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2010 Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Deneese Jones has been appointed program chair for the American Educational Research Association’s Special Interest Group (SIG)

March 3, 2010

Dr. Deneese Jones, Professor and Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, has been appointed program chair for the American Educational Research Association's Special Interest Group (SIG) on Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender in Education. This SIG's purpose is "to promote the integrated study of race, ethnicity, social class and gender as lenses for performing critical analyses and evaluations of prevailing theory and practice on education."

As program chair, Dr. Jones is responsible for reviewing all proposals submitted to the SIG's annual conference (each proposal undergoes a blind review process with volunteer reviewers who are SIG members) and to select proposals for conference roundtables, research paper sessions, symposiums and poster sessions. Also, she will serve as chair of each conference session for the SIG and discussant for the symposium sessions, and she will select guest speakers for the business meeting session, which she will chair along with the SIG chair. At the end of her three-year appointment, in 2012, Dr. Jones will become SIG chair and, as such, part of the Executive Board for all SIGs of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Dr. Jones has been part of the AERA since graduate school when she presented her first research paper in 1989. The AERA, founded in 1916, has more than 25,000 members and seeks to improve the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.