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Graduate Student Named 2020 Clark Scholar

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Derek Daskalakes

University of Kentucky College of Education doctoral scholar Derek T. M. Daskalakes was selected for the 2020 Class of Clark Scholars, one of the most well-respected graduate student seminars, held each year at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting. The seminar is sponsored by the association’s Division A and Division L, the University Council for Educational Administration, and SAGE Publications.

Named in honor of the late professor David L. Clark, the seminar seeks to bring together emerging scholars and accomplished faculty members to better hone research projects and prepare future educational leadership and policy professors. Many of the graduates of the seminar are faculty members at major research institutions across the globe. Due to the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, this year’s seminar took place virtually.

Daskalakes is completing his doctoral degree in the UK College of Education Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation.

“Derek blends a philosopher’s mind with the compassion of a dedicated teacher to his research,” said his faculty advisor, Dr. Jane Jensen, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation.

For his dissertation, Daskalakes will be looking at issues surrounding college transition for students with learning disabilities.

“I hope to map and explain the gap in outcomes for students with disabilities as they transition to college,” Daskalakes said. “These students do not enroll or graduate from college at the same rates as other students, and I want to explore how their K-12 experience could be a source of barriers.”

Daskalakes earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Old Dominion University. He also earned masters’ degrees in philosophy and special education from George Mason University. He served as a special education teacher in Virginia prior to beginning his doctoral program at UK.  He is currently a teaching assistant for a course offered by the College of Education, Culture in American Education (EPE 301).

For more information about the Clark Seminar, visit http://clarkseminar.ucea.org. For more information about degree programs in the UK College of Education Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, visit https://education.uky.edu/epe/.