Highlights from American Educational Research Association 2018 Annual Meeting

American Educational Research Association 2018 Annual Meeting

Ladson-Billings receives two major honors as Badgers shine in New York

The American Educational Research Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting was held in New York City April 13–17, and once again UW–Madison faculty, staff, students and alumni were well represented.

With more than 25,000 members, AERA is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning.

And at this spring’s annual meeting, UW–Madison Professor Emerita Gloria Ladson-Billings was recognized not once, but twice, as being among AERA’s most distinguished scholars.

Photos from 2018 AERA receptionShe received the Lifetime Achievement Award from AERA’s Division B (curriculum studies) and also took home AERA’s 2018 Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award, a prestigious honor that recognizes “meritorious contributions to education research” and is intended to “publicize, motivate, encourage and suggest models of education research at its best.”

Ladson-Billings was a faculty member with the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year, when she stepped down as the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education.

The School of Education also hosted its annual AERA Reception on Sunday night, April 15, at the Sheraton Times Square (see photos at right). More than 200 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends attended the celebration. It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces.

Following is a sampling of additional #AERA18 highlights:

• UW–Madison alumna Julie Posselt, who earned her master’s degree in educational policy studies in 2002, received AERA’s Early Career Award. Posselt’s research is rooted in sociological and organizational theory, and examines institutionalized inequalities in higher education and organizational efforts aimed at reducing inequities and encouraging diversity. She is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California.

• UW–Madison alumna Jennifer Seelig’s ethnographic study of a small town in northern Wisconsin received recognition from two different groups. Seelig received an AERA Division L (education policy and politics) Outstanding Dissertation Award and the Rural Education Dissertation of the Year Award from AERA’s rural education special interest group (SIG). She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2017. Her dissertation is titled, “North of Highway 8: An Ethnographic Study of a School-Community Relationship in Rural Wisconsin.”

• UW–Madison alumna Min Yu earned AERA’s Division B (curriculum studies) Outstanding Book Recognition Award for her work, “The Politics, Practices, and Possibilities of Migrant Children Schools in Contemporary China.” She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2013 and is an assistant professor at Wayne State University.

• UW–Madison’s Laura Hamman, who is pursuing a Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, received the Graduate Student Travel Award from AERA’s Bilingual Education Research SIG.

• UW–Madison alumna Erin Quast was named the second place winner of the Shelby Wolf AERA Literature SIG Award for Outstanding Dissertation. Quast earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her dissertation is titled, “Racial Meaning Making in 4K: An Ethnographic Collective Case Study.” She is an assistant professor at Illinois State University.

• UW–Madison alumna Hyejung Kim received the 2018 Outstanding Student Research Award from AERA’s special education SIG. She earned a Ph.D. in special education in 2017 and is working as an adjunct faculty member at New York University in the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching program. This award is for Kim’s in-preparation paper titled, “Intersectionality of Ableism, Racism, and Linguicism: College Enrollment Process among Korean American Students with Autism.”

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