The Leadership and Educational Policy Chair receives a scholarship for sustained research

The nation’s most prestigious organization for educational research, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), has awarded Laurence Parker a AERA scholarship 2021. Parker is Professor and Head of the Department of Leadership and education policy at the University of Utah College of Education where he studies by disrupting the normalization of student failure.

The awarding of a scholarship is a rigorous process: AERA scholarship holders are nominated by their peers, selected by the AERA Scholarship Committee, and then approved by the AERA Council, the governing body of AERA. the AERA. Parker was one of 19 education researchers to receive an AERA Fellowship, which is only awarded to those who demonstrate “outstanding and lasting research achievement.”

“I am honored to be recognized by the AERA scholarship,” Parker said. “I have studied social justice and other conceptual frameworks of critical research to ask how we can use them to disrupt the normalization of K-12 failure through higher education throughout my career. . I appreciate the invaluable resource for sharing research findings and discussions about what we do, how we do it and how we can improve our work. AERA is aimed at university researchers, and I am happy to see my work recognized in this way. “

In addition to being a nationally recognized researcher, Dr. Parker has a long history of service at AERA. In 1985 he attended his first AERA conference as a graduate student. Since then he has served as Editor or Associate Editor for AERA journals, the American Journal of Educational Research and the Review of educational research newspaper. He has also published in the Review of Research in Education.

During his career, Parker has published 30 peer-reviewed articles, 4 edited books, 23 book chapters and given over 50 presentations. “Dr. Parker’s research has advanced the field of Kindergarten to Grade 12 and higher education by using examples from the field to show how we can analyze problems through the lens of social justice theories,” then come up with socially just solutions, whether through changes in theory or practice. “said Nancy Butler Songer, Dean of the College of Education.” The AERA scholarship is an important recognition of her work, and we Couldn’t be more proud of Dr. Parker and his accomplishments. ”

When asked what the future holds, for AERA and for education, Parker said, “Recently a lot of my work has focused on integrating the voices of young people. . We have a lot to learn from their experiences. Their voices and perspectives should be part of our efforts to improve educational processes and outcomes. Education, from Kindergarten to Grade 12 through colleges and universities, serves the public good. I am happy to be a part of this and to work with our youth, whose contribution can help us advance our educational systems and processes here in Utah and across the country.

Parker’s latest post is available here. Parker and the other 19 AERA 2021 Fellows will join 676 current AERA Fellows.


About AERA

Founded in 1916, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) is a research society dedicated to improving the quality and outcomes of education through the rigorous study of educational processes and educational assessment , as well as the dissemination and practical application of research results. AERA has 12 divisions and over 155 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and provides support to members through their Graduate Student Council and a forum for academic institutions, departments, research institutions non-academics and professional associations through the University and research institutions. Learn more about AERA.

Janice G. Ball