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Division K - Teaching and Teacher Education Awards

2017-2018 Call for Nominations

*Call Released 10/25/2017*


At our recent AERA meetings, there has been an increased attention to public scholarship and the importance of research evidence in our participation in debates about educational issues. In particular, the fields of teaching and teacher education have continued to be under attack, making our research contributions all the more important. In these times, it has become even more critical to recognize exemplary scholarship in our field.


With this year’s awards, AERA Division K aims to recognize the teacher education scholarship of division members who are addressing persistent issues of urgent concern to the field. While the eight individual awards committees will focus on their respective areas of emphasis, each will also take into account the Division’s overarching call for attention to current issues related to the profession and to the current state of research on teaching and teacher education, including cutting edge and critical studies. To this end, each committee will offer special consideration to award submissions that hold promise for improving teacher education policy and practice in the following areas: strengthening, deepening and further developing the knowledge and research base for teaching and teacher education; providing rigorous and educative clinical experiences; preparing teachers to serve students with diverse racial and cultural backgrounds; supporting teachers to understand and apply theoretical and empirical perspectives on teaching and learning; articulating well-designed, evidence-based pedagogical practices in teacher education; addressing the most important social justice issues of our times; and developing and implementing new approaches for assessing and evaluating teachers’ practices in preservice and inservice settings. In particular, committees will consider the potential of nominees’ work to advance the profession of teaching and the practice of teacher education.


Please consider submitting nominations so as a Division we can highlight the truly innovative, critical, and important work of our colleagues. All nominees and nominators must be current members of AERA’s Division K. We will not accept self-nominations. Letters of nomination should be sent via email to each award committee chair. Below are the descriptions and specific materials for each award. Please note that all nomination letters must be submitted by November 15, 2017. Nominees will then be asked to submit all supplemental materials to the award chair(s) by January 2018.


For general questions, please contact Melia Repko-Erwin, melia.repkoerwin@colorado.edu.


Outstanding Dissertation Award

Co-Chairs: Cheryl Jones-Walker, University of San Francisco & Ed Brockenbrough, University of Pennsylvania

This award recognizes a dissertation of exemplary conceptual, methodological, and literary quality on an important topic in teaching and teacher education. For this year’s award, dissertations completed between August 1, 2016 and August 1, 2017 may be nominated. A dissertation may be submitted for consideration only once and can be nominated for an award within only one division of AERA. The committee uses a blind review process; only the committee chair will know the identity of the nominator and nominee.

Dissertations employing any theoretical and methodological orientation may be nominated as long as they make an important contribution to teaching and teacher education. In addition to reflecting the highest of standards of methodological rigor, nominated dissertations should focus on issues that are currently crucial to the field, including teacher and teaching quality and innovative means for documenting and assessing the processes and outcomes of teaching, teacher education, induction, and/or professional development. Special consideration will be given to dissertations that generate insights which hold promise for advancing educational equity; the committee will also consider the strength of a dissertation as it relates to the overarching Division K call for focused attention on persistent issues of urgent concern to the field. (For more details on these particular issues, see the overarching call above.)

Nomination for the dissertation award comes in the form of a one-page letter and overview from a member of the dissertation committee. Upon receipt of nominations, the Dissertation Award committee chair will solicit additional materials directly from nominees. Additional nomination materials include: (1) a title sheet showing the dissertation title, awarding institution, members of the dissertation committee, date of completion of the degree, and nominee’s current contact information; (2) the table of contents of the dissertation; and (3) a summary of the dissertation written in an accepted publication format (such as APA) not exceeding 7500 words in 12-point font, exclusive of title page, references, and appendices and without author identification. Nominations must be received no later than November 15, 2017. All nominations should be sent electronically with the subject line “Division K Outstanding Dissertation Award Submission” to the co-chairs: Cheryl Jones-Walker and Ed Brockenbrough at divkdissaward2018@gmail.com.


Early Career Award

Chair: Christine Sleeter, California State University Monterey Bay

This award, made to a researcher in the first stages of the research career (degrees awarded during or after 2011 and up to two years post- tenure), recognizes a significant program of research on important problems of theory and/or practice that focus on teachers, teaching, or teacher education. Recipients of this award must be engaged in inquiry that extends a significant line of research, addresses an issue that has been neglected in the field, fills a gap in current knowledge, or raises significant questions about extant knowledge. In addition, awardees should be engaged in studying problems or questions that are timely and that contribute to current policy debates or dilemmas of practice. The scholar’s body of work must be characterized by methodological rigor, momentum and coherence, and must show potential to contribute significantly to scholarship in the field. In addition to criteria outlined here, the Early Career Award committee will also consider the strength of nominees’ submitted works as they relate to the overarching Division K call for focused attention on persistent issues of urgent concern to the field. (For more details on these particular issues, see the overarching call above.)

To nominate a Division K member for the Early Career Award, please submit a one-page letter describing the nominee’s qualifications and fit for the award. Upon receipt of nominations, the Early Career Award committee chair will solicit additional materials directly from nominees. These additional materials include: (1) the nominee’s most recent curriculum vitae, (2) two representative scholarly publications, and (3) one additional letter of support from an individual familiar with the nominee’s contributions to scholarship in teaching or teacher education. Letters of support should address how the research demonstrates qualities detailed in the paragraph above as well as in the overarching call for Division K award nominations. Nominations must be received no later than November 15, 2017. All nominations should be sent electronically with the subject line “Division K Early Career Award Submission” to the chair: Christine Sleeter, csleeter@gmail.com.


Mid-Career Award

Chair: Miriam Raider-Roth, University of Cincinnati

The purpose of this award is to honor an outstanding researcher in the second stage of his or her research career (i.e., between ten and fifteen years beyond the granting of the doctoral degree). It is designed to recognize a significant program of research on important issues in teaching or teacher education.

Examples of work that will be considered for selection include research and scholarship that illustrate how students learn a concept in a particular content area; generate insights into the role of culture, socioeconomic status, language background, religion, and/or sexual orientation in the learning and/or teaching process; capture the role of various factors or experiences in the careers of teachers such as mentoring, collaborating with others, conducting action research or participating in an inquiry group; advance equity in schooling or teacher education practices; show innovation and rigor in methodology; and/or illustrate how families/communities can become partners with teachers in educating their children. Qualities of work submitted will be evaluated according to how the researcher’s trajectory demonstrates beneficial aims and outcomes; how the body of work advances knowledge about teaching or teacher education; how the researcher’s corpus demonstrates contribution to the well-being of students, teacher candidates, teachers, teacher educators, or families/communities; and the scholarly robustness of the work.

The noted contribution may be the result of a single research project or the accumulation of projects that have shaped thinking and/or practices in teaching and teacher education. In addition to criteria outlined here, the committee will also consider the strength of nominees’ submitted works as they relate to the overarching Division K call for focused attention on persistent issues of urgent concern to the field. (For more details on these particular issues, see the overarching call above.)

To nominate a Division K member for the Mid-Career Award, please submit a one-page letter describing the nominee’s qualifications and fit for the award. Upon receipt of nominations, the Mid-Career Award committee chair will solicit additional materials directly from nominees. These additional materials include: (1) the nominee’s most recent curriculum vitae, (2) two representative scholarly publications, and (3) two additional letters of support from individuals familiar with the nominee’s contributions to scholarship in teaching or teacher education. Letters of support should address how the research demonstrates qualities detailed in the paragraph above as well as in the overarching call for Division K award nominations. Nominations must be received no later than November 15, 2017. All nominations should be sent electronically with the subject line “Division K Mid-Career Award Submission” to the chair: Miriam Raider-Roth, raidermm@ucmail.uc.edu.


Innovations in Research on Equity and Social Justice in Teacher Education

Chair: Thomas M. Philip, UCLA

The purpose of this award is to recognize research that demonstrates innovation in addressing issues of equity and social justice in teaching and teacher education. Nominees may be individuals or a small collaborative group whose innovative research offers an expanded vision of theoretical frameworks, research methodologies, partnership models, or practices in teaching and teacher education that is focused on equity and social justice. The innovative contribution may be the result of a single research project or the accumulation of projects and must have been published in a peer-reviewed publication.

The value and importance of the innovation will be evaluated in light of its: (1) focus on equity and social justice; (2) significance to research in teaching and teacher education; and (3) contribution to policy and practice. Additionally, the committee will consider the strength of nominees’ submitted works as they relate to the overarching Division K call for focused attention on persistent issues of urgent concern to the field. (For more details on these particular issues, see the overarching call above.)

To nominate a Division K member for the Innovations in Research on Equity and Social Justice in Teacher Education Award, please submit a one-page letter highlighting the innovation’s qualities in light of the award criteria. Upon receipt of the nominating letter, the award committee chair will solicit additional materials directly from each nominee. These additional materials include: (1) the nominee’s most recent curriculum vitae; (2) two representative scholarly publications; and (3) two additional letters of support from individuals familiar with the nominee’s contributions to scholarship in equity and social justice in teaching and teacher education. Letters of support should address how the innovation fulfills the award criteria. Nominations must be received no later than November 15, 2017. All nominations should be sent electronically with the subject line “Division K Innovations in Research on Equity and Social Justice Award Submission” to the chair: Thomas M. Philip, tmp@g.ucla.edu.


Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education

Chair: Anne Burns Thomas, SUNY Cortland

This award recognizes the significant contribution to teaching and teacher education scholarship represented by a journal article or book published between January 2016 and July 2017. Special consideration will be given to nominated articles or books that: advance equity; generate insights that hold promise for ensuring the preparation of teachers who are equipped to serve all students; bring new methods to bear on the study of teacher education; reflect the highest standards of methodological rigor; and/or capture in ground-breaking ways the processes and outcomes of teacher education practice. In addition to criteria outlined here, the Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award committee will also consider the strength of nominees’ submitted works as they relate to the overarching Division K call for focused attention on persistent issues of urgent concern to the field. (For more details on these particular issues, see the overarching call above.)

To nominate a Division K member for the Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award, please submit a one-page letter describing the merits of the research publication, together with a copy of the nominated article. At the time of nomination, please request that the book publisher mail 8 copies of the nominated book to the award committee chair. Upon receipt of the nomination and written publication that is under consideration, the award committee chair will request a current curriculum vitae from each nominee. Nominations must be received no later than November 15, 2017. All nominations should be sent electronically with the subject line “Division K Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award Submission” to the chair: Anne Burns Thomas, Anne.BurnsThomas@cortland.edu.


Legacy Award

Co-Chairs: Walter Doyle, University of Arizona & Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Brandeis University

Division K Legacy Award recognizes senior members of Division K who have made significant and exemplary contributions through their research, teaching and professional service in the field of teaching and teacher education. Special consideration will be given to contributions that reflect the purposes and goals of Division K: (1) to advance knowledge about teaching and teacher education; (2) to encourage scholarly inquiry related to teaching and teacher education, and; (3) to promote the use of research to improve teaching and teacher education to serve the public good. Recipients will be recognized in a profile in the newsletter and in the proceedings of the annual Division K Business meeting. In addition, a donation will be given to the recipient's university to support graduate student travel to present at an AERA Annual Meeting. The recipient will also be featured on the Legacy Award Hall of Fame page of the Division's website. Priority will be given to emeriti and newly deceased members so that their contributions can be honored in a timely and worthy fashion.

Any nominee must meet at least three of the following seven criteria: (1) has played an active and long-standing role in the work of Division K; (2) is highly respected and has been recognized by others (nationally and internationally) as a leader in the field of teaching and teacher education who has contributed to the public debate on critical issues related to teaching and teacher education; (3) has actively promoted the use of research to improve teaching and teacher education serving the public good; (4) has conducted original, and innovative research that has been widely accessible to other researchers and practitioners and has had a major impact on teaching and teacher education; (5) has a distinguished record of teaching in the field of teaching and teacher education, as evidenced by the receipt of teaching awards, and commendations from students, or the equivalent; (6) has played an active role in the preparation of high-quality and innovative materials for teaching and teacher education; (7) has supported others—in particular new and younger scholars—to further their research and teaching in the field through mentoring, collaborative research and professional development opportunities, and other similar activities, both in Division K and in other similar professional/academic venues. In addition to these seven criteria, the Legacy Award Committee will also consider the strength of nominees’ submitted works as they relate to the overarching Division K call for focused attention on persistent issues of urgent concern to the field. (For more details on these particular issues, see the overarching call above.)

To nominate a Division K member for the Legacy Award, please submit a one-page letter describing how the nominee exemplifies the criteria described above. The chair will also collect additional supporting documentation including: (1) curriculum vitae, (2) sample publications, and (3) personal website information. Nominations must be received no later than November 15, 2017. All nominations should be sent electronically with the subject line “Division K Legacy Award Submission” to the co-chairs: Walter Doyle, wdoyle@email.arizona.edu & Sharon Feiman-Nemser, snemser@brandeis.edu.


 
 
2016 Awards
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Outstanding Dissertation Awards

Olena Aydarova, Arizona State University
Teacher Education Reform as Political Theatre: Modernization Dramas in the Russian Federation

Nicole L. Louie, University of Texas at El Paso
Learning to Redefine “Good at Math”: Tensions and Possibilities in Equity-Oriented Mathematics Teachers’ Everyday Practice

Committee:
Thomas Philips, UCLA (chair)
Lauren Anderson, Connecticut College
Edward Brockenbrough, University of Rochester
Betina Hsieh, California State University, Long Beach

Early Career Award
Higinio Dominguez, Michigan State University

Committee:
Reyes L. Quezada, University of San Diego (chair)
Belinda Bustos Flores, University of Texas at San Antonio
Maria Assunção Flores Fernandes, University of Minho, Portugal
Emily Lin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Lori Piowlski, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Joi Spencer, University of San Diego

Mid-Career Award
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Teachers College, Columbia University

Committee:
Okhee Lee, NYU (chair)
Cory Buxton, University of Georgia
Jennifer Langer-Osuna, Stanford University
Bettina Love, University of Georgia
Denise Dávila, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award
Karen R. Harris, Arizona State University, Steve Graham, Arizona State University, and Mary Adkins, Goucher College
Practice-based professional development and self-regulated strategy development for Tier 2, at-risk writers in second grade. Contemporary Educational Psychology, January 2015.

Committee:
Luciana De Oliveira, University of Miami (chair)
Steve Athanases, University of California, Davis
Ana Maria Villegas, Montclair State University
Simone White, Monash University, Melbourne

Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education Award
Eva Zygmunt, Patricia Clark, Kristin Cipollone, Jon Clausen, Wilfridah Mucherah, and Susan Tancock, Ball State University
“Schools within the Context of Community”

Committee:
David Kirkland, NYU (chair)
April Baker-Bell, Michigan State University
Ranita Cheruvu, William Paterson
Lamar Johnson, Miami University of Ohio
Peter Tan Keo, NYU
Jamila Lyiscott, Teachers College, Columbia University
sj Miller, University of Colorado, Boulder
Amber Pabon, University of Pittsburgh
Chevare Warren, Michigan State University

Division K Legacy Award
Etta R. Hollins, University of Missouri, Kansas City

Committee:
Sharon Ryan, Rutgers University (chair)
Wanda Blanchett, Rutgers University
Kathleen Hinchman, Syracuse University
Frank Pignatosi, NYU


 
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