Submit your paper for the J Michael Parker Award!

Dear LRA Colleagues:

If you are submitting a proposal on the topic of adult literacy for the 2017 LRA conference, please consider applying for the J. Michael Parker Award.  The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2017.

LRA awards the J. Michael Parker Award to a doctoral student or early-career, untenured faculty for a paper presented at the conference that address adult literacy/language development and instruction.  The award was established in 2001 in honor of J. Michael Parker, winner of LRA’s Student Outstanding Research Award for his work in community-based adult literacy.


To be true to the spirit of J. Michael Parker’s work, the award recognizes studies that examine ways adults further their own language and literacy development within or outside of formal learning contexts, including different social and cultural contexts for learning. The award is designed to encourage work in adult literacy with a variety of populations, including, but not limited to, learners in formal settings such as adult basic education and ESOL classes, as well as those engaged in literacy practices embedded in diverse cultural settings.

Award Details 

Recipients of the award receive a small cash award to be used for conference expenses, as well as a plaque commemorating the award. They are also recognized during a general session of the conference and are recognized during a general session of the conference. The award is presented to both papers with a single author and to co-authored papers. All of the author(s) of the paper must be doctoral students or early-career, untenured faculty at the time of the paper submission (October 1, prior to the Annual Meeting). For single authored papers, the recipient will receive $500 and a plaque commemorating the award. For co-authored papers, the recipients will each receive a plaque and will decide amongst themselves how to divide the $500 award.

Criteria for Consideration for the Award

  1. The research is capable of making a significant contribution to theory and/or practice of adult literacy development and instruction.
  2. The methodology is appropriate to the research question and of sufficient rigor.
  3. Implications of the research are of a scope needed to impact the field.

Applicants are required to submit a  a full research paper (25 pages or less), based on the accepted proposal, by October 1, 2017.  Papers must be double-spaced and in 12-point font. The text limit does not include references or any appendices.

Paper submissions and inquiries should be directed to the the award chair (Donita Shaw at Potential applicants are welcome to consult with the chair about how their research may fit with the intentions of the award.


Join our 2014 Study Group at LRA!

Hello fellow LRA-ers!   

Are you interested in…

  • Adult literacy instruction, research, or theory?
  • Health literacy?
  • Workplace literacy?
  • Prison & re-entry education?
  • Developmental literacy education in college & university settings?
  • Family literacy/literacy across the lifespan?
  • Literacy in migrant, refugee, and immigrant adults?
  • Technology, new literacies, cross-cultural studies, adult development, or any other literacy-related topic as applied to adult populations?

If so, please consider joining the adult literacy study group in Marco Island!

Adult Literacy Study Group
Time: 12:00-1:00pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Location: Chickee Hut on the beach!  (in case of inclement weather: Caxambas 2 – Lobby Level)
NOTE: the existing furniture within each Chickee Hut consists of plastic beach chairs and there is no electricity.  BUT we apparently can have lunch delivered to us!

During our meetings, we will focus on:
·         Sharing the important work that group members are doing & discussing important issues/trends in the field of adult literacy
·         Developing connections/collaborations across group members with respect to research, teaching, and professional development
·         Planning for ways to increase the presence of and attention to adult literacy at LRA and in our field

I will be substitute-coordinating this study group this year.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Kristen H. Perry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Literacy
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education
University of Kentucky
341 Dickey Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0017