CUFA Awards

CUFA offers awards to recognize the contributions to research in the social studies education. CUFA currently offers three awards:

  • Kipchoge Neftali Kirkland Social Justice (KSJ) Award (2019 Call for Nominations; Deadline: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.)
  • National Technology Leadership Initiative (NTLI) Fellowship Award (2019 Call for Nominations; Deadline: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.)
  • Early Career Award (2019 Call for Nominations; Deadline: Monday, September 23, 2019 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.)
In addition, the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) offers the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education (FASSE) to support research and classroom application projects which improve social studies education and promote engaged, effective citizens.


Calls for CUFA award nominations take place with proposal submissions to Annual Meeting (typically March) and then again through the CUFA listserv in the fall (typically September). Self-nominations are encouraged. Reviewers use a rubric to make award decisions and that rubric will be publicly posted on this site starting with 2019 review process. Read the 2019 call of nominations from Awards Chair Chris Martell here.

CUFA awards are reviewed by a panel of member volunteers. The call for reviewers occurs in summer (typically June). Reviewers are publicly acknowledged on this page starting with the 2019 review process. You can volunteer to be a 2019 reviewer here.

2019 CUFA Awards Reviewers
In the fall of 2019, the following members served on review panels for the CUFA Awards.

Kristy Brugar, University of Oklahoma
Mary Carney, Boston University/Dracut Public Schools
Kathryn Engebretson, Indiana University
Li-Ching Ho, University of Wisconsin Madison
Ashley Jaffee, James Madison University
Wayne Journell, University of North Carolina Greensboro
Dan Krutka, University of North Texas
Travis Seay, University of Florida
Christine Rogers Stanton, Missouri State University
Sandra Schmidt, Columbia University
Avner Segall, University of Michigan
Yonghee Suh, Old Dominion University
Kathy Swan, University of Kentucky
Elizabeth Washington, University of Florida

CUFA Awards Ad Hoc Committee
In the summer of 2019, the following members served on an ad hoc committee to revise and update the CUFA Awards process and call for nomination documents.

Sonyun An (Kennesaw State University)
Cathy Brant (University of South Carolina)
Rebecca Cooper Geller (University of California, Los Angeles)
Diana Fidaoui (Syracuse University)
Lauren Harris (Arizona State University)
Yonghee Suh (Old Dominion University)
Dean Vesperman (University of Wisconsin-River Falls)
Annie Whitlock (University of Michigan-Flint)

Please direct questions to the current CUFA awards chair: Chris Martell, UMass Boston, christopher.martell@umb.edu.

CUFA 2019 Award Winners

To be announced at the CUFA Awards Ceremony.

CUFA 2018 Award Winners

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