Marvin Alkin: Evaluation Award to Recognize Scholarly Excellence

The professor emeritus and his wife, Marilyn S. Alkin, wish to recognize the achievements of students or alumni with scholarship in evaluation.

Professor Emeritus of Education Marv Alkin and his wife, Marilyn S. Alkin have established the Alkin Evaluation Award, to be bestowed upon current students or recent graduates of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS). The Alkin Evaluation Award will provide $2,500 to a student or recent graduate of GSE&IS. In this inaugural year of the award, both a current student and a graduate will be recognized.

The Alkin Evaluation Award is to be given to a student in the Department of Education or to one who has graduated in the past two years, who has published the best article in an evaluation journal. To be accepted for submission, articles must have appeared in one of the following journals: the American Journal of Evaluation, Canadian Journal of Evaluation, Studies in Educational Evaluation, Educational and Policy Analysis (evaluation studies only), Evaluation, New Directions in Evaluation, and Evaluation and Policy Planning. In this inaugural year of the award, two awards will be given, one to a graduate and one to a current student.

Current students are eligible for receipt of the award in the year in which their article is published; only a sole author or first author of two will be considered. Students who have graduated within the past two years may receive the award if the article was submitted to the publishing journal prior to or within four months of graduation. If the graduate is not currently employed at UCLA, they must identify UCLA on the title page of the article as the location where their research took place.

“I want to see a continuation of an evaluation emphasis within the Department of Education,” says Professor Alkin, who is the founder of the Center for the Study of Evaluation at UCLA (now known as the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). “I want to recognize that the basis of a doctoral education is academic excellence. So, consequently, I want to do something that inspires students to engage in the publication of their work.”

Applications for the award are to be sent to Professor Alkin at Moore Hall, 3026, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521. Please enclose a cover letter along with a copy of the published journal article; the deadline for submissions is July 15, 2013. The entries will be judged by a three-person panel of two distinguished evaluation theorists and a graduate of the Social Research Methodology (SRM) program. Judges will be selected by Professor Alkin.