March 24, 2014 – University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas is the winner of the 2014 Social Justice in Education Award from the American Educational Research Association.
Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law and director of the Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance at the Law Center, is among 16 award recipients in 11 association-wide categories.
Established in 2004, the 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. Olivas is a prolific writer and commentator on education and immigration issues.
The association will honor the recipients for their outstanding scholarship and service during its annual meeting April 5 in Philadelphia. Olivas also will present his lecture, “Drafting Justice: Statutory Language, Public Policy, and Legislative Reform,” in which he discusses how educators can become involved in service by assisting with writing legislation.
“We are proud to honor the outstanding commitment and accomplishments of this year’s award winners,” AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine said today in making the announcement. “Through their scholarship and service to the field, they stand as exemplars to AERA’s 25,000 members and to all who are committed to the study and practice of education in the United States and elsewhere.”
AERA is the largest national professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.