Our Scholars

Kantrele King and April Caddell

April Caddell is currently a doctoral candidate in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education program at The University of Alabama. The working title of her dissertation is “A Genealogy of Posthumanism: Decolonial Theory and Critical Theory.” Ms. Caddell was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama where she developed an early interest in social justice advocacy, and began a long-term volunteer role with the National Park Service, assisting at various sites such as the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, and Gee’s Bend National Historic Site. As an undergraduate, she attended Spelman College, and served as a Bonner Scholar for Community Service. After obtaining her BA in Women’s Studies, she worked with the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, TN. She obtained her master’s degree from The University of Alabama in women’s studies in the Department of Gender and Race Studies before enrolling in her current PhD program. April Caddell maintains an interest in the relationship between theory and social justice politics. Her research and theoretical interests include critical race theory, Afro-pessimism, feminist poststructuralist theory, and critical pedagogy. She is Holmes Scholar in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She is also a member of the Triota Women’s Studies Honor Society and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Kantrele King is currently a doctoral student in the College of Education, Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education at The University of Alabama. Her focus and research interest are elementary science from the theoretical perspective of critical race theory and culturally relevant pedagogy. Ms. King earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from The University of Alabama before deciding to pursue her passion, education. In 2012, Ms. King completed a sixth-year program at The University of West Alabama to receive a Master of Education in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. After teaching for approximately 5 years, she returned to The University of Alabama to pursue her EdD. Ms. King is a Holmes Scholar in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education through the Office of School Partnerships, which is active in supporting and assisting with events and projects in local schools and surrounding areas.

Ms. King was raised in a military family and traveled the world, living in Italy and Germany, in addition to many states before settling in Alabama. Science was always her favorite subject throughout her academic career. Although, it was her Home Economics teacher in high school, who sparked her desire to be a teacher. Having the opportunity to attend schools in different countries and states Ms. King would like to find ways to enhance science education in Alabama.

Our Work

Office of School Partnerships


As part of the monthly stipend, Holmes Scholars will be working with the Office of School Partnerships and its activities. Scholars should understand and have a desire to work in schools.

In accordance with the UA College of Education Strategic Plan and The University of Alabama’s university-wide diversity initiatives, we are seeking full-time, doctoral students from historically underrepresented populations with a commitment to educational equity/social justice-oriented scholarship in underserved communities.  Scholars may pursue this line of research within various education-related disciplines.  

Applications should include a CV and cover letter indicating interest in the position and experiences in P-12 schools.  In addition, please provide three references (name, position/institution, telephone number, email address for each) that may be contacted by the selection committee.  

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2018. Please direct all inquiries and submissions to the Holmes Scholars Program Coordinator, Dr. Liza Wilson (ewilson@ua.edu).