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Dissertation in Practice Submission

Call for Submissions - 2018 Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is now accepting submissions from member institutions for the 2018 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 institution may be a Designing & Developing, Implementing, Experienced and CPED member, but must have been an institutional member for at least 1 year. The Dissertation in Practice must have been successfully defended prior to the submission deadline, and must have been defended within the past year.

The EdD graduate must submit all required documents (.pdf format only) through the online submission process and able to be in attendance at the October CPED Convening.


Submissions should include:

1) Nomination letter to be completed by the 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). More detailed information on the CPED working principles and design concepts (definitions of inquiry, principles, etc.) can be found at

· 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, not included in the 15-page limit).

The 2018 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 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 inquiry2 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.

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, and a check for $1000. 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, 2018. The author(s) of the winning DiP will be invited to attend the October 22-24, 2018 CPED Convening at Arizona State University where they will be recognized.  Questions? Please contact Maida Finch, co-chair of the committee, at with any questions.

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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