By C. Brandon Chapman, College of Education

Paula Groves Price has been elected as vice president of the American Educational Studies Association.

Price, who is a professor and associate dean within Washington State University’s College of Education, said she has been a continuous American Educational Studies Association (AESA) member since joining as a graduate student more than 22 years ago.

“It’s an honor to be nominated and elected by my peers to lead the major national professional organization in my field that is dedicated to justice in education and communities,” she said. “Most of my professional development, critical learning and understandings are a result of my participation in AESA.”

Price’s election constitutes the beginning of a four‑year leadership position, with next year elevating Price to president‑elect (and program chair, organizing the annual conference), the year after as president, and concluding year as past‑president.

Citing AESA’s strong legacy of scholar activism and fostering spaces for critical voices, Price said one goal she’ll have is to make things a little more local.

“I would like to see more ways for the organization to partner with or invite local community activists, educators, and youth to our annual meeting,” she said. “Putting our critical theoretical frameworks to practice through engaging with the local will help our organization grow and have a bigger impact for greater justice.”

Price said she would also like to find more ways to support scholar-activism, as well as junior faculty and graduate students, through publishing opportunities, grant writing, mentorship and purposeful support networks.

Price is a professor of cultural studies and social thought in education. She’s also associate dean for diversity and international programs. Additionally, she’s the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center Scholar in Residence.

AESA began in 1968 with a goal of providing a cross-disciplinary forum for educators of all types to exchange and debate ideas.