Message from the VP December 2013
Message from the VP December 2013
December 2013 
Note: Special mid-December message added at the bottom.

Hello, Division H'ers. The end of the year is upon us. Hope everyone is headed for a not-too-frantic holiday season.

Here is the blast for December. Please especially note the Publication Awards call (#1 below) and the Centennial Survey (#2 below).

1. Publication Awards, Second Announcement.

1a. Call. Each year Division H grants six awards for reports and other school-based publications in the areas of school research, evaluation, assessment, and accountability, and doctoral dissertation. Winners are honored at the Annual Meeting Division H Breakfast and Business Meeting, on our website, and through acknowledgements to winning organizations. The dissertation winner also receives $1000 (first place) and $500 (second place).
Submission forms, category descriptions, and scoring guides are available at:

Thanks to Dale Whittington ( and Stacey Merola ( for their work on revising submission categories and scoring guides.

lb. Volunteer Reviewers. Dale and Stacey are also looking for volunteers to help review submissions. The volunteer form is at:

2. Centennial Survey. AERA's centennial happens during the 2015-16 Annual Meetings. Division H is participating extensively in this celebration because the origin of AERA is with school district researchers.

To help us plan our efforts--oral histories, invited sessions, information for the website--please respond to the Centennial Survey which asks for members' reminiscences about important school evaluation, research, assessment, and accountability events and people over the past 100 years. Here's the link:

Thanks to Mary Yakimowski, for developing the survey. 

3. Attention Graduate Students:  The Graduate Student Council ( is putting together examples of proposal submissions, written by graduate students, that have been accepted for presentation through the general proposal submission process.  If you submitted a proposal that was accepted, and are willing to share it as an exemplar for future graduate students, please contact your Graduate Student Representatives, Ruhan and Matt, as soon as possible at

4. Mentorship Reports. Each year Division H awards 4 graduate student/early career mentorships that cover up to $1000 in expenses. Grantees gain on-the-job experience with a veteran Division H member. Four more awards will be granted in 2014. Thanks to Toni Stroter ( for making this a successful program. Contact her for more information.

Reports from some of these awardees are below. (The others will be attached to the next blast.) Special thanks to each mentor and mentor organization for their support of these opportunities.

4a. Pius Ochwo (mentee) and Tremayne Waller (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, mentor). 

4b. Cordelia Lamb (mentee) and Dawn G. Williams (Howard University, Washington D.C.. mentor) 

4c. Suzanne Elgendy (mentee) and Paul Favaro (Peel School Board, Toronto, Canada, mentor).  See report for more information.

4d. April Burke (mentee) and Lisa Schmitt (Austin Independednt School District, mentor).  See report for more information.

5. Jobs.

5a. Mississippi State University, Department Head/Professor, Department of Leadership and Foundations. See this announcement for more information.

5b. Howard University, three tenure-track positions in educational leadersip and policy studies. See this announcement for more information.

Special Mid-December Blast (12/23/2013):

Hello everyone. I hope the holidays bring you peace and joy.

Nominations for Division H's Graduate Student Junior Representative are due February 21. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

Each Division in AERA has a Senior and a Junior Graduate Student Representative that are part of AERA's Graduate Student Council and perform other duties for the division--planning conference sessions and maintaining communication with graduate student members of the division.

The Graduate Student representative cycle represents a two-year, three-annual conference commitment. The Junior Rep-elect will attend the 2014 AERA annual conference and shadow the current Junior and Senior Reps. After the 2014 conference, the Junior Rep-elect becomes the Junior Rep. After the 2015 conference, this person becomes Senior Rep.

The Division contributes $700 toward the expenses of each Rep for all three years of conference attendance.

Applicants must be graduate students through the 2016 annual conference and must be able to attend all three years. Additional information about the application process, benefits of being a GS Rep, and duties can be found here.

Thank you all for a good year. I'll be in touch after the first of the year with a reminder about the call for Publications Awards, more mentee write-ups, and another encouragement to apply to be Junior Rep.

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