Emerging Scholar Competition

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International Journal of Leadership in Education

Troy Heffernan

Being recognised as an emerging scholar by the International Journal of Leadership in Education has provided me with a great opportunity to work closely with an editor of a journal that's central to my field. As an emerging scholar, the financial support is also invaluable in allowing me to attend relevant conferences and workshops where I can disseminate my research and connect with my peers. 

Thank you for all of your time and support.



Russell Thacker

The Emerging Scholar Competition was an excellent way to showcase my research and receive feedback on my writing at an early stage of my career. I also gained valuable insight into the editorial board process and the management of academic journals through interacting with the IJLE board and staff. The experience was enriching, and I highly recommend early-stage scholars participate in this competition as part of their scholarly and professional development.



Tenneisha Nelson
PhD Candidate, College of Education,
University of Saskatchewan
Graduate Finalist

Invaluable, this word aptly describes the experience that I have been afforded by the International Journal for Leadership in Education's (IJLE) Emergent Scholar Manuscript competition. I participated in the competition on the advice of my Supervisor, Dr. Dawn Wallin. I deeply pondered her suggestion to make a submission as I was apprehensive about this venture. This apprehension stemmed from the many horror stories shared by academics about the harsh rejection they have faced when they have made submissions to journals. I fought the uncertainty, made a submission, and the rest is history, as the saying goes.

As a graduate student, published articles are a crucial component of success, and this competition provided me with a safe space to test the publications waters. The competition also afforded me an ideal opportunity to present my work to a broader audience outside of my immediate university community for feedback. I was quite surprised and elated to get an email announcing that I was awarded the Graduate Student Finalist prize. I am honoured by and appreciative of this award, which has served to strengthen my resolve as I continue my academic journey. I want to use this opportunity to thank my supervisor for the gentle nudge she gave me when she encouraged me to make a submission to this competition. I am also immensely grateful for the opportunities this award has afforded me and applaud the IJLE team for investing in the development of graduate students, by providing a safe space for further academic professional growth and development, through this competition.



Dr Christine Grice
The University of Sydney.
Lecturer Educational Leadership

Entering the International Journal of Leadership in Education Emerging Scholar Competition inspired me to write for publication with a clear deadline for an international audience.

Entering this competition gave me the discipline to write. I enjoyed perusing articles at length while writing my article in order to appreciate the readership. I was delighted to be awarded the prize in the graduate student category. As an early career researcher this award gave my work recognition amongst educational researchers and particularly educational leadership researchers. It gave me confidence to keep writing for publication. It was incredibly special as an Australian to receive the award at the editorial board meeting while attending AERA in New York. It also connected me with other award winners. I strongly encourage other scholars to submit their work to the International Journal of Leadership in Education’s Emerging Scholar Competition in the future.



Ethan Chang

A mentor directed me to the International Journal of Leadership in Education's Emerging Scholar Competition. I approached this as an opportunity to think through questions about equity-oriented leadership that emanated from a paper I presented at the University Council for Educational Administration's (UCEA) annual conference. This was a great way to formalize preliminary analyses from my dissertation data and incrementally build on equity and advocacy approaches to educational leadership I had been reading about and making an effort to engage. I also appreciated the chance to meet the editorial board and the support and communication from IJLE's editorial office (special thanks to Sascha Betts!). I recommend this competition for PhD candidates and look forward to continuing the conversation with Robert, Duncan, and the rest of the IJLE editorial board.



Dr. Hilary Lustick
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and School Improvement Programs
Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, & School Psychology

One of the most daunting tasks, as a PhD student, is writing for publication. It is the first time – perhaps in your life, but definitely in your academic career – where you are not writing with the security of knowing there will be a grade or some kind of definitive explanation of why what you wrote was successful or not in getting your point across. As I sat down two years ago to write my first article, I felt like I was writing for an audience I would never know and would likely never hear from. I worked on two manuscripts: one for regular submission, and one for consideration in the International Journal for Leadership in Education's Emergent Scholar Manuscript Competition. Both projects were daunting, but it made such a difference to know I would receive feedback and an answer from the International Journal for Leadership in Education even if I did not receive an award. The requirement that I integrate IJLE articles into my citations meant acquainting myself with the voices of its previous authors, and I felt that, by the end of the project, I had a strong sense of IJLE's readership, leadership, and values. Of course, receiving the award was an incredible honor, especially because it meant receiving an in-person certificate at the editorial meeting, and meeting a full staff and cast of faculty excited to talk to me about my ideas. But the process overall was an invaluable opportunity to practice crafting my work to reach a particular audience within the broader field. I would heartily encourage any doctoral student in educational leadership to submit a manuscript to this contest as an exercise in writing and submission. It is rare to get such specific guidelines in the world of academic publishing, and we have so much to gain from the experience.



Dr. Juan Niño
University of Texas at San Antonio
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

My experience with the International Journal of Leadership in Education has been instrumental to my success as a junior faculty member. I was honored to be selected as a winner for the Emergent Scholars Manuscript Competition. This recognition has been the greatest accomplishment of my career. I received valuable support and mentorship from the editor that helped strengthened my work. I want to thank the International Journal of Leadership in Education for providing an opportunity for early career scholars to publish our work in an international setting. I can personally attest that the International Journal of Leadership in Education provided impetus to my career and I strongly recommend junior scholars to submit their work to the International Journal of Leadership in Education’s manuscript competition.



Dr. Hugo Ibarra
Principal, Ben Milam Elementary School
Bryan, TX

Participating and winning first prize in the Emergent Scholar Manuscript Competition is one of those exhilarating yet humbling experiences that has significantly impacted my career as a researcher and as a practitioner. While scholarly journal subscriptions are not uncommon among educational leaders, one does not always have the advantage of collaborating with a journal, where originality and cutting-edge writing converge without compromising quality and thoroughness in publications such as the International Journal of Leadership in Education. The International Journal of Leadership in Education remains relevant and maintains impressive connectivity with the world it studies by inviting scholars and practitioners to contribute to it with topics that are critical to education, from a variety of perspectives, with different points of view, and from different parts of the world. Regardless of previous experiences with academic writing and scholarly publications, winning first prize in the Emergent Scholar Manuscript Competition was a unique opportunity that brought forth the satisfaction experienced when creating new knowledge or discovering new angles to what is already known, and the complexities and professionalism of purposeful peer-reviewed and critical writing. 



Dr. Robin Mueller
University of Calgary
Educational Development Consultant, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
First Place Winner

I found the call for the Emergent Scholar Manuscript Competition entirely by accident; it was posted on a departmental bulletin board, half obscured by other papers. I am thankful that I took the time to uncover the notice, as I can attest to the value that the competition has had in the context of both my personal and professional development. As an early career scholar, receiving first place in the competition was a powerful addition to my curriculum vitae; it certainly played a role in my ability to secure an academic appointment shortly after I completed my PhD program. It also enabled me to liaise with board members from the International Journal of Leadership in Education, and highlighted several potential publication opportunities that I was not previously aware of. Receiving this prize also encouraged me to continue to develop and refine my writing skills, and I learned a great deal about the conventions inherent in academic publishing. I would certainly recommend that any emerging scholar take the time to enter the competition—it is well worth the effort.



Dr. Thierry Luescher
University of the Free State, South Africa
Assistant Director, Institutional Research
Graduate Finalist

Being one of the winners of the 2011 International Journal of Leadership in Education Emergent Scholar Manuscript Competition was a huge confidence booster. At the time, I was still finding my feet as an emerging researcher in academic publishing. Just before the competition, I had received really rough comments from the anonymous reviewers of an article I had submitted elsewhere. So, I felt very insecure about submitting a manuscript for an international competition, more especially because it was also based on my doctoral work done at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Well, who would have thought: I got great feedback from the International Journal of Leadership in Education reviewers and won! 



Dr. Annie Cheng
Education University of Hong Kong
Assistant Professor, Department of Education Policy and Leadership

I am currently assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership and a research fellow of the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change at the Education University of Hong Kong. It is my honor to be the recipient of the first prize of the Emerging Scholar Manuscript Competition from the International Journal of Leadership in Education in 2010. As a highly regarded journal in the field, this award helped me begin my academic career. The International Journal of Leadership in Education has continuously supported my career by publishing inspiring articles. I would highly recommend to early career colleagues and postgraduate students to take this valuable opportunity to make your work and talent known by participating in this Emerging Scholar Manuscript Competition.

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