Dear RWE Members and Friends,
Welcome to the 2015-2016 Research on Women and Education (RWE) SIG of the American Educational Research Association. We are pleased to serve you as the co-chairs for the year. Dr. Dana Christman, an associate professor at New Mexico State University, has strong research interests in women's leadership in education as well as indigenous, American Indian, and social justice leadership issues. Dr. Tonya Perry, an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, researches in the areas of urban education, literacy, social justice, and girls' learning and engagement in middle school.
This year, we plan to focus on several areas to build on the work of our leaders before us, Dr. Michele Sims and Dr. Darlene Russell. First, we will host our RWE Fall Conference in Birmingham, Alabama on October 8-10, 2015. The Call for Proposals is embedded in this correspondence below and on our website. We encourage you and other professionals who have an interest in the work of RWE to submit a proposal by July 29.
The theme for the year and the RWE conference is "Empowering Women and Girls through Education: Collective Voices and Perspectives", which is a continuation of the work of Dr. Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon discussed in the 2015 Willystine Goodsell Award Address. She reminded us of the importance of collecting our stories and sharing our narratives as women and those seeking social justice. By preserving our body of work, educating each generation about the work, and providing insight, opportunity, and critical knowledge for others to learn about the contributions of women and women's research, we instill in educators and researchers the relevance of our contributions. This is an important narrative.
Second, we will continue to build the membership of RWE with your help. We will actively encourage others to join the SIG and attend our fall conference. Also, we will have other organized opportunities for members to engage in the SIG during the year. This will strengthen our membership and continue the networking that is so much a part of RWE.
Third, we will promote the work of our members and support their efforts to grow in the field. Through our website and ongoing communication, we will highlight publishing and job opportunities. We will also highlight our members who submit information about their successes in the profession.
We look forward to serving you this year.
Tonya and Dana
The mission of the RWE SIG is to:
- provide a structure within the American Educational Research Association for the promotion of research concerning women and girls in education; and
- provide a mechanism to facilitate communication among researchers and practitioners who are concerned about women and education at the intersection of diverse identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, culture, language, ability, etc.).