Division L Awards: 2015

Division L of AERA is seeking nominations for the following awards that will be given at the Annual Meeting in April 2015 in Chicago.


Rationale: The Outstanding Policy Report Award will recognize an outstanding policy report that makes a contribution to education research and/or policy through its analysis, evaluation, and/or critique of education policy.

Selection/Eligibility: In 2015, the award will be given to a long policy report (more than 35 pages in length) that best reflects the following selection criteria:

▪    Quality. Reflects highest standards of research quality and excellence appropriate to the methods and methodology used.

▪    Relevance. Analyzes, evaluates, and/or critiques a timely and relevant education policy or policy issue (report will have been completed after November 1, 2012)

▪    Impact: Demonstrates evidence that the report has been used by policymakers, influenced a public or policy debate, and/or advanced a research field.

To be eligible, the report must have been completed after November 1, 2012 and at least one author must be a member of Division L.

Nomination Process: Nominations must be submitted by the report author, user, or other reader of the work no later than November 15, 2014, and include the following (1) a nomination letter from a Division L member, (2) a PDF version of the report, and (3) evidence of the report’s impact.

Please email nomination materials to Sonya Douglass Horsford, Chair of the Outstanding Policy Report Award Committee, at by November 15, 2014, using the subject line: DIVISION L OUTSTANDING POLICY REPORT. Other members of the committee include: Alex Bowers, Teachers College, Columbia University (; Julian Vasquez Heilig, University of California Sacramento (; and Michelle Renee, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University (


Rationale: The purpose of the AERA Division L Outstanding Dissertation Award is to recognize the exceptional research accomplishments of recent doctoral graduates.

Eligibility: To be eligible, dissertations must have been completed and successfully defended between August 16, 2013 and August 31, 2014.

Dissertations employing any theoretical and methodological orientation may be nominated as long as they make an important contribution to education policy. At the time the dissertation is being considered, the author must be a member of Division L of AERA.

Nomination Process: Nominations must be submitted by a faculty member of the nominee's doctoral degree granting institution by November 15, 2014. The nomination package should include a nomination letter, 3-4 page summary of the dissertation, copy of the dissertation, and current contact information for the nominee.

The required information should be sent electronically to Division L Outstanding Dissertation Award Chair, Peter Youngs. Put "Div L Dissertation Award" in the subject line. Dissertations must be sent as an Adobe PDF file. Nomination packages will then be forwarded to the award selection committee. Committee members are: Dana Mitra, Penn State; Dan Player, U. of Virginia; Ben Pogodzinski, Wayne State; & Sheneka M. Williams, U. Georgia


Rationale: The award will recognize a lifetime of achievement in educational policy research. The field of educational policy research has generated a number of excellent researchers who deserve broad recognition. The award will be offered every other year and will alternate with the Early Career Award.

Selection/Eligibility: In selecting a winner, the criteria to be considered will be the quality and impact of the candidate’s work over a lifetime.

Nomination Process:

To nominate a candidate, there must be a nominating letter and two supporting letters. These letters should describe the candidate’s contributions to the field of educational policy over the course of the candidate’s career. They should describe the quality of the research, including--as appropriate--its rigor, insight, contribution to policy, and/or contribution to policy or policy debates. Nominations should be received by November 15, 2014: Jim Spillane Put Division L Lifetime Achievement Award in the subject line. Other members of the committee include: Adam Gamoran, Amanda Datnow, Sue Dynarski, and Gerardo Lopez.

Review/Selection Process:

The chair for the Lifetime Achievement Subcommittee and the four additional members will review nominated reports and make the final award. Members of the Lifetime Achievement Subcommittee will be selected to ensure that there is no conflict of interest and that representation of a wide range of Division members and educational constituencies is assured. Each committee member reviews the packages of letters for all candidates. By individual ballot, each committee member will make a global ranking of the nominated candidates with the top report receiving a “1”. After reviewing and sharing the ranks to the committee members, the chair will schedule a conference call to discuss the rankings to reach a consensus on the awardee. Awards will only be made when at least one candidate is of sufficiently high quality as to deserve this recognition.

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