Graduate School Dean Honored with AERA Presidential Citation

Release Date: May 09 2017

The UF Graduate School would like to congratulate Graduate School Dean and Associate Vice President Henry T. Frierson on receiving a Presidential Citation during the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting on April 29, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.

The AERA Award Luncheon pamphlet said this:

"This citation recognizes Dr. Frierson for his scholarly contributions to inquiry in program evaluation and educational psychology and his unswerving commitment to supporting the next generation of education researchers and scholars. His vision for collaboration across fields and communities of researchers is most notable in the research roundtable for scholars of color at AERA's annual meetings, which he has organized for 21 years. New-career scholars meet with senior scholars around scholarly and practical transitions to the academy, are welcomed into the field, and are motivated to become rigorous researchers. Associate vice president and dean of the graduate school at the University of Florida, Dr. Frierson has dedicated his life's work to examining the effects of mentoring, examining effective and efficient production of doctoral recipients from high-quality programs, reducing inequality, and advancing equal educational opportunity in the academy."

Congratulations Dean Frierson, and thank you for your continued service to UF's graduate student body!

AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. The AERA website notes that recipients of the Presidenial Citation are selected by the AERA President for distinguished service and/or significant contributions to education research. To read more, visit