Concordia-Chicago education and social policy professor receives national award

Left to right: Fran Huckaby, President, Society of Professors of Education; Pamela Konkol; Bernardo Gallegos, former President, Society of Professors of Education, and chair of Raywid Award Committee

Concordia-Chicago professor Pamela J. Konkol, Ph.D., recently received the Mary Anne Raywid Award from the Society of Professors of Education (SPE) during the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, held April 5-9 in Toronto, Canada. The AERA Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of education researchers and a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative studies in an array of areas.

“Throughout her career, Konkol has been a tireless advocate for the Social Foundations of Education, and her deep love and commitment to the discipline lies at the heart of her work on behalf of children, families, and school communities AND the teachers and school leaders who serve them,” noted Bernardo Gallegos, PhD, chair of the awards committee. “In particular, her work with AESA’s Committee on Academic Standards and Accreditation as a co-drafter of the Third Edition of the Standards for Academic and Professional Instruction in the Foundations of Education, Educational Studies, and Educational Policy Studies is significant. The Standards challenge all of us to think beyond the existing accreditation standards to envision a more holistic, inclusive, and intellectually challenging approach to preparing educators.”

The Mary Anne Raywid Award, named in honor of the Hofstra University Professor Emerita, SPE past president and education pioneer, was established in 1996 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the study of education. Professor Konkol joins the ranks of previous distinguished winners of the Raywid Award, including the inaugural recipient, Maxine Greene, as well as Gloria Ladson-Billings, Joel Spring, George Noblit, and Janet Miller.

During the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting, in addition to receiving the Raywid Award, Professor Konkol was awarded a second national award for her scholarship, the Society of Professors Outstanding Book Award for her most recent book on education policy, Getting to Where We Meant to Be: Working Toward the Educational World We Imagine/d (Myers Education Press), which she co-authored with Patricia H. Hinchey.

Pamela J. Konkol is a professor of educational foundations, social policy, and research and the founding director of the Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice at Concordia University Chicago. She currently serves as an executive officer for the American Educational Studies Association.

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