

Who is Eligible?

  • Per AACTE requirements: Individual that has a demonstrated commitment to increasing the representation and supporting the development of traditionally underrepresented communities in the education professoriate or in leadership positions in education and education research fields. All students, regardless of race or national origin, are invited and encouraged to apply to the AACTE Holmes Scholars Program. 
  • Full-time enrollment in a College of Education doctoral program
  • Successful completion of at least one semester of doctoral coursework
  • Evidence of a commitment to equity and diversity within education
  • Interest in pursuing a career as a faculty member (or other leadership positions) within education

Additional Information

Meet Purdue’s Holmes Scholars

Jessica Bowen
bowen63@purdue.edu
My focus is on student success, wellbeing, and retention in higher education with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Alankrita Chhikara
achhikar@purdue.edu
My doctoral research explores the experiences of youth and how they negotiate their ascribed identities to make meaning of global citizenship. I also explore Non-western and non-dominant perspectives, and critical frameworks of global citizenship to advance and promote social justice. Along with teaching multiculturalism, I am also interested in conducting research about the experiences of pre-service teachers and educators 
 around multicultural education.

Razak Dwomoh
rdwomoh@purdue.edu
My research interest includes the impact of post-colonial theory on social studies and history curricula in Africa (pedagogy and assessment) and comparative aspects of educational reform in the U.S. and African countries; middle-level and high school students’ historical thinking and the historical (mis) representations in trade and textbooks; and how multicultural citizenship and global citizenship are conceptualized, rationalized, and thought in different educational systems.

Sergio Maldonado
maldon20@purdue.edu
My research interests include therapeutic processes and outcomes for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals and examining the strengths of formerly incarcerated individuals and community-based reentry organizations that fosters and promotes successful reentry in both the community and higher education.

Shivani Ramoutar
sramouta@purdue.edu
My research focus is on using geospatial tools and techniques to improve spatial cognition and gender diversity in STEM. She uses GIS and story maps to capture individual narratives and experiences in a variety of educational settings, with particular interest in improving the educational experiences of children who lack access to technology and resources.

Shawn Wooden
woodens@purdue.edu
My primary research interest is the personal and professional experiences of African-American Educators. Specifically, I would like to collect the pre-service and vocational successes and difficulties of Black and Brown teachers in Indiana.  My focus will be to conduct a Qualitative Narrative inquiry of their journey through the preparation as well as execution of their careers.

Past Holmes Scholars

Troy Bell (2019)
Horrane Holgate (2017)
Adegoke Adetunji (2018)
Taewon Kim (2018)
Marquetta Straight (2017)
Temitope F. Adeoye (2016)
Shalyse Iseminger (2016)
LaMarcus Hall (2015)
Kwalfle Scott-Bradley (2014)
Ileana Cortes-Santiago (2012)
Constance Harris (2010)
Kevin Brooks (2009)

Questions?
Contact Floyd Craig at fhcraig@purdue.edu

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