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Genishi, Martinez-Roldan and Mensah Honored by AERA


Celia Genishi, Professor of Education

Celia Genishi, Professor of Education

Genishi receives multiple honors, including the Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award

Celia Genishi, Professor of Education, has received three awards from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) at the Association’s annual meeting, which is being held this week in Vancouver.

Genishi is the 2012 recipient of the Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award; the Division G Mentoring Award; and the Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood Education Distinguished Career Contribution Award.

The Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award recognizes a senior scholar “who has contributed significant to the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect minority populations and minority scholars who have made a significant contribution to education and development.”

Genishi, who is a past recipient of the Advocate for Justice Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, is an authority on early childhood education, language in the classroom, qualitative research and childhood bilingualism. Her published books include Children, Language and Literacy: Diverse Learners in Diverse Times (with Anne Haas Dyson; Teachers College Press, 2009); and On The Case: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research (with Anne Haas Dyson; Teachers College Press, 2005); and Ways of Assessing Children and Curriculum: Stories of Early Childhood Practice (Teachers College Press, 1992).

Carmen Martinez-Roldan, who joined TC’s faculty this past fall as Associate Professor of Bilingual/Bicultural Education, has received the AERA Division K Mid-Career Award. In notifying Martinez-Roldan of the honor, Division K Vice President Etta Hollins, Professor and Kauffman Endowed Chair for Urban Teacher Education at the School of Education of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, wrote: “Scholars in literacy, narrative and early childhood studies have known and learned from your work in the area of bilingual language and literacy education for many years and admired not only the consistently high quality of your research and scholarship, but also its attention to one of the most persistent problems in teaching and teacher education – young immigrant, Spanish (and other) language-speaking students who are often cast out on the margins of the literacy educational establishment as deficient and incapable.”

Felicia Moore Mensah, Associate Professor of Science Education and Science Education Program Coordinator, has received the AERA Division K Early Career Award. In her letter to Moore Mensah, Hollins wrote: “You have a well-articulated research focus on the role of social justice in science teacher education… your research is not only significant to the field of science teacher education, but it addresses an ongoing concern for the larger teacher education community regarding how best to prepare and support teachers to effectively educate children from marginalized background and communities.”


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