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Webinar: Documentary Research in Ed.D. Programs
Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
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CPED Webinar

Documentary Research in Ed.D. Programs


Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

The purpose of this webinar is to highlight how the Educational Leadership program at San Jose State University employs documentary filmmaking as a signature scholarly activity for students to complete their doctoral studies. The session will involve the Ed.D. Program Director, a Core Ed.D. faculty member, an Ed.D. student and an Ed.D. alumna. They will collectively demonstrate how through Ed.D. coursework, through faculty advisement, and through a designated cohort support structure, students are able to complete documentary dissertations. They will also explore the use of documentary film as a visual qualitative research methodology for social-justice oriented research. The presentation will be structured in order to provide the session participants concrete learning steps for developing documentary dissertations. Furthermore, the presentation will showcase clips from the student-produced dissertations as well as provide opportunities for the participants to engage in discussion and interact with the panelists.



Brad J. Porfilio

Dr. Brad J. Porfilio is Director of the Ed.D. in Leadership at San Jose State University and Professor of Leadership. His research interests and expertise include: urban education, transformative leadership, gender and technology, cultural studies, and neoliberalism and schooling. 

Bob Gliner

Dr. Bob Gliner is a Core Faculty member in the Ed.D. program at San Jose State University where he advises students doing documentary dissertations. He is a long time, award winning documentary filmmaker focusing on social change throughout the world. Most of his more than 40 programs have aired on PBS stations across the U.S. and are also used by many K-12 schools, colleges, universities and non-profit organizations. He is also a professor Emeritus, Sociology, from San Jose State University. For more about his work, his website is: DocMakerOnline.com.

Taunya Jaco

Taunya Jaco, Ed.D., has been a lifelong advocate for justice. She is a 6th grade ELA/Social Studies teacher and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Teachers Association (CTA), representing nearly 300,000 educators throughout the state. Dr. Jaco has served at the state and national level as Chair of the Civil Rights in Education Committee for the CTA State Council, member of the Racial Equity Affairs Committee for CTA, and as a member of the National Education Association (NEA) Board of Directors.
While using Critical Race Theory as the basis to complete her doctoral degree in Education Leadership at San Jose State University, Dr. Jaco conducted an exploratory documentary film study entitled Fidelity At The Forefront: The Fight For Ethnic Studies. The documentary  illuminates the plight of Ethnic Studies practitioners and scholars as the state of California sought to develop a K-12 Ethnic Studies model curriculum, which is the first of its kind in the nation. Dr. Jaco earned a Masters of Arts in Journalism from Regent University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University.

Kristi Grasty

Kristi Grasty is currently in the doctoral program in Education Leadership at San Jose State University. She has a B.A. from UC Berkeley in English, an M.Ed. in Secondary Education and Teaching from George Washington University, and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from SJSU. She taught English and English Language Development for 15 years and is in her 13th year as a high school administrator. 


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