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Dissertation in Practice Submission

Call for Submissions
2019 Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is now accepting submissions from member institutions for the 2019 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 Framework.

Submitting institution will be from an implementing or experienced programs CPED member (definition of these phases may be found here). The Dissertation in Practice must have been successfully defended prior to the submission deadline, and must have been defended between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019.

Submission Guidelines 
The EdD graduate must: 1) submit the nomination letter and synopsis as one pdf file through the online submission process and 2) be able to attend the October 2019 CPED convening if selected as the award recipient.  

Nominees are encouraged to review the CPED Framework © for guidance in preparing the submission.

Submissions should include:
1) Nomination letter to be completed by the graduate’s DiP Chair 
2) A blind, 15-page double-spaced synopsis of the DiP, submitted by the graduate, must include:

• Full DiP title
• Explanation of the study’s Problem of Practice, including alignment with CPED’s Problem of Practice Design Concept and presentation of research question(s) framed around practical knowledge and issues of equity, ethics, and social justice (4 pages) 
• Theoretical or conceptual framework that situates the problem of practice within the broader scholarly literature (2-3 pages) 
• Methods description that includes the research design, participants, data sources, data collection procedures, and data analysis. Varied conceptualizations and methodologies are welcome and encouraged. (3 pages)
• Summary of key findings (2-3 pages)
• Implications for practice such as: (3 pages)

 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 (APA 6th Ed format) must be submitted separately (not included in the 15-page limit).

The 2019 CPED DiP Award Committee will evaluate the submitted DiP synopses based upon the components explained above. Submissions that do not include a nomination letter, the full DiP title, a blind1, 15-page double-spaced synopsis, and a reference list will not be considered for the award.

Finalists will be notified in mid-August and asked to submit their full DiP for review. 

The author(s) of the winning DiP will be invited to attend the October 2019 CPED convening where they will be recognized. The recipient(s) will be awarded a plaque and check for $1000. The recipient(s) will be encouraged to submit an article for publication based on their DiP to the CPED journal, Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice (

Award Committee members will draw on the following criteria in considering full dissertations in practice, recognizing that submissions may vary widely and achieve distinction in many ways. 

The Dissertation in Practice:

• Identifies a persistent, contextualized problem of practice embedded in the work of the professional practitioner with the potential for positive impact on, and reciprocity3 with, the field.
• Demonstrates the integration of theory and practice to advance professional knowledge and to impact the field.
• Applies rigorous, appropriate, and ethical methods of critical inquiry4 to address the identified complex problem of practice.
• Establishes the goals of the problem-based thesis as involving decisions, changed practices, better organizational performances and/or 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). 
• Communicates effectively to advance professional knowledge and practice. 

Deadline: The completed submission must be uploaded to the CPED website no later than 11:59 PM EST on June 30, 2019. Finalists will be notified in mid-August; winners will be notified in mid-September. 

1 Remove all names of author and institution from submission. Identifying 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.
2 Provide evidence to show that the Problem of Practice is persistent, contextualized, and embedded in the work of a professional practitioner (the three components of the CPED Design Concept).
3 Reciprocity: Research should involve an essentially collaborative relationship between researcher and the research participants in which each contributes something the other needs or desires. (Trainor & Ahlgren-Bouchard, 2013)
4 Critical inquiry: Takes into account how our lives are mediated by systems of inequity such as classism, racism, sexism, and heterosexism (Marrais & Lapan, 2004).

Online Submission Form


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