Outstanding Publication Award
Outstanding Publication Award
About the Outstanding Publication Award

Next Outstanding Publication Award cycle won’t be until 2024-2025.

This award is presented on a bi-annual basis. The purpose of this award is to bestow recognition on a colleague or colleagues for a specific publication (book, book chapter, or journal article) judged as making a substantial contribution to the literature and/or practice of graduate education. Publications may have more than one author. A substantial contribution is defined as a scholarship that extensively revises our knowledge and understanding of a particular problem in the study of graduate education or looks at it in a new way. It may also be an interdisciplinary effort that identifies a problem new to the community of scholars in higher education.

The awardee(s) will be notified by the second week of March and will be invited to present their work at the AERA annual meeting. The name(s) of the awardee(s) will be formally announced at the “Doctoral Education across the Disciplines” (SIG 168) Annual Business meeting. They will also be presented a plaque in honor of the award. Recipients are strongly encouraged to attend the annual meeting to receive the award and present their paper to the “Doctoral Education across the Disciplines” (SIG 168) members.

Outstanding Publication Award Winners

2023 DeAngelo, L., Schuster, M. T., & Lachaud, Q. A. (2021). The faculty role in grooming and gatekeeping students' of color potential along the professoriate pipeline. The Review of Higher Education, 44(4), 493-521.

2021 Jeong, S., Litson, K., Blaney, J., & Feldon, D. F. (2020). Shifting gears: Characteristics and consequences of latent class transitions in doctoral socialization.  Research in Higher Education, 61, 1027-1053

2019 Sverdlik, A., Hall, N., McAlpine, L., & Hubbard, K. (2018). The PhD experience: A vreview of the factors influencing doctoral students’ completion, achievement, and well-being. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 13, 361-388.

Jaeger, A. J., & Dinin, A. J. (Eds.). (2017). The postdoc landscape: The invisible scholars. Academic Press.

2015 Rockinson-Szapiw, A. J., & Spaulding, L. S. (2014). Navigating the doctoral journey: A handbook for strategies of success. Rowman & Littlefield.

Feldon, D. F., Maher, M. A., Hurst, M., & Timmerman, B. (2015). Faculty mentors’, graduate students’, and performance-based assessments of students’ research skill development. American Educational Research Journal, 52(2), 334-370. https://doi.org/10.3102/0002831214549449

Nerad, M., & Evans, B. (Eds.). (2014). Globalization and its impacts on the quality of PhD education: Forces and forms in doctoral education worldwide. Springer.

2013 Feldon, D. F., Peugh, J., Timmerman, B., Maher, M. Hurst, M. Strickland, D., Gilmore, J., & Stiegelmeyer, C. (2011). Graduate students’ teaching experiences improve their methodological research skills, Science, 333(6045), 1037-1039.

Submission requirements

Selection Criteria

The Outstanding Publication Award is presented to the individual or individuals who meet the following criteria as approved by the SIG and Council:
  • Significance: The issues presented are not obvious and trivial but interesting, creditable, and natural and are not chosen because they are easy to deal with.
  • Clarity: Clearly written, content accessible and engaging for a non-specialist audience.
  • Quality: Scientific and methodological soundness of the paper and inclusion of details that allow checking the accuracy of the reflections, results, and citations.
  • Originality: Not necessarily the generation of new knowledge, although that would be novel, but rather the uniqueness of the combination of the issues, techniques, and methods in their application to a certain domain.
  • Presentation: Well-structured with a coherent and consistent methodological order that ensures intelligibility of what is being said and a logical conclusion.

Each submission will be rated (scored) on a scale of 1 – 5 against each of the five criteria below.

Application Process

The next Outstanding Paper Award will be awarded in 2025.

The process for determining the individual(s) deserving of the Outstanding Publication Award is as follows:

1. The publication must have been published within the previous two years. Articles and books published between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2022 will be considered for the 2023 award.

2. Submissions must be made to the chair of the Outstanding Publication Award committee. Papers and chapters must be submitted electronically in a PDF format.

3. In any one year, authors may submit no more than two of their single- or co-authored papers.

4. Nominations must be received by 5 pm US Pacific Time by Friday, December 1, 2022. Please submit the online form to apply for this Award. 

5. Self-nominations are welcome.

6. Each submission must include:

a. The paper to be considered:

- For journal articles, one copy clearly indicating the journal in which it was published; issue number and date.

- For chapters, one copy clearly indicating the title of the volume in which it was published; book editors; publishers; place of paper; ISBN number; date of publication

b. Nominator: Name and contact information for person submitting the nomination.

c. Complete citation of the author(s) and the paper nominated using APA format.

d. Name and contact information of the first author.

e. A statement about what, in your opinion, makes this paper outstanding. The contribution that this paper has made or you anticipate that it will make to the literature in the field of graduate education; its theoretical significance; the contribution this paper has made to improving practice or to understanding practice. The statement should be no longer than 250 words and also submitted in a PDF format with your name and email in the header.

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