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Robert F. Schuck Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher
Education (DDTE) Award

Supported by the Robert A. Roth Memorial Fund  

The Association of Teacher Educators announces its annual competition for the Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education (DDTE) award. The intent of the award is to encourage, recognize, and promote exemplary doctoral level research that substantially contributes to the improvement of teacher education. The DDTE recipient receives a monetary award supported through a grant from the ATE Leadership Foundation for Teacher Education. Special recognition is also extended to the professor that directed the dissertation.

This award was established in 1998 in honor of Robert A. Roth, who served as ATE Past President (1983-84). Rob worked for Michigan State Education Department and was closely aligned with promoting standards and assessment of teaching and learning.

Submission deadline for the award to be presented at the Annual Meeting is July 15

Who May Enter?

Any person having completed a doctoral dissertation at an accredited college or university within the past two years.

Criteria for Applicants:

  • The dissertation must be directly related to teacher education.
  • Authors need not be active members of ATE.
  • The research reported must have been completed within the past two years previous to this submission.
  • Entries must include name, title, institution, mailing address (including summer address if different), telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address.
  • Entries must include a separate letter of support from the director of the dissertation that clearly states completion of the doctoral degree prior to May 15 of the submission year.
  • A synopsis of the dissertation must be submitted electronically. The synopsis should not exceed 25 double-spaced, typewritten pages and must be accompanied by a one-page abstract. The abstract and references do not count toward the page limit. The author should eliminate all identifiable references to individuals and places that might bias reviewers. The synopsis should be emailed to the address below in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format.
  • The applicant's contact information and letter of support should be separate files from the synopsis of the dissertation.
  • The deadline for receipt of papers is July 15, 2020.

Evaluation/Award Procedures

  • Each dissertation synopsis will be reviewed by a panel of ATE Research Committee members using the following criteria:
    1. Definition of the problem or question is stated clearly.
    2. Rationale for the investigation is persuasive.
    3. Research approach is adequate/appropriate for the problem and rationale.
    4. Conclusion(s) or interpretation(s) are grounded in the data.
    5. Contribution of the study to Teacher Education.
  • The recipient of the ATE Distinguished Dissertation Teacher Education Award will be expected to make a presentation on the dissertation and to attend the award ceremonies at the ATE Annual Meeting in February.
  • The recipient must bring thirty (30) copies of a summary (not less than five (5) nor more than fifteen (15) pages) of the dissertation to ATE's Annual Meeting. 

All further information regarding this award can be obtained from:

John R. McConnell III, PhD, ATE Research Committee - Distinguished Dissertation Award
      Austin Peay State University
      Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education
      P.O. Box 4545, Clarksville, TN 37044
      Phone: (931) 221-7757
      Fax: (931) 221-1292
      E-mail: John R. McConnell III, Ph.D.

Aiyana Henry, EdD, ATE Research Committee - Distinguished Dissertation Award
      The University of Oklahoma
      820 Van Vleet Oval, #114
      Norman, OK 73019
      Phone: (405) 325-0445
      Fax: (405) 325-4061
      E-mail: Aiyana Henry, Ed.D.

Past Recipients

Robert F. Schuck Distinguished Dissertation
in Teacher Education Award

2020 Meaghan A. Kessler, University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana

Teaching for the Test: Social Studies Student Teacher Perceptions and Enactments of High-Stakes Performance Assessments

 2019 Christian Fischer
 University of Michigan


 Dara Micgelle Hall James Madison University
 2017 Barrett Wade McCoy Petty University of Central Arkansas
 2016 Christina Berchini University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
 2015 Melanie M. Frizzell Clark Atlanta University
 2014 Charlene Sue Martin Oral Roberts University
 2013 Cecilia Hernandez New Mexico State University
 2012 Romena M. Garrett Holbert The Ohio State University
 2011 Lydia Criss Mays Georgia State University
 2010 Una McGinley Sarno’ University College - Dublin, Ireland
 2009 Renu Ahuja Morgan State University
 2008 Melissa D. Boston University of Pittsburgh
 2007 Rachelle D. Meyer Baylor University
 2006 Wendy Wyman Colorado State University
 2005 Jeanne L. Paynter University of Maryland-Baltimore County
 2004 Gale Seiler University of Maryland-Baltimore County
 2003 Jacquelyn W. Jenson Eastern Kentucky University
 2002 Nita A. Paris University of Georgia
 2001 Diane Yendol Silva Pennsylvania State University
 2000 Leann Moore Texas A&M University-Commerce
 1999 Charlene Fleener Old Dominion University
 1998 Melinda Scholl Wilder Eastern Kentucky University
 1997 Anna L. Andes Association of University Churches
 1996 Susan K. Slick University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
 1995 Donna H. Foss University of Central Arkansas
 1994 Janell Wilson Jacksonville State University
 1993 Lois M. Campbell Pennsylvania State University
 1992 Mark Schelske St. Olaf College
 1991 Kim K. Metcalf Southwest Missouri State University
 1990 Julie Kolisek University of Nebraska-Lincoln
 1989 Marilyn B. Trotter Ohio State University
 1988 Brenda K. Stallion Ohio State University
 1987 Esther Moore Howard Mississippi State University
 1986 Deborah Black University of Maryland-College Park
 1985 Joan L. Offedahl University of Nebraska-Lincoln
 1984 Linda S. Tafel Northern Illinois University
 1983 Constance V. Hines Ohio State University
 1982 Leslie Huling Texas Tech University
  Barbara K. Ringenberger Florida State University
 1981 Sharon L. Young University of Colorado-Boulder

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