Disability Studies in Education SIG 143
Disability Studies in Education SIG 143
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AERA Disability Studies in Education Special Interest Group

Outstanding Dissertation Award

The Disability Studies in Education (DSE) Special Interest Group (SIG) is pleased to invite nominations from junior faculty and graduate students of dissertations that represent outstanding/innovative theoretical and/or empirical scholarship in the field of DSE. Recipient(s) will receive recognition by the SIG in the form of an award and will be invited to present their research at the Business Meeting of the DSE SIG during the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, to be held in San Francisco, California on Friday, April 17, – Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Junior faculty/graduate students who self-nominate or are nominated for this award by university faculty or SIG member(s) must submit academic scholarship that was conducted as a dissertation and was defended, but not published, before December 31, 2019. The nominated work should represent an original, scholarly contribution to knowledge related to theory, policy, and/or pedagogical practice in the area of Disability Studies in Education. The winner must be willing and able to travel to the AERA conference in San Francisco to present her or his work and receive the award.

 To be considered, adherence to the following criteria is necessary:

  • The author must submit a chapter or publishable paper that derives from the dissertation;

  • The overall length of the submission must not exceed 45 pages, double spaced, 12 point font, with 1 inch margins;

  • The content must reflect a topic relevant to disability studies in education;

  • The work must be written by a single author who is primarily responsible for the research described in the manuscript;

  • The work must not have been previously published.

For the purposes of ensuring masked review, please adhere to these submissions guidelines:  The application must include the submission of three separate documents:

  1. A letter of nomination that includes a short biographical statement of the nominee; a description of his or her research; and a short statement explaining why, in the opinion of the nominator, the award is merited (self-nominations are allowed).  This letter must include a current e-mail, phone number, and mailing address for contacting the author. This document may be submitted as either a Microsoft Word document or a PDF; this document will not be distributed to the reviewers.

  2. Table of Contents from the dissertation.  This document must be submitted as a PDF, with all information identifying the author masked.    

  3. The submitting manuscript, meeting all of the bulleted criteria above. This document must be submitted as a PDF, with all information, including bibliographic information identifying the author masked.  

Submissions will be judged on the criteria of quality, importance or significance of the work’s contribution to the field, and originality of design and/or inquiry methods by past award recipients. Nomination packages should be sent via email to both AERA DSE SIG Co-Chairs: Jessica Bacon (baconj@montclair.edu) and Danielle Cowley (danielle.cowley@uni.edu) by January 15, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Please see the Awards tab of the DSE SIG website for Past Award Recipients



Dear DSE Community,
  It is with great sadness that we share the recent death of Dr. Chris Kliewer. Please see the note below from our SIG co-chair Dr. Danielle Cowley. 

I am writing to update you all on information regarding services for our friend and colleague Chris Kliewer, who unexpectedly passed away last Tuesday after an accidental fall at his home. My Department head at UNI has been in touch with Chris' family and information about services can be found below. 

His family is also working on the details receipt of memorials, donations, cards, etc. and that information will be posted on the Richardson Funeral Home website by Sunday, I believe. Take care and please keep Chris' family, particularly Cole, Jackson, and Joey, in your thoughts. 

--Danielle (AERA DSE SIG Co-Chair)

From the University of Northern Iowa: 

Chris Kliewer, a professor in the Special Education Department in the College of Education, passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Chris joined the University of Northern Iowa in 1995 after receiving his Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Chris enriched the lives of his students, colleagues, and friends with his unwavering devotion to children with disabilities and their families.

Memorial services for Chris Kliewer are scheduled at the Richardson Funeral Home for Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00. During this gathering, a time of sharing is planned for 2:00. Following the memorial services, a reception will be held at the Cedar Falls Women’s Club.  

Richardson Funeral Home

615 Main Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Cedar Falls Women’s Club

304 Clay Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa


SIG Purpose

The mission of the Disability Studies in Education SIG is to promote the understanding of disability from a social model perspective drawing on social, cultural, historical, discursive, philosophical, literary, aesthetic, artistic, and other traditions to challenge medical, scientific, and psychological models of disability as they relate to education. 



Who We Are

Profile of Disability Studies in Education SIG #143 Members
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Structure & Government

Key Initiatives

See awards page for information about DSE travel grants and DSE Outstanding Dissertation awards

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