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2018 Emerald/HETL Education Outstanding Doctoral Research Award


International recognition for the best doctoral research in education

Announcing the winners

Emerald Publishing and the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) are delighted to offer a grant award for a doctoral research project in the field of education. The award recognizes excellence in research in the field of education.

The winners will receive a cash prize, an award certificate, free registration to a HETL conference where they will have the option to present their paper, and one free copy of an Emerald/HETL book. In addition to the research award it is also hoped that the findings of the research can be published in the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education (JARHE).


Dr Olivia Hua

Dissertation Title: Research Question Formulation: The Pedagogical Approaches of Natural-Science Professors
Institution: McGill University
Doctoral Mentor: Bruce Shore

Dr Beverly Leeds

Dissertation Title: Temporal Experiences and Perceptions of Part-time Online Distance Learning Students
Institution: Lancaster University
Doctoral Mentor: Paul Ashwin

Dr Kathleen Naasz

Dissertation Title: The Impact of an Innovative Space on Learning
Institution: Centenary University
Doctoral Mentor: Timothy  J.  Frederik

About the judging panel

Emerald would like to thank the following members of the judging panel, co-ordinated by Dr Patrick Blessinger, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education:

  • Dr. Tina Bass, Coventry University, UK
  • Dr. Patrick Blessinger, St. John’s University, USA
  • Dr. William Campbell, University of Wisconsin, USA
  • Dr. Barbara Cozza, St. John’s University, USA
  • Dr. Hans de Wit, Boston College, USA
  • Dr. Michele Eodice, University of Oklahoma, USA
  • Dr. Cath Jones, University of South Wales, UK
  • Dr. Corinne Laverty, Queen's University, Canada
  • Dr. Betty Leask, Boston College, USA
  • Dr. Krassie Petrova, Auckland University of Technology, NZ
  • Dr. Enakshi Sengupta, International HETL Association, USA
  • Dr. Danielle Talbot, Coventry University, UK
  • Dr. Gerry Urwin, Coventry University, UK
  • Dr. Taisir Subhi Yamin, International Centre For Innovation in Education, Germany

Awards topics

The dissertation topics accepted were in the areas of higher education, teaching/instruction, learning, curriculum, assessment, service, or any directly related area such as educational leadership, management, policy, development, research, technology, internationalization, teacher preparation, counselling, etc. See Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education for topic examples.

Judging criteria

The entries were judged by a panel of experts chosen from the JARHE Senior Editors and Editorial Advisory Board as well as the HETL Research and Innovation Advisory Board. Entries were judged on the following criteria:

  1. Significance/implications for theory, practice, and policy.
  2. Originality, innovation, and potential impact.
  3. Appropriateness, application, and rigor of methodology.
  4. Quality of data collection/analysis and research findings.

Short-listed applicants may be required to answer further questions as appropriate from the judging panel. Winners will be required to submit an unpublished paper, sole- or joint-authored, derived from the research, within six months of winning the award. The panel reserves the right not to select a winning paper if, in their judgment, none of the entries are considered satisfactory.

Please note that the decision of the judges is final.

For further information

Please read the frequently asked questions.

For any additional infImage: Louise Lister.ormation please contact:

Sharon Parkinson
Publisher - Education
E-mail: [email protected]