The Julia M. Duckwall Professional Development Scholarship program facilitates the professional growth and development of early career institutional research professionals. Named in honor of the late Julia M. Duckwall, a prominent member of AIR and the board, the scholarship is awarded in the spirit of her tireless passion for advancing the field of institutional research. Three awards are granted to support significant professional development activities. Applications for 2019 are closed.
Recipients may choose from one of two award options:
1. Forum registration and pre/post-conference educational opportunities
- Prepaid Forum registration
- Prepaid pre/post-conference educational opportunities (1 full-day or 2 half-day sessions)
- 1 hotel night provided in the conference hotel
2. Registration for one qualifying Online Course. Available courses are:
- Foundations of Data Management
- Longitudinal Tracking for Institutional Research
- Foundational Statistics for Decision Support
- Introduction to Learning Outcomes
- Designing IR Research
- Overview of Survey Design
To be considered for the award, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Hold current year AIR membership;
- Be currently employed in the IR field;
- Have worked for 3-5 years in a campus-based IR/assessment office (full- or part-time); and
- Have never attended the AIR Forum.
In addition to verifying personal, demographic, and eligibility information, the following two documents are required for a complete application:
- Essay (limit 750 words) addressing the impact this award is expected to have on your professional development. The essay should be written for a blind review, which means that the essay should not include information that would personally identify you or your institutional affiliation. The essay should address each of the following prompts: Essay (limit 750 words) addressing the impact this award is expected to have on your professional development. The essay should be written for a blind review, which means that the essay should not include information that would personally identify you or your institutional affiliation. The essay should address each of the following prompts:
- Briefly describe your current work in IR and provide a summary review of your current skills and accomplishments in the field.
- What outcomes do you anticipate from your participation in your selected professional development experience?
- Duckwall Award recipients are expected to honor Julia Duckwall’s commitment to “giving back to the IR field.” How will you assure that others will benefit from your experiences?
- Letter of Support from your Supervisor. The letter should support your application, and it should indicate how the scholarship will meet larger goals. The letter must acknowledge that your participation in the professional development activities will be approved as an "on-the-clock" activity.
"There is a lot of excitement and energy in IR [at the Forum], as well as synergy. There are constant opportunities to learn and grow in this field and a large cohort of people who are excited to share that journey with you." -– Jaclyn Butler, 2017 Duckwall Scholarship Recipient
- DiYanna Jiles, Data Analyst, Institutional Research, Spelman College (2018)
- Matthew McGraw, Associate Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Services, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (2018)
- Indira Vadapally, Business Intelligence Coordinator, Institutional Research & Effectiveness, Waukesha County Technical College (2018)
- Emily Zobel, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, University of Wisconsin – Superior (2017)
- Megan Ryan, Institutional Research Analyst, Roger Williams University (2017)
- Jaclyn Butler, Planning and Research Associate, Pennsylvania State University (2017)
- Marc LoGrasso, Institutional Outcomes Assessment Analyst, Bryant & Stratton College-Amherst (2016)
- Johnson Mwangi, Statistical Analyst, Strathmore University (2016)
- Ronald Severtis, Director, Office of Institutional Research, Indiana University-Southeast (2016)
- Sara Cooper, Information Research Analyst, Jackson State Community College (2015)
- Lisa Cowan, Data Analyst/Research Associate, Southern Regional Education Board (2015)
- Jennifer May, Research Analyst, Tufts University (2015)
- Kristin McKinley, Associate Director of Research Administration, Lawrence University (2014)
- Elizabeth Owolabi, Director of Institutional Research, Concordia University Chicago (2014)
- Keri Samson, Director of Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning, University of Dubuque (2014)
- Rachel Krug, Director of Institutional Research, Franklin Pierce University (2013)
- Theresa Milton, Director of Institutional Research, Arizona Christian University (2013)
- Linda Wellborn, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Accreditation Activities, Evangel University (2013)
“The Forum provides an excellent opportunity for learning, sharing, discovering, networking, inspiring, and celebrating. Attending pre-conference workshops to learn new skills has been beneficial, as this time is already set aside in my schedule for professional development. Most importantly I have learned while the structure, work, and responsibilities of IR offices varies, we all strive to serve our institutions and, more importantly, be a voice for our students." -- Kristin McKinley, 2014 Duckwall Scholarship Recipient