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NCTE Promising Researcher Award Competition in Recognition of Bernard O'Donnell


The 2012 Recipient of the NCTE Promising Researcher Award Announced!


2013 Procedures, Deadlines and Eligibility
Entrance -  

Candidates must submit a manuscript based on their research.  Manuscripts should be written in format style and length appropriate for submission to a research journal such as Research in the Teaching of English, College Composition and Communication, Curriculum Inquiry, Teaching and Teacher Education or Anthropology and Education.  Normal manuscripts range between 25-50 double –spaced, typewritten pages.  (table, figures, references, and appendices are considered  part of the “manuscript”) 

All manuscripts must have at least 1" margins at the top, bottom, and both sides, and must be in standard (12") Times New Roman, or Arial font.  Manuscripts in any other form  (abstracts, dissertation reports, reprints or published articles, etc.)  cannot be considered in this competition.  Although manuscripts should conform to the publication standard of the above-mentioned journals,  selection as a Promising Researcher does not guarantee eventual publication in those journals.

Manuscripts should be sent to: 
Felisa Mann
Subject line should read: Promising Researcher Award   
Manuscripts must be received on or before MARCH 1 of the award year.
submissions should be send as WORD attachments


1. Applicants should prepare a manuscript with all author references removed from document and file name for a blind, peer review process and

2. a separate cover sheet with title and author information. The name, current address, position, and telephone number of the entrant should be transmitted along with the manuscript to facilitate communication between the selection committee and the entrant.  This information should be on the cover page only. 

3. Accompanying all manuscripts must be a written statement verifying that the research was completed within the specified completion dates.  This signed original letter must come from someone other than the candidate (e.g., the major professor or a researcher knowledgeable in the field) who areas to sponsor the candidate.

Judging -

Manuscripts received on or before March 1, will be transmitted to members of the selection committee for the evaluation.  Results of the judging will be available after May 15 and entrants will be notified of the results shortly thereafter.  Manuscripts will not be returned to the authors.

Summary of Dates and Deadlines -


December 1, 2010-January 31, 2013 Completion dates for research Entered
March 1  Deadline for receipt of Manuscripts 
May 15 Results of final judging will be available


Established in 1970; given by the NCTE Standing Committee on Research,  the Promising Researcher Award Competition is open to individuals who have completed dissertations between December 1, 2010 and January 31, 2013.

Studies entered into competition should be related to the teaching of English or the language arts, e.g., language development, literature, composition, teacher education/professional development, linguistics, etc., and should have employed a recognized research approach, e.g., historical, ethnographic, interpretive, experimental, etc.  

In recognition of the fact that the field has changed in recent years, the Committee on Research invites entries from a variety of scholarly perspectives.


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