Edward Scott, Jr., a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science program, has been awarded a fellowship through the Southern Regional Educational Board’s (SREB) doctoral scholars program. The program aims to increase minority Ph.D. students who seek careers as faculty on college campuses.
Scott will be awarded financial assistance and research funding, as well as receive mentorship, professional advocacy, and career development experiences through this program.
“My life’s work is about improving the lives of minoritized youth,” explains Scott. “And I am passionate about the study of positive youth development and social justice education.”
According to Scott, the term minoritized is used in contemporary social justice scholarship to acknowledge the oppressive systems that contribute to the underrepresentation and disenfranchisement of particular social groups. Although numerous scholars are working to improve the lives of young people, the demographic numbers suggest that Black scholars remain underrepresented in the academy, and as a result, communities of youth are often under- or ill-served.
“This program offers the layers of additional support I need to enhance my doctoral program, complete it successfully, and subsequently join the ranks of tenure-track faculty to continue this work,” said Scott.
Working with his faculty mentors Chauncey Smith, an assistant professor at the Curry School of Education and Human Development, and Nancy Deutsch, an associate professor and director or Youth-Nex, Scott’s research explores the relational and organizational contexts that effectively promote youth leadership, activism, civic engagement, and psycho-social wellbeing.
“I believe that if organizations and communities prepare our young people to lead, challenging them to discover and responsibly use their voices and other strengths, then society reaps the benefits of an empowered generation,” explains Scott.
Throughout his doctoral studies, Scott is exploring the “whats” and “hows” of youth liberation, leadership, and well-being while focusing on youth development from early adolescence through young adulthood.
“I am excited about Edward’s achievement and SREB’s support of his work,” said Smith. “This support will prove valuable on his path toward a future tenure-track position.”
Scott also recently accepted a two-year appointment as the developmental psychology representative by the APA Science Student Council. In this role, Scott will serve on a board of nine who represent graduate students who are committed to psychological research.
“Edward will be a professor that positively impacts the lives of young people through his thoughtful and innovative approaches to research, teaching, and service,” said Smith.
Prior to UVA, Scott served students and families as a social worker in an urban school district, facilitating the expansion of trauma-informed care practices and school culture improvement initiatives.
Scott is also a pre-doctoral fellow in the Virginia Education Science Training (VEST) program supported by the Institute of Educational Sciences.
Youth-Nex was founded in 2009 to expand and apply the science of positive youth development to address fundamental challenges facing societies around the world. Through science and community partnerships, Youth-Nex enhances the strengths of children and adolescents and prevents developmental risk. Our vision is that our nation’s youth - a rich, often untapped resource - may flourish.