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The Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Course on African Americans in Education

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The Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Course on African Americans in Education pairs early career scholars and advanced graduate students directly with established researchers to explore questions and methods related to the experiences of African Americans in education.


Participants are exposed to the fundamentals of developing a research agenda and career focused on conducting research on African American populations in education. The institute format includes a keynote address, breakout sessions, and one-on-one meetings.


The annual event is sponsored by the Organizational Disparities Laboratory and the Urban Education Collaborative. If you are interested in serving as a sponsor of the event, please email

The course was co-founded by Jerlando F. L. Jackson, PhD and Lamont A. Flowers, PhD.


April 23, 2025 | Denver, CO

The Hilliard-Sizemore Research Course coincides with the AERA Annual Meeting


Please direct any comments or questions to us via email.

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Important Dates

January 31, 2025 – Deadline for Applications

February 14, 2025 – Applicants Notified of Acceptance

March 1, 2025 – Deadline for Selected Applicants to Register for Event

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Sponsor the Hilliard-Sizemore Research Course

The Hilliard-Sizemore Research Course offers two sponsorship levels for organizations and individuals interested in supporting our mission - developing the next generation of scholars and researchers making impactful contributions to the study of African Americans in education.


For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact the Hillard Sizemore Administrative Team at

2024 Presenters

"The Asa Hilliard - Barbara Sizemore course was central to my development as a scholar. It opened up networks of support with emerging scholars around the country, connected me to leading mid-and senior-level scholars from around the nation, and aided me in honing my research agenda. My experience in this course advanced the completion of my dissertation and supported me in securing a faculty post at a research institution."

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J. Luke Wood

President of California State University, Sacramento

Past Research Courses


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2018 Course Agenda


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2017 Course Agenda


2019 Course Agenda

"The Asa Hilliard and Barbara Sizemore Research Course on African Americans in Education was an excellent experience as a result of its seasoned faculty. The faculty all are experts in the field. The mentorship which I received and continue to receive from the faculty is vital to my development as a scholar and practitioner. The Asa Hilliard and Barbara Sizemore Research Course on African Americans in Education assisted me in obtaining my doctoral degree in higher education. I recommend the research course without hesitation."

Adriel A. Hilton, PhD

Director of Programs, Transition and Youth Success Planning at
Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families

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In Honor of Asa G. Hilliard IlI and Barbara A. Sizemore

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Asa G. Hilliard III, PhD (August 22, 1933 - August 12, 2007) was an American researcher, historian, psychologist, and educational theorist. Hilliard was a preeminent scholar in the fields of education, child development, and social policy and was widely recognized as one of the leading experts in the field of culturally responsive education. His pioneering work on child assessment, teaching and curriculum, and African culture was grounded in his commitment to promote the genius and excellence of all children.

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Barbara A. Sizemore, PhD (December 17, 1927 – July 24, 2004) was an American educator, author, and educational theorist. In 1973, she became the first African American woman to head the public school system in a major city, when she was elected superintendent of District of Columbia Public Schools. As a scholar, she made significant contributions to the field of education, particularly in the areas of desegregation, culturally responsive teaching, and academic testing.

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