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Winkle-Wagner to receive Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship from AERA group

April 25, 2017

UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is receiving the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship from the American Educational Research Association’s Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group.

Winkle-Wagner is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and a Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) faculty affiliate.

The Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship is given annually to one scholar/practitioner based upon the following criteria: illustrating effort in producing scholarship which advances multicultural and multiethnic education (broadly defined), within all educational, cultural, societal and social settings, contexts, levels and locations; and a demonstrated commitment to underserved communities beyond scholarship with evidence of improving the practical conditions experienced by multicultural/multiethnic communities.

Winkle-Wagner’s research focuses on how students of color survive and thrive in college. She is an author or editor of six books including, “The Unchosen Me: Race, Gender, and Identity Among Black Women in College” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) and “Diversity and Inclusion on Campus: Supporting Racially and Ethnically Underrepresented Students” (with Angela Locks, Routledge Press, 2014).

Her seventh book, “Critical Theory and Data Analysis” (Routledge Press) is  forthcoming and is co-edited with two doctoral students, Jamila Lee-Johnson and Ashley Gaskew.  Winkle-Wagner’s work also has been published in journals such as the: Review of Educational Research; Review of Higher Education; Journal of College Student Development; Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Race, Ethnicity & Education; and The Journal of Higher Education.

Winkle-Wagner also is dedicated to the mentoring of doctoral students, who she encourages to do research on race and to work with communities of color. Her current advising group has 13 doctoral students and 11 are students of color.

In addition, Winkle-Wagner helped develop and now is co-directing the inaugural class of the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER) Fellows Program, which is a fellowship and training initiative aimed at increasing the number of doctoral students of color in the School of Education. 

Winkle-Wagner will be presented Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship at the Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group’s annual business meeting and awards ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday, April 30.

The American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Annual Meeting runs April 27 to May 1 in San Antonio.