TACTL Awards
TACTL Awards
Best Paper Award

When merited, the Best Paper Award is presented to the individual(s) who have submitted the most exceptional research paper accepted for presentation at the following Annual AERA Meeting.  The top ten rated paper proposals are considered for this award based on the criteria used to evaluate all proposals.  These include z-score rankings from the general proposal review, the quality of the research problem, its relationship to SIG TACTL’s goals, the theoretical and literature framework, and the execution of appropriate research methods. 

Authors of the top ten paper proposals are invited to submit their full papers in early February for consideration for SIG TACTL Best Paper Award. All papers are sent for blind review by at least two scholars who will consider the potential for the research to move the field (described in the SIG TACTL mission) forward, standard research paper criteria (rationale, literature, theoretical framework, appropriate methods, data sources, and analysis techniques), and adherence to academic writing conventions).  The winner(s) will receive a plaque at the annual TACTL SIG Business meeting.

Previous winners by year:

2023: A Literature Synthesis Examining Critical Educational Technology Teacher Education Research
Jessa Henderson
Natalie Milman
Sumreen Asim
Marie Heath

2022: More Opportunities, More Costs: Early Career Teachers’ Support Systems on Social Media
K. Bret Staudt Willet

2021: Creating Mixed-Reality Avatar Simulations to Prepare Teacher Candidates for Equity-Focused Instruction
Pamela Hickey
Matthew Iannone

2020: K-12 Teachers' Technology Adoption to Promote Equitable Learning: A Literature Review
Yin Hong Cheah
Joan Hughes

Paper 1: The Impact of Field Experiences on Prospective Preservice Teachers
Michael J. Nelson
Nathan A. Hawk

Paper 2: Reflecting on Instructional Practices Multimodally during Video-Based Reflective Tasks
Ai-Chu Elisha Ding
Krista Glazewski
Faridah Pawan

2018: Online And Face-To-Face Teacher Preparation Programs Comparison
Tina Lane Heafner

2017Infusing Computational Thinking in Teacher Preparation: Examining Pre-Service Teacher Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice
Chrystalla Mouza
Lori Pollocak
Yi-Cheng Pan
Sule Yilmaz Ozden

2016: The Impact of Virtual Coaching and On-Demand Corrective Feedback on Teacher Candidates' Clinical Experiences
Donna Wake
Debbie Dailey
Alicia Cotabish
Tammy Benson

2015: Validation of the Survey of Preservice Teachers' Knowledge of Teaching and Technology: A Multi-Institutional Sample
A. Corinne Huggins-Manley
Albert D. Ritzhaupt
Krista Ruggles

Matthew L. Wilson
Savannah Manley


2014: Preparing Teachers to Integrate Technology into K-12 Instruction: Comparing a Stand-alone Technology Course with a Technology-infused Approach

Ray R. Buss
Keith Wetzel
Teresa S. Foulger
LeeAnn Lindsey

2013: Examining Domains of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Using Factor Analysis
Valerie Shinas
Sule Yilmaz-Ozden
Chrystalla Mouza
Rachel Karchmer-Klein
Joseph J. Glutting

2012: Examining the effects of cognitive style on learners' performance and interactivity with a computer-modeling tool to solve a problem
Charoula M. Angeli
Nicolaos C. Valanides

2011: Teaching Preservice Elementary Teachers to Teach Science with Computer Models
Charoula M. Angeli
Nicolaos C. Valanides

2010: Cosmopolitan Imaginings of Self and Other: Girls in India Go Online
Glynda Hull
Amy Stornaiuolo
Urvashi Sahni

2009: Web 2.0 as an Agent of Transformative Educational Change: A New Conceptual Model
Kama A. Bruce
James M. Guion
Lucas Horton


Early Career Scholar Award

The SIG-TACTL is announcing a new award to be identified this coming year.  The award recognizes early career professionals who make substantial scholarly contributions to the use of technology as an agent of change in inservice, preservice or teacher education. The award is open to early career professionals who have completed their doctoral degree within five (5) years of the year in which they apply for the award.

Self or peer nominations are accepted. Nominations must include a (1) letter of nomination providing a rationale for how the nominee has made substantial scholarly contributions to the use of technology as an agent of change in inservice, preservice or teacher education, (2) description of the nominee’s research agenda (750 word limit) and (3) the nominee’s curriculum vita.  We anticipate that the applications will be due by November 15 with the awardee selected by February 1.

Contact Ai-Chu Elisha Ding, ading@uga.edu,  if you are interested in serving as a reviewer for this award.

Selection criteria include:

  1. Clarity of rationale presented in the nomination letter
  2. Clearly articulated research agenda 
  3. Quality of scholarship related to the use of technology as an agent of change in inservice, preservice or teacher education 
  4. Demonstrated impact of the scholarship

The winner will receive a plaque at the annual TACTL SIG business meeting.

Early Career Scholar Award

2023 Winner
K. Bret Staudt Willet
Florida State University

2022 Winner
Joshua Rosenberg
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2021 Winner
Xiaoming Zhai
University of Georgia

2020 Winner
Carol Johnson
University of Melbourne

2019 Winner
Torrey Trust
University  of  Massachusetts,  Amherst

2018 Winner
Jered Borup
George Mason University

2017 Winner
Royce Kimmons
Brigham Young University

2016 Winner
Daniel Krutka
University of North Texas

2015 Winner
Evrim Baran
Middle East Technical University, Turkey

2014 Winner
Amy Hutchison
Iowa State University




Graduate Student Travel Award

The SIG-TACTL is announcing a new award to be identified this coming year. The SIG-TACTL recognizes outstanding research and participation by graduate students at the AERA Annual Meeting. As such, SIG-TACTL is establishing this award to support graduate student presentations of TACTL-related work at the AERA Annual Meeting. The award is needed to defray some of the costs related to presenting at the Annual Meeting as graduate students generally have access to limited university or employer funding for conference travel. The award is related to the mission of SIG-TACTL in that graduate student presentations are focused on the development and evaluation of pre-service and inservice programs intended to transform teacher education, and and the preparation of technology-proficient educators to meet the needs of 21st century learners.

The  SIG-TACTL will present two awards of up to $500 each to the most qualified applicants as determined by the SIG-TACTL Executive Committee and based on the award criteria. The frequency of conferral and amount of the awards will be based on available SIG funds. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations are encouraged from both domestic and international scholars

Nominees must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Is a current graduate student 
  2. Is a member of SIG-TACTL 
  3. Is first-author on an accepted presentation (paper, poster, or roundtable) as part of the current AERA SIG-TACTL program
  4. Is registered for the current AERA Annual meeting
  5. Is able to attend the SIG-TACTL Business meeting
  6. Submits the required nomination materials by the deadline. 

The SIG-TACTL Chair will release the call for nominations to the AERA SIG-TACTL listserv and social media accounts by December 15. The closing date for nominations is January 5. The following materials must be submitted via email to the SIG-TACTL Secretary/Treasurer (Shonn Sheng-Lun Cheng, scheng@shsu.edu):

  1. Applicant's name, institutional affiliation, and preferred mailing address
  2. An abstract of work that has been accepted to the current AERA Annual Meeting SIG-TACTL program.
  3. A statement of financial need documenting the price of travel, associated expenses, and disclosure of any other funds received to support travel to the current AERA Annual Meeting.
  4. A statement of status in graduate program 
  5. A brief letter of support from advisor/chair
  6. A current CV 
  7. Completed Code of Conduct statement

The winner will receive a certificate at the annual TACTL SIG business meeting.

Graduate Student Travel Award

2023 Winners

Jessa Henderson
The George Washington University

Yin Hong Cheah
The University of Texas at Austin

2022 Winners
Lehong Shi
University of Georgia

Run Wen
McGill University