Thursday, April 7, 2016

AERA 2016 Highlights -- Come join Division C at the conference!

Check out the highlighted sessions from our division as you create your personal calendars. The official AERA Annual Meeting hashtag on Twitter is:  #AERA16, and the Division C hashtag is #AERADivC. In addition, featured Division C sessions have  been assigned session hashtags to allow those in attendance and those participating via the online Twitter stream to follow the conversation or contribute ideas, resources and questions.
(Friday, April 8, Marriott Marquis, Independence Salon E)
(Sunday, April 10, 6:30 PM, Convention Center, Level Two, Room 207A)
  • Bring a book to donate: The Graduate Student Council (GSC) of AERA is doing a book drive this year with a community organization in Washington DC. Division C would like to support the effort. Please bring a book that will be donated to the Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFS). All family-friendly genres accepted. 
  • Highlighted Division Posters: As a way of highlighting the scientific research being conducted by Division members in poster sessions, Section Chairs/Co-Chairs have selected outstanding posters for display. The selected posters will be displayed at the division reception by their authors. We encourage members to take the time to view the highlighted posters. This aspect of the meeting has been very well received in past years, and we hope to continue its success.
(Sunday, April 10, 10:30 AM to 12:05 PM, Marriott Marquis, Level Four, Mint)
(Monday, April 11, 2:45 to 4:15 PM, Convention Center, Level Two, Room 207A) 
  • Division C Early Career Award (2015) Lecture:  Erika A. Pattall, The University of Texas-Austin will speak on "The Promise and Peril of Choice Provision as a Motivational Strategy" on Friday, April 8, 2:15 to 3:45 PM, Convention Center, Level Two, Room 201. Chair: Steve Graham, Arizona State University. Session hashtag: #AERADivCAward
  • Jan Hawkins Award (2015) Address: Joshua A. Danish, Indiana University, will present  on Monday, April 11, 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM, Convention Center, Level One, Room 150A. Chair: Krista Muis, McGill University. Session hashtag: #AERADivCAward
  • Sylvia Scribner Award (2015) Address: Daniel L. Schwartz, Stanford University, will present  on Monday, April 11, 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM, Convention Center, Level One, Room 150A. Chair: Barbara Greene, University of Oklahoma. Session hashtag: #AERADivCAward
(Saturday, April 9, 8:15 to 9:45 AM, Marriott Marquis, Level Four, Independence Salon H)

(Saturday, April 9, 2:15 to 3:45 PM, Convention Center, Level Two, Room 207A)
See everyone in Washington DC!
The Division C Business Meeting will be held midway through the conference. In addition to briefing the membership on the work of the division during the past year, we will continue our newest traditions (see below) and host a reception with good food and cool jazz. Session hashtag: #AERADivC
Please join us for Expanding Learning Opportunities for Underserved Students: The Role of Public Scholarship. Chair: Francesca Lopez, The University of Arizona. Presenters: Julian Vasquez Heilig, Uma Jayakumar, Andrea Romero, and Jeffrey F. Milem, The University of Arizona. Session hashtag: #AERADivCAction
Please join us for our Uncovering the Past to Shape the Future.  The goal of this Vice Presidential Session is to highlight the most important educational research over the past 100 years. In line with the AERA 2016 theme, prominent educational researchers will be asked to respond and reflect on four guiding questions. Chaired by the Division C Vice President, Barbara Greene, University of Oklahoma.  Session hashtag: #AERADivCVP
Please join us for "Public Knowledge and Balancing the Academic Life of Publishing for Scholarly Impact and Publishing for Many." This session addresses the motto, "publish or perish" from a critical standpoint. Three scholars -- Jason Chen, DeLeon Gray, and Martin Jones -- will consider public knowledge and what it means to publish for scholarly impact versus (and in conjunction with) publishing in and through media that reach a wider audience. Session hashtag: #AERADivCGrad
Please join us for "The Journey from Doctoral Student to a Tenure-Track Job."  This session will address the many different roads that may be traveled when seeking tenure-line employment, led by eight influential scholars in the field: Andrew Kemp, Debbie Sonu, Nel Noddings, Steven Page, Joseph Flynn, Alexander Means, William White, Joel Spring, Sabrina Ross-Griffin, Antonia Darder, Seungho Moon, and Molly Quinn. Session hashtag: #AERADivCGrad
Be sure to look for more Division C papers, roundtables, and posters in the searchable online program ( and download the program app. Look for networking opportunities, session notes and resources, and continuous updates throughout the conference on our Twitter stream (@AERADivC).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Visiting Professor of Educational Psychology and Assessment

Soka University of America announces an opening for a two-year, full-time visiting professor of educational psychology and assessment to teach in its MA Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change, beginning August 2015. Responsibilities include teaching masters-level courses in psychology of education, educational assessment, curriculum and instruction, and research methods. In addition to advising and mentoring students in the first and second years of the MA program leading to the MA thesis, the ideal candidate will provide leadership in program evaluation, cultivate a close working relationship with public school systems as well as educational professionals in non-school settings, and serve as a liaison to providers for an optional, subsidized Summer Research Internship (SRI).  This individual will actively initiate collaborative scholarship among peers and students and mentor MA Thesis students.

Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: The candidate will have an earned doctorate either in educational psychology or in education with an emphasis on educational leadership in addition to licensure in educational psychology. Rank is open. However, a record of teaching and research excellence is required. In addition to demonstrating strong quantitative analytical skills, the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a firm grasp of global trends and issues in education and educational psychology, including past and present methods of school assessment and current curricular standards. Some leadership experience in P-12 or in a closely related field is a plus.

Please attach:
·      Cover letter
·      Vitae
·      A list of three professional references (include name, address, phone number)
·      A statement giving (or refusing) authorization for email communication to be used to convey the status of a candidate’s application during the search process.
Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Send to: 
John M. Heffron, Ph.D.
Director, MA Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change
c/o Human Resources
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA  92656

For information about the University and its new MA Program, please visit Please direct any questions to John M. Heffron at

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Should you submit to a SIG, a committee, or a division? 

When you submit a paper or session submission, you can only submit it to a single division, SIG, or committee. Any submission that goes to multiple entities will be removed from consideration for all of those entities. So it’s definitely in your best interest to determine the best fit for your submission!

The main guiding question for determining where to submit revolves around your audience: Who are you trying to reach with this submission? What is your intended audience? If you are hoping to target a specific group of likeminded scholars, then a SIG might be the best fit. However, Division C has many different sub-sections that can offer a focused “home” for your submission, while still reaching the broader Division C audience. The subsections of Division C: Learning and Instruction include:

Section 1: Learning and Instruction in a Discipline, Domain, or Subject Matter
Section 1a: Literacy
Section 1b: Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts
Section 1c: Mathematics
Section 1d: Science
Section 1e: Engineering and Computer Science

Section 2: Cognitive, Social, and Motivational Processes
Section 2a: Cognitive and Motivational Processes
Section 2b: Learning and Motivation in Social and Cultural Contexts

Section 3: Designed Environments
Section 3a: Learning Environments
Section 3b: Technology-Based Environments

For a bit of guidance on what to submit to each of these sections of Division C, you can refer to the AERA 2015 Annual Meeting Call for Submissions, which states:
If your submission focuses on learning or instruction in a specific content area (e.g., literacy, history, fine arts, mathematics, science), then you should submit it to one of the subject-area-specific subsections (i.e., Section 1) rather than to one of the more cross-cutting sections (i.e., Sections 2 or 3). If your submission focuses on cognitive, social, or motivational processes with an emphasis on processes within individuals, then you should submit it to Section 2a. If your submission focuses on cognitive, social, and/ or motivational processes within a group (e.g., classroom) or cultural setting, you should submit it to Section 2b. If your submission focuses on designed learning environments with an emphasis on the nature and/or effects of the environment on learning and instruction, then you should submit to Section 3a. If your submission focuses on designed environments with an emphasis on the specific role or use of technology in learning or instruction, then you should submit it to Section 3b. Submissions that emphasize assessment as it relates to measurement and school evaluation issues, as well as submissions on teacher education, teacher effectiveness, curriculum design, and research methodology, should be submitted to other AERA divisions or SIGs. Section Chairs may redirect a submission to another section if the subject matter is deemed more appropriate elsewhere.  [Emphasis added here]

Choosing where to submit your session is only one of the many decisions you need to make during the submission process, but it is one of the most important! It will determine who reviews your submission, as well as what session a paper submission is placed in. For a list of all of the SIGs, committees, and divisions (as well as their subsections and brief descriptions of each), refer to the AERA 2015 Annual Meeting Call for Submissions.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Campus Liaison Spotlight: Meet Teya Rutherford

Name: Teya Rutherford

HometownMiami, Florida
Current university: University of California, Irvine
Program: Learning, Cognition, & Development
AdvisorGeorge Farkas
Graduation year: Spring 2014
Hobbies: Photography, Theater, Reading, Spending time with my family
 How did you decide to go to graduate school?
After multiple careers (teacher, photographer, lawyer), I kept coming back to questions about what motivates people and why they make the decisions they do. I decided to go to graduate school to work on answering these questions. Although my research focus has evolved along the way, I'm still inspired by related questions every day.

What did you do before going to graduate school?
I taught, I went to law school, I had a family, I was a portrait photographer.

What do you like best about your program/school?
My program is very interdisciplinary: I work with economists, sociologists, and psychologists. Finding common ground helps us focus on the core of the problems and questions which results in work that is better translated to policy-makers and practitioners.

What are you current research interests?
Individual differences and their role in mathematics learning as well as the design and evaluation of educational interventions, especially in digital environments.

 What is your favorite article and why?
There are too many articles I value to pick a favorite, but lately I have have been keeping handy Hill, Bloom, Black, & Lipsey's (2008) Empirical Benchmarks for Interpreting Effect Sizes in Research. Their benchmarks really put intervention results in perspective.
What was your proudest moment or greatest accomplishment?

After finding my way to a PhD program after a number of other careers, I consider it my greatest accomplishment that I come to work everyday to do something that I love.

Thanks for your participation Teya!

Division C & Motivation SIG Graduate Student Social

Mark your calendars for the Division C & Motivation SIG Graduate Student Social

Network with other graduate students in Philadelphia!

Meet other graduate students, network, and see old friends after the Division C Business Meeting in Philadelphia. 

Drink tickets available for the first 50 attendees!  

Date: Saturday, April 5th
Time: 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Field House
1150 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Questions? Contact Kyle Williams at

Monday, March 10, 2014

AERA MET Dissertation Fellowship Program Application Deadline extended

Dear AERA Fellows:

We are seeking your assistance in sharing information about the AERA-Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Dissertation Fellowship Program with other scholars, researchers, and graduate students. We have extended the Program application deadline to March 25th, 2014. Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the AERA-MET Dissertation Fellowship Program provides generous funding and professional development to graduate students who use the MET data. Further information about the Program can be found at

I thank you in advance for sharing the information below about the Program and identifying potential candidates.  Feel free to contact me if I can provide additional information.

Best regards,
Felice J. Levine
AERA Executive Director

Monday, February 24, 2014

2014 Annual Meeting Division C Events

We are very excited for a wonderful AERA in Philadelphia! We have highlighted some Division C events that we think will be of great interest for you. We hope to see you at many of them!


Saturday, April 5th

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Division C Business Meeting
Convention Center, 100 Level, 113A

8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Division C and Motivation SIG Graduate Student Social
Location: TBD

Come mix and mingle with fellow graduate students and post docs. Drink tickets available for the first 40 people who arrive.

Sunday, April 6th

12:25 – 1:55 pm
Division C GSC New Directions: Mind-Set—Theory, Practice, and Policy
Convention Center, 100 Level, 113A

Research on Mindsets—individuals’ beliefs about the nature of intelligence—has grown exponentially in recent years. In this session, the panel will discuss two projects to illustrate the diversity of new directions in Mindset research, as well as innovative techniques being employed. The presentation by Dr. Shumow and Dr. Schmidt will discuss their work examining the effects of a science-based classroom intervention designed to impact implicit beliefs about intelligence in 7th and 9th grade students. Their use of mixed-methods, observations, and interviews provides a more comprehensive understanding of Mindsets interventions. The presentation by Dr. Yeager and Dr. Walton will overview several scaled interventions that delivered brief (20-30 minute) mindset messages to adolescents and emerging adults to evaluate effects on academic behaviors. Their work provides novel information by using double-blind, randomized experiments and building upon contemporary social-cognitive theories for development in showing
how social cognitions (i.e., mindsets) can influence contexts of adolescent development.

Monday, April 7th

10:35am - 12:05pm
Division C Fireside Chat. From Research to Real Life: Insights into Designing and Implementing Classroom-Based Interventions
Convention Center, 100 Level, 112B

Although research has the potential to greatly impact practice and policy, there are substantial challenges involved in bridging the gap between educational research and implementation. In particular, interventions designed to alter students’ learning and behavior in the classroom can be powerful but arduous. Allan Wigfield, a leading scholar in the field of achievement motivation, will shed light on the rewards and challenges involved in venturing outside the academic realm to instantiate lasting change in the classroom. In particular, Dr. Wigfield will speak about his longstanding collaborative work on reading-based interventions with both elementary and middle school students. This fireside chat will include ample time for discussion concerning interventions and other translational research efforts.