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OISE professor Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández to receive Early Career Scholars Award for 2011


Announcement from the American Educational Research Association Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies SIG Award Committee

 

March 10, 2011

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies SIG Award Committee has announced that OISE professor Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández has been selected to receive their Early Career Scholars Award for 2011.

Dr. Gaztambide-Fernández is Assistant Professor in OISE’s Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning where he teaches courses on arts in urban schools, youth popular culture, contemporary curriculum thought, and foundations of curriculum studies. His scholarship is nothing short of inspiring. With keen interest and sensitivity to issues of power, privilege, and class, Dr. Gaztambide-Fernández has authored one book, seven book chapters, and over ten articles in refereed journals. He has acquired an impressive array of external and internal research grants to fund critical work in arts and urban high school, exemplifying his commitment to students, teachers, and classrooms. In addition to his broad range of university service and being co-chair of the AERA Division B: Curriculum Studies, Section 2: Historical, Philosophical, and Disciplinary Knowledges, Dr. Gaztambide-Fernández is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, the Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, and Qualitative Sociology, as well as the Editor for Curriculum Inquiry.

However, what is most impressive about the work of Dr. Gaztambide-Fernández is the theoretical depth and practical contribution of his scholarship. In his article, “The Artist in Society: Understandings, Expectations, and Curriculum Implications,” Dr. Gaztambide-Fernández delineates three contradicting and disparate assumptions about the artist and examines how each carry important implications for how young artists are educated. His book chapter “Toward Creative Solidarity in the ‘Next’ Moment of Curriculum Work,” in Erik Malewski’s “Curriculum Studies Handbook: Next Moments,” explores the possibilities for curriculum studies to embrace creative solidarity, expanding beyond functionalist theories to yield a political concept based on the language of imagination. Additionally, Dr. Gaztambide-Fernández has single-authored a book entitled, “The Best of the Best: Becoming Elite at American Boarding School,” which brings attention to the rarefied world of boarding schools, class privilege, and educational advantage.

As this award is given to one early career scholar who best demonstrates a consistent commitment to the critical study of curriculum and cultural studies scholarship, it becomes clear that Dr. Gaztambide-Fernández deserves high regard and recognition. On behalf of the awards committee and all members of the Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies SIG we congratulate and commend Dr. Gaztambide-Fernández for his tremendous contribution and service.