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CEE Research Initiative - Previous Revision

2012-2013 Call for Proposals


CEE is pleased to announce the third year of its Research Initiative. We invite proposals for research projects that will advance the mission of the organization as articulated through our various position statements and sponsored publications. Particular questions of interest include:

  • What constitutes an effective or innovative English/language arts education undergraduate licensure program and how do we know?
  • What constitutes an effective or innovative English/language arts education graduate program and how do we know?
  • How does English/language arts education practice compare to various accreditation agency expectations?
  • What are the relationships between research-supported English/language arts education pedagogies and effective secondary teaching?
  • What is “teacher quality” and what does it mean to be an effective English/language arts teacher?
  • What are the connections/disconnections between the Common Core State Standards and research-based English/language arts teacher education?

We hope that research conducted through this program will support CEE’s efforts to communicate more effectively with state and federal policy makers, accreditation agencies, and school/department administrators. We welcome proposals from applicants representing all levels of instruction, preK-college/university.

CEE plans to fund four proposals of up to $2000 each. The principal investigators of each proposal must be members of CEE. We invite proposals employing a variety of methods, including qualitative or mixed method research designs, case studies, interview or survey-based projects, and teacher research projects. Proposals should state research questions, describe methods of gathering and analyzing data, and explain how the evidence and its analysis will address both the research questions and current educational policy issues of interest to CEE members. Doctoral students and early career faculty members are encouraged to apply. 

Proposals are to be submitted no later than October 15, 2012 as email attachments to the CEE Administrative Liaison at Decisions will be announced by November 14, 2012, and award winners will be recognized at the annual CEE Social/Membership Reunion at the Las Vegas NCTE convention. Investigator(s) will be expected to present their research at the 2013 or 2014 NCTE Convention or at the 2013 CEE Summer Conference. Proposals should include the following:

    • A cover page that contains the title of the proposal, the names and full contact information of the investigator(s) (institution, address, phone, e-mail), and, in the event of multiple investigators, the designation of a principal contact.
    • A narrative of not more than five pages explaining the aims of the research, the question(s) to be addressed, the importance of the question for the organization, key related work in the research literature, the data to be gathered and methods for its collection and analysis, and plans for disseminating the findings.
    • A work plan with a timeline of key events and processes.
    • A detailed budget with rationale for all expenses. NOTE: Please note that this grant may not be used to pay indirect costs and/or overhead and must be used to fund specific research activities.
    • Brief (one-two page) CVs for all investigators.

Past Winners

Marcelle Haddix, Syracuse University, "Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Teacher Diversity in English Education"

Luke Rodesiler, University of Florida. "Understanding English Teachers’ Experiences Performing Acts of Constructivist Teacher Leadership in Online Environments"

Zaira R. Arvelo-Alicea and  Ileana Cortés Santiago, Purdue University, " Latino/a Families - English Educators Partnerships for the Literacy Development of Underrepresented Youth"

Heidi Hallman, The University of Kansas, “Pre-service English Teachers’ Work with Homeless Adolescents”
Melanie Shoffner, Purdue University, “Pedagogy, Passion and Preparation: Exploring the Concerns of Beginning English Teachers”

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