Dr. Tong to Receive 2015 Early Career Award

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: March 02, 2015

Dr. Fuhui Tong, associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and associate director of the Center for Research and Development in Dual Language and Acquisition (CRDLLA) at Texas A&M University, was recently chosen to receive the 2015 Early Career Scholar Award from the Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

The Early Career Award by the AERA Bilingual Education Research SIG acknowledges an individual in the early stages of their career and acts as a prestigious testament to one’s developing career in the field of bilingual education. In order to be considered for the award, individuals must display substantial work in the field of bilingual education and should also be recognized for excellences in advancing the discipline. Additionally, those chosen to receive the Early Career Award must demonstrate extraordinary service to students and to the research community.

Dr. Tong’s research focuses on instructional and systematic factors in bilingual language/literacy development, and academic achievement for English language learners (ELLs). Dr. Tong is bilingual and has authored and/or co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed journal publications, 11 book chapters, more than 20 technical reports and over 50 presentations disseminating research findings related to English learners’ overall school performance. Dr. Tong has also engaged in validation studies, multimillion dollar research grants, has served as a key personnel on multiple U.S. Department of Education-funded projects and has served as an internal evaluator/consultant on seven funded training grants that are aimed to promote English language and knowledge acquisition for bilingual and low SES children and youth.

“Dr. Tong does cutting-edge research,” said Dr. Rafael Lara-Alecio, CRDLLA director. “Her work is well cited in top journals at the national and international levels - we are very excited for her.”

Dr. Tong is not only an excellent researcher; she is also an effective teacher in serving her students. She is determined to remain current, reading new research findings in her discipline, and often shares research findings with her students so that they will keep abreast of the current trends. Dr. Tong’s deep understanding of her subject areas is best reflected in her students’ strong and positive teaching evaluation.

“I feel honored and humbled to be selected as the recipient for this award. To me, this is not just an award for one individual, rather, it is a recognition of all the mentorship and support from my colleagues, my department, and my college at Texas A&M,” she said. “I have also had the privilege to work with bright students who have taught me to become a better teacher. This award is a tremendous stimulus to continue my research on the quality education that our English learners deserve.”

Dr. Tong will be presented with the Early Career Award at the SIG’s 2015 meeting this year at the annual AERA conference.

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Samantha Edwards
Communications Office Intern