BCOE Outstanding Dissertation Award

Bagwell College of Education
Outstanding Dissertation Award


Purpose of the BCOE Ed.D. Degree Programs: The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree programs offered by the Bagwell College of Education (BCOE) prepare professional educators who are practitioner scholars, content knowledge specialists, and instructional leaders who innovate, critically reflect, and effectively teach and lead within diverse P-20 educational settings. These doctoral programs prepare graduates to investigate theoretical constructs related to teaching, leading, and learning through applied research that advances knowledge and informs educational practice and/or policy.

Purpose of the BCOE Outstanding Dissertation Award: The BCOE Outstanding Dissertation Award is presented annually to a doctoral student who has earned the Ed.D. and whose dissertation exemplifies high quality empirical educational research, informs educational policy and/or practice, and embodies the purpose of the BCOE Ed.D. degree.

The Award: One scholar will be acknowledged as the outstanding dissertation award winner each academic year at the spring BCOE Honors Celebration. The winner will be presented with an outstanding dissertation award plaque. The winner will also be featured in an article in the BCOE Annual Report. All nominees will receive a letter of recognition from the Dean.

Nomination Process: The Chair of a student’s dissertation committee must nominate a dissertation for consideration for the BCOE Outstanding Dissertation Award. Each Dissertation Chair nominating a dissertation must provide the Award Committee with a two-page letter detailing the strengths of the dissertation and why it should be considered “outstanding,” based on the award criteria contained within this document. Once nominated by his or her Dissertation Chair, the student must submit all requirements listed below. If the Dissertation Chair is no longer available, a dissertation committee member may fulfill this role.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the award, nominated students must have successfully completed the dissertation and deposited into Digital Commons during the previous two calendar years (e.g., to be eligible for the 2019 award, the dissertation must have been completed January 1, 2017-December 31, 2018). Once they have won the award, students are not eligible for resubmission.

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Submission Requirements: Once nominated, students must submit the following by the deadline:

  • A two-page nomination letter from the Dissertation Chair,
  • A two-page cover letter from the student explaining how the dissertation meets the award criteria,
  • The dissertation title and abstract, and
  • A link to the complete dissertation in Digital Commons (or if for some reason the dissertation is not available in Digital Commons, a link to the complete dissertation as a pdf file from personal cloud storage [e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, etc.]).

Deadline to Submit: February 1, 2019

BCOE Dissertation Award Criteria:

  •  Significance of the Study
    • Contributes meaningful knowledge on a significant educational problem or issue within the field
    • Evidence of planned or actual dissemination of results (e.g., conference presentation, invited talk, local workshop, and/or publication)

  • Quality of the Theoretical Framework(s)
    • Evidence of an appropriate theoretical frame that grounds the study and convinces readers of the study’s theoretical importance and rigor

  • Quality of the Review of Literature
    • Well-grounded in extensive scholarly literature
    • Synthesis of relevant literature provides a new perspective and clearly indicates knowledge gaps

  • Soundness of the Research Design
    • Design is rigorous and appropriate for the research purposes
    • Demonstrates a strong understanding of and applies relevant methodologies
    • Includes a conceptual framework that serves as an umbrella or map to connect and relate all the elements of the research design
    • Evidence of careful and systematic analysis of data

  • Importance and Relevance of the Findings
    • Findings are well-supported by the data
    • Conclusions and recommendations suggest meaningful solutions to complex problems of practice
    • Study has potential to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, educational organizations, and communities

  • Excellence of the Scholarly Writing
    • Argument unfolds clearly and logically
    • Data are used effectively to support claims/findings
    • Writing is well-organized, clear, engaging, and free of error
    • Writing is consistent with APA format and style

  • Embodies the Purpose of the Ed.D. in the Bagwell College of Education

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Note: For final scoring, the submitted documents will be weighted as follows: Dissertation 85%, Chair’s Nomination Letter and Student Cover Letter 10%, and Dissertation Abstract 5%.

BCOE Dissertation Award Committee for 2018-2019: Ivan Jorrin Abellan, David Buckman, Albert Jimenez, Julie Moore, and Dana Fox

BCOE Dissertation Award Subcommittee Members (developed original award guidelines): David Buckman (Chair), Nihal Khote, Olga Koz, Nita Paris, and Dana Fox

BCOE Student Development and Award Committee Members: David Buckman (Chair, 2018-2019), Melissa Driver, Vince Kirwin, Susanna Molitoris-Miller, Tiffany Roman, Pam Cole (Ex-Officio), and Dana Fox (Ex-Officio)

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