Boston University Professor Recognized for Dissertation Work

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(Boston) – Boston University School of Education (SED) Assistant Professor Scott Seider was recently named the recipient of the 2010 Kuhmerker Dissertation Award. The Association for Moral Education (AME) awards the honor annually for exceptional doctorial dissertations that pertain to moral education, development or understanding. Awardees are recognized for work that presents or develops on these concepts of moral behavior.

“The university and the School of Education are immensely proud of Professor Seider’s research and work here at the university,” SED Dean Hardin Coleman said. “This award is truly a testament to Scott’s excellent work and dedication to his field of study.”

Seider was awarded for his dissertation “Literature, Justice, & Resistance: Engaging Adolescents from Privileged Groups in Social Action.” His work focuses on the effects of a social justice education course on participating high school students by measuring the civic development of adolescents and young adults. He serves on the editorial board of, and is a contributing editor for, The Journal of Adolescent Research. Seider will be presented the award in November at the AME’s annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri. His forthcoming book, Shelter: Where Harvard Meets the Homeless, will be released in September 2010.

Established in 1918, Boston University’s School of Education serves a diverse student body of 400 undergraduate and 600 graduate students, 112 of whom are pursuing doctoral degrees. It has 52 full-time faculty, numerous adjunct faculty, and 40 staff members. In addition to a significant focus on preparing education professionals, the school is regarded highly for programs in the fields of literacy, mathematics education, deaf studies, international educational development, special education and science education. It is further distinguished by its productive partnerships with local school districts, most notably with Chelsea and Boston.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.