The American Education Research Association (AERA) has selected USC Rossier Professor Estela Mara Bensimon as one of three editors to be recognized with the AERA Division J 2016 Outstanding Publication Award for their book Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education published by John Hopkins University. The editors Ana M Martinez-Aleman from Boston College, Brian Pusser from the University of Virginia, and Estela Mara Bensimon will be recognized at the Division J Business meeting at the 2016 AERA annual meeting “Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies” in Washington, DC in April. The award recognizes scholars for specific publications judged as making substantial contributions to the literature and/or practice of higher education.
Critical research designs and theories can help scholars further understand the environment that higher education institutions, governance, and policies unfold, and their impact on student success. Conceptual theories are far from abstract as they relate to the study of higher education. These theories and models have concrete applications for critical research and practice. This book bridges discussions of critical theory and makes long overdue contributions to contemporary scholarship and can have practical policy and practice implications. The book can serve as an invaluable guide for researchers who seek innovative strategies in higher education scholarship and can be essential for faculty to aim to transform their course development, curriculum, and pedagogy through a critical perspective.