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Peabody professors honored for education research

by Jane Sevier

Professors at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development were honored by the American Educational Research Association on April 17 during the organization’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Rogers Hall, professor and chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, was selected as an AERA fellow. Fellows are chosen based on their notable and sustained achievements in research. Hall was among a group of 23 scholars inducted. They joined 579 previous AERA fellows, including 10 from Peabody.

Rogers Hall (Vanderbilt)

Hall’s research concerns the learning and teaching of mathematics, both as a school topic and as a resource for modeling and inference in scientific inquiry. He also studies learning in and out of school, compares mathematical activity in school and work settings, and investigates the organization and development of representational practices in technical and scientific work.

“We are thrilled that AERA has honored Rogers Hall for his contributions to the science of learning,” Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development, said. “His multidisciplinary research is changing the way we understand learning environments. AERA fellows exemplify the highest standards in our profession.”

The AERA Fellows Program celebrates excellence in research and enables emerging scholars to appreciate the value of sustained achievements in research and the breadth of scholarship worthy of recognition, promoting scholarship that constitutes and enriches education research as an interdisciplinary field. Fellows are nominated by their peers, selected and recommended by the Fellows Committee, and approved by the AERA Council, the association’s elected governing group.

Ebony McGee (Vanderbilt)

Ebony O. McGee, assistant professor of education, diversity and urban schooling in the Department of Teaching and Learning, received the 2015 AERA Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award. At Peabody, McGee continues the research she began as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow—investigating the role of stereotypes and other influences in the postsecondary career and academic decision-making of high-achieving African American, Asian and Latino STEM students.

The AERA Committee on Scholars of Color in Education awards applaud scholars at different stages in their careers who significantly increase the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect minority populations, as minority scholars who have made a significant contribution to education research and development. The Early Career Contribution Award is presented to a scholar who is within the first decade of his or her career after completing the doctoral degree.