Badgers again shine bright at AERA Annual Meeting

American Educational Research Association

Badgers again shine bright at AERA Annual Meeting


Another year, another outstanding showing at the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Annual Meeting for the many talented scholars associated with UW–Madison’s School of Education.

AERA is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning.

This year’s AERA Annual Meeting ran April 27 to May 1 in San Antonio, Texas, with faculty, staff and students from UW–Madison — and across the UW System — presenting or participating in more than 200 events.

AERA 2017
(Clockwise from top left) Betsy Burns, Josh Woolfolk, Beth Giles-Klinkner
and Dawn Crim flash a "W" at the School's annual AERA Reception; Erica
Turner and Taucia Gonzalez pose for a picture during the AERA Annual
Meeting; Shameka Powell, Bianca Baldridge and Kevin Lawrence Henry Jr.
take a group shot during a break in the action at the Annual Meeting: and
Dean Diana Hess and former WCER director and current William T. Grant
Foundation President Adam Gamoran ​pose for a photo at the School's
AERA Reception.
Highlights included UW–Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings receiving a Presidential Citation and Aydin Bal accepting a Review of Research Award at the AERA Awards Luncheon.

Ladson-Billings, who holds the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education, was recognized by outgoing AERA President Vivian L. Gadsen “for her extraordinary contributions to education and research.”

Bal, an assistant professor with the School’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, was honored along with Alfredo Artiles and Sherman Dorn, both of Arizona State University. Together, the three authored the paper, “Objects of Protection, Enduring Nodes of Difference: Disability Intersections With ‘Other’ Differences, 1916-2016,” which appeared in the Review of Research in Education in March 2016.

In addition, UW–Madison doctoral student Katharine Broton (sociology) and co-authors Sara Goldrick-Rab (Temple University) and James Benson (Institute of Education Sciences with the U.S. Department of Education), received the Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award for their report, “Working for College: The Causal Impacts of Financial Grants on Undergraduate Employment.”

The School of Education also hosted its annual AERA Reception on Saturday night, April 29, and 175 people attended the celebratory event at historic Sunset Station.

Following is a sampling of additional highlights:

Rachelle Winkle-Wagner received the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship from AERA’s Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group. Winkle-Wagner is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and a Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) faculty affiliate.

Bailey Smolarek received the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award from AERA’s Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group. Smolarek is an alumna of the School of Education, having earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in May 2016. Smolarek is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER).

• Alumna Kristin Papoi received the 2017 Dissertation Award from AERA’s Arts & Learning Special Interest Group. She received her Ph.D. from the School’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2016 and today is a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina’s School of Education.

• Alumna Ligia (Licho) López López received a Recognition Award for her dissertation work from Division B (Curriculum Studies) of AERA. López López earned her Ph.D. from the School’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

• Alumnus Terrance Green received the 2017 Early Career Award from AERA’s Division A. He earned his Ph.D. from the School’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2013 and now is an assistant professor of educational administration at the University of Texas-Austin.

• Alumna Keffrelyn Brown, who earned her Ph.D. from UW–Madison’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, received the Mid-Career Award from AERA’s Division K (Teaching and Teaching Education). Brown is now at the University of Texas-Austin.

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