Newswise — Washington, DC, July 22, 2020— The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced the winners of its 2020 awards for excellence in education research. AERA will honor the recipients for their outstanding scholarship and service at a Virtual Awards Celebration, September 12, 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT.

“This year’s award winners exemplify commitment to the study and practice of education,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “We are proud to honor their outstanding scholarship and service to the education research field.”


Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award

Recipient: Howard Gardner (Harvard University)

The Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award is the premier acknowledgment of outstanding achievement and success in education research. It is designed to publicize, motivate, encourage, and suggest models for education research at its best. 

Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award

Recipients: Carolyn J. Heinrich (Vanderbilt University), Jennifer Darling-Aduana (Vanderbilt University), Annalee Good (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Huiping (Emily) Cheng (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
A Look Inside Online Educational Settings in High School: Promise and Pitfalls for Improving Educational Opportunities and Outcomes
American Educational Research Journal, Volume 56, Issue 6, December 2019

This award recognizes the lifelong achievement of Palmer O. Johnson as a dedicated educator and for his pioneering work in educational research and methodology. The award is given for an outstanding article appearing in AERA Open, the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Researcher, or the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics.


E.F. Lindquist Award

Recipient: Randy E. Bennett (Educational Testing Service)

This award is presented jointly by AERA and ACT in recognition of outstanding applied or theoretical research in the field of testing and measurement. The award is meant to acknowledge a body of research of an empirical, theoretical, or integrative nature rather than a single study.


Early Career Award

Recipient: Lindsay Page (University of Pittsburgh)

Established to honor an individual in the early stages of their career no later than 10 years after receipt of the doctoral degree, this award is granted for study in any field of educational inquiry.


Outstanding Book Award

Recipient: Leilani Sabzalian (University of Oregon)
Indigenous Children's Survivance in Public Schools

The Outstanding Book Award was established to acknowledge and honor the year’s best book-length publication in education research and development.


Social Justice in Education Award

Recipient: David Stovall (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Established in 2004, the Social Justice in Education Award honors an individual who has advanced social justice through education research and exemplified the goal of linking education research to social justice.


Distinguished Public Service Award

Recipient: Eddie Bernice Johnson (U.S. Representative, Texas)

This award is granted annually in recognition of an individual who has worked to enact or implement policies that are well grounded in education research, or who has been at the forefront of efforts to increase recognition and support for education research.


Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award

Recipient: Jessica Ringrose (University College, London)

Established in 2006, the Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award recognizes individuals within AERA for distinguished research, professional practice, and activities that advance public understanding of gender and/or sexuality at any level in the education community.


Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award

Recipient: Maria Coady (University of Florida)

This award is presented to an education research scholar or scholars in recognition of collaborative project(s) between researchers and practitioners that have had sustained and observable effects on contexts of practice.


Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award

Recipient: Morgan Polikoff (University of Southern California)

This award honors scholars exemplary in their capacity to communicate the importance of education research to the broad public, including education communities. It recognizes scholars who have excelled in conveying important findings and research to wide audiences and who have demonstrated the capacity to deepen understanding and appreciation of the value of education research in the public sphere.


Review of Research Award

Recipient: Francis A. Pearman, II (Stanford University) (formerly University of Pittsburgh) 
Gentrification and Academic Achievement: A Review of Recent Research.” Review of Educational Research, Volume 89, Issue 1, February 2019

This award is given in recognition of an outstanding review of research article appearing in the Review of Research in Education or the Review of Educational Research.

Committee on Scholars of Color in Education Awards

The AERA Committee on Scholars of Color in Education Awards are intended to recognize (a) scholars at different stages in their careers who have made significant contributions to the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect minority populations, and (b) minority scholars who have made a significant contribution to education research and development.    


Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award

Recipient: María Estela Brisk (Boston College)

Presented to a senior-level scholar, usually 20 years or more after receipt of the doctoral degree.


Scholars of Color Mid-Career Contribution Award

Recipient: Adrienne D. Dixson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Presented to a scholar in mid-career who is beyond the first level of professional appointment and for whom 10 or more years have passed since receipt of the doctoral degree. 


Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award

Recipient: Jessica C. Harris (University of California, Los Angeles)

Presented to a scholar who is within the first decade of their career after receipt of a doctoral degree.

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