Cynthia Hudley of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School received the 2009 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Committee on Scholars of Color at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) national conference in San Diego on April 13. This award recognizes (1) scholars who have made significant contributions to the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect minority populations, and (2) minority scholars who have made a significant contribution to educational research and development. The Scholars of Color Distinguished Scholar Award is awarded to a scholar mid-level in his or her career who is beyond his/her first level of professional appointment and for whom ten or more years has past since receipt of the doctoral degree. Hudley says, “It is a particular honor to receive such a prestigious award for work I have done over the years to improve the education and achievement of our most vulnerable students and communities.”
The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and, by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. AERA is the most prominent international professional organization, with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application. Its 25,000 members are educators; administrators; directors of research; persons working with testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists.
Cynthia Hudley is a Professor in the Department of Education at the Gevirtz School. She is part of two emphases: Child and Adolescent Development and Special Education, Disabilities & Risk Studies. Hudley is the author of You Did That on Purpose: Understanding and Changing Children’s Aggression (Yale University Press 2008) and co-author, with Adele Gottfried, of Academic Motivation and the Culture of Schooling (Child Development in Cultural Context) (Oxford University Press 2008). Hudley has developed an aggression reduction curriculum, the BrainPower program, to improve peer relations in elementary school. This program has been designated a “Promising Program” by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hudley is also currently the Vice President of Division E (Counseling and Human Development) for the American Educational Research Association.
[Cynthia Hudley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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