Professor to become AERA Fellow

27 February 2015
Professor Stephen May
Professor Stephen May

In a rare achievement for a New Zealand researcher Professor Stephen May has been selected to become a 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow. Only three other New Zealanders, including Distinguished Professor Viviane Robinson, are Fellows of this association – the largest and most prestigious in the world.  

Professor May was one of 23 academics from around the world to become a fellow.

Fellowships recognise excellence in research and honour education researchers with substantial research accomplishments.  

Professor May says it is a privilege to be recognised by the world’s largest and most prestigious educational research organisation.

“It’s also a real testament to the significance and reach of New Zealand educational research and I’m honoured to be joining Viviane Robinson, and Graeme and Linda Smith, as New Zealand’s other AERA fellows.”

Dean of Education Professor Graeme Aitken says Professor May’s nomination by peers, and selection by the Fellows Committee and AERA Council, acknowledges the international value and scale of his research contribution to language rights, bilingualism and bilingual education, indigenous education, and multicultural education.

The 2015 fellows will be inducted on Friday April 17 during the AERA 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ill. They will join 579 current AERA Fellows. 

Professor Stephen May began his professional career in the 1980s as a secondary teacher of English and ESL in New Zealand and has subsequently taught in universities in New Zealand, Britain, USA and Canada. From 1993-2001 he taught in the Sociology Department, University of Bristol, UK, where he remains affiliated as a Honorary Research Fellow. Stephen has researched and written widely on language and education, with a particular focus on addressing and accommodating cultural and linguistic diversity.

The 2015 AERA Fellows 

  • Debra D. Bragg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Xinyin Chen, University of Pennsylvania
  • Cynthia Coburn, Northwestern University
  • Carol Connor, Arizona State University
  • Antonia Darder, Loyola Marymount University
  • Peggy A. Ertmer, Purdue University
  • Gustavo Fischman, Arizona State University
  • Ellice Forman, University of Pittsburgh
  • Rogers Hall, Vanderbilt University
  • Hilary Janks, Witwatersrand University
  • Adrianna Kezar, University of Southern California
  • Fred A.J. Korthagen, VU University Amsterdam
  • Zeus Leonardo, University of California – Berkeley
  • Jeff MacSwan, University of Maryland
  • Stephen May, University of Auckland
  • Michele S. Moses, University of Colorado – Boulder
  • Walter C. Parker, University of Washington
  • Robert A. Rhoads, University of California – Los Angeles
  • Anna Sfard, University of Haifa
  • Charol Shakeshaft, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Richard Wagner, Florida State University
  • Geoff Whitty, Institute of Education, University College London
  • Frank Worrell, University of California – Berkeley