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Clinical Assistant Professor Tolga Ozyurtcu joins Talking Eds to discuss topics related to paying student athletes, and what that could mean for collegiate athletics. They also share thoughts on the recent winter Olympics, and the benefits that bidding for the Olympics can bring to a city. Learn how Dr. Ozyurtcu found his interest in studying sports, and how he ended up at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Host Jack Weisberger is joined this week by Educational Leadership and Policy Ph.D. student Z. W. Taylor. At The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education, Taylor examines accessibility in the college application process. In this episode, he talks about his own application process and the series of small events that ultimately brought him to where he his today. He also details an encounter in which he helped a Hmong student navigate the application process, and the barriers he faced.

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Associate Professor Richard Reddick joins Talking Eds to discuss the role that mentorship has played in his life and career. Reddick shares with host Jack Weisberger the story of how he ended up at UT, and the mentors that played specific parts in shaping his career along the way. They also discuss the role a professor plays in a doctoral student’s decisions for their research and specialization.

Music: 5 Years by Sun June

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Victor Saenz, Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy at the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin stops in this episode of Talking Eds. We discuss his background as an engineering major, how he made his way into higher education, his new role as department chair. We also dive into the latest Texas legislative session, and talk about how the current political climate is shaping the future.

Music: 5 Years by Sun June

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