Two SED Faculty Members, One Alumna to Receive AERA Awards at Annual Conference

Each year, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) celebrates members of the educational research community by presenting them with awards that highlight excellence in achievement relating to their distinct area(s) of study. The School of Education, which will have a strong presence at the event, currently has two faculty members and one alumna accepting awards during AERA’s 2018 Annual Meeting conference.


Award winners and information can be found below:

  • Dr. Kathleen Corriveau, Associate Professor in Applied Human Development, is receiving The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) 2018 Early Career Impact Award for her work on child social and cognitive development. In addition to the award, Dr. Corriveau has been invited to give a talk during Saturday’s proceedings on the topic of “How children use questions and explanations to develop critical thinking skills.”
  • Dr. Elizabeth Bettini, Assistant Professor of Special Education, will receive the Best Paper Award from AERA’s Lives of Teachers special interest group for her paper titled, “Special Educators’ Experiences of Roles and Responsibilities in Self-Contained Classes for Students With Emotional/Behavioral Disorders.” Her research was first published in SAGE’s Remedial and Special Education (RSE) journal.
  • Dr. Katelyn Kurkul (SED’15), Assistant Professor at Merrimack College’s School of Education & Social Policy, will be receiving the Outstanding Dissertation Award under the Division E unit, which covers the Counseling and Human Development clusters, for her dissertation co-authored with Dr. Corriveau titled, “Question, Explanation, Follow‐Up: A Mechanism for Learning From Others?”

The conference, hosted this year in New York City from April 13th to the 17th, brings together educational researchers and practitioners from around the world specializing in a range of fields to learn, discuss, collaborate, and inspire one another, with the aim of improving the overall landscape of research within education.