AERA Highlights - October 2020
AERA Highlights - October 2020

October 2020

Resource of Interest to Education Researchers
AERA Journal Calls

AERA Speaking Out on Issues
Important Data Changes to Provide Flexibility Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
AERA Calls
AERA Editor Calls
New Videos from AERA
Beyond AERA
In Memoriam
AERA in the News


William F. Tate IV Delivers 17th Annual Brown Lecture​ with an Engaged Discussion Forum
On October 22, William F. Tate IV delivered the 17th Annual AERA Brown Lecture, “‘The Segregation Pandemic: Brown as Treatment or Placebo?“ with a broadcast that reached more than 3,100 viewers from 40 countries. Read more

AERA Honors 2020 Award Winners at Virtual Celebration
On October 3, AERA held a Virtual Awards Celebration to honor recipients of the 2020 AERA-wide awards and give attendees an inside look at those with exemplary accomplishments across domains and career stages. Read more

AERA and Spencer Foundation Launch COVID-19 Impact Survey
AERA and the Spencer Foundation launched the COVID-19 Impact Study on October 29. The survey is directed to early career scholars within seven years after receiving their degrees and current doctoral students. Read more

AERA and OECD to Hold Policy Forum on New TALIS Video Study Results​
On November 24, AERA and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will hold an interactive policy forum to discuss new results from the TALIS Video Study. The TVS is an innovative project that uses new research methods to deepen understanding of teaching and learning at an international scale. Read more

AERA Division D Past Vice President Suzanne Lane Among Five Appointments to NAGB​
On October 9, the National Assessment Governing Board announced the appointment of five members for the 2020–24 term, including Suzanne Lane, a former vice president of AERA’s Division D–Measurement and Research Methodologies and an AERA Fellow. Read more

AERA, APA, and NCME Withdraw Copyright Lawsuit against Public.Resource.Org 
AERA, APA, and NCME have dropped their lawsuit against Public.Resource.Org, which had been commenced to enjoin Public.Resource.Org’s online publication of the 1999 edition of the Standards for Educational and Psychological TestingRead more

AERA Announces Recipients of ERSP Awards Focused on Dual Pandemics of COVID-19 and Systemic Racism ​
AERA has announced the recipients of an AERA Education Research Service Projects special call for projects focusing on the COVID-19 and systemic racism pandemics. Read more

Resource of Interest to Education Researchers

FSCM and COPAFS Webinar Series on Confidentiality and Data Access Provides Insights for Researchers Using Federal Data​
As a supplement to the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology’s 2020 Research and Policy Conference held last month, FCSM and the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics hosted an eight-session webinar series on confidentiality and federal data access between June and October. Read more

AERA Journal Calls

Call for Proposals for Educational Researcher Special Issue addressing Anti-Black Racism in Education —Deadline: November 6

Call for Proposals for AERA Open Special Topic addressing Sources, Conceptualizations, and Mechanisms of Racism/Oppression Impacting Education-Related Outcomes and Well-Being Across the Lifespan—Deadline: November 6

Call for Proposals for AERA Open Special Topic addressing Intersectionality in Hispanic-Serving Institutions—Deadline: November 15

Call for Proposals for 2022 Review of Research in Education—Deadline Extended: November 16

AERA Speaking Out On Issues

AERA, AAAS, and Key Researchers  Call on OMB to Require NSF to Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Measures in Surveys
In a jointly signed letter on October 25, AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine; Sudip S. Parikh, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; New York University professor Jonathan B. Freeman; and Laura E. Durso, executive director and chief learning officer of the Whitman-Walker Institute, urged the Office of Management and Budget to work with the National Science Foundation to include sexual orientation and gender identity measures in the 2021 National Survey of College Graduates or, at a minimum, initiate piloting of SOGI questions as part of NSF’s testing of new survey modifications. Read more

AERA Responds to Call for Information on Federal STEM Education Strategic Plan
On October 19, AERA submitted comments in response to a request for information on STEM education advanced by the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on STEM Education. Read more

AERA Executive Director Urges Withdrawal of ICE Proposed Rule on International Student Visas​
On October 26, AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine submitted a letter in response to a proposed rule from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau that would impose time limits on visas for international students, foreign exchange visitors, and representatives of foreign information media in the United States. Read more

AERA Joins Letter Urging Administration to Rescind Series of Actions Limiting Diversity Training in Federal Agencies
On October 7, AERA and 49 other scientific organizations sent a letter to Russell Vought, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, to urge the Trump administration to rescind elimination of federal employee training programs related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read more

AERA Joins Comment on Federal Student Aid Draft 2020-24 Strategic Plan
On October 23, AERA joined 13 other member and partner organizations of the Postsecondary Data Collaborative on a letter responding to the Federal Student Aid 2020–24 draft strategic plan. Read more

Important Date Changes to Provide Flexibility Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Call for Nominations for 2021 Awards—Deadline Extended: December 1

Call for AERA Research and Dissertation Grant Applications—Deadline Extended: December 15

Call for Nominations for AERA Fellows Program—Deadline Extended: December 15

Opportunity for 2020 Annual Meeting Paper Authors to Create Interactive Presentations for New AERA Gallery—Deadline Extended: December 31​

AERA Calls

Call for Proposals for AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship—Deadline: November 16

Call for Proposals for AERA Education Research Service Projects—Deadline: January 8, 2021

AERA Editor Calls

Call for Editors AERA Open—Deadline: November 18

Call for Editors RRE 2023, 2025—Deadline: January 31, 2021

New Videos from AERA

17th Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research and Discussion Forum 

A Celebration of Education Research: Honoring Excellence and Accomplishment

2020 AERA Award Winners

Megan Kuhfeld Discusses the New ER Article “Projecting the Potential Impact of COVID-19 School Closures on Academic Achievement”

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

Melanie Buffington, 47, died on September 16. She was an associate professor of art education and interim chair of the art education department at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She was a member of AERA Division G - Social Context of Education.  Read more

Roger Kaufman, 88, died on September 23. Kaufman, an AERA Fellow, was professor emeritus at Florida State University and served as Distinguished Research Professor at the Sonora Institute of Technology. He was a member of AERA Division J - Postsecondary Education. Read more

Frank Worts, 78, died on August 9. He was an assistant professor and lecturer in the Human Services Departmet at Lincoln University and directed the institution’ s continuing education program. Read more

Notices of AERA members who have passed away may be sent to Please include full name, date of death, age, most recent affiliation, and a link to an official announcement.

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

Confronting Racism in Admissions
Inside Higher Ed, October 26

Study Finds Connection Between Public Community College Promise Programs and Enrollment Increases
Diverse Issues in Higher Education, October 25

‘Free college’ programs sound great – but who gets excluded?
Hechinger Report, October 23

IL Senate Committee Discusses Free College Tuition
WBGZ Radio, October 22, 2020

A Trump-Biden debate is hardly presidential and could teach my children the wrong lessons
NBC News, October 22

The Promise and Disappointment of Free College
Inside Higher Ed, October 21

Industry Groups Drop Suit Over Copyrighted Regulations
Law360, October 16

Oregon Board Of Ed Passes ‘All Students Belong’ Rule — And Other States Should Follow Suit
Yahoo Life, September 30

Study Says No U.S. Campus Discrimination against Students of Asian Descent
VOA, September 26

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: Megan Bennett, Lori Hill, Audrey Poe, Christy Talbot, Tong Wu, and Martha Yager