American Educational Research Association

Religion & Education Special Interest Group (SIG)

Mission

Welcome to Religion & Education, a special interest group (SIG) of the American Education Research Association. According to Article IV. of the bylaws, the purposes of the Religion and Education are:

1. To provide an academic and research forum to present and discuss diverse issues relevant to religious education and the relationship between faith and educational outcomes;

2. To provide an academic and interdisciplinary research forum to present and discuss issues about the role religion has played, does play, and should play in the public and private school experience;

3. To encourage the presentation of high quality quantitative and/or qualitative research, as well as other types of academic interdisciplinary inquiry, into issues of religious education, personal faith and school-based and school-related academic and behavioral outcomes;

4. To promote the idea that people of faith and religious conviction should have “a place at the table” in terms of federal, state, and local education policy originating from the government, school, and all other policy-making forums;

5. To increase multicultural communication and understanding between people of different denominations and faiths; and

6. To provide a safe space for people of faith and all religion-related viewpoints to safely communicate their research results and perspectives on faith without fear of being disparaged because of their views.

Call for Nomations

2021 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR EMERGING SCHOLAR AWARD

The Religion & Education SIG Award Committee is accepting nominations for its Emerging Scholar Award for an early career scholar who has made significant contributions to the field of religion and education. Nominees must be within the ten years of receiving their doctorate.

The awards committee will use a five-point scale (excellent, very good, good, fair, poor) to evaluate the following aspects of each nominee’s achievements: (1) the quality and impact of the nominee’s early-career research contributions to the field; (2) the quality and impact of the nominee’s early-career teaching contributions, aware that teaching takes place both within and beyond the academy; and (3) the quality and impact of the nominee’s service to the field.

Each nominee will prepare and submit a nomination packet that includes the following:

  • A nominating letter from a colleague in the field establishing the merit of the nominee;
  • Two supporting letters;
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita, detailing their research, teaching, and service to the field;
  • Up to three supporting documents, providing evidence of the award’s criteria.

 

The next award will be presented at the 2021 business meeting of the Religion & Education SIG where the winner will be recognized and awarded a plaque.

The due date for entries is Monday, January 18, 2021. Please send nomination materials to the Chair of the Religion & Education Emerging Scholar Award Committee, Dr. Kevin J. Burke, [email protected]

2021 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Religion & Education SIG Award Committee is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Achievement Award for an individual who has made outstanding contributions and is still active in the field of religion and education. Nominees must have least 15 years’ experience in the field post doctorate. Membership in AERA and/or the SIG is not a requirement for submission.

The awards committee will use a five-point scale (excellent, very good, good, fair, poor) to evaluate the following aspects of each nominee’s achievements: (1) the quality and impact of the nominee’s research contributions to the field; (2) the quality and impact of the nominee’s teaching contributions, aware that teaching takes place both within and beyond the academy; and (3) the quality and impact of the nominee’s service to the field.

Each nominee will prepare and submit a nomination packet that includes the following:

  • A nominating letter from a colleague in the field establishing the merit of the nominee;
  • Two supporting letters;
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita, detailing their research, teaching, and service to the field;
  • Up to three supporting documents, providing evidence of the award’s criteria.

 

The next award will be presented at the 2021 business meeting of the Religion & Education SIG where the winner will be recognized and awarded a plaque.

The due date for entries is Monday, January 18, 2021. Please send nomination materials to the Chair of the Religion & Education Distinguished Achievement Award Committee, Dr. Shereen Bhalla, [email protected]

Annual Meeting

Details about the 2021 American Educational Research Association can be found at www.AERA.net.

SIG Leadership

Dr. Nathan C. Walker, Chair (5/1/20 – 4/30/23), 1791 Delegates, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Kate E. Soules, Assistant Chair/Chair-Elect (5/1/20 – 4/30/23), Massachusetts 3Rs Project, Boston

Dr. Charles J. Russo, J.D., Program Chair (5/1/20 – 4/30/23), University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Dr. P. Jesse Rine, Assistant Program Chair (5/1/20 – 4/30/23), Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Shereen Bhalla, Secretary/Treasurer (5/1/20 – 4/30/21), Hindu American Foundation, Washington, DC

Dr. Ilana Horwitz, Executive Committee Member (5/1/20 – 4/30/21), Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Dr. Gayle Pagnoni, Executive Committee Member (5/1/20 – 4/30/21), Rice University, Houston, TX

Chris Olshefki Graduate Student Representative (5/1/20 – 4/30/21), University of Pittsburgh, PA

Membership

In order to participate in our special interest group (SIG) you will need to have (1) an active membership with the American Educational Research Association and (2) an active membership with SIG 84 Religion & Education. For directions on how to join both visit the AERA Membership page. Membership Dues: Non-Students: $10 and Students: $5.

Awards

Distinguished Scholar Award

  • 2019 – Michael D. Waggoner University of Northern Iowa
  • 2017 – Zehavit Gross Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • 2015 – William H. Jeynes California State University, Long Beach
  • 2013 – Nicholas Piediscalzi Wright State University
 

Emerging Scholar Award

  • 2019 – Kevin J. Burke University of Georgia
  • 2017 – Matthew Mayhew New York University
  • 2015 – Alyssa Bryant Rockenbach North Carolina State University
 

Dissertation-of-the-Year Award

  • 2020 –  W. Y. Alice Chan, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, “Exploring a Potential Connection between Religious Bullying and Religious Literacy in Modesto and Montreal Public Schools”
  • 2018 – Kimberly Rebecca Logan, University of Georgia, “Unpacking Religious Understandings in Teachings: Christian Pre-Service Teachers’ Narratives of Calling, Love, and Relationships”
  • 2014 – Tiffani A. Riggers-Piehl, University of California, Los Angeles, “Enhancing Classrooms and Conversations: How Interactions with Faculty Predict Change in Students’ Spirituality in College”
  • 2012 – P. Jesse Rine, University of Virginia, “Pluralism, Provisionally, & Faith: Christian College Persistence in the Postmodern Turn”
  • 2008 – Jason Eric Nelson-Brown, University of Washington, “The Key of the Kingdom: How teacher beliefs about religion impact their experiences teaching”
  • 2006 – James M. M. Hartwick, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “An investigation into the spiritual, religious, and prayer lives of Wisconsin public school teachers: The inner life of the teacher”

Members' Accomplishments

Share you professional accomplishments with the SIG by completing the annual survey. Share information about the awards you’ve received; post invitations to collaborate; share about your organization’s developments; list funding awards or fundraising efforts; list new appointments/positions; share information about your professional presentations; and share news about your publications and teaching accomplishments.

 

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Publishing Opportunities

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Funding Opportunities

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A Living Bibliography

ReligionAndEd.com invites SIG members to contribute to a living bibliography to help emerging and established scholars share research resources. 

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