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C&I Faculty Win Awards from AERA

Gregory Kelly and Anne Whitney win awards from AERA.

By Pamela Batson (March 2008)

Two College of Education faculty members in the Curriculum and Instruction Department have been selected to receive awards at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) on March 24-25, in New York, NY. 

Gregory J. Kelly, professor of education, has been selected as an Outstanding Reviewer for Educational Researcher for 2007. The AERA Publications Committee will recognize Kelly at a reception on March 24 as one of the top 13 reviewers for the journal. Kelly was recognized for his “number of timely reviews completed, depth of understanding of the field of research exhibited, and a compassionate voice so necessary in mentoring emerging scholars as authors,” according to the editors of Educational Researcher

A former physics and mathematics teacher and Peace Corps volunteer, Kelly explores issues of knowledge and discourse in science education settings. His recent studies have examined student small group discourse, uses of argumentation analysis for assessing evidence, and consideration of epistemic practices in science learning. In addition to being a reviewer for Educational Researcher, Kelly also serves as editor for the journal, Science Education

Educational Researcher is one of six academic journals published by AERA. It contains scholarly articles that come from a wide range of disciplines and are of general significance to the education research community. 

Anne Whitney, assistant professor of education, has been selected as the recipient of the 2008 Steve Cahir Award. The award will be presented to Whitney during the Writing and Literacies Special Interest Group business meeting on March 25. 

Whitney, a former high school English teacher, addresses her research toward written composition, the teaching of writing, and professional development in language arts. This work has included studies in elementary, secondary, college and professional development settings, all sharing a particular focus on the relationships between writing and learning. The Cahir Award was in response to her dissertation titled, “The Transformative Power of Writing: Teachers Writing in a National Writing Project Summer Institute.” Her current research is focused on classroom teachers who write articles for publication about classroom practice. 

This award was established in memory of Steve Cahir, who was the U.S. Department of Education program officer responsible for helping to fund the National Center for the Study of Writing. It is given to emerging scholars whose work shows promise of making significant contributions to the field of writing and literacies. Recipients of the award demonstrate excellence on all fronts: theory, literature review, methods, findings, significance of the research, and writing quality. 

According to its Web site, the purpose of the Writing and Literacies group is “to promote research in writing and literacy at all age levels and across cultural and social (including institutional) contexts; and to provide a forum for idea exchange related to writing and literacy research, theory, and practice across disciplines.” 

AERA, a national educational research society identifies its primary goal as "advancing educational research and its practical application."