Dissertation in Practice Submission

Deadline: June 30, 2017

Call for Submissions - 2017 Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is now accepting submissions from member institutions for the 2017 outstanding Dissertation in Practice Award. This prestigious award is given to EdD graduate(s) whose DiP shows evidence of scholarly endeavors in impacting a complex problem of practice, and aligns with CPED Working Principles.


Submitting graduate must be from a CPED member institution that has been a part of the consortium for or at least a year.  The Dissertation in Practice must have been successfully defended prior to the submission deadline, and must have been defended within the past year.


Submissions should include:

1)      Letter of nomination and support from graduate’s DiP Chair
2)      A blind1, 15-page double-spaced synopsis of the DiP, submitted by the graduate, must include:

·         Statement of alignment with CPED working principles (one page);
·         Full DiP title;
·         Statement of the study’s identified problem of practice;
·         Research question(s), if applicable;
·         Theoretical or conceptual framework that situates the problem in both the scholarly and the practice contexts;
·         Methods – research design/approach, sampling, data collection procedures or data sources used, and data analysis. Varied conceptualizations and methodologies are welcome and encouraged.
·         Summary of key findings
o   Determined impact on practice such as:

§  What generative impact will this work have on practice, policy, and/or future research?
§  What impact does this work have on the future work and agendas of the scholar practitioner?
§  How does this work demonstrate the scholarly practitioner’s ability to solve or contribute to the solution of problems of practice?
§  What, if any, action pieces have been generated?

3)      References (APA6 format) must be submitted.

The 2017 CPED DiP Award Committee will evaluate the submitted DiP synopses based upon the following criteria, and will select five finalists who will be asked to submit their full DiP for review. Award Committee members will draw on the following criteria in considering the award decisions, recognizing that submission may vary widely and achieve distinction in many ways.  The Dissertation in Practice:

·         Identifies a researchable, complex problem of practice.
·         Demonstrates the integration of theory and practice to advance professional knowledge.
·         Demonstrates use of rigorous and appropriate methods of critical inquiry2 to address the identified complex problem of practice.
·         Demonstrates potential for positive impact on the identified complex problem of practice and establish reciprocity3 with the field.
·         Demonstrates the integration of both theory and practice to advance professional knowledge and to impact the field.
·         Demonstrates rigorous, appropriate and ethical methods of inquiry.
·         Demonstrates the scholarly practitioner’s ability to communicate effectively to an appropriate audience to advance professional knowledge and impact the field.
·         Demonstrates the goals of the problem-based thesis as involving decisions, changed practices, better organizational performances and application of a theory of change.
·         Engages in creative, innovative or interdisciplinary inquiry.
·         Experiments with distinctive designs or alternatives to traditional doctoral dissertation format or product (e.g., alternatives to five chapters; additional reflective elements relating to personal reflections on the learning journey, how the student’s or field partner’s ideas have changed).
·         Demonstrates potential for positive impact or contribution to practice beyond the DiP itself.
·         Communicates effectively to advance professional knowledge and practice.
·         More detailed information on the CPED working principles and design concepts (definitions of inquiry, principles, etc.)can be found at http://www.cpedinitiative.org/about

The author(s) of the winning DiP will be invited to attend the October CPED convening where they will be recognized.  The recipient(s) will be awarded a plaque, a check for $1000, and $500 toward travel expenses. The recipient(s) will be encouraged to submit an article for publication based on the DiP.


Deadline:  The completed application must be submitted (uploaded to the CPED website) no later than 11:59 PM EST on June 30, 2017. The author(s) of the winning DiP will be invited to attend the October 30-31, 2017 CPED Convening at California State University, East Bay and San Jose State University, where they will be recognized. 

1Indentifying information of the submitting author/university will be known only to the DiP Co-Chairs for the initial submission, until finalists are identified, in order to maintain anonymity and objective evaluation by committee members.

2Critical inquiry:   Takes into account how our lives are mediated by systems of inequity such as classism, racism, sexism, and heterosexism (Marrais & Lapan, 2004). Has a problem focus, and involves the stimulation of imagination in challenging conventional assumptions, personal beliefs, of provisional hypothesis formation in pushing an investigation forward, the correlative role of guided experimentation, and the capacity to discern which data in which contexts is relevant to the problem at hand (Demetrion, 2004).

3Reciprocity: Research should involve an essentially collaborative relationship between researcher and the research participants in which each contributes something the other needs or desires.  The construct of reciprocity addresses the question: How might qualitative work embrace reciprocity and lead education research to a broader conceptualization of evidence, one that expands the transformative potential of our collective work? (Trainor & Ahlgren-Bouchard, 2013)

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