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2014 AABHE Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. William R. Harvey

2014 Harold Delaney Exemplary Educational Leadership Awardee


Gloria Ladson-Billings

Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction where she holds the Kellner Family Endowed Professorship in Urban Education and is Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of Educational Policy Studies and Afro American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the 2005--2006 president of the American Educational Research Association. Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to education.

Ladson-Billings is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and Beyond the Big House: African American Educators on Teacher Education. She is editor of five other books and author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards. Her work has won numerous scholarly awards, including the H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship, and the Palmer O. Johnson outstanding research award. She was named the 2012 winner of the Brock International Prize in education. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain. In 2010 she was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. In 2002 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden. During the 2003--2004 academic year she was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California. In fall 2004 she received the George and Louise Spindler Award from the Council on Anthropology and Education for significant and ongoing contributions to the field of educational anthropology. In spring 2005 she was elected to the National Academy of Education and the National Society for the Study of Education. In 2007 she was awarded the Hilldale Award, the highest faculty honor given to a professor at the University of Wisconsin for outstanding research, teaching, and service. She is a 2008 recipient of the state of Wisconsin’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Heritage Award and the Teachers College, Columbia University 2008 Distinguished Service Medal. In 2009 she was elected to Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society’s Laureate Chapter—comprised of 60 living distinguished scholars. Former laureate members include notables such as Albert Einstein, John Dewey and Eleanor Roosevelt. In 2010 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and in 2012 she was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain. Ladson-Billings is currently one of the NEA Foundation Fellows charged with providing advice on its "Achievement Gap Initiative.”

Advocacy Award

Dr. Joyce E. King

Dr. Joyce E. King holds the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Georgia State University, where she is also Professor of Educational Policy Studies. The former Provost and Professor of Education at Spelman College and Associate Provost at Medgar Evers College, Dr. King is recognized here and abroad for her contributions to the field of education. She also served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Diversity Programs at the University of New Orleans and Director of Teacher Education at Santa Clara University.

Her publications include four books--Preparing Teachers for Diversity, Teaching Diverse Populations, Black Mothers to Sons: Juxtaposing African American Literature with Social Practice and Black Education: A Transformative Research and Action Agenda for the New Century. Numerous other publications also address the role of cultural knowledge in effective teaching and teacher preparation, Black teachers’ emancipatory pedagogy and Black Studies epistemology and curriculum change. Recent publications include: “If Justice Is Our Objective”: Diaspora Literacy, Heritage Knowledge, and the Praxis of Critical Studyin’ in the National Society for the Study of Education Yearbook, “Epilogue: Black Education Post-Katrina. And ‘All Us We’ Are Not Saved” in The SAGE Handbook of African American Education and  “Critical & Qualitative Research in Teacher Education: A Blues Epistemology for Cultural Well-Being and a Reason for Knowing” the Third Handbook of Research on Teacher Education.

In 2001 Dr. King founded the Academy for Diaspora Literacy, Inc. to enable educators and families to use community cultural resources and heritage knowledge to support academic and cultural excellence in education. She has served as the co-Editor of the top-ranked journal, the Review of Educational Research.

Dr. King is a graduate of Stanford University where she received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Social Foundations of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree (with Honors) in Sociology. She also holds a certificate from the Harvard Graduate School Institute in Educational Management.

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