Committee on Scholars of Color in Education Awards
Committee on Scholars of Color in Education Awards
Committee on Scholars of Color in Education Awards


2019 Recipients

Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award
Aydin Bal
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Dr. Aydin Bal is associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitative Psychology and Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research centers on the racialization of behaviors, namely disproportional representation of students of color in school discipline and in the identification of behavioral disorders. Grounded in cultural-historical activity theory, his scholarship advances efforts to build capacity in local schools and education agencies to address disparities with culturally responsive strategies that engage students, families, educators, and communities. With his Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports framework, he expands intellectual paradigms that go beyond traditional forms of inquiry. Dr. Bal’s impressive program of research and innovative perspectives have been critical and
influential in animating the national discussion on disproportionality in special education.

The Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award is awarded to a scholar who is within the first ten (10) years of their career after receipt of the doctoral degree.

Scholars of Color Mid-Career Contribution Award
Karolyn Tyson
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill                                     

Dr. Karolyn Tyson is professor and associate chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. As a sociologist of education, she is concerned with issues related to education inequality and understanding the complex connections between schooling processes and the achievement outcomes of Black students. Her beautifully written and illuminating body of work is deeply thoughtful and empirically rich as it captures authentic racial dynamics in schools. Dr. Tyson has provided some of the most important scholarship that challenges deeply flawed, but widely held misconceptions
about Black students. With funding from the Spencer Foundation and the National Science Foundation, her
rigorous, sustained and thoughtful considerations of complex interactions between schooling experiences
and achievement move us closer to truthful knowing.

The Scholars of Color Mid-Career Contribution Award is awarded to a scholar who is beyond the first level of professional appointment and for whom at least 10 years have passed since receipt of the doctoral degree. 

Distinguished Career Contribution Award
Patricia A. Edwards
Michigan State University

Dr. Patricia A. Edwards is professor of teacher education at Michigan State University and internationally recognized community literacy scholar who focuses on parent involvement, home-school-community partnerships, and family/intergenerational literacy. Her pioneering body of work has set the standard for family and community practice-informed scholarship in the field. As a visionary and transformative leader in the field of literacy studies and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame, she has served as president of both the Literacy Research Association (the first African American) and the International Literacy
Association. Dr. Edwards’s contributions are fundamental to the knowledge base in the study of reading/ literacy, and the field will forever be indebted to the indelible mark made by her distinguished career of scholarship, program development, service, and advocacy. 

The Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award is awarded to a senior-level scholar, usually 20 years or more after their receipt of the doctoral degree.                         

These three awards are intended to recognize (1) scholars at different stages in their careers who have made significant contributions to the understanding of issues which disproportionately affect minority populations, and (2) minority scholars who have made a significant contribution to educational research and development. 

Past Recipients

Distinguished Career Contribution Award
2018 - Rubén Donato
2017 - Antonia Darder
2016 - Walter R. Allen
2015 - Patricia C. Gándara
2014 - Award not given
2013 - Jo-ann Archibald
2012 - Celia S. Genishi
2011-Henry T. Frierson
2010 - Carol Camp Yeakey
2009 - Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner
2008 - James D. Anderson
2007 - Karen Swisher
2006 - Sonia Nieto
2005 - Donna Ford
2004 - Enrique "Henry" T. Trueba
2003 - Okhee Lee
2002 - Samuel S. Peng
2001 - Richard R. Valencia
2000 - Joyce King
1999 - Flora Rodriguez Brown
1998 - Walter G. Secada
1997 - Valerie Ooka Pang
1996 - James Banks
1995 - Ronald Takaki
1994 - Edmund Gordon
1993 - Carl Grant

Mid-Career Contribution Award 
2018 - Kakali Bhattacharya
2017 - James L. Moore III
2016 - Sherick A. Hughes
2015 - Kevin K. Kumashiro

2014 - Janelle T. Scott
2013 - Sharon Nelson-Barber
2012 - Christine Jean Yeh
2011 - Jerlando F. L. Jackson 
2010 - Dolores Delgado Bernal
2009 - Cynthia Hudley
2008 - Carol D. Lee and Francisco A. Rios
2007 - Kris Gutierrez
2006 - Madonna G. Constantine
2005 - Maria E. Franquiz
2004 - Michèle L. Foster
2003 - No award presented
2002 - No award presented
2001 - Christian J. Faltis
2000 - Lin Goodwin
1999 - Kofi Lomotey
1998 - Asa G. Hilliard III
1997 - Jacqueline Jordan Irvine
1996 - Celia Genishi
1995 - Christine Sleeter
1994 - Kenji Hakuta
1993 - Concepcion M. Valadez

Early Career Contribution Award
2018 - Nicole M. Joseph
2017 - María C. Ledesma
2016 - Roberto G. Gonzales
2015 - Ebony O. McGee
2014 - Dorinda Carter Andrews and Eve Tuck
2013 - Vichet Chhuon
2012 - Brendesha M. Tynes
2011 - Bic H. Ngo 
2010 - Valerie Kinloch
2009 - Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy
2008 - Lamont A. Flowers
2007 - Tyrone C. Howard & Michele S. Moses
2006 - Rich Milner
2006 - Gregory Tanaka
2005 - Cornel D. Pewewardy
2004 - Linda C. Tillman
2003 - Xin Ma
2002 - M. Christopher Brown II
2001 - Alfredo J. Artiles
2000 - William F. Tate
1999 - John W. Young
1998 - Vivian L. Gadsden
1997 - Oscar Kawagley
1996 - Donna Yvette Ford
1995 - Gloria Ladson-Billings
1994 - Ana Maria Villegas
1993 - Violet Harris




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