Doctoral Symposium

2024 Doctoral Symposium

Save the date! The 2024 Symposium will be Thursday, November 7th and Friday, November 8th. 

More information including call for proposals and registration information is coming soon!

2023 Doctoral Symposium

The 15th annual Doctoral Symposium will be held both in person and virtually on Thursday, November 9, and virtually only on Friday, November 10, 2023.  Each year, the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership organizes an annual symposium to explore contemporary educational issues and showcase doctoral student research.  The symposium provides a space for the doctoral community to engage in dialogue and deepen our work as scholarly practitioners. 

Dr. Dudley Flood

Sponsored by the Wallace ECPI Grant, this year's symposium focuses on the theme of Pedagogy, Policy, and Equity in Perilous Times. Our presenters will share their insights on the challenges and possibilities of advancing equity-oriented work in a time of heightened uncertainty and unease in public education.

This year's keynote speaker, Dr. Dudley Flood, is an educator and champion of school integration in North Carolina. In the years following the Brown v. Board of Education decision that mandated school desegregation in the United States, Dr. Flood traveled to every corner of the state to unite divided communities and work toward integrating our public schools. His legendary commitment to school integration and his belief that every child deserves an equitable educational opportunity will serve as the foundation and beacon for the work at the Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity.

Schedule at a Glance

Please plan to join on Thursday, November 9, 2023, from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST (in-person or virtual) and on Friday, November 10, 2023, from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST (virtual only).  Zoom links will be sent out to registrants on the morning of Wednesday, November 8, 2023.

Detailed Event Schedule

**Please note: These sessions will NOT be recorded. 

Thursday, November 9th (Available in-person; RCOE 124B/C or virtually)

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm - Welcome

2:10 pm - 2:15 pm - Introductions

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dudley Flood

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm - Break

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Response Panel: Sustaining the Work of Equity

Friday, November 10th (Only available virtually)

*No opening remarks. Please join the first session of your choosing.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Concurrent Sessions

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm - Naylor Award Presentation and Reflection

2:15 pm - 2:20 pm - Break

2:20 pm - 3:20 pm - Concurrent Sessions

3:20 pm - 3:30 pm - Break

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Concurrent Sessions

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm - Closing Remarks


Registration for this event is now closed. All registrants will receive the schedule with Zoom links to join on Wednesday morning. 

In lieu of registration fees, participants are encouraged to donate to the Doctoral Student Enrichment Fund, which supports student conference attendance and the presentation of doctoral research.

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If you have any questions about the Annual Symposium or the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at App State, please email Elizabeth Hayes at