Excellence in Research to Practice Award: Nominations for 2020

Who is doing excellent work to get educational research to people who use it?

For users of research, people who work to get useful research used, and people who know any of them, please start thinking about putting together a nomination to shine a light on folks you think deserve the 2020 Excellence in Research to Practice Award. The award will be given at the April 2020 meeting of AERA  in New York. Details will be forthcoming in a later post, so stay tuned. For now, think about who those people are in your world.

SIGRU Updates

Hi Everyone,

It’s that time of year again. Our SIG will need to elect three new officers to the positions listed below. We need at least two candidates for each office. Please consider nominating a colleague, or even yourself. I have set the nominations deadline for Friday November 8th. That will give us three weeks for elections.

If you have any questions abou the requirements for each office, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I will do my best to answer them, or forward to the appropriate person.



Dear SIG Chairs and Co-Chairs,

The AERA General Election is fourteen weeks away and we at the Central Office are delighted to have the opportunity to work with you to implement electronic voting for Research Use (SIG  100).  Now is a good time to begin the nomination process.

After reviewing the SIG’s current list of officers and bylaws, we have concluded that the following positions will be on the SIG’s ballot for the 2016 elections:

Chair 1 year term
Secretary 1 year term
Program Chair 1 year term

While SIGs may have different nominating procedures, it is recommended that a nominating committee be constituted to coordinate the effort. The use of an open call sent out through the SIG’s Announcement Listserv for nominations is also a good way to encourage members of your SIG to make nominations (including self-nominations). The 2016 Guide to SIG Elections can be found on theResources for SIG Officers webpage. Please be reminded that it is AERA’s policy that there must be two or more candidates for each office.

The ballot entry website will become available Monday, October 26, 2015 and will close on Monday, November 30, 2015.  Governance staff will send instructions on use of the entry website on the 26th. Please complete the nomination process as soon as possible consonant with an open call. It is important to view November 30 as the end date.

AERA holds only one election cycle each year AERA-Wide, including for all SIG elections. Therefore, it is important to do this now.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly or e-mail Governance at governance@aera.net.  You can also speak with Drew Middleditch by phone (202-238-3204).


Felice J. Levine, PhD
Executive Director

2015 Annual Meeting Highlights

The 2015 AERA Annual meeting schedule has been released. SIGRU sessions are highlighted below, and a detailed agenda is available here.

See you in Chicago!

2015 Session highlights:
Promoting Research Use: Cross-Partner Promotion, the Role of Mass Media, and Engagement in Government.  Roundtable Session 7

Friday, April 17, 2015 | 8:15 to 9:45am | Hyatt, East Tower – Purple Level, Riverside East
Research Use and Stakeholder Engagement: Issues and Opportunities for Teacher and Administrator Use of Research. Roundtable Session 16
Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 8:15 to 9:45am | Hyatt, East Tower – Purple Level, Riverside West
Research Use SIG Business Meeting
Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 6:30 to 8:00pm | Marriott, Sixth Level, Northwestern/Ohio State

The Social and Political Contexts for Research Utilization in Education Policy Making. Session Type: Symposium

Sunday, April 19, 2015 | 8:15 to 9:45am | Marriott, Fourth Level, Sheffield
How Multiple Stakeholders Are Using Research About Chicago’s Teacher Evaluation System. Session Type: Symposium
Sunday, April 19, 2015 | 12:25 to 1:55pm | Marriott, Fourth Level, Clark

Introductions and status taking

As we approach the 2015 annual meeting, the SIG on Research Use is experiencing somewhat of a renewal. In the Fall of 2014 after the previous chair stepped down due to other commitments, I was asked to take over leadership of the SIG and coordinate session review for the 2015 annual meeting. As part of this process, I had the opportunity to reconnect with SIG colleagues and consider ways to re-energize the SIG.

As a result of some hard work and supportive colleagues, we are going in to the 2015 annual meeting in a strong position, with an strong slate of papers and sessions, volunteers in place for all officer positions, a new web site for communication with SIG members, and an exciting proposal for a new journal focused on research use.

In particular, I want to highlight the proposal for a new open-access journal on research use (linked to here). It is my hope that the SIG will embrace the new journal and use it as a tool for strengthening the dissemination and communication of research on research use, as well as increase the value of membership in the SIG (and add to our membership numbers). We hope to engage SIG members as editors, authors, reviewers, and consumers of the new journal.

To that end, Elizabeth Farley-Ripple and I will be bringing the journal proposal to the SIG business meeting for adoption. We hope the membership will joins us to discuss the journal proposal, welcome the newly elected officers, and celebrate the high quality research being presented as part of our program.

An organization is only as active as its membership wants it to be–and with your participation in the activities of the SIG in 2015, we have the potential to substantially strengthen the scholarship around research use.

See you in Chicago!

Dan Laitsch