Arts and Learning SIG
Arts and Learning SIG


SIG Mission Statement

The Arts and Learning Special Interest Group (A&L SIG) is a forum for discussion of research issues related to the arts and education. All arts disciplines are entertained, and a wide range of research techniques are represented. Recent themes include: arts performance and process in curriculum; arts integration, assessment, and criticism; cultural issues; semiotics creative process; aesthetic education; alternative research methodologies; and constructivism.

Message from the 2017-2018 SIG Chair
Who We Are

SIG Officers 

 Matt Omasta, Chair 

Amanda Claudia Wager, Program Chair

Jen Katz-Buonincontro, Immediate Past Chair

Sarah Travis, Awards Chair

Mary McAvoy, Secretary/Treasurer

Khadijah Ali-Coleman, Student Representative

AERA 2018 Program

April 17-20, 2020

San Francisco, CA

"The Power and Possibilities for the Public Good When Researchers and Organizational Stakeholders Collaborate"


The AERA Arts & Learning SIG offers two awards (additional details below): 

The Distinguished Dissertation (submission due 1 October 2019)

Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Learning Award (nominations due 1 November 2019)

Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Arts and Learning SIG Awards Committee invites entries for the annual Distinguished Dissertation Award. Papers based on the author’s recently completed dissertation will be considered. The award will be presented at a business meeting of the Arts & Learning SIG at the Annual Meeting of AERA.


The award will be presented annually to the scholar whose work is of importance to Arts & Learning SIG members, and in the opinion of the A&L Awards Committee, bears the hallmarks of integrity, quality, depth of knowledge, style and significance to the field.


All who enter must be members of AERA and members of the A&L SIG. The competition is open to all recent doctoral degree recipients whose dissertations were accepted during the 3 years prior to the AERA Annual Meeting at which the award will be presented (i.e., dissertation completed 2017 through 2019 for the 2020 award).


The following items should be submitted to the Awards Chair:

·A 1,000-1,250 word extended abstract of the dissertation that clearly addresses the Objectives, Perspectives/Theoretical Framework, Methods/Modes of Inquiry, Results, and Scholarly significance of the study. (Note that these are the same requirements necessary for an AERA paper submission).

·The author’s name and affiliation should appear on a separate cover page, and only on this page, to ensure anonymity in the reviewing process, along with their snail mail address, their phone number and their e-mail.

Finalists will be asked to submit a blinded manuscript of the complete dissertation.

E-mail the documents to Sarah Travis, AERA Arts and Learning SIG Awards Chair:

the Awards Chair. The jurors will assess the collected body of work of each nominee, considering if each nominee has made a substantive contribution to the field of Arts and Learning. Evidence of such a contribution may take the form of publications, presentation of scholarly work at academic and professional conferences, and, when appropriate, supplementary creative work related to the scholar’s research.


The deadline for nominations is November 1, 2019.


All related correspondence should be sent to Sarah Travis, AERA A&L SIG Awards Chair:

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