Those submitting nominations should clearly identify the award for which the nomination is submitted. Specific nominating criteria are detailed for each award, as described below. Note that supporting materials may include curriculum vitae, letters of support from other AERA members familiar with the nominee’s work, sample publications, and additional information on the nominee’s accomplishments.
Calls for three additional awards for 2016 will be released in November. Two are for new awards that will commence with the AERA Centennial year in 2016: the Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award and the Excellence in Media Reporting on Education Research Award. They were established by AERA Council in June 2015 to recognize persons who have made exemplary contributions to the communication of research; these awards underscore the significance that AERA places on research reaching broadly across communities of policy and practice and other publics. The third call to be released in November is for the Relating Research to Practice Award, which is being revised by Council to better capture its intent and purposes.
All AERA awards will be conferred at the Awards Luncheon during the 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
This is the premier acknowledgment of outstanding achievement and success in education research. The purpose of the award is to publicize, motivate, encourage, and suggest models for education research at its best. Each year, nominations are invited from AERA members who wish to honor a meritorious colleague, one who is considered by other education researchers to stand out in the profession by meeting the very highest of professional standards of achievement.
This award is presented annually in recognition of an outstanding article published in one of the following AERA publications: American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA), Educational Researcher (ER), or Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics (JEBS). Articles eligible for consideration for this award must have been published within the volume year immediately preceding the year in which the award will be conferred. Therefore, the 2016 award-winning article will have been published in the 2015 volume year. The award is granted on the basis of merit, as determined by the selection committee.
Nominations must include a cover letter stating the basis for the nomination, and a detailed citation for the article being recommended as an outstanding example of education research scholarship.
One of two AERA-sponsored awards created to highlight excellence in education research publishing, this award is granted each year to the author(s) of an education research review article recognized by those in the field to be particularly outstanding. The article chosen for this designation for 2016 must have been published in the 2015 volume year in one of the following AERA publications: Review of Educational Research (RER) or Review of Research in Education (RRE). The award is granted on the basis of merit, as determined by the selection committee.
The Outstanding Book Award was established to acknowledge and honor the year’s best book-length publication in education research and development. To be considered for the 2016 Outstanding Book Award, a book must be concerned with the improvement of the educational process through research or scholarly inquiry, must have a research base, and must have a 2014 or 2015 copyright date.
Nominations may be submitted by the author of the work, by another scholar, or by the publisher of the work. If the publisher advances a nomination, it must be accompanied by a letter from a scholar. The nominator must submit a nomination letter online detailing the contribution of the book and the basis for the nomination, and eight printed copies of the book being nominated, to be mailed to American Educational Research Association, Attn: AERA Outstanding Book Award Committee, 1430 K Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005.
The book may have been published anywhere in the world but, for purposes of consideration, must be available in English. Books published in 2014 that were nominated for the 2015 award may be renominated for consideration this year. Edited volumes will not be considered.
Named in honor of an outstanding scholar and researcher, this annual award is presented jointly by the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program in recognition of outstanding applied or theoretical research in the field of testing and measurement. The award is meant to acknowledge a body of research of an empirical, theoretical, or integrative nature rather than a single study. Although the research is not required to have led directly to improved educational practices, it should nevertheless be rich in suggestions for additional research that does hold such promise. Particular emphasis will be given to research that has advanced the companion goals of greater understanding and improved use of testing and measurement techniques. Awardees may include individuals conducting research in a broad array of disciplines, such as education and psychology.
Nominations must include a detailed letter outlining the basis for the nomination, including a description of the research and of how the candidate is uniquely qualified to receive this award.
Established to honor an individual in the early stages of his or her career no later than 10 years after receipt of the doctoral degree, this award can be granted for study in any field of educational inquiry. Nominations must include the following:
Established in 2004, the AERA Social Justice in Education Award honors an individual who has advanced social justice through education research and exemplified the goal of linking education research to social justice.
The Social Justice Action Committee seeks nominations of individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on social justice by producing and/or applying education research to policy and/or practice. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations must include a letter stating the basis for the nomination, the nominee’s curriculum vitae, and any other supporting materials.
The AERA Committee on Scholars of Color in Education is seeking nominations for the three awards listed below.
Nominations must include a letter stating the basis for the nomination and supporting materials.
Established in 2006, the Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award recognizes individuals within AERA for distinguished research, professional practice, and activities that advance public understanding of gender and/or sexuality at any level in the education community. This award will be presented to an individual whose professional career has been devoted in substantial part to the study of gender and/or sexuality in education, and who has significantly advanced the field through extraordinary leadership, scholarship, or professional practice.
Letters of nomination for this award should include a specific description of the nominee’s contributions and impact through scholarship and professional practice in advancing the study of gender and/or sexuality in education. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominees must be AERA members at the time of nomination. Nominations must include a detailed letter outlining the basis for the nomination, including a description of the research and practice that demonstrates how the candidate is uniquely qualified to receive this award, and any additional supporting materials. The AERA Committee on Scholars and Advocates for Gender Equity in Education will review all nominations for consideration.
The following three calls (described earlier) will be released in November 2015:
Relating Research to Practice Award
Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award
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