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

2024 Award Recipients

Distinguished Career Contribution Award
Felicia Moore Mensah
Teachers College, Columbia University

Dr. Felicia Moore Mensah is the recipient of the 2024 Scholars of Color in Education Distinguished Career Contribution Award. Dr. Mensah’s research agenda focuses on addressing issues of diversity and equity within science teacher education. Through this research, she advances scholarship that attends to creating equitable and just science teacher preparation programs, science curricula, and science pedagogies. This includes producing scholarship on mentoring and supporting junior science education scholars to advance science education and science teacher education research and praxis. Through her research, she has furthered the field’s understandings of the impact that Eurocentric science culture, racism, and other inequities in science teacher preparation programs have had on Black and Brown students’ access to and engagement within science.

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. 

Scholars of Color Mid-Career Contribution Award
Francesca Lopez
Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Francesca Lopez is the 2024 recipient of the Scholars of Color in Education Mid-Career Contribution Award. Dr. Lopez’s prolific work focuses on asset pedagogies, language learning and Latino English learners, and education policy related to race. She conceptualizes asset-based pedagogies as practices that incorporate students’ culture and language into the classroom teaching process, that are grounded in teachers’ critical awareness of the contexts of oppression in which students and their families live. Her research employs a “race-reimagined” perspective that, rather than enumerating deficits students bring, views students as bringing assets to the classroom that can be capitalized on in curriculum and pedagogy.

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. 

Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award
Nichole Margarita Garcia
Rutgers University

Dr. Nichole M. Garcia is the recipient of the 2024 Scholars of Color in Education Early Career Contribution Award. Her advocacy for BIPOC students is present across her scholarship and praxis. Her groundbreaking comparative study employed Critical Race Transformative Convergent Mixed Methods to examine the academic achievement, attitudes, and expectations of Chicanx and Puerto Rican college-educated nuclear families. Dr. Garcia’s work draws upon Critical Theory, Critical Race Theory, QuantCrit and Women of Color Feminisms. Currently, Dr. Garcia investigates the impact of disaster-related experiences on Latinx undergraduate students, employing mixed methods guided by disaster capitalism to understand its effects on their psychosocial, social, and academic development in higher 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.

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.
 The AERA Committee on Scholars of Color in Education is charged by AERA Council with serving as the selection committee for these awards.

Past Recipients

Distinguished Career Contribution Award
2023 - William A. Smith
2022 - Alfredo J. Artiles
2021 - Zeus Leonardo
2020 - ​María Estela Brisk
2019 - Patricia A. Edwards
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
2023 - Thandeka K. Chapman
2022 - Sonya Douglass Horsford
2021 - Megan Bang 
2020 - Adrienne Dixson
2019 - Karolyn Tyson
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
2023 - Mildred Boveda
2022 - Krystal L. Williams
2021 - Bianca Baldridge
2020 - Jessica Harris
2019 - Aydin Bal
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




Nominate for 2025 Awards

AERA is now accepting nominations for the 2025 AERA Awards. The submission deadline is Wednesday, October 9, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.