College of Education faculty members lauded for outstanding scholarship, service

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is honoring three faculty members from Penn State’s College of Education as winners of various academic awards. The recipients will be recognized for their outstanding scholarship and service at an awards ceremony April 4 and 5 at the AERA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Gregory R. Kelly, associate dean for research, outreach and technology, is one of the 22 scholars selected as 2014 AERA Fellows. AERA Fellows are selected based on their notable and sustained research achievements. The 2014 Fellows were nominated by their peers, selected by the AERA Fellows Committee and approved by the AERA Council, the association’s elected governing body. Currently there are 557 AERA Fellows.

“AERA Fellows exemplify the best of research in terms of accomplishment, quality, mentoring and the highest professional standards. We welcome the class of 2014 to these ranks,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine.

Kelly is a professor of science education and the associate dean for research, outreach and technology in the College of Education. He was a physics and mathematics teacher and served for four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His research explores issues of knowledge and discourse in science education settings. Kelly teaches courses on teaching and learning science in secondary schools and uses history, philosophy and sociology of science in science education.

Liliana M. Garces, assistant professor, will receive the The Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award for her article, “Understanding the Impact of Affirmative Action Bans in Different Graduate Fields of Study,” published in American Educational Research Journal.

The Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award is presented annually to recognize the highest quality of academic scholarship published in one of the following AERA publications: American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Researcher or Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics.

Garces is an assistant professor in the higher education program and a research associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education. Garces’ research lies at the intersection of law and social science fields. She employs quantitative, qualitative and legal analysis research methods to understand and inform policies that can assist educators and policymakers to address racial and ethnic inequities in K-12 and postsecondary education.

Read a copy of Garces' articles here.

Erica Frankenberg, assistant professor, has won the Early Career Award for Division L from AERA. Division L is a division in the AERA which represents educational policy and politics. The Early Career Award recognizes a scholar whose initial career shows a high level of productivity and scholarly excellence. Frankenberg’s work on issues such as race, integration and educational equity is exceptional in its volume, range and seriousness of purpose.

As one of her nominators wrote, “(She) combines a wide knowledge of the field, a rare and deep understanding of the relationship between social science and law, a multi-layered expertise in the implementation of educational and social change, and a high level of talent in conceptualizing and leading large research projects.”

Frankenberg is an assistant professor in the department of education policy studies in the College of Education. Her research interests focus on racial desegregation and inequality in K-12 schools, and the connections between school segregation and other metropolitan policies. She enjoys working with graduate students through research projects, and has published articles and chapters co-authored with students.

Frankenberg’s award will be presented to her at the Division L Business Meeting on April 4.


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Last Updated January 09, 2015