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2 assistant professors of education are awarded $70,000 postdoctoral fellowships

June 4, 2018

Emily Penner and Di Xu, both assistant professors of education, have been selected as 2018 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellows. They were among 30 early-career scholars – out of a pool of 200 – to receive the $70,000 fellowships to help cover salary and research expenses. Penner will study ways in which school districts can enhance teacher recruitment and retention. Xu will research how two- and four-year college instructors with different types of contracts affect students’ academic and career outcomes. The NAE is an honorary educational society dedicated to improving policy and practice through grants from the Spencer Foundation, which has been providing research funding since 1971.