Hot on the heels of being named a Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow by the National Academy of Education (NAEd), Sarah Powell has scooped up another honor. The first-year assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Special Education was one of four Texas university faculty selected as a Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellow.
The three-year program provides each fellow with a $30,000 per year grant to support a research agenda aligned with the foundation’s mission to support postsecondary preparation, access, and completion for Texas students.
After being nominated through an invitation-only nomination process, Powell was asked to participate in a competitive proposal process in which she was required to demonstrate significant potential in and commitment to a career in research and teaching at the postsecondary level.
“The Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellowship provides me with the opportunity to extend my interest in algebraic development to students at the college level,” said Powell. “During the three-year project, I plan to work with college students with math disabilities or difficulties, a sample of students that is rarely studied. I want to learn how the math performance and math experiences of college students contribute to preparation for and success in college.”
In addition, Powell was required to identify a mentor to assist her throughout the three-year fellowship. Powell selected Sharon Vaughn, executive director of The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk.
“As Dr. Vaughn is one of the best empirical researchers in special education, I feel very fortunate that she agreed to be my mentor over the next three years,” said Powell. “Under her direction, I am confident I can get my project up and running and complete it successfully.”