AERA 2017 Annual Meeting-Graduate Student News

  1. Sign up to take part in the Lunch with a Motivation Researcher Program! Every year at AERA, the SIG gives graduate students an opportunity to have lunch with an experienced motivation researcher. This year, we have a great line-up of researchers who will host lunches: Bernard Weiner, Judith Harackiewicz, Reinhard Pekrun, Mimi Bong, Julie Turner, and Akane Zusho.

    This is a great opportunity for graduate to get to know researchers who have defined the field and to talk about shared interests in a fun, informal setting. Advisors, please send this information along to your doctoral students so they can take advantage of this awesome opportunity. Not all students are aware of the program, and we give preference to those who have never attended a lunch before.

    Interested students can click on this link to indicate their first, second, and third choices for lunch. The deadline to sign up for the program is April 3, 2017. Make sure to sign up by the deadline, because the program is very popular!

  2. Looking for more ways to get involved at AERA? There’s still time to sign up to be a mentors or mentees for the Motivation Mentors program! We pair first-time AERA attendees with returning SIG students who can help them navigate the conference. It’s a great chance for students to meet someone with shared research interests and get to know others in the SIG a lot better. Please spread the word to new students in your labs to sign up, and sign up yourself as a mentor OR to be mentored using this link.
  3. Visit to register to attend the Motivation SIG dinner social event. The annual SIG dinner social is a great way for graduate students to talk informally with fellow students and with established motivation researchers on Sunday, April 30, at 8 p.m. at Rio Rio Cantina, 421 E Commerce St, San Antonio ( ). The cost of the dinner is $35.00. To register for the SIG dinner, visit the AERA registration portal (same place you registered) and simply look for our MotSIG dinner under the “Events” tab on the registration page. This is a popular event, and space is limited, so please register early.
  4. We’ll be joining Div C & Div E on Saturday 4/29 from 9-10:30 pm at the Davenport (203 North Pressa St, San Antonio, TX 78205). All students will get 1 free drink (beer, martini, or cocktail) and can choose to purchase from a variety of food items. It’s about a 15 minute walk to the convention center.

Call for Applications – AERA-SRCD Early Career Fellowship in Early Childhood Education and Development

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) are pleased to announce a joint initiative, the AERA-SRCD Early Career Fellowship in Early Childhood Education and Development. This fellowship provides a collaborative opportunity for early career scholars to participate in a research network focused on early childhood education and development. The call for applications is available here: March 15, 2017 deadline.

Graduate Student AERA News

Motivation Mentor Program Sign-Up
Are you new to the Motivation SIG, or do you know someone who is? Are you a SIG veteran who wants to help others learn the ropes of AERA? Each year the Motivation SIG gives new students an opportunity to connect with other students who have previously attended AERA to get helpful tips navigating the conference and to build relationships with other students. Students are paired primarily based on research interests and will touch base before, during, and after the conference at their convenience. Guidelines will be provided to both mentors and mentees to guide your meetings. The program does not require a large time commitment, just a willingness to meet someone new! If you’re interested in being a mentor OR mentee, please fill out this survey and you’ll be notified of your match by April. We hope you’ll consider participating. Survey Link- Click Here

Lunch with a Motivation Researcher … Is Coming!
It’s almost time to sign up for the very popular Lunch with a Motivation Researcher program! Every year at AERA, we give graduate students an opportunity to have lunch with an experienced motivation researcher, sponsored by the SIG. This year, the six illustrious researchers who will host lunches are: Bernie Weiner, Judith Harackiewicz, Reinhard Pekrun, Mimi Bong, Julie Turner, and Akane Zusho. We will send out a link to sign up for the lunches sometime this month, so please be on the lookout for that soon.

AERA Motivation SIG Business Meeting

A student recently asked whether she should even attend the SIG’s business meeting (which sounded boring). Yes! The business meeting (Sunday, April 30, 6:15-8:00, light refreshments included), enables us to gather together as motivation researchers and discuss ways to improve our special interest group. It’s also a time for us to recognize graduate students who are presenting at AERA and to honor one graduate student who will be the 2017 recipient of the Paul R. Pintrich Memorial Award. Please join us. We’ll try to keep it interesting.

Have something you want to see on the meeting agenda? Write it in the comments section.

AERA SIG Dinner Social – Registration now OPEN

Mark your calendars for our annual SIG dinner social on Sunday, April 30, at 8 p.m. at Rio Rio Cantina, 421 E Commerce St, San Antonio ( ). The cost of the dinner is $35.00. To register for the SIG dinner, visit the AERA registration portal (same place you registered) and simply look for our MotSIG dinner under the “Events” tab on the registration page. I have attached step-by-step screenshots for how to do this.

AERA 2017 Update and Information

We hope you’re looking forward to AERA in San Antonio.  As we finalize our program, please notify Hadley Solomon ( if you have an accepted paper/poster and will not be attending AERA to present. We want to be sure we have all slots filled. Also, mark your calendars for our annual SIG dinner social on Sunday, April 30 following our business meeting. The dinner event will begin at 8 p.m. at Rio Rio Cantina, 421 E Commerce St, San Antonio ( ). We’ll post sign-up details soon. AERA occurs at the same time as Fiesta this year. Please book your hotel room now if you have not already. It’s going to be a vibrant time in SA! Finally, if you have something you want to discuss with the SIG at our annual business meeting, please email Dr. Ellen Usher (

AERA 2017 Symposium on Motivation Theory

Allan Wigfield
University of Maryland-College Park

Alison C. Koenka
Ohio State University

Researchers have learned much about motivation and its relations to important achievement and broader life outcomes. Over the last 50 years there have been several major theoretical models of motivation guiding much of this research; these models continue to be the dominant ones in the field.

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together researchers who either developed these models or contributed much to them to:
1) Present their views of the current status of the model and its future directions
2) Interact among themselves and with the audience about major issues future research on motivation and the theoretical models guiding that research both need to resolve.


Bernard Weiner
Attribution Theory
Presenting Author

Jacquelynne Eccles
Expectancy Value Theory
Presenting Author

Dale H. Schunk
Motivation and Social Cognitive Theory
Presenting Author

Edward Deci (right)
Self-Determination Theory
Presenting Author

Richard M. Ryan (left)
Non-Presenting Author

Tim Urdan
Achievement Goal Theory:
Where it Came From and Where it is Going

Presenting Author

AERA Division C Invited Senior Panel

University of California - Los Angeles
Sandra Graham

Avi Kaplan

Tara Yosso
University of Michigan

Dennis McInerney
University of Hong Kong

Just announced: The AERA Division C - Invited Senior Panel for the San Antonio meeting in 2017. The session is entitled: “Tensions in Division C: Shifting between building individual agency and promoting systemic change.

As learning and instruction researchers we esteem the study of individual attributes that promote academic and social health for children and adolescents. However, does this ‘prize’ inherently inoculate us from perceiving the influence of systems and structures that perpetuate inequity? Do researchers and practitioners fall into the trap of blaming students who do not measure well on our esteemed internal attributes (e.g., self-regulation, grit, growth mindsets, etc.)? Where should we localize our intervention efforts: teacher conceptual change, individual child resilience, education policy, systemic racism? A focus on any of these singularly, leaves us vulnerable to a disregard of another. All of these tensions and others are addressed by a panel of senior researchers who have struggled with these questions over the course of their careers. This session is for anyone who is looking to adopt more of a structural perspective in psychological research or grapple with the complexities of balancing agentic versus systems perspectives on teaching, learning, and social change in education. Implications for methodological approaches in psychology and education will also be discussed.

The structure of the session will be to have each panelist speak for 10 mins about their experiences with this tension and how they have managed to work through it, remaining true to a psychological perspective while also honoring a deep consideration of social systems and structures. Next, a list of prepared questions solicited from Division C members as well as the planning committee will be posed to the panelists, and they will address these freely for the next 30 mins, followed by an open Q & A with the audience.

Input Requested
Please send Jamaal Matthews ( burning questions that you would like to see addressed. They cannot ensure that all submitted questions will be posed during the session; however, they will make an effort to select thoughtful questions that directly address the topic at hand and stimulate the ongoing conversation.


Submit nominations for 2017 AERA awards

From AERA President, Vivian Gasden: I am writing to ask your help in urging members of your SIG to submit nominations for the 2017 AERA awards. As you know, the annual AERA awards are our public acknowledgement and honoring of the many contributions that our members make to research, scholarship, and practice; to the association; and to building our field. They are also an opportunity for our members to contribute to the awards process and decision making. Please note that all AERA-wide award nominations are currently due by January 12, 2017. In the interest of providing additional time for nominations, we are extending the deadline to January 20, 2017. Please note the descriptions below for the awards.

  • Early Career Award – Established to honor an individual in the early stages of his or her career no later than 10 years after receipt of the doctoral degree, this award can be granted for study in any field of educational inquiry.
  • Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award – This award is presented to an education research scholar or scholars in recognition of collaborative project(s) between researchers and practitioners that have had sustained and observable effects on contexts of practice.
  • E.F. Lindquist Award – In recognition of outstanding applied or theoretical research in the field of testing and measurement, the award acknowledges a body of research of an empirical, theoretical, or integrative nature rather than a single study. Particular emphasis will be given to research that has advanced the companion goals of greater understanding and improved use of testing and measurement techniques. This award is co-sponsored by The American College Testing Program (ACT). The winner of this award is invited to give the E.F. Lindquist Award Lecture at the 2018 Annual Meeting in New York, NY. An article emanating from the lecture will be considered for publication in the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics.
  • Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award – This is the premier acknowledgment of outstanding achievement and success in education research. The purpose of the award is to publicize, motivate, encourage, and suggest models for education research at its best. Each year, nominations are invited from AERA members who wish to honor a meritorious colleague, one who is considered by other education researchers to stand out in the profession by meeting the very highest of professional standards of achievement.
  • Distinguished Contribution to Gender Equity in Education Research Award – Established in 2006, the Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award recognizes individuals within AERA for distinguished research, professional practice, and activities that advance public understanding of gender and/ or sexuality at any level in the education community. This award will be presented to an individual whose professional career has been devoted in substantial part to the study of gender and/or sexuality in education, and who has significantly advanced the field through extraordinary leadership, scholarship, or professional practice.
  • Social Justice in Education AwardEstablished in 2004, the AERA Social Justice in Education Award honors an individual who has advanced social justice through education research and exemplified the goal of linking education research to social justice.
  • Distinguished Public Service AwardThis award is granted annually in recognition of an individual who has worked to enact or implement policies that are well grounded in education research, or who has been at the forefront of efforts to increase recognition and support for education research.
  • Scholars of Color in Education Award: These awards are intended to recognize (a) scholars at different stages in their careers who have made significant contributions to the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect minor­ity populations, and (b) minority scholars who have made a sig­nificant contribution to education research and development.
    • Distinguished Career Contribution– Presented to a senior-level scholar, usually 20 years or more after his or her receipt of the doctoral degree.
    • Mid-Career Contribution – Presented to a scholar who is beyond the first level of professional appointment and for whom at least 10 years have passed since receipt of the doctoral degree.
    • Early Career Contribution– Presented to a scholar who is within the first ten (10) years of his or her career after receipt of the doctoral degree.
  • Excellence in Media Reporting on Education Research AwardThis award is presented to an individual in the media who has demonstrated excellence in raising awareness, knowledge, and understanding of education research.
  • Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award – This award is presented to honor scholars who are exemplary in their capacity to communicate the importance of education research to the broad public, including education communities.