Turner, Berends, and Cheng Named to Lead American Educational Research Journal

Julie Turner, associate professor of psychology and Fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, has been named the new lead editor of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) American Educational Research Journal

Two other Institute Fellows—Mark Berends, distinguished sociologist of education and director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO), as well as Alison Cheng, associate professor of psychology—will work with Turner as a co-editor and an associate editor, respectively.

The American Educational Research Journal is a monthly journal with an expanded mission to cover original empirical and theoretical studies and analyses in education that constitute significant contributions to the understanding and/or improvement of educational processes and outcomes. The team, appointed in April by 2014-2015 AERA President Joyce King, will begin receiving new manuscripts July 1.

“This is the flagship journal of AERA,” Turner said. “I’m honored to be selected, along with outstanding colleagues, to serve this leading national research society, supporting multi-disciplinary scholarship that improves education for all.”

Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C., Hackett Family Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, said the three Institute Fellows would help AERA and the University of Notre Dame continue to make significant contributions to the future of children and schools.

“Notre Dame is grateful for the opportunity to continue the Association’s long tradition of fostering wide-ranging, impactful scholarly research, a tradition that spans nearly a century,” Scully said. “Dr. Turner and her colleagues will certainly reflect the highest standards of the Association and the University as they embrace this honor.”

The selection of the editors took place at AERA’s annual meeting, held in Chicago on April 16-20. Turner, a former middle school teacher who has pursued a dynamic academic career, is receiving Emerita faculty status from the University of Notre Dame this July, just as she takes on the journal editorship duties for a three-year term. Turner was a co-founder of the Institute’s Education, Schooling, and Society minor, a popular course of study among Notre Dame undergraduates and the largest minor in the College of Arts and Letters.