On June 16, 2016, three researchers with the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR) were notified that they were the authors of an award-winning paper. The research team made up of Dr. Sandra Nunn, Dr. Lequisha Brown-Joseph, and Dr. Michelle Susberry Hill received official news that they won the McJulien Scholar Best Paper Award for the research paper submitted for presentation at the AECT Conference in Las Vegas in mid-October 2016. The team’s research paper entitled “Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review” was nominated and selected out of a field of more than 30 submissions for the best paper award for the Culture, Learning and Technology Division of AECT. Sponsored by Routledge Publishing, the McJulien Scholar Best Paper Award recognizes the best paper submitted to the division that discusses a theoretical construct or research that can guide further research and/or development relative to culture, learning, and technology. In addition, the paper must represent original, unpublished research. The team’s paper examined different theoretical constructs to show how educators can best integrate cultural competency with social media to enhance communication, multicultural understanding, and learning through the use of social media and technology-based tools.
Dr. Sandra Nunn, the Team Leader, reflected “We’re so excited about receiving this honor and look forward to presenting our findings at the AECT Conference this coming October.” Dr. Lequisha Brown-Joseph concurred that she is “honored to receive the award and being part of a prestigious research team with the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research.” Likewise, Dr. Michelle Susberry Hill noted, “I’m excited that our hard work has been recognized and even more thrilled to be sharing this honor with a great team!”
Drs. Nunn, Brown-Joseph, and Hill will be honored guests at the special McJulien Luncheon at the AECT Conference in October where they will receive this award at the McJulien Best Paper Award Presentation. As recipients of the award, the team will co-chair the 2017 McJulien Panel as well as serve for one year as advisors to the AECT Culture Learning and Technology Board.
On a side note, the team wishes to thank Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi and Dr. Marianne Justus of the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research for their outstanding guidance and support of the research project that resulted in this award-winning paper.