Call for 2018 NEFC Awards

New Research Grant: Deadline March 4, 2018 @ Noon

William J. Fowler, Jr.  &  Patricia R. Fowler

Education  Finance  Policy  Research  Grant

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The mission of the National Education Finance Academy (NEFA) is to provide a non-partisan policy forum focused on education finance that enhances education for elementary, secondary, and higher education organizations and students. And as such, the NEFA provides a national venue for annual collaborations among school district and state agency personnel; professional education organizations; legislators; and, policy researchers concerned with the importance of education finance adequacy, economic efficiency, equity, and liberty concepts that affect the generation, distribution, and expenditure of state, local, and federal revenues.

In support of the NEFA mission, William and Patricia Fowler provide a $1,500 education finance policy grant that may be used to support travel, lodging, and associated expenses related to attending the Annual Meeting of the NEFA. This generous contribution seeks to increase the disciplinary diversity of the nation’s academic and organizational research personnel by increasing the number of education finance policy researchers that investigate the perennial applied policy issues of P-20 education finance. In addition to the stipend, recipients also will have NEFA conference and membership fees waived for the year of the grant.

Awarded through a national competition administered by the NEFA executive leadership team and its Board of Directors, the Fowler Education Finance Policy Research Grant will support promising graduate-students whose research focuses on solving applied education finance and budgeting problems that possess a direct application to improving current practice; and, will promote new scholars’ entry and participation into the NEFA academic and institutional research community.

Application Requirements: (a) a cover letter; (b) a project proposal – not to exceed six pages – that addresses issue to be investigated, research method or methodology, data description and sources, relevance of the issue to school finance policy; and, (c) a letter of support from an academic or institutional researcher familiar with the proposed project (e.g., faculty member or supervisor). NEFA does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, sex, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or disability.

About William and Patricia Fowler. William and Patricia Fowler have been married for 28 years and both are retired. Bill began his career as a public school teacher and obtained his master’s and then doctorate from Columbia University in 1977. He subsequently worked for the New York State Department of Education as a research associate in school finance; CEMREL, Inc (Central Midwestern Regional Education Laboratory) in Chicago as a senior research associate; and the New Jersey Department of Education as a supervisor of education finance research; and at the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC as the Program Officer for the Ed. Finance Statistical Center. He has taught at University of Illinois, Chicago Circle; Bucknell University; Virginia Tech, Northern VA Center; and George Mason University. He is an emeritus member of AERA, and past member of the American Education Finance Association, where he was a member of the Board of Directors.

2018 NEFC Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year NEFC recognizes an individual who has contributed to education and the funding of education for a lifetime. This recognition is intended to applaud the efforts of individuals who devote their professional career and energy to funding education for all learners.

    ♦ Presentation of a plaque in a plenary session of the NEFA Conference
    ♦ Opportunity to present in a breakout paper session

    ♦ Submit an electronic letter of recommendation.
    ♦ Provide current contact information.

Email nominations by January 5, 2018 to the Committee Chair:

Dr. R. Craig Wood, Professor, University of Florida at 


2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award

The National Education Finance Conference (NEFC) invites nominations from either chairs or members of dissertation committees for the NEFC Outstanding Dissertation Award. To be eligible, candidates will have defended their dissertation successfully and received their degree between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017. The winner will be presented with a plaque at the NEFC conference and will present the results of their research at a conference session. The winner’s conference registration fee will also be waived.

Nominations will be accepted exclusively by email with the deadline of January 5, 2018. The email nomination must be accompanied by a digital copy of the dissertation as an attachment. Please email nominations, as well as requests for further information, to:

Dr. William Owings, Professor, Old Dominion University at 


2018 Journal of Education Finance Award

The National Education Finance Conference will award the Journal of Education Finance Award to the outstanding article published in Volumes 42-3, 42-4, 43-1, and 43-2. All papers published in these editions of JEF will be reviewed by the JEF Award Committee.

Dr. Robert Knoepple, Professor, Clemson University at