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UW-Madison alum Liou to receive Early Career Award from AERA's Division A

February 27, 2019

UW-Madison alumna Yi-Hwa Liou is receiving the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Division A.

AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Division A (Administration, Organization, & Leadership) promotes research that defines and critiques the tenets of educational leadership, educational organizations and how leadership impacts the administration of PK-12 educational spaces and their communities. 

Yi-Hwa Liou
This Early Career Award is given annually to a scholar in the first five years of her/his career who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of educational leadership, administration, and organization.

Liou earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2010 and today is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Management at the National Taipei University of Education. Prior to this position, she worked as a postdoctoral research follow and research consultant at the University of California, San Diego (USCD).

Her research focuses on social network analysis and is based in leadership and organizations. Liou’s core finding throughout her work is the important role of relational ties and social structure in the shaping of individual/collective beliefs and attitudes, and the development of leadership, learning, and organizational innovation. 

Liou, who also earned her master’s degree at UW-Madison, continues to provide consulting services to the UCSD team and other international research scholars/teams. She is committed to using network analysis to support organization's strategic planning and organizational development. 

Through her research and consulting work, Liou hopes to identify ways of improving leadership and organizational approaches in a policy context to create educational systems that better support students and staff working in diverse settings.