AERA Highlights - December 2019
AERA Highlights - December 2019

December 2019

Research Policy and Funding News
New AERA Calls
Ongoing AERA Calls
AERA Publications Calls
New AERA Video
Beyond AERA
AERA in the News


AERA 2020 Election — Voting Opens January 14
AERA will open the 2020 election on January 14 with voting conducted by electronic ballot. The election will conclude on February 12. All voting members are urged to exercise their right to vote. The vitality of the Association depends on an active membership and leadership. Read more

AERA Asks for 2019 End-of-Year Giving to Support Vital Activities​
AERA has reached out to members and friends of education research to urge end-of-year giving, particularly for the AERA Minority Fellowship Program Fund and the Congressional Fellowship Program Fund. Read more


AERA Joins Scholarly Publishers on Letter to President Trump Regarding Potential Executive Order on Open Access Policy
On December 18, a coalition of 63 scholarly organizations, including AERA, sent a letter to President Trump to express concerns about a potential executive order that would eliminate the 12-month public access embargo on peer-reviewed journal articles supported by federally funded research. Read more 

Special Issue of Educational Researcher Examines the Nature and Consequences of Null Findings in Education Research
A newly released special issue of ER focuses on important questions raised by the prevalence of null findings—the absence of expected or measurable results—particularly in randomized control trials. Read more

New AERA Book Examines the Landscape and Effects of College Promise Programs
Improving Research-Based Knowledge of College Promise Programs, to be published in early January, is the first known collection of scholarly chapters dedicated to research on an array of college promise programs and their effects. Read more

AERA Announces New Cohort of Deeper Learning Fellows​
AERA has announced a new cohort of the Fellowship Program on the Study of Deeper Learning. The four fellows were selected from a highly competitive pool of early career scholars who proposed studies using the Deeper Learning data set. Read more

AERA invites applications for the AERA Congressional Fellowship Program, which provides an exciting opportunity for AERA members to use education research to inform public policy while working on Capitol Hill.

Research Policy and Funding News

Final FY 2020 Appropriations Bill Increases Spending for Education Research, Provides Funding for Gun Violence Research​​
President Trump was expected to sign two bills on December 20 that set final FY 2020 spending levels for federal agencies after Congress resolved proposed appropriations from the House and Senate. The LHHS conference bill includes $25 million to support gun violence research. Read more

White House OSTP Seeking Comments on American Research Environment—Deadline Extended to January 28
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking input on several areas of the production of scientific knowledge to inform the work of the OSTP Joint Committee on the Research Environment. The deadline for comments was extended to January 28. Read more

President Trump to Nominate Sethuraman Panchanathan as Next NSF Director​
On December 19, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Sethuraman Panchanathan, the chief research and innovation officer at Arizona State University and executive vice president of ASU Knowledge Enterprise, to serve as director of NSF. Read more

NSF Releases Report on Fundamental Research Security​

On December 11, the National Science Foundation issued a commissioned independent study from JASON on research security. The report provides recommendations to protect the openness of fundamental research while addressing concerns regarding national security. Read more

New AERA Calls

Call for Proposals for 2020  AERA Fellowship Program on the Study of Deeper Learning—Deadline: February 10
AERA invites proposals from early career education researchers and postdoctoral scholars to enhance the use of the Deeper Learning data set. This program supports postdoctoral and early career scholars undertaking research projects using the Deeper Learning data and the design and implementation of professional development and training around these data.
Call for Submissions for Education Research Service Projects—Deadline: February 24
AERA’s Education Research Service Projects program provides small grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to encourage education researchers to offer their pro bono expertise to educational organizations, institutions, or other community groups that have identified and expressed a need for such assistance.
Call for Education Research Conference Proposals – Deadline: Thursday, March 5
AERA’s Research Conferences Program awards grants of up to $35,000 for conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate new lines of study on issues that have been largely unexplored, or develop innovative research methods or techniques that can contribute more generally to education research.
Call for Dissertation and Research Grant Applications - Deadline: March 23
The AERA-NSF Grants Program supports advanced quantitative research and statistical analysis of major data sets made possible by federal government support. Dissertation and research grant proposals are encouraged on all aspects of education and learning of relevance to STEM policy.

Ongoing AERA Calls

Call for AERA Congressional Fellowship ApplicationsExtended Deadline: January 6
The AERA Congressional Fellowship Program provides an exciting opportunity for AERA members to come to Washington, D.C., and use education research, outside of the academic setting, to inform public policy while working on Capitol Hill.

Call for Nominations for the 17th Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research—Deadline: February 10
The AERA Brown Lecture in Education Research features important research that advances understanding of issues related to equality and equity in education. It was inaugurated in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court took scientific research into account in issuing its landmark ruling.


AERA Publications Calls

Call for Editors: RRE Volumes 46, 48 (2022, 2024)—Deadline: January 31
The AERA Journal Publications Committee invites applications for the 2022, 2024 editorship of the Review of Research in Education. RRE is an annual peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for analytic research reviews on selected education topics of significance to the field.

AERA Open Special Topic: Educational Data Science—Deadline: Papers due June 1
This AERA Open special topic call aims to showcase the best of this ongoing genre of research and to broaden the scope of data science applications to include work on diverse topics and frameworks related to education and learning, much of which is being generated by interdisciplinary scholars and educational domain experts.

New AERA Video

Coeditors Laura W. Perna and Edward J. Smith Discuss the New AERA Book Improving Research-Based Knowledge of College Promise Programs

Beyond AERA

2020 AAAS Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, February 13-16—Deadline for Advance Registration: January 24
Call for Proposals for the Spring 2020 NAFSA Research Symposium—Deadline: January 26

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

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

In Math, Teachers' Unconscious Biases May Be More Subtle Than You Think
Education Week, December 13

Researchers: Stop Using EdTPA Scores in Teacher-Certification Decisions
Education Week, December 10

Study on Campus Carry Legislation
Inside Higher Ed, November 27

More AERA in the News

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
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