AERA's Awards Program is one of the most prominent ways for education researchers to recognize and honor the outstanding scholarship and service of their peers. Recipients of AERA awards are announced and recognized during the Annual Awards Luncheon. A Call for Nominations for AERA Awards is published each summer in Highlights and also appears on the AERA website. Nominations are generally due in the fall. For a list of members currently serving on each of AERA’s award committees, or additional information about each award, click here for award committee rosters.
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Andrew C. Porter (University of Pennsylvania)
The Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award is the premier acknowledgment of outstanding achievement and success in education research. It is designed to publicize, motivate, encourage, and suggest models for education research at its best.
Andrew C. Porter
Matthew A. Kraft (Brown University)
John P. Papay (Brown University)
“Can Professional Environments in Schools Promote Teacher Development? Explaining Heterogeneity in Returns to Teaching Experience" (PDF)
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, December 2014, 36 (4), 476-500
The Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award is presented annually to recognize the highest quality of academic scholarship published in one of the following AERA publications: American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Researcher, or Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics.
Jeanne M. Powers (Arizona State University)
"From Segregation to School Finance: The Legal Context for Language Rights in the United States" (PDF).
Review of Research in Education, 2014, 38(1), 81–105
The Review of Research Award recognizes an outstanding review of research article published in one of the following AERA publications: Review of Educational Research or Review of Research in Education.
Howard Wainer (National Board of Medical Examiners)
This award is presented jointly by AERA and ACT 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.
Brendesha M. Tynes (University of Southern California)
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.
David P. Baker (Pennsylvania State University)
The Schooled Society: The Educational Transformation of Global Culture, Stanford University Press, 2014
The Outstanding Book Award was established to acknowledge and honor the year’s best book-length publication in education research and development.
Gloria J. Ladson-Billings (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Established in 2004, the 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.
Joseph Conaty (U.S. Department of Education)
This award is granted annually in recognition of an individual who has worked to enact or implement policies that are well grounded in education research, or who has been at the forefront of efforts to increase recognition and support for education research.
The AERA Committee on Scholars of Color in Education awards are intended to recognize (a) scholars at different stages in their careers who have made significant contributions to the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect minority populations, and (b) minority scholars who have made a significant contribution to education research and development.
Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award
Patricia C. Gándara (University of California–Los Angeles)
Presented to a senior-level scholar, usually 20 years or more after his or her receipt of the doctoral degree.
Scholars of Color Distinguished Scholar Award
Kevin K. Kumashiro (University of San Francisco)
Presented to a scholar in midcareer who is beyond the first level of professional appointment and for whom 10 or more years have passed since receipt of the doctoral degree.
Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award
Ebony O. McGee (Vanderbilt University)
Presented to a scholar who is within the first decade of his or her career after receipt of the doctoral degree.
Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award
Charol Shakeshaft (Virginia Commonwealth University)
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.