Arts and Learning SIG Distinguished Dissertation Award

Arts and Learning SIG Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Arts and Learning SIG Awards Committee invites entries for the annual Arts and Learning SIG 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 and 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 April 2014 through April 2017 for the 2018 award).


  • The following items should be submitted to the Awards Chair:
    • A 2000-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 committee chair, (Chair name & e-mail). Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are original material and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere, nor will they be sent to another publication simultaneously.


The awards chair will establish a committee of at least three members of the Arts & Learning SIG who will review all submissions.  The committee will review all materials  submitted for round 1 review and identify the strongest 2-3 submissions to move on to the second round of review (full dissertations).  The committee will review these in full and then determine if an award should be given and, if so, to which candidate(s).


November 1, 2017. Finalists will be selected by December 1, (2017.The winner will be announced at the 2017 Annual Meeting of AERA in New York City.

CORRESPONDENCE: All related correspondence and manuscripts should be sent to: Jen Katz-Buonincontro,

Announcing the winner of the Dissertation Award

2018 Dissertation Award winner

Dr. Linda Krakaur,Krakaur Consulting Company, (

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Linda Krakaur is a career educator. Linda’s journey as a teacher has taken her from middle school language arts teacher to teacher trainer to Curriculum Director for the Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms, a project she designed for the Maryland State Department of Education. Framing high-quality arts experiences as a pathway to elevate teaching and learning, Linda has been recognized for the effectiveness of her approach which focuses on inquiry, creativity, critical thinking, and cultural competence. In addition to writing and leading workshops, Linda has presented at national conferences including AERA and AEP and at the International Drama in Education Conferences in Hong Kong and France. She also was a member of the team writing new national standards in Theatre.

Linda graduated with first class honors from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland with a degree in Drama in Education in 2015. She completed her doctorate in Teacher Education and Professional Development from the University of Maryland in 2017. Linda has worked in higher education for ten years through her positions at American, George Mason, Millersville, Towson and the University of Maryland. Linda also maintains a position with Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland where she supervises graduate students and leads an Education Abroad course for U.S. educators and teaching artists each summer. 

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