AERA Highlights - May 2021

May 2021

Research Policy and Funding News
AERA Calls
AERA Editor Calls
Beyond AERA
Notable New Appointments​
In Memoriam
AERA in the News


AERA Opens 2022 Annual Meeting Call for Submissions; Deadline to Submit: July 12
The AERA 2022 Annual Meeting Call for Submissions is now available on the AERA website. The 2022 AERA Annual Meeting will be held April 22-25 in San Diego, CA. The 2022 Annual Meeting Presidential Program theme is “Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century.” Read more

AERA President Na’ilah Suad Nasir and Annual Meeting Program Co-Chairs Invite Ideas for the 2022 AERA Annual Meeting Presidential Program
AERA President Na’ilah Suad Nasir and 2022 Annual Meeting Program Co-Chairs Tryphenia Peele-Eady and Elizabeth Tipton invite AERA members to contribute ideas for the 2022 AERA Annual Meeting Presidential Program. Read more

AERA Launches 2021 Virtual Research Learning Series—June 2 Opening
AERA has launched the 2021 Virtual Research Learning Series offering six professional development courses on a breadth of topics. Taught by leading experts in the field, the series runs from June 2 to July 8. Read more

AERA Participates in WMPD (Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities) Day to Advance Understanding of Diversity in STEM
On May 12, AERA joined the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Consortium of Social Science Associations, the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences, and Sage Publishing in holding Understanding Diversity in STEM: WMPD Day. Read more

Six engaging professional development courses focused on topics in quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as strategies for scholars to increase writing productivity.

Research Policy and Funding News

NASEM Committees Begin Consideration of Future Vision for IES Programs
During the week of May 10, three committees under the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine began their work on examining programs in the Institute of Education Sciences. Read more

NSF Proposals Move Forward in House and Senate​
During the week of May 10, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held markups of their respective bills that would seek to reauthorize the National Science Foundation. Read more

NSF SBE Advisory Committee Highlights National Secure Data Service, Directorate Updates 
The National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Advisory Committee held its spring meeting on May 6–7. The meeting covered a range of topics, including an update on new funding opportunities from SBE; a conversation on broader impacts; and discussion on initiatives SBE is undertaking to address discrimination, bias, and equity. Read more

National Academies to Hold Virtual Events in June Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on K-12 Teaching and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the STEMM Workforce
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold two virtual public events in June that will be of interest to education researchers, practitioners, and policy leaders. Read more

AERA Calls

Call for Applications for AERA Grants Program—Deadline: June 15

Call for Input on the 2022 AERA Annual Meeting Presidential Program—Ideas submitted prior to June 30 will be especially useful

AERA 2022 Annual Meeting Call for Submissions—Deadline: July 12

AERA Editor Calls

Call for Editors: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 2023–2025

Call for Editors: Review of Educational Research 2022–2024

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.

Notable New Appointments

Kathleen Cagney named new director of University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Read more

Social Science Research Council names Anna Harvey as next president. Read more

In Memoriam

AERA members who have recently passed away

Linda McSpadden McNeil, 77, died on April 1. McNeil was professor emeritus at Rice University. She was vice president of Division B-Curriculum Studies, served as editor of the American Educational Research Journal—Social and Institutional Analysis (2000-2003), chaired the AERA/Spencer Doctoral Research Fellowship Program,  served as chair of the Division B Annual Meeting Program committee, and was a member of the Outstanding Book Award Committee. She was also a member of Division G-Social Context of Education. Read more

Helen Marie Marks, 83, died on March 20. Marks, who retired as a member of the faculty at the Ohio State University College of Education, was a member of Division A and Division L. Read more

Robert B. Ruddell, 83, died on March 14. Ruddell was Professor Emeritus of the Language, Literacy, and Culture Faculty Group at the University of California at Berkeley. Read more

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

Study: Dogs help college students more than stress management classes
UPI, May 20

Why reading comprehension is deteriorating
Hechinger Report, May 17

Where Do Public Research Universities Recruit?
Inside Higher Ed, May 17

For Stressed-Out College Students, Petting Therapy Dogs Has Long-Lasting Benefits
Smithsonian Magazine, May 14

The Therapeutic Tool That Works Better Than A Stress Management Program - A Dog
Forbes, May 13

Study: Therapy Dogs Helped At-Risk Students' Coping Skills
Inside Higher Ed, May 13

Therapy dogs help to ease students’ worries at a stroke
The Times, May 12

Test-optional policies didn’t do much to diversify college student populations
Hechinger Report, May 10

William Tate IV named next president of LSU, becoming first Black university president in SEC
WDSU News, May 6

Researchers Agree the Pandemic Will Worsen Testing Gaps. But How Much?
Education Week, May 4

Breakfast After the Bell programs reduce school absenteeism
The Conversation, May 3

Robert Slavin championed the use of scientific evidence to figure out what works in education
Hechinger Report, May 3

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

Contributors: Audrey Poe, Christy Talbot, and Martha Yager