BNRC graduate associate participates in IGNITE

Participants in W&M IGNITE program

The BNRC’s own graduate associate, Omotayo Adeeko, was selected as one of ten candidates for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at William & Mary’s IGNITE, the Inaugural Future Faculty Development Program. The program, from March 24-26, 2019, brought participants to Williamsburg and is catered for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars interested in careers in academia as a faculty member.

During the program, Omotayo was able to participate in professional development and speak with department heads, deans and early career faculty members about life in academia. Participants were able to tour campus and research facilities, meet with current faculty to gain a greater awareness of research and teaching opportunities, discuss their career prospects and academic work, attend workshops, and present a job talk.

Tayo Adeeko“I appreciated the opportunity to engage with other doctoral students of color from a variety of disciplines. It was also a fantastic opportunity to present a job talk on my dissertation research and receive feedback from others,” she said.

Omotayo’s job talk, entitled “Governance and Policy Implementation: Processes of Charter School Authorizers,” is based on her research on the policies and politics of school governance, school systems leadership, and school choice.

Omotayo attended the University of Colorado Boulder, where she majored in political science and international affairs, and Hunter College in New York City for her master’s degree in education. She currently is a doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Ecology, studying educational administration.

(Photo Credit: Skip Rowland)