by Lucy Cunningham
College of Education Professor Joyce E. King has been voted president-elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her term as president begins at the conclusion of AERA’s 2014 Annual Meeting, after one year of service as president-elect.
Since 2004, King has been on the faculty at Georgia State University, where she holds the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair of Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Her research interests include the role of cultural knowledge, curriculum change and global education.
A native of California, King holds a Ph.D. in the social foundations of education from Stanford University and has a history of active involvement with AERA.
“Her extensive participation with AERA and her knowledge of the Association position her well to lead,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “We look forward to her continued contributions to AERA and to the field of education research.”
King chaired the AERA Commission on Research in Black Education (CORIBE) and became editor of the resulting volume, Black Education: A Transformative Research and Action Agenda for the New Century, published in 2005 for AERA by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. This volume, which examined the knowledge base, presented findings, and offered new directions for research and practice in Black education and across diverse communities, was introduced at an AERA briefing at the National Press Club.
In addition to Black Education, King has edited Preparing Teachers for Cultural Diversity and Teaching Diverse Populations: Formulating a Knowledge Base and co-authored Black Mothers to Sons: Juxtaposing African American Literature with Social Practice (with C.A. Mitchell). She has written numerous book chapters and journal articles.
Before arriving at Georgia State University in 2004, King’s professional positions included Professor of Education and Provost at Spelman College, Associate Provost at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, and Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Diversity Programs at the University of New Orleans. She has received fellowship awards from the American Council on Education, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and the National Institutes of Mental Health.
Her service to AERA has included chairing the International Relations Committee and serving as co-editor of the Review of Educational Research. Her leadership within the Association includes multiple years of service on the Annual Meeting Program Committee; she will serve on the committee for the upcoming 94th Annual Meeting as program chair for Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education).
In recognition of her professional service, King was presented the Distinguished Career Contribution Award from the AERA Committee on Scholars of Color in Education. The Distinguished Career Contribution Award is given for a significant contribution to minority-related issues by a scholar, or a significant contribution to educational research and development by a minority scholar with a career of 30 or more years beyond the doctoral degree.
King will succeed Barbara Schneider, John A. Hannah Chair and Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Department of Sociology at a Michigan State University. Dr. Schneider will assume the AERA presidency on May 1, 2013, at the close of the Association’s 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
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