1. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
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.
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. The candidate must have a career of research that is characterized by both its technical quality and impact in academe or the world of policy (or both). The candidate must be a member of Division L.
Nomination Process: The documents for nominations include: (1) a nominating letter, (2) the candidate's via, and (3 & 4) two supporting letters. These letters should describe the candidate's research contributions to the field of educational policy throughout his or her career. They should describe the quality of the research, including--as appropriate--its rigor, insight, contribution to policy research, and/or contribution to policy or policy debates. This material should be sent to the chair of the Lifetime Achievement Award Selection Committee, Jane Clark Lindle at email@example.com by October 15, 2012. Put DIVISION L LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINATION in the subject line.
2. OUTSTANDING POLICY REPORT AWARD
Rationale: The award will recognize an outstanding research report that makes the contribution of analyzing, evaluating or critiquing educational policy. The membership of AERA consistently conducts research that contributes to the development of educational policy and dialogue and debate about such policy. This award will bring attention to one exceptional contribution every year.
Only one award will be given each year. In 2013, the award will be given to an article or research report or policy brief of 50 pages or more. The award will not be given for a body of work, but rather for a single report that demonstrates excellence in two areas:
1. Quality of the research (with the standards of quality applied being appropriate to the methodology of the report in question).
2. Impact, which may include evidence that the document in question has been used by policy makers, has changed the public debate or dialogue about a policy area in a jurisdiction, or has substantially advanced a research field.
To be eligible for consideration, the following rules will apply:
1. Research reports must have been published between January 1, 2010 and the present.
2. At least one author must be a member of Division L of AERA.
3. The report must be at least 50 pages in length.
Reports that do not meet these criteria will not be reviewed.
The nomination must include the following items:
1. A copy of the report that is nominated.
2. A letter of nomination from a member of Division L of AERA.
3. Documentation of the research impact.
Research reports may be nominated by a report author or by a “user” or other reader.
Please send information to the Chair of the Outstanding Research Report Award Committee, Morgan Polikoff at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1, 2012. Put DIVISION L OUTSTANDING POLICY REPORT in the subject line.
3. OUTSTANDING DISSERTATION AWARD
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 15, 2011 and August 31, 2012. 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 October 15, 2012. 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, Jennifer Jellison Holme at email@example.com. 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.