Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award
Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award
Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award

2021 Award Recipients 

Julie A. Edmunds
University of North Carolina, Greensboro 

Fatih Unlu
RAND Corporation

Jane L. Furey
University of Michigan

Elizabeth J. Glennie
RTI International

Nina Arshavsky
University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Edmunds, J.A., Unlu, F., Furey, J.L., Glennie, E.J.,  Arshavsky, N. (2020). What Happens When You Combine High School and College? The Impact of the Early College Model on Postsecondary Performance and Completion. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 42(2), 257-278

Early college programs enable students to graduate in 6 years with both a high school diploma and an associate degree or 2 years of college credit.  Prior research reveals the many positive benefits of these programs. In this outstanding study, the authors investigate the longer-term outcomes for graduates who continue on to college. Using a rigorous, lottery-based experimental design, they find that students not only complete college in less time than peers who follow a traditional path through high school and college, but also do so while achieving comparable GPAs. The committee admired the article’s clear findings and nuanced discussion, which have far-reaching implications for educational policymakers and administrators.

The Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award is presented annually in recognition of the most outstanding article published in an AERA journal. The elements of an outstanding article include: (1) significance of the contribution to advancing knowledge, (2) methodological sophistication and rigor, and (3) uniqueness in terms of problem specification or approach. Articles published in any one of the following AERA journals are eligible for consideration: AERA Open, American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA), Educational Researcher (ER), or Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics (JEBS), except those articles that emanate from AERA public lectures. The selection committee considers all research articles published in the volume year immediately preceding the year in which the award is conferred. The award is granted based on substantial merit, as determined by the selection committee.

Past Recipients             

2020 - Carolyn J. Heinrich, 
Jennifer Darling-Aduana, 
Annalee Good, 
Huiping (Emily) Cheng
2019 - Shanyce L. Campbell and Matthew Ronfeldt 
2018 - Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Negin Dahya, and Elizabeth Adelman
2017 - Katharine M. Broton
2017 - Sara Goldrick-Rab
2017 - James Benson
2016 - James D. Anderson

2015 - Matthew A. Kraft
2015 - John P. Papay
2014 - Liliana Garces
2013 - Andrew Ho and Sean F. Reardon
2012 - Alfredo J. Artiles
2011 - Luis C. Moll
2010 - Arnetha F. Ball             
2009 - Mark C. Long and Marta Tienda
2008 - Geoffrey D. Borman, Robert E. Slavin, Alan C. K. Cheung, Anne M. Chamberlain, Nancy A. Madden, and Bette Chambers
2007 - Ray McDermott, Shelley Goldman, and  Hervé Varenne
2006 - Cynthia Coburn
2005 - Kevin G. Welner and Haggai Kupermintz 
2004 - Deborah Loewenberg Ball, David K. Cohen, and Stephen W. Raudenbush
2003 - Fred M. Newman, BetsAnn Smith, Elaine Allensworth, and Anthony S. Bryk
2002 - Barbara Nye, Larry V. Hedges, and Spyros Konstantopoulos
2001 - Joseph Kahne and Kim Bailey
2000 - Ron Avi Astor, Heather Ann Meyer, and William J. Behre
1999 - Robert J. Sternberg
1998 - Douglas Fuchs, Lynn Fuchs, Patricia Mathes and  Deborah Simmons
1997 - Jeannie Oakes and Gretchen Guiton
1996 - Gloria Ladson-Billings
1995 - Bernard Weiner
1994 - Lorrie Shepard
1993 - John Smyth
1992 - Linda F. Winfield
1991 - Yeow Meng Thum and Anthony S. Bryk
1990 - Richard Murnane, Judith D. Singer & John B. Willett
1989 - Gaea Leinhardt, and Ralph Putnam
1988 - Robert B. Slavin
1987 - Edward H. Haertel
1986 - Henry I. Braun and Ted H. Szatrowski
1985 - Bruce D. Spencer
1984 - Kenneth D. Hopkins
1983 - Jere Brophy
1982 - John R. Bergan
1981 - Joseph T. Lawton & Susan K. Wanska
1980 - Penelope L. Peterson & Christopher M. Clark
1979 - Richard C. Anderson, Ralph E. Reynolds, Diane L. Schallert, and Ernest T. Goetz
1978 - No Award Given
1977 - Pinchas Tamir
1976 - Kenneth O. Doyle, Jr. & Susan E. Whitely
1975 - No Award Given
1974 - Richard C. Anderson and Raymond Kulhavy
1973 - Joel R. Levin, William D. Rohwer, Jr., T. Anne Cleary, and Paul A. Games
1972 - Leonard Marascuilo and  Joel R. Levin
1971 - Janet D. Elashoff, Gene V. Glass, Ralph A. Hakstian, Tse-Chi Hsu, and  Leonard S. Feldt
1970 - Gene V. Glass and  Glenn H. Bracht
1969 - James G. Holland
1968 - Wells Hively II
1967 - Patrick Suppes and Elliot W. Eisner






Call for Award Nominations

Deadline: December 1, 2021. Outstanding Book Award nominations due November 17, 2021.

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