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Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher
Education (DDTE) Award

Supported by the Robert A. Roth Memorial Fund  

The Association of Teacher Educators announces its annual competition for the Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education (DDTE) award. The intent of the award is to encourage, recognize, and promote exemplary doctoral level research that substantially contributes to the improvement of teacher education. The DDTE recipient receives a monetary award supported through a grant from the ATE Leadership Foundation for Teacher Education. Special recognition is also extended to the professor that directed the dissertation.

This award was established in 1998 in honor of Robert A. Roth, who served as ATE Past President (1983-84). Rob worked for Michigan State Education Department and was closely aligned with promoting standards and assessment of teaching and learning.

Submission deadline for the award to be presented at the Annual Meeting is July 15.


Who May Enter?

Any person having completed a doctoral dissertation at an accredited college or university within the past two years.

Criteria for Applicants:

  • The dissertation must be directly related to teacher education.
  • Authors need not be active members of ATE.
  • The research reported must have been completed within the past two years previous to this submission.
  • Entries must include name, title, institution, mailing address (including summer address if different), telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address.
  • Entries must include a separate letter of support from the director of the dissertation that clearly states completion of the doctoral degree prior to May 15 of the submission year.
  • A synopsis of the dissertation must be submitted electronically. The synopsis should not exceed 25 double-spaced, typewritten pages and must be accompanied by a one-page abstract. The abstract and references do not count toward the page limit. The author should eliminate all identifiable references to individuals and places that might bias reviewers. The synopsis should be emailed to the address below in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format.
  • The applicant's contact information and letter of support should be separate files from the synopsis of the dissertation.
  • The deadline for receipt of papers is July 15.


Evaluation/Award Procedures

  • Each dissertation synopsis will be reviewed by a panel of ATE Research Committee members using the following criteria:
    1. Definition of the problem or question is stated clearly.
    2. Rationale for the investigation is persuasive.
    3. Research approach is adequate/appropriate for the problem and rationale.
    4. Conclusion(s) or interpretation(s) are grounded in the data.
    5. Contribution of the study to Teacher Education.
  • The recipient of the ATE Distinguished Dissertation Teacher Education Award will be expected to make a presentation on the dissertation and to attend the award ceremonies at the ATE Annual Meeting in February.
  • The recipient must bring thirty (30) copies of a summary (not less than five (5) nor more than fifteen (15) pages) of the dissertation to ATE's Annual Meeting. 


All further information regarding this award can be obtained from:

John R. McConnell III, PhD, ATE Research Committee - Distinguished Dissertation Award
      Austin Peay State University
      Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education
      P.O. Box 4545, Clarksville, TN 37044
      Phone: (931) 221-7757
      Fax: (931) 221-1292
      E-mail: John R. McConnell III, Ph.D.

Aiyana Henry, EdD, ATE Research Committee - Distinguished Dissertation Award
      The University of Oklahoma
      820 Van Vleet Oval, #114
      Norman, OK 73019
      Phone: (405) 325-0445
      Fax: (405) 325-4061
      E-mail: Aiyana Henry, Ed.D.

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