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Each year Division J accepts nominations for four awards: Outstanding Publication, Exemplary Research, Outstanding Poster, and Dissertation of the Year.

2018 Call for Nominations (Award descriptions and previous winners below.)

Outstanding Publication Award - Nomination Form - Deadline December 1, 2017

Exemplary Research Award - Nomination Form - Deadline December 1, 2017

Outstanding Dissertation Award - Nomination Form - Deadline December 1, 2017

Nomination form for Outstanding Poster Award is forthcoming.

AERA Division J Outstanding Publication Award 
Chair (2016-2019): Jaime Lester, jlester2@gmu.edu

Division J of the American Educational Research Association is now seeking nomination for the outstanding publication award. The purpose of this award is to bestow recognition on a colleague for a specific publication (book, book chapter, or journal article) judged as making a substantial contribution to the literature and/or practice of higher education. Publications may have more than one author and must have been published in the last 18 months. A substantial contribution is defined as scholarship that extensively revises our knowledge and understanding of a particular problem in the study of higher education or looks at it in a new way. It may also be an interdisciplinary effort that identifies a problem new to the community of scholars in higher education.     

Previous award winners:

2017 - Z Nicolazzo, for the book Trans* in College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Policies of Inclusion.

2016 - Ana Martínez Alemán, Brian Pusser, & Estela Bensimon for the book, Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education

2015 - Roger L. Geiger for the book, History of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture From the Founding to World War II.

2014 - Elizabeth Armstrong & Laura Hamilton for the book, Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality.

2013 - Kelly Ward & Lisa Wolf-Wendel for the book: Academic motherhood: How faculty manage work and family

2012 - Robert A. Rhoads & Katalin Szelenyi, Global Citizenship and the University: Advancing Social Life and Relations in an Interdependent World
 
2010 - Ann Mullen, University of Toronto, Degrees of Inequality: Culture, Class, and Gender in American Higher Education                                                            

2010 - Bruce Kimball, The Ohio State University for the book: The Inception of Modern Professional Education: C.C. Langdell, 1826-1906

2009 - Saran Donohoe, Reflections on Race: Affirmative Action Policies Influencing Higher Education in France and the United States

2008 - Marybeth Gasman, Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College fund; Honorable Mention: Attewell & Lavin, Passing the Torch; Honorable Mention: Bess & Dee, Understanding College and University Organization  

2007 (2) - Bailey and Morest, Defending the Community College Equity Agenda; Moses and Marin, Moving Beyond Grazt and Grutter: The Next Generation of Research

2005 - Elizabeth Allan, Constructing Women¹s Status:  Policy Discourses of University Women¹s Commissions, and Brian Pusser, Beyond Baldridge:  Extending the Political Model of Higher Education Organization and Governance
 
  
AERA Division J Exemplary Research Award 
Chair (2016-2019): Jaime Lester, jlester2@gmu.edu

This award is a special honor our division bestows on one of our most esteemed colleagues. The primary purpose of this award is to recognize and reward an individual who demonstrates an outstanding record of scholarly research in our field. The focus is on experienced faculty, both associate and full professors, who demonstrate an unusually high level of accomplishment. They are recognized scholars whose published research has made an outstanding contribution to knowledge and understanding in the field of higher education. Nominations should provide a detailed description and explanation of the nature and quality of the contribution as well as two noteworthy publications that typify the impact the nominated scholar has made both in terms of contribution to the literature and its impact on the field and practice.  

Previous award winners:

2015 - Sylvia Hurtado, University of California, Los Angeles

2014 - Ann Austin, Michigan State University

2013 - Daryl G. Smith, Claremont Graduate University

2012 - Tom Bailey, Teachers College

2011 - William Tierney, University of Southern California                                      

2010 - Anna Neumann, Teachers College                                                            

2009 - Barbara K. Townsend, University of Missouri                                             

2008 - George Kuh, Indiana University and Jack Schuster, Claremont Graduate University                                                                                                         

2007 -­ John Thelin, Professor, University of Kentucky                                             

2006 - Patricia Gumport, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Professor, Stanford University                                                                                                        

2004 - James Fairweather, Professor, Michigan State University

AERA Division J Outstanding Poster Award
Chair (2016-2019): Alonzo Flowers, aflowers78@gmail.com

This award recognizes the "outstanding poster" presented as part of the Division J program at the AERA Annual Meeting, as determined by the poster award selection committee. The winning poster will demonstrate exemplary quality in displaying relevant conceptual and/or theoretical frameworks, methods and analyses, appropriateness of conclusions, contribution to the field, and overall presentation. The award is designed to encourage participants to effectively present posters that describe top-quality research studies.

 
The review and selection process will be completed during the Annual Meeting. Each poster will be evaluated by each of the three judges.
Poster award selection committee members will rate the posters in five categories: importance and conceptual/theoretical grounding of research question, appropriateness of methods and analyses, appropriateness of conclusions, contribution to the field, and overall presentation. The poster with the highest combined score wins.  The winner will receive a plaque of recognition.

Previous award winners:

2015 - Teniell L. Trolian & Gwendolyn Archibald, University of Iowa - Social Experiences in College: Influencing Students' Psychological Well-Being

2014 - Catherine J. Mutti-Driscoll, University of Washington, The Choice to Have Children in Graduate School: Opportunities and Challenges

2013 - Jarrett Warshaw, University of Georgia - The Intersections of Institution, Family, and Identity Among Legacy Students at an Elite Private University

2012 - Rhiannon Williams & Amy Lee, University of Minnesota - Facilitating intercultural interaction: Reciprocal knowing AERA Poster 04-10-12 FINAL.pdf

2011 - Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs - Standing in the gap: Higher education professionals providing support for undocumented students


AERA Division J Outstanding Dissertation Award 
Chair (2016-2019): Kati Szelényi, katalin.szelenyi@umb.edu

The emphasis of this award is on recognizing a doctoral student who, through the dissertation work:

  • advances knowledge in higher education, broadly defined;
  • makes innovative use of research methods, extending the approaches available to conducting research in our field;
  • integrates relevant research and theory into the research;
  • suggests particularly insightful implications for improving practice (for Ed.D. dissertations), or generates and/or extends theory in potentially useful ways for researchers, policy makers, and/or practitioners (for Ph.D. dissertations); and
  • produces a well-written and well-organized dissertation.

Previous award winners:

2017 - Erich N. Pitcher, Michigan State University, Being and becoming professionally other: Understanding how organizations shape trans* academics' experiences

2016 - Amanda R. Tachine, University of Arizona, Monsters and Weapons: Navajo Students’ Stories on their Journeys Toward College, and Amelia Marcetti Topper, Arizona State University, A Multiplicity of Successes: Capabilities, Refuge, and Pathways in Contemporary Community Colleges 

2015 - Kaiwipunikauikawēkiu Lipe, of University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Aloha as Fearlessness: Lessons From the Mo‘olelo of Eight Native Hawaiian Female Educational Leaders on Transforming the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Into a Hawaiian Place of Learning

2014 - Krispin Barr, North Carolina State University, The Historical Legacy of a Secret Society at Duke University (1913-1971): Cultural Hegemony and the Tenacious Ideals of the "Big Man on Campus"

2013 - Lauren Germain, University of Virginia, “I have the power to change this": College Women’s Agency and Sexual Assault

2011 - Julie Schell, Teachers College, Venturing Toward Better Teaching: S.T.E.M. Professors' Efforts to Improve Their Introductory Undergraduate Pedagogy at Major Research Universities

2009 - Tami Lea Moore, Washington State University, Placing Engagement: Critical Readings of Interaction between Regional Communities and Comprehensive Universities

2008 - Christopher P. Loss, Peabody College at Vanderbilt University From Democracy to Diversity: The Politics of American Higher Education in the Twentieth Century abstract 

2007 - Frank Harris III, University of Southern California, The Meanings Men Make of Masculinities and Contextual Influences on Behaviors, Outcomes, and Gendered Environmental Norms: A Grounded Theory Study.  

 
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