Call for Nominations

The 2019 Division B Awards 
(Curriculum Studies)

Greetings Good People of Division B,

This is a call for nominations for the 2019 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 of the four Division B awards and the procedures for nomination. 

Please note that the deadline for all the nominations is December 1, 2018.

Looking Forward,
Denise Taliaferro Baszile
Division B VP

Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award 
Due: December 1, 2018

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 made0

Self-nominations are permitted. The four items must be scanned as one single PDF document and emailed to the 2018-2019 Division B Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award Chair, Crystal Laura no later than December 1, 2018. 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.

Ella Baker/Septima Clark Committee Members
Crystal Laura, Chicago State University, (Chairperson)
Sameena Eidoo, University of Toronto, 
Cleveland Hayes, IUPUI, 
Roland Mitchell, Louisiana State University, 
João Paraskeva, University of Massachusetts, 
David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago, 
Chandni Desai, University of Toronto, 

Outstanding Dissertation Award
Due: December 1, 2018

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 2018 through December 2018 are encouraged to submit their work. If a dissertation came out at the very end of 2017 and was not considered for last year’s competition, it may be included for the 2019 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 Rob Helfenbeinno later than December 1, 2018. 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. 

Outstanding Dissertatoin Award Committee Members
Robert Helfenbein, Loyola University Maryland, (Chairperson)
Michael Boucher, Texas A&M University - San Antonio, 
Rama Cousik, Purdue University - Fort Wayne, 
Mark Helmsing, George Mason University,
Petra Hendry, Louisiana State University,  

Outstanding Book Award
Due: December 1, 2018

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 2018 publication dates. If a book came out at the very end of 2017 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 5 copies of the book to the 2018-2019 Division B Outstanding Book Award Committee Chair, Hongyu Wang. Please allow 2 weeks for shipping time within the US and 3-4 weeks outside of the US. Mail books and cover letters to:

Outstanding Book Award Committee Members
Hongyu Wang, Oklahoma State University, (Chairperson)
Min Yu, Wayne State University,
Berlisha Morton, Berklee College of Music, 
Charity Embley, Texas Tech University, 
Erika Bullock, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 

Lifetime Achievement Award
Due: December 1, 2018

The Lifetime Achievement Award Committee seeks nominations for the 2019 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 Toronto in April 2019. 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 vitae
  • 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 Brian Schultz no later than December 1, 2018. Late submissions will not be reviewed.

Lifetime Achievement Award Committee Members
Brian Schultz, Miami University, (Chairperson)
Elaine Chan, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 
Carl Grant, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 
Sherick Hughes, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 
Jason Lukasik, Augsburg University, 
Bianca Nightengale-Lee, Florida Atlantic University,

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