Arts & Learning Distinguished Dissertation Award

AERA Arts & Learning SIG

Arts & Learning Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Arts and Learning SIG Awards Committee invites entries for the annual Arts & Learning Distinguished Dissertation Award. Papers based on the author’s recently completed dissertation will be considered. The award will be presented at a business meeting of the Arts & Learning SIG at the Annual Meeting of AERA.


The award will be presented annually to the scholar whose work is of importance to Arts & Learning SIG members, and in the opinion of the A&L Awards Committee, bears the hallmarks of integrity, quality, depth of knowledge, style and significance to the field.


The competition is open to all recent doctoral degree recipients whose dissertations were accepted during the 3 years prior to the AERA Annual Meeting at which the award will be presented (i.e., dissertation completed 2019 through 2021 for the 2022 award). Membership in AERA and the SIGis not required to be nominated or to be a recipient of an award. 


The following items should be submitted to the Awards Chair:

  • A 1,000-1,250 word extended abstract of the dissertation that clearly addresses the Objectives, Perspectives/Theoretical Framework, Methods/Modes of Inquiry, Results, and Scholarly significance of the study. (Note that these are the same requirements necessary for an AERA paper submission).
  • The author’s name and affiliation should appear on a separate cover page, and only on this page, to ensure anonymity in the reviewing process, along with their snail mail address, their phone number and their e-mail.

Finalists will be asked to submit a blinded manuscript of the complete dissertation.

E-mail the documents to the AERA Arts and Learning SIG Awards Chair.

Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are original material.


The award committee will consist of three members of the Arts & Learning SIG, selected by the Awards Chair. The committee will review all materials submitted for round 1 review and identify the strongest 2-3 submissions to move on to the second round of review (full dissertations). The committee will review these in full and then determine if an award should be given and, if so, to which candidate(s).


The deadline for submissions is October 1.


All related correspondence should be sent to the AERA A&L SIG Awards Chair.