News Release 

AERA to hold virtual awards celebration on October 3, 2020

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Harvard Scholar Howard Gardner among the awardees

American Educational Research Association

Award Announcement


The American Educational Research Association is holding a Virtual Awards Celebration on October 3, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, to honor recipients of the 2020 AERA Awards and to give attendees an inside look at exemplary accomplishments in education research across areas of study and career stages.

The celebration will feature live "backstage" conversations with award winners and videos highlighting their contributions. The event will also include a special presentation by 2019-2020 AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker and a tribute to members of the education research community who died in the past year.

Among this year's 16 awardees is Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, who is receiving the AERA Distinguished Public Service Award. She is being recognized for her staunch, innovative, and bipartisan commitment to scientific research across all fields of science; her special interest in the value of education research to advance opportunities for women and persons of color in the STEM workforce; and her deep appreciation that data and studies are essential to ensuring supportive and inclusive climates in educational and research environments.

Also being honored is Harvard University scholar Howard Gardner, who is receiving the AERA Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award. Gardner is internationally known for his theory of multiple intelligences, which transformed the field of education in authentic assessment, teacher development, human potential, and curriculum design and implementation. His interdisciplinary research program, including Project Zero and the Good Project, has advanced groundbreaking understanding of student creativity and engagement.



Shaun R. Harper (University of Southern California), AERA President
Felice J. Levine, AERA Executive Director

Special Presenter

Vanessa Siddle Walker (Emory University), AERA Past President

2020 AERA Awards Recipients

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) - Distinguished Public Service Award
Howard Gardner (Harvard University) - Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award
Randy E. Bennett (ETS) - E. F. Lindquist Award
David Stovall­ (University of Illinois at Chicago) - Social Justice in Education Award
Carolyn J. Heinrich (Vanderbilt University), Jennifer Darling-Aduana (Vanderbilt University), Annalee G. Good (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Huiping (Emily) Cheng (University of Wisconsin, Madison) - Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award
Lindsay C. Page (University of Pittsburgh) - Early Career Award
Leilani Sabzalian (University of Oregon) - Outstanding Book Award
Jessica Ringrose (University College, London) - Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award
Maria R. Coady (University of Florida) - Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award
Francis A. Pearman II (Stanford University) - Review of Research Award
María Estela Brisk (Boston College) - Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award
Adrienne D. Dixson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) - Scholars of Color Mid-Career Contribution Award
Jessica C. Harris (University of California, Los Angeles) - Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award

Presidential Citation Recipients

James D. Anderson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Jacqueline Jordan Irvine (Emory University)



Saturday, October 3, 2020, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT.


The event will be held on Zoom. Register here:


The event is open to the public. ASL and closed captioning will be provided. The hashtag for this celebration is #AERAAwards.

About AERA

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Find AERA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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