Call for Nominations

2019 CAE Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award

The Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) has established an annual award to recognize the author of an outstanding dissertation recently completed in the field of anthropology and education.  It is named after esteemed educational anthropologist, Frederick Erickson.


Any member of CAE in good standing can nominate a recently completed dissertation for this award.


A nominated dissertation should have been successfully defended no earlier than 3 calendar years (July 1, 2016) prior to the year in which it is nominated.


Nominations should be sent by July 1st, 2019 to Dr. Cindy Cruz, Committee Chair, at 

Nomination Materials

The nomination should include the following:

  1. A completed cover page outlining:
    1. Nominee’s name and contact information, including email address
    2. Nominee’s dissertation title, institution from which nominee received the PhD, and date degree was conferred
    3. Nominator’s name and contact information
  2. A 20-page (5,000 words maximum) abstract of the dissertation written by the nominee; and
  3. A letter, not to exceed three pages, from the nominator summarizing the strengths of the dissertation, including the strength of anthropological theory and method, scholarly excellence, the relevance to educational anthropology, innovative or insightful approaches, and implications for research and practice in the field of educational anthropology;
  4. If the nominator is not a member of the nominee’s dissertation committee, the nomination should be accompanied by a supporting letter from a member of the dissertation committee.

Evaluation Guidelines

The dissertation award committee will be guided by such considerations as:

  1. The issue addressed in the study bridges the theories and practices of anthropology and education;
  2. The author-researcher applies anthropological methods and concepts in handling and reporting data thoroughly and insightfully; and
  3. The study is of high quality and makes an important contribution to the field.


A short list of finalists will be selected over the summer. Finalists will be asked to submit copies of their completed dissertation within 2 weeks of notification. The winner will be selected from among the finalists and selected on the basis of a reading of the completed dissertation by all members of the award committee.