Cynthia Coburn Honored as AERA Fellow for Education Research

Cynthia Coburn Honored as AERA Fellow for Education Research

Cynthia Coburn

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) recently named SESP professor Cynthia Coburn an AERA Fellow. Coburn is one of 23 scholars to become 2015 AERA Fellows in recognition of exceptional scientific or scholarly contributions to education research.

AERA Fellows are scholars known both nationally and internationally for their outstanding achievements in education research. AERA is the national interdisciplinary research association for approximately 25,000 scholars who undertake research in education.

In announcing the new fellows, AERA executive director Felice J. Levine applauded these education researchers for their substantive scholarship. “We are thrilled to honor these 23 scholars for their commitment to excellence in research and for their significant contributions to the field,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “AERA Fellows emphasize to new scholars the importance of sustained research of excellence and exemplify the highest professional standards.”

The 2015 Fellows will be inducted on April 17 during AERA’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Fellows designation is a high honor of the Association, awarded after fellows are nominated by peers, selected by a program committee and approved by the AERA governing council.

SESP professors Larry Hedges, Carol Lee, Penelope Peterson, James Spillane and professor emeritus Allan Collins are current AERA Fellows.

In her research, Coburn specializes in the relationship between instructional policy and teachers' classroom practices. She has investigated this issue in a number of studies that tackle critical concerns facing public schools. These include the expansion of innovative approaches to teaching, the relationship between reading policy and teachers' classroom practices, and data use for school improvement.

Coburn’s work was recognized in 2011 with the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association, honoring her contributions to the field of educational research in the first decade of her career. She holds a PhD in education from Stanford University.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/4/15