CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 100 educators participated in the “Engaging Culture and Elevating Disciplined Inquiry to Inform Theory and Transform Practice” scholarly summit on March 5 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The conference was hosted by the TAMU-CC Educational Leadership Doctorate Program, an affiliate of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), the College of Graduate Studies, and the Office of Research, Commercialization and Outreach. Lead organizers were Dr. Israel Aguilar and Dr. Elsa Gonzalez, Assistant Professors in the Department of Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction at A&M-Corpus Christi.
The one-day conference aimed to strengthen connections between University faculty, educational practitioners and community leaders in order to help facilitate change within all levels of education in the Coastal Bend and beyond. Participants took part in sessions on various topics like parent involvement, bilingual education, distance learning, underrepresented populations, technology and leadership. There was also a student poster showcase, offering master’s and Ph.D. level students the opportunity to discuss their dissertations as a work in progress or in completed status.
“The student showcase was the highlight of the conference because it reinforces our affiliation with CPED,” said Aguilar. “The showcase gave scholars the opportunity to share original research for school improvement, higher education and the advancement of inquiry – all CPED principles.”
The conference also featured two guest speakers, Dr. Fred Bonner, Professor and Endowed Chair of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Prairie View A&M University, and Dr. Yvonna Lincoln, the Ruth Harrington Chair of Education Leadership and Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at Texas A&M University-College Station.
“The conference is a testament to the University’s overall position as it moves toward the status of emerging research institution,” said Gonzalez. “Each guest speaker helped improve current doctoral students’ research skills, including research presentation and networking by providing immediate feedback.”
To view an album of photos from the conference, click here.