Faculty and Alumnus Receive Awards at AERA Conference


The American Educational Research Association, the premier national educational research society, awarded two SOE faculty members and an alumnus of the SOE doctoral program awards for outstanding publications at its annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia last month.

Elizabeth C. Reilly, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, received the award for Best Paper in the International Studies Special Interest Group for her article, “Women of K-12 and Higher Education Leadership in Afghanistan: A Comparison of Progress, Successes, and Challenges.” Reilly is an expert on issues of urban education policy and leadership, and organizational transformation in a global society.

Michael Gottfried, assistant professor in the Department of Specialized Programs in Urban Education, received the Outstanding Publication Award in Division H, Category 2: Advances in Methodology. His article, “The Detrimental Effects of Missing School: Evidence from Urban Siblings,” was published in the American Journal of Education. Gottfried is an expert in the economics of education, quantitative methods and peer effects.

Patrick Lynch, a graduate of SOE’s doctoral program, was awarded Honorable Mention for his dissertation, “Preferential Options and Palimpsests: Transferring the Founders’ Catholic Charism from Vowed Religious Educators to Lay Educators,” by the Catholic Education Special Interest Group. Lynch is on the faculty at Marymount High School in Los Angeles, where he chairs the English Department.