USC Rossier faculty, students to address public scholarship at 2016 AERA conference

Kezar and Tynes to deliver keynote addresses; Bensimon and Polikoff to receive honors

Dr. Adrianna Kezar

Dr. Adrianna Kezar

In dozens of panels and presentations, USC Rossier faculty members and graduate students will address the theme of the centennial conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), “Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies,” which takes place in Washington, DC, April 8 to April 12.

“Our faculty and students are motivated by a passion to solve what Michael Quick calls Wicked Problems,” says USC Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher, “and the slate of Rossier papers and panels are delivering on that promise.”

Dr. Brendesha Tynes

Dr. Brendesha Tynes

Headlining the Rossier presentations are two keynote addresses: On April 9, Adrianna Kezar, named an AERA Fellow last year, gives the Division J Vice Presidential Address on the many faces of public scholarship. Kezar is professor of education and co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education. And on Monday, April 11, Brendesha Tynes gives the annual Early Career Award address: “A Decade of Research on What Students Learn about Race Online: A Case for Critical Media Literacy and Inclusive Design.” Tynes is associate professor of education and psychology.

Dr. Estela Bensimon

Dr. Estela Bensimon

This year’s honorees include Associate Professor Morgan Polikoff, who has been selected as Outstanding Reviewer for the AERA Open, and Estela Mara Bensimon, professor of higher education and co-director of USC Rossier’s Center for Urban Education, who is receiving the AERA Division J 2016 Outstanding Publication Award as co-editor of Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education, which is published by John Hopkins University Press.

USC Rossier’s newest inductee in the National Academy of Education, Ron Avi Astor, is a discussant in a session titled “Operation Educate the Educators: Recognizing and Supporting Military-Connected Students Through University-Based Research, Community Partnerships, and Teacher Education Programs,” Astor is the Lenore Stein-Wood and William S. Wood Professor of School Behavioral Health at the USC School of Social Work and holds a joint appointment at USC Rossier.

Dr. Gale Sinatra

Dr. Gale Sinatra

Gale Sinatra, who is professor of education and psychology and associate dean for research, is delivering a number of papers, including one titled “Promoting STEM Interest and Positive Emotions in Fourth-Grade Girls and Boys,” which highlights findings from a report released in January about Speedometry, a STEM curriculum for fourth graders that was created in partnership with the Mattel Children’s Foundation. Joining her on this presentation are fellow faculty members Morgan Polikoff and Julie Marsh, both associate professors at USC Rossier, along with PhD student Robert Danielson. Four other presentations related to the Speedometry project will also take place at AERA.

Graduate student presentations include Antar Tichavakunda speaking on “University Class Confessions Websites: Making the Hidden Visible” and Elizabeth Park, Federick Ngo and Edward Chi presenting on “Selection on Noncognitive Traits: Possibilities for Community College Students.”

For a complete list of faculty and student presentations, visit https://rossier.usc.edu/aera-2016/. You can follow the conference on Twitter at #AERA16.