Honors and awards

Honors and Awards

Hess receives Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies Award

UW–Madison’s Diana Hess received the 2017 Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

Diana Hess in the classroom
Dean Diana Hess' groundbreaking research examines the
importance of engaging young people in classroom
discussions about controversial issues.
This prestigious award recognizes professionals who have made extensive contributions to knowledge concerning significant areas of social studies education through meritorious research. Hess, who is dean of the School of Education and the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair in Education, was honored for her outstanding career that includes important and groundbreaking work on teaching controversial political issues in the classroom.

Since she began her career as a high school teacher in Downers Grove, Ill., in 1979, Hess has contributed greatly to the advancement of the field of social studies through her research, teaching, developing new curriculum and programs, and mentoring. Her research includes, most recently, a five-year longitudinal study involving observations, interviews and surveys with more than 1,000 students in 21 schools and multiple states. This work provided compelling evidence that engaging young people in discussion of controversial political issues is an essential component in preparing them for full participation in civic life.

“Perhaps no social studies education scholar now living has done so much and achieved so much as Dr. Hess,” said Walter Parker, a former winner of the award and a professor at the University of Washington-Seattle.

“Dr. Hess’ research conveys important understandings about the role of discussion and deliberation of controversial topics in the classroom,” says Lawrence Paska, NCSS executive director. “It demonstrates the essential role that teachers play in ensuring that we provide our students with the content knowledge and skills necessary to be effective participants in our democracy.”

Hess has shared her research broadly with educators and researchers through extensive professional development programs, conference presentations, speaking engagements and articles in peer-reviewed journals. She also has authored two award-winning books. “Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion,” won the NCSS Exemplary Research Award in 2009, while “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education,” co-authored with Paula McAvoy, won the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award in 2016 and the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in 2017. Hess received her award at the NCSS 97th Annual Conference on Nov. 15.

Hilyard screens ‘Катюша (Katyusha),’ earns top honors at New York film festival

Stephen Hilyard in October screened his three channel experimental movie titled “Катюша (Katyusha)” at the Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image (AFFMI) in New York City and took home numerous top honors.

Hilyard honor
Stephen Hilyard (right) poses with
festival founder Amos White V after
capturing five awards at AFFMI.
Hilyard is a professor of digital arts with the School of Education’s Art Department.

The festival ran Oct. 10-13 and included 31 other films from 11 countries. “Катюша (Katyusha)” was awarded the Juror’s Award for the best film in the festival by the 15-person AFFMI jury, as well as Best Director, Best Experimental Short, Best Editing and Best Sound Design.

“Катюша (Katyusha)” tells the story of Pyramida, a showcase community created by the Soviet Union in the Svalbard International Territory in the high Arctic. Pyramida, once the northernmost town on earth, was evacuated in 48 hours in 1998 leaving a ghost town.

While shooting “Катюша (Katyusha),” Hilyard undertook two expeditions to Pyramida and filmed at various locations in the Madison area. Hilyard also collaborated with local actors and dancers, as well as the University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra, which made a number of special recordings of Russian folk songs for the soundtrack.

Trio from Athletic Training Program collect significant awards

David Bell, Shari Clark and Andrew Winterstein of the School of Education’s highly regarded Athletic Training (AT) Program each received significant honors this past summer.

UW-Madison AT Program
(Left-to-right): Winterstein, Clark and Bell
Clark received the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association’s (WATA) Outstanding Educator Award. Clark is an associate faculty associate with the Department of Kinesiology and the clinical education coordinator for its AT Program.

Bell, an assistant professor with the AT Program who directs the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory, in June received the 2017 New Investigator Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation.

And Winterstein received the 2017 Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award in June from the NATA’s Executive Committee on Education.

Budge nets Outstanding Paper Award from The Counseling Psychologist

Stephanie Budge
Stephanie Budge co-authored four papers comprising a “Major Contribution” that was recognized by The Counseling Psychologist with an Outstanding Paper Award. Budge and co-authors received this prestigious honor for their research articles examining a range of topics related to transgender individuals and communities.

“Transgender individuals are among some of the most marginalized groups in the current political landscape,” says Budge, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. “There are multiple bills at the highest government levels that could either allow for more equality and influence a reduction in health disparities — or have significant consequences on the health and well-being of transgender populations. It was our hope in publishing this major contribution that we could assist researchers with conducting more justice-focused research.”

An outstanding paper for The Counseling Psychologist is broadly defined “to include exceptional empirical, theoretical, conceptual, applied and methodological contributions that substantially and significantly advance a particular topic or area within counseling psychology. This could reflect an individual paper or a collection of papers in a Major Contribution.”

Bullock honored for examining race, place and STEM education

Erika Bullock received the Taylor & Francis Best Paper award Nov. 4 for her report, “Only STEM can Save Us? Examining Race, Place and STEM Education as Property.”

Each year, the American Educational Studies Association’s Taylor & Francis Best Paper Committee reviews all of the manuscripts published in the journal Educational Studies for the year. The committee then selects one as the paper of the year. Bullock’s paper was published Sept. 25.

“One of my goals in this paper was to recognize a community from which so much has been taken — and continues to be taken — over generations,” says Bullock, an assistant professor of mathematics education with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. “This award is an honor both for me and for them.”

In the paper’s abstract, Bullock explains how “the rhetoric about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in urban schools reflects a desire to imagine a new city that is poised to compete in a STEM-centered future. Therefore, STEM has been positioned as a critical part of urban education reform efforts.”

Bullock goes on to note how efforts to build a STEM education infrastructure in Memphis, Tenn., clearly reveal issues with educational inequity that are exacerbated by school choice and gentrification processes.

Bullock adds: “When one filters the STEM education conversation through critical race theory (CRT), it becomes apparent that efforts to build a selective STEM infrastructure in urban schools effectively reclaims urban space as White space.”

More recognition …

Maggie Hawkins was recognized in October as the Global Citizen of the Year at a United Nations Anniversary Luncheon hosted by the United Nations Association of Dane County. Hawkins, a professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has worked as a researcher and educational consultant in multiple countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and Central and South America. This award particularly honors the Global StoryBridges program that Hawkins developed and coordinates.

Bernadette Baker, a professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was one of 11 faculty members from across campus to receive a Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award. These midcareer honors recognize research and teaching excellence, with the award providing flexible research funding for one year.

Nicholas Hillman received the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill for his contributions to the body of research on student financial aid. This honor was presented by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Hillman is an associate professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

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