Dr Marek Tesar wins AERA-SRCD fellowship for early childhood education and development

01 May 2017
Dr Marek Tesar
Dr Marek Tesar

Dr Marek Tesar, a senior lecturer based at the faculty’s School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice, recently received a prestigious fellowship from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD).

Marek has been selected as an AERA-SRCD Early Career Fellow in Early Childhood Education and Development. He is one of 22 scholars from 160 nominations and the only scholar from outside the United States to receive this fellowship this year. The fellowship is a one-year appointment and includes a US$1000 award.

Marek accepted his award during the SRCD Biennial Meeting in Austin, Texas in early April.

In a letter to Marek, the AERA-SRCD Fellowship Advisory Committee said they were “very impressed with (Marek's) research background and skills and (his) potential contribution to the fellowship programme”.

“You were selected through a highly competitive review process to participate in this joint AERA-SRCD initiative directed to advancing the capacity of early career scholars to advance scientific knowledge about early childhood education and development and related topics.”

“It means so much to become an AERA-SRCD early career fellow in Early Childhood Education and Development, and to be recognised by the international leaders in the early childhood research community,” Marek says.

“I am excited and privileged to have the opportunity to collaborate with the top US early-career academics and also to be mentored by the top researchers and scholars in my field.

“In a series of meetings we have attended over the past month, I have found that being able to bring a perspective and knowledge from outside the US has already created many productive spaces for collaboration and the sharing of ideas in response to current concerns of early childhood education in the US and globally. I look forward to being able to contribute my knowledge and thinking to the programme during my appointment.”