Call for Nominations




Greetings Good People of Division B,

This is a call for nominations for the 2018 AERA Division B Awards. Please take your invaluable time to identify and nominate worthy candidates for consideration. Below are the descriptions and details of each award and the procedures for nomination. Please note that the deadline for all the nominations is December 1, 2017.

Looking Forward,

Denise Taliaferro Baszile

Division B VP


Deadline for submitting nomination materials: December 1, 2017

Selection of awardees: February 9, 2018

Submission of names of awardees to AERA: February 16, 2018


Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award

Due: December 1, 2017

The Ella Baker/Septima Clark Award honors the memory of two giants of the Black Freedom Movement, the founding mother and inspiration behind the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the education director of the Highlander Folk School. Each was a teacher, each a community educator, each a tireless behind-the-scenes organizer, each a curriculum maker determined to build the bond between education and human freedom. Education and curriculum in a democracy are powered by the twin engines of enlightenment and freedom, linked to the radical proposition that we can change our lives wherever you have been, whatever you have done, education promises a new beginning. That promise has a particular resonance and urgency in a democratic society, for democracy assumes the necessity of continual and dynamic revitalization, and demands, then, regeneration as its lifeblood.

In a robust and participatory democracy, even an aspirational democracy, we share a common faith that every human being is of incalculable value. Human rights are at the center of our concerns and our goals. A democracy, theoretically at least, builds schools to fit children, not the other way around. Schools in and for democracy resist the forceful imposition of standardized ways of seeing and knowing, and reflect the powerful principle that the fullest development of all is the necessary condition for the full development of each, and conversely, the fullest development of each is necessary for the full development of all.This is a key democratic injunction and principle. In a vital democracy education resists and rejects obedience and conformity as a worthy goal, and strikes out in favor of initiative, courage, imagination, and creativity as the most desirable qualities for participatory citizenship. A living democracy requires courageous educators.

This annual award honors a scholar whose work embodies the connection between curriculum studies and human rights as articulated, for example, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). The work of the honoree might be behind-the-scenes or just emerging, but it will also be cutting edge, the kind of work that will bring a positive impact on the field of curriculum studies broadly, and may include theoretical or technical developments, conceptualizations of curriculum issues that have enhanced public understanding of human rights and curriculum, or innovative ideas that have improved the lives of students and the broader communities. Possible domains of work include local or national or international or indigenous sites of struggle, community education, K-12 public schooling, and curriculum policy. A nomination must include four items:

  • 1-2 page summary of the nature and significance of the nominee’s work and a description of how it meets the criteria outlined above
  • Artifacts of creative works that exemplify the nominees contributions
  • Two letters of recommendation from scholars, practitioners, or policymakers representing the area to which a contribution has been made

Self-nominations are permitted. The four items must be scanned as one single PDF document and emailed to the 2017-2018 Division B Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award Chair, Dr. Theodorea R. Berry ( no later than December 1, 2017. If the nominator has difficulties in scanning the required items, please email the award committee chair to negotiate for other communication methods. Late submissions will not be reviewed.

Committee Chair:
Theodorea R. Berry (, University of Texas, San Antonio

Committee Members:

Outstanding Dissertation Award

Due: December 1, 2017 

The AERA Division B Outstanding Dissertation Award Committee is seeking nominations for dissertations that make outstanding contributions to the field of Curriculum Studies. Curriculum Studies research reflects a wide variety of perspectives and methodologies regarding the nature and improvement of curriculum practice, teaching, theory, and research at local, state, regional, national, and international levels. Broad areas of inquiry include: curriculum in classrooms; curriculum as connected to democratic practice and social justice; curriculum theory; curriculum design, evaluation, policy, and reform; curriculum history; and educational diversity. Students who have completed and successfully defended their dissertations and/or graduated with their doctorate from January 2016 through December 2017 are encouraged to submit their work. If a dissertation came out at the very end of 2015 and was not considered for last year’s competition, it may be included for the 2018 competition. Nominations may come from either faculty or from students themselves. If the dissertation is self-nominated, the committee requires a letter of faculty endorsement from a member of the student's dissertation committee. To nominate a dissertation, please include the five artifacts listed below. These artifacts must be scanned as one single PDF document and emailed to the 2017-2018 Division B Dissertation Award Chair, Dr. Tom Poetter at no later than December 1, 2017. Late submissions will not be reviewed. The five artifacts include:

  • A letter of endorsement or nomination from a faculty member of the student's dissertation committee attesting that the dissertation was completed by the student during the time period specified. The nomination or endorsement letter should include a brief clarification of the purposes, scope, and quality of the student's dissertation research, an explanation of how the dissertation contributes to the field of Curriculum Studies, and a discussion about why it is deserving of this award. The oral defense date also should be included.
  • A title page for the dissertation (including university/college, name of the professor chairing the dissertation committee and a complete list of committee members).
  • The Abstract of the dissertation.
  • The Table of Contents from the dissertation.
  • A brief summary of the dissertation prepared by the student that gives an overview of the dissertation research project, a description of individual chapters, and a statement that argues for how this research contributes to the field of curriculum studies. The summary should be no more than 5 single-spaced pages.

Committee Chair:
Dr. Thomas Poetter (, Miami University of Ohio

Committee Members:

Outstanding Book Award

Due: December 1, 2017

The Outstanding Book Award Committee is soliciting nominations of books that will be considered, on their merits of originality and scholarly strength, as making an outstanding or original contribution to curriculum studies. The crucial significance of the work lies in its depth, scope, and meaning including but not limited to exploring the following: urgent curriculum topics, issues, and concerns; historical, social, political, economic, geographical, cultural, linguistic, and ecological contexts; innovative theoretical perspectives, forms of inquiry, and modes of representation or expression; and impact of the work on practice, policy, context, and theory. The nominated books should have 2017 publication dates. If a book came out at the very end of 2016 and it was not considered for last year’s competition, it may be included for this year’s competition. Individuals (the author or another scholar) and publishers wishing to nominate a book for this award should send a letter of nomination and five copies of the book to the 2017-2018 Division B Outstanding Book Award Committee Chair: Dr. Jason Goulah ( Please allow 2 weeks for shipping time within the US and 3-4 weeks outside of the US. Mail books and cover letters to:

Committee Chair:
Dr. Jason Goulah (, DePaul University

Committee Members:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Due: December 1, 2017

The Lifetime Achievement Award Committee seeks nominations for the 2016 AERA Division B Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominees should be venerable and distinguished scholars with widely recognized and continuous records of accomplishment who have made substantive contributions to the field of curriculum studies. The award will be presented at the AERA Annual Meeting, Division B Business Meeting in Washington DC in April 2016. Any AERA member may make a nomination. Nominations should be accompanied by the following:

  • A detailed nomination letter outlining the major achievements of the nominee
  • A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vita
  • Any number of letters of support from recognized scholars who have an informed and appreciative understanding of the nominee’s body of work.

All nominations and supporting documents are to be sent electronically in Word (.doc) and/or PDF format to Dr. Roland Sintos Coloma at no later than December 1, 2017. Late submissions will not be reviewed.

Committee Chair:
Roland Sintos Coloma (,University of Northern Kentucky

Committee Members:

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