J. Michael Parker Award

History of the Award
Criteria for Consideration
Review Process
Award Committee
Award Winners

History of the Award

LRA awards the J. Michael Parker Award to encourage research in adult literacy. The award is given to a doctoral student or early-career, untenured faculty for papers they present at the conference that address adult learning or education. The award is designed to encourage work in adult literacy with a variety of populations, including, but not limited to, learners in formal settings such as adult basic education and ESOL classes, as well as those engaged in literacy practices embedded in diverse cultural settings. The award was established in 2001 in honor of J. Michael Parker, winner of LRA’s Student Outstanding Research Award. Recipients of the award receive a small cash award to be used for conference expenses and are recognized during a general session of the conference.

The award is presented to both papers with a single author and to co-authored papers. All of the author(s) of the paper must be doctoral students or early-career, untenured faculty at the time of the paper submission (October 1, prior to the Annual Meeting).   For single authored papers, the recipient will receive $500 and a plaque commemorating the award. For co-authored papers, the recipients will each receive a plaque and will decide amongst themselves how to divide the $500 award.

Criteria for Consideration

  1. The research is capable of making a significant contribution to theory and/or practice of adult learning and instruction.
  2. The methodology is appropriate to the research question and of sufficient rigor.
  3. Implications of the research are of a scope needed to impact the field.

Papers must be double-spaced and in 12-point font. The text limit does not include references and any appendices. Submissions and questions should be sent to the Committee Chair.

Review Process

Applicants will be notified of the results prior to the conference, and the plaque and honorarium will be presented to the winner during a plenary session at the conference.

Award Committee

Donita Shaw (donita.shaw@okstate.edu), Chair
Carmen Medina (cmedina@indiana.edu), Liaison
Vera Lee (vjw25@drexel.edu), Committee Member
Kathleen Alley (kalley@colled.msstate.edu), Committee Member
Jennifer Smith (jennifer.smith@alumni.twu.edu), Committee Member
Melody Zoch (mzoch@uncg.edu), Committee Member
Carmela Romano Gillette (cagillet@umich.edu), Committee Member
Luz Murillo (lmurillo@illinois.edu), Committee Member

Award Winners

(2017) Rachel Gruen
(2016) Dr. Rossina Zamora Liu, Tensions Between Vulnerability and Public Literacy Spaces: Writers at a Homeless Shelter Negotiate Personal Narratives for Community
(2015) Xia Chao, Ph.D., From Transmission to Transformation: Critical Pedagogy for Adult Immigrant ESL Literacy
(2014) Diane Taveggia, Ph.D., The Vocabulary Notebook as Vehicle for Independent Vocabulary Learning in Community College ELLs: Opening the Discussion to Theory As Well As Practice
(2013) Dr. Kathleen Alley, Playing in Trelis Weyr: Investigating Collaborative Authorship in a Dragons of Pern Text-Based Role Play-Game Forum
(2013) Dr. Kathleen Alley, Playing in Trelis Weyr: Investigating Collaborative Authorship in a Dragons of Pern Text-Based Role Play-Game Forum
(2012) Leah Katherine Saal, “I’m still a slave”: A Literacy Lesson from an Adult “Burgeoning” Reader”
(2011) Laurie A. Henry, "Literacy Content Knowledge Expertise among Adult Education Providers in Kentucky"
(2010) Silvia Cecilia Nogueron, "Negotiating the Codes of Power to Technology: Complexities in Immigrant Women’s Digital Literacy Socialization Trajectories"
(2009) Holly Hungerford-Kresser, "Navigating Early College: Literacy Experiences and Identity Negotiations of Latino Students"
(2008) Amy Trawick, "Adult Intermediate Readers' Cultural Models of Reading"
(2008) Tisha Y. Lewis, "My Life is Shaped Around Digital Literacies: An African-American Woman's Journey"
(2007) Kristin Perry, “More than Language Translation: Culture, Text and Genre Aspects of Literacy Brokering among Sudanese Refugees”
(2007) Amy Johnson, “Literacy as Answerable Response: A Life History Portrait of an African American Woman in a Rural Southern Community”
(2006) Robin Waterman, “The Value of Mexican mothers, The Power of Effective Adult Education: Fueling viable parent involvement through school-based ESL classes”

For more information about past winners and adult literacy activities in LRA, visit our blog at:http://jmpadultliteracy.wordpress.com/