AERA Highlights - August 2021
AERA Highlights - August 2021

August 2021

Research Policy and Science Policy News​
Federal Funding Opportunities​
AERA Important Nominations

AERA Calls and Relevant Webinars
AERA Editor Calls
Beyond AERA
In Memoriam
AERA in the News


AERA Announces 2021 Award Winners in Education Research; Awards Ceremony to be Held December 7
The American Educational Research Association has announced the winners of its 2021 awards for excellence in education research. Recipients include Congressman Bobby Scott, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and exemplary scholars across education research fields and career stages. 

Sylvia Hurtado to Deliver AERA Distinguished Lecture on September 30
Sylvia Hurtado, a longstanding AERA Fellow and a professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, will give the 2021 AERA Distinguished Lecture on September 30, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. EDT. Read more

AERA-ICPSR-NSF PEERS Data Hub to Hold Workshop on Research in Urban STEM Education, September 22—Register Now
The AERA-ICPSR-NSF PEERS Data Hub will hold a no-fee workshop, “Maryland Collaborative for Research in Urban STEM Education (MD-CRUSE),” on September 22, 1:00–4:00 p.m. ET. Read more

PEERS Data Hub Holds Additional Webinar on Learning Analytics on September 29
The AERA-ICPSR PEERS Data Hub is holding a no-fee workshop, Learning Analytics and Education Research Data, on September 29, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET [updated time]. Read more

AERA Offers 2021 Professional Development Courses On Demand in the Virtual Research Learning Center
The AERA Professional Development and Training Committee is pleased to announce that the courses offered during the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and the 2021 Virtual Research Learning Series are available on demand in the AERA Virtual Research Learning Center. Read more

AERA Fellows Committee Seeks Nominations for 2022 Class of Fellows
AERA members are encouraged to submit nominations for education researchers who have made significant scientific or scholarly contributions to the field to be honored as AERA Fellows in the 2022 cohort. Read more

Nominations for 2022 AERA Awards Due December 1​
The nominations deadline for the 2022 AERA Awards is December 1, 2021, except for nominations for the Outstanding Book Award, which are due November 17.

Research Policy and Science Policy News

President Biden Appoints Peggy Carr to Serve as NCES Commissioner​
On August 16, President Joe Biden announced the appointment of Peggy G. Carr to serve as commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics. Read more

Karen Marrongelle Named as Chief Operating Officer of NSF

During the May National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee meeting, EHR Assistant Director Karen Marrongelle announced that she will be serving as the NSF chief operating officer as of August 1. Read more

AERA Provides Comments on Department of Education RFI on Nondiscriminatory School Discipline

On July 23, AERA Executive Director Felice Levine offered comments on behalf of the Association in response to a Request for Information from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights regarding the nondiscriminatory administration of school discipline. Read more

AERA Provides Comments on OSTP Request on Strengthening Federal Scientific Integrity Policies
On July 28, AERA submitted comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in response to a Request for Information on improving federal scientific integrity policies. Read more

U.S. Department of Education Announces 2021–22 Civil Rights Data Collection​
On August 13, the U.S. Department of Education announced that the Office of Civil Rights will conduct the Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2021–22 school year. Read more

Federal Funding Opportunities

Annual Research Funding Opportunity, NSF’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources, EHR Core Research (ECR) Program—October 7 Deadline Read more

Two New Funding Opportunity Announcements from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development—November 29 and 30 Deadlines Read more

AERA Important Nominations

AERA Nominating Committee Seeks Recommendations for 2022 Elected Officers for AERA President-Elect and Two Council Member-at-Large Positions—Deadline: September 1 Read more

AERA Nominating Committee for Graduate Student Council Welcomes Recommendations of Potential Candidates for Five CGS Offices—Deadline: September 15  Read more



AERA Nominating Committee for SIG Executive Committee Seeks Recommendations for Two Member-at-Large Positions—Deadline: September 15 Read more

AERA Calls and Relevant Webinars

AERA-NSF Grants Program, Dissertation and Small Research Grant Proposals—Deadline: October 5; Informational Webinar on September 14: Webinar Registration

Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program—Deadline December 1; Informational Webinar on September 23: Webinar Registration

AERA Editor Calls

Call for Editors: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 2023–2025—Deadline: December 1

Call for Editors: Review of Educational Research 2022–2024—Deadline: November 8

Beyond AERA

Visit the Beyond AERA webpage for professional advancement opportunities from other organizations, including calls for papers and submissions, meetings and conferences, and other activities.

In Memoriam

AERA members who have recently passed away

David Bills, 66, Professor in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa, died on July 15. Read More

Jim Brandon, 72, a distinguished member of the Alberta education community for 50 years, died on August 26. Read More

Laura H. (Hill) Chapman, 86, died on August 17. She was an art educator, Ph.D. in educational research, taught art in Florida Public Schools and held faculty posts at Indiana University, University of Illinois, Ohio State University and University of Cincinnati. Read More

Mike Rose, 77, an esteemed and beloved education research professor at the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies, died on August 15. Read more

Daryl Siedentop, 82, a well-respected faculty member in physical education-teacher education at Ohio State University, died on July 15. Read More

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

When schools shut down: How education interruptions can hurt student achievement
The Journalist's Resource, August 28

‘What a Distraction’: More Research on Common Core Points to Meager Academic Gains
The 74, August 24

New Study Shows Latinx Students Attend Class More if the Teacher Is Latinx
BeLatina, August 24

Students that cuddle with dogs have improved well-being and are less stressed, study finds
Daily Mail, August 18

Pandemic limits Milestone results in Richmond, Columbia counties, as anticipated
The Augusta Chronicle, August 17

Congress Gave Schools $110 Billion in Aid, But Added This Rule About Spending It
Yahoo!News, August 11

Rural Communities Can Bring Grads Home
Swift County Monitor-News, August 11

High school students who attended school remotely during the pandemic report worse social, emotional, and academic well-being
PsyPost, August 10

What a Rural Corner of America Can Teach Us All About Community and Resilience
Time, August 6

Masks on in live classes in Jericho schools this fall
Syosett Advance, August 5

Petting therapy dogs enhances thinking skills
Vet Candy, August 2

Opinion: Merit pay boosts student success
Laurinburg Exchange, August 2

Our 11 Best Education Articles from July: Plummeting School Enrollment, Fearing a ‘Second Pandemic’ of Student Trauma, Educators Overwhelmed By Critical Race Theory Furor & More
The 74, July 28

New findings on college-access work during the pandemic, rural-suburban STEM disparities, and improving transfer
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 28

Online school may be a virtual solution but can leave students suffering emotionally and socially
Daily Sun, July 27

Reading on Screen vs. Print: New Analysis Thickens the Plot on Promoting Comprehension
Education Week, July 22

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AERA Highlights is published by the American Educational Research Association monthly to inform members and others interested in education research about the latest news and developments in AERA and in the field.

Editor: Felice J. Levine
Managing Editors: Tony Pals and John Neikirk

Contributors: Nathan Bell, Audrey Poe, Christy Talbot, George Wimberly, and Martha Yager