James E. McLean Distinguished
Research Paper Award

Each year MSERA sponsors the James E. McLean Distinguished Research Paper Award.  Any professional member in good standing of MSERA may submit an entry. The award winner(s) receives a plaque and prize of $500 to help with costs to present the paper at the annual meeting of AERA. 

To be eligible for this award, the paper must be an empirical research study. The author must use the online submission process to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words as outlined in the Call for Papers on the MSERA website AND the completed paper in PDF format by the deadline indicated in the Call for Papers.  

 

The abstract (i.e., proposal) must be accepted for presentation at the annual meeting before it can be considered for the award. The paper submission may not exceed 25 double-spaced, typewritten pages, including narrative, tables, and bibliography. No identifying information should be included in the complete paper.

Selection Procedures

Review for the award is a two-step process.  First, the Distinguished Research Paper and Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis Awards Selection Committee members, who are also members of the Program Committee, will review abstracts of the papers to determine if the paper will be accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting and the paper itself to determine if the paper will be in the final round of consideration for the award.  

Second, the Distinguished Research Paper and Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis Awards Selection Committee will review the papers to identify the most outstanding among those remaining following the first stage of the review process.  The chair of the committee will ensure that each paper submitted receives a minimum of two (2) blind reviews by members of the Distinguished Research Paper and Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis Awards Selection Committee during the review process.  The five (5) papers receiving the highest composite reviews (or all papers if fewer than five entries are submitted) will then be reviewed by members of the Distinguished Research Paper and Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis Awards Selection Committee based on all possible pairwise comparisons.  

The paper judged to be most outstanding at the conclusion of the two-stage process will be declared winner of the competition. The chair of the Distinguished Research Paper and Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis Awards Selection Committee will announce the award winner at the MSERA Business Session at the Annual Meeting of the Association.  The abstract from the winning paper will be published, on the MSERA website, in the MSERA Educational Researcher, or both. 

The Award

The award consists of a plaque, $500 cash, and a slot at the Spring meeting of AERA. Upon receipt of the name of the recipient(s) from the Vice-President (Chair of the Distinguished Research Paper and Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis Awards Selection Committee), the Executive Director prepares a plaque for the recipient(s), and writes a check for $250 from the association and a $250 check from the MSER Foundation.  The plaques and checks are delivered to the recipient at the Business Session of the Annual Meeting of the Association.Award

Following the annual meeting at which the award(s) is presented, the Executive Director forwards to the State and Regional Educational Research Association (SRERA) Vice President for Annual Meetings the following information:  Name of Award Winner(s), Title of Paper, Abstract of Paper, and full text of paper.  This action reserves a slot for presentation at the annual meeting of AERA in the special interest group of SRERA.

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Past recipients of the James E. McLean Distinguished Paper Award 

2022   Donna Spencer-Pitts

2021    Jessica Herring-Watson, Nykela Jackson, and Chelsie Dubay

2020    Michelle Wilson, Margaret Rice, and Steven Yates

2019    Laura McNeil, Margaret Rice, and Vivian Wright

2018    Prathiba Natesan, Peter Boedeker, and Anthony Onwuegbuzie

2017    Nykela Jackson and Rachelle Miller

2015    Suzanne Franco

2014    Anthony Onwuegbuzie, Marla H. Mallette, Eunjin Hwang, and John R. Slate

2013    Anthony Onwuegbuzie and Kathleen M. T. Collins 

2012     Franz H. Reneau 

2011    Andrea Lynch Paganelli

2009    Larry Daniel, Lunetta Williams, and Katrina Hall

2007    Nancy Leach and Anthony Onwuegbuzie

2005     Glennelle and Gerald Halpin

2004    Nancy Leach and Anthony Onwuegbuzie

2003    Kathleen M. T. Collins and Anthony Onwuegbuzie

2002    Betty Porter

2000    J. Jackson Barnette and James E. McLean

1999    Kevin M. Keiffer and Bruce Thompson

1998    Katrina N. Rhymer, Karen I. Dittmer, Christopher H. Skinner, and Bertha Jackson

1997    Scott C. Bauer and Ira E. Bogotch

1996    Pat Wachholz and Carol Etheridge

1995    Christopher H. Skinner, Patricia Logan, Gregg A. Johns, and Sheri L. Robinson

1994    Yi-Cheng Wu and James E. McLean

1993    Alan S. Kaufman, Jane Ford-Richardson, and James E. McLean

1992    B. A. Nye, C. M. Achilles, J. Zahorias, and D. Fulton

1991    Robert L. Kennedy, Jianliang Wang, and Gene Harryman

1990    Marion Dana, Anthony Scheffler, Mark Richmond, Sandra Smith, and Howard Draper

1989    Jeffrey Gorrell

1988    James E. McLean and Alan S. Kaufman

1987    Larry Webber, Bruce Thompson, and Gerald S. Berenson

1986    Joan M. Butler, David DeRuzzo, John P. Wollenberg, and Herbert M. Handley

1985    Charles J. Achilles and M. Nan Lintz

1984    James Flaitz

1983    James M. Prater, Jr.

1982    Debra Joyce Steele

1981    Linda Newby

1980    Ruth Bragman

1979    Charles E. Standifer and Ernest G. Maples

1978    Robert E. Bills

1977    Robert H. Bradley and Bettye M. Caldwell