Friday, November 30, 2012

AERA 2013 Division C Graduate Student Seminar CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Plans are underway for the 2013 Division C Graduate Student Seminar, which will be held Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 prior to the AERA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. This year Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia (Duke University) is serving as chair and Erica Halverson (University of Wisconsin) is serving as vice-chair.   The objective of the seminar is to provide graduate students who are members of AERA Division C with an opportunity to receive mentoring and advice from current faculty members and to begin developing professional relationships with current and future leaders within the field. The seminar is intended for fulltime, advanced level doctoral students who are approaching the dissertation phase of their programs. Students who will have finished their dissertation by the end of April 2013 should consider applying for the Division C New Faculty seminar instead.  In addition to presentations on topics such as job search, and grants and funding opportunities, the seminar will consist of panel discussions on teaching, research, and publishing. Students will also participate in a manuscript review with mentors, as well as discussions on how to revise your CV.   Students interested in participating in the Graduate Student Seminar should submit an application by 5:00pm on January 15, 2013. The application can be found online at (detailed instructions for the application can be found on-line). Applicants should be prepared to provide the following information:
  • A general statement of interest in the Division C Graduate Student Seminar. Include in the statement: 1) Why you are interested in attending the Division C Graduate Student Seminar and what you hope to gain from this experience. 2) Where you are in your timeline for completing your degree requirements  3) Your research interests 4) Your career goals and job search timeline 
  • A list of potential faculty mentors with whom you would like to be matched • 
  • A 2-page summary of your dissertation research   • 
  • A CV that includes name, address, institution, telephone, fax, e-mail, educational background, awards, professional publications and presentations, teaching experience, and service activities
  • A letter of recommendation from your advisor, major professor, or dissertation chair sent directly to the Seminar chair at (this must be sent to us by the due date in order for your application to be considered). Please send the letter of recommendation as an attachment (in word or as a pdf).
 Upon acceptance, participants will also be required to submit a writing sample (e.g., a manuscript to be submitted for publication) to their assigned mentor(s) for review as part of the seminar by March 15, 2013. A limited number of participants will be selected for the 2013 Graduate Student Seminar based on graduate status, clarity of research interests, and match with participating mentors. Notifications will be sent out by January 31, 2013. Students who attend the seminar will receive a small stipend to support travel costs. To be eligible, students must be members of Division C and must register for the annual meeting.

We look forward to seeing you with our Division C colleagues in San Francisco in April!

- Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia & Erica Halverson, Division C Graduate Student Seminar Co-Chairs

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Graduate Student Excellence Award

Call for Nominations: Division C
2013 Graduate Student Research Excellence Award

Nominations are now open for the 2013
Division C Graduate Student Research Excellence Award
(See below for details)

Division C of AERA invites current and recent graduate students to submit papers (a journal length empirical study) for the 2013 Division C Graduate Student Research Excellence Award. This award represents Division C’s continuing efforts to promote and support the professional development of its graduate students and to recognize excellence in graduate student research. The award winner will be recognized at the division’s annual business meeting at the AERA conference in San Francisco and will receive a stipend of $500 and a commemorative plaque.

To be eligible for the award:
1) papers must already be officially accepted by Division C for presentation at the 2012 or 2013 AERA annual meeting in Vancouver or San Francisco;
2) research must have been conducted while nominees were graduate students in 2011 or 2012, and;
3) the candidate must have been the primary researcher and, if a paper is co-authored, the candidate must be the first author.

The following criteria guide paper award selection:
* importance of the problem,
* relation of the study to previous work in the field,
* clearly stated research questions or hypotheses,
* appropriateness of the methodology (e.g., sampling procedure, study procedures employed),
* appropriateness of the analysis(es) conducted,
* clear interpretations of the study results,
* acknowledgment of study limitations,
* clear description of the importance of the study findings
* and formatting adheres to APA style, 6th Edition,

To submit a paper for consideration, please assemble and submit the following materials electronically (only electronic submissions will be accepted):

1) SEPARATE COVER SHEET: A cover sheet as a separate document that includes: 1) paper title, 2) author’s/authors’ name(s), and 3) first author’s address, phone, and email.,
2) PAPER: Include the presentation paper prepared for blind review (as a pdf file), following APA 6th Edition style guidelines. Papers must not be more than 30 pages, including text, references, tables, figures, and appendices. Papers exceeding the maximum page length will be disqualified.
3) RESEARCH ADVISOR/MENTOR LETTER: A brief letter as a separate document from the research advisor/mentor acknowledging that the author was the primary researcher, and that the student’s research was conducted in 2011 or 2012. (The academic advisor/mentor may send this letter separately by email or as a PDF attachment.)
4) AERA, DIVISION C ACCEPTANCE LETTER: An electronic copy of the AERA, Division C acceptance letter for the April 2013 annual meeting in San Francisco.
5) Please send all electronic materials by email to Daniel Dinsmore ( with the header “Grad Student Award.” Deadline for paper submissions is Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

Please forward any questions about the award or the nomination process to this year’s chair, Dr. Daniel Dinsmore (

We at Division C strongly encourage all eligible contributors to participate!
An American Educational Research Association List

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Publication Opportunity

Call for Papers: Contemporary Educational Psychology

Special Issue: Examining Innovations—Navigating the Dynamic Complexities

of School-Based Intervention Research

As has been averred by educational stakeholders across the globe, schools need innovations—innovations created in the service of solving problems faced by billions of teachers and children (e.g., Duncan, 2009). Educators worldwide need access to research that will enable the development of model learning communities marked by effective pedagogical practices, deeper student learning, active engagement, and positive motivation and affect for all members of that learning community.

We seek to disseminate important, classroom-based intervention research being conducted by contemporary educational researchers around the globe. Contemporary Educational Psychology seeks paper submissions for a special issue on Examining Innovations—Navigating the Dynamic Complexities of School-Based Intervention Research. Submitted studies must meet all of the following criteria (in addition to the general CEP guidelines regarding theory-driven research, high-quality methods, writing style, and formatting found at

(a) take place in K-12 or primary-secondary formal educational settings in any country;

(b) employ random assignment of classes, groups, or individuals to treatment(s) and comparison/control condition(s);

(c) occur in intact classroom settings (i.e., either whole class or small group);

(d) include researcher- or teacher-delivered instructional treatment;

(e) have a duration longer than one class day; and,

(f) involve assessment of fidelity to treatment.

For example, a month-long experiment comparing middle school writing instruction in science classes with and without motivational supports could meet these criteria. Likewise, an experiment in a private school comparing small-group social studies learning from original source documents versus traditional textbook passages could meet these criteria. On the other hand, an individual tutoring study at an after-school program would not, even if all of the other criteria were met. Similarly, a computer-based algebra tutoring experiment would not meet the criteria, even if all of the other criteria were met. The editors will return, without review, any manuscript that does not meet all of the criteria.

Submissions should describe school-based conditions and constraints in slightly more detail than is typical for CEP, so that the papers in the special issue can be as informative as possible regarding navigating the dynamic complexities of spending extended research time in classrooms, situating relevant interventions within existing curricula, dealing with varying student abilities, school cultures, classroom enclaves, pedagogical nuances, and a general malaise toward research. In addition to describing these unique features of classroom research that differentiate it from laboratory research, submissions should describe how the researchers responded to these conditions and constraints.

Deadline for submissions is June 4, 2013.

Please direct questions to either co-editor of the Special Issue: P. Karen Murphy, Ph.D. OR Jennifer G. Cromley, Ph.D.,