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Marquette educational policy professor honored with Way Klingler Early Career Award


Dr. derria byrd, assistant professor of educational policy and leadership in the College of Education at Marquette University, is the recipient of a 2021 Way Klingler Early Career Award, which supports promising new scholars in critical stages of their careers.

byrd’s broad research agenda focuses on how social power marginalizes non-dominant groups in higher education and the consequences this has for educational equity, according to a press release from Marquette University.

“My work aims to trouble deficit discourses by investigating how colleges and universities circumscribe opportunity for marginalized populations,” byrd said.

byrd will use her Way Klingler Early Career Award to extend her research agenda by investigating the experiences of first-generation faculty members, a group that has received relatively little scholarly attention despite the deep research focused on first-generation college students.

“I am looking forward to the dedicated research focus afforded by the Way Klingler Early Career Award,” byrd said in a statement. “I am indebted to the study participants who shared their stories with me and I look forward to bringing their unique experiences to the broader scholarly community — an effort in which the research sabbatical will be critical.”

byrd authored a research article titled “Uncovering Hegemony in Higher Education: A Critical Appraisal of the Use of ‘Institutional Habitus’ in Empirical Scholarship,” which was published in 2019 in SAGE Journal’s Review of Educational Research.

The Way Klingler Early Career Award is intended to fund $2,000 in operating cost and to cover a portion of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester release from teaching.