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NMSU students selected as Barbara L. Jackson Scholars

New Mexico State University students Colleen W. Bowman and Brian J. Dixon were recently selected as Barbara L. Jackson Scholars for 2007-2009.


Both students are in the American Indian Executive Education Doctoral program at NMSU.

The Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Program is a network created by the University Council for Education Administration (UCEA). The purpose of this network is to provide mentoring and career development for students of color intending to be professors of educational leadership.

Students in the program receive recognition and an opportunity for networking. They also are each given a mentor to help them publish, teach and navigate higher education. Each university is only allowed two Jackson Scholars, so applicants go through a competitive selection process.

Dixon is the assistant principal at Whitehorse High School in Montezuma Creek, Utah. He is seeking a doctorate in education administration and plans on teaching at the college level. After receiving his doctorate, he would like to recruit more American Indians into the teaching profession to teach and also to become leaders in their reservation community schools.

Dixon's mentor in the Jackson Scholars program is Grayson Noley, an American Indian professor at the University of Oklahoma. Noley is currently involved in teaching and recruiting American Indians into the teaching and educational leadership fields.

"It is an honor to be selected as a Jackson Scholar. I would like to encourage future American Indian teachers and school leaders in a higher education setting, and this award is a small step in that direction," Dixon said.

Bowman is the human resources coordinator for Central Consolidated Schools in Shiprock, N.M. After receiving her degree she would like to work in higher education to provide the bridge between secondary and post-secondary transition. She would like to teach at the tribally-controlled Dine College, focusing on educational leadership.

"The lack of role models for Native American students is slowly becoming a thing of the past as more and more young people are successfully navigating their way through higher education. I want to join the ranks of those who are leading the way to improve life for our people, the Navajo People, as well as other Native Americans," Bowman said.

Bowman's mentor is Susan Faircloth, an assistant professor of educational leadership at Pennsylvania State University. She is currently completing a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California - Los Angeles.

Bowman and Dixon traveled to Alexandria, Va., for the UCEA Convention, held Nov. 15-18. The theme of the convention was, "Fostering Compassion and Understanding Across Borders: An International Dialogue on the Future of Educational Leadership."