Christen Priddie, a Postdoctoral Scholar who received her Ph.D. in the Higher Education program, has won the Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
Priddie said her reaction to winning the award was pure shock.
“When I was writing my dissertation, I did not necessarily think that it would be acknowledged beyond the defense day. When you're in the midst of writing, you usually are focused on just making sure it is finished so to receive this prestigious honor has been a welcomed surprise,” she said.
Priddie’s dissertation, "A Pathway Toward Cultural Relevance: A QuantCrit Analysis of Collaborative Learning Experiences for Black STEM Students through an Anti-Blackness Lens,” focused on the collaborative learning experiences of Black students in STEM majors in higher education. Before she started her dissertation, Priddie had heard anecdotally that Black students tend to be more isolated within group work in the classroom and wanted to explore this experience more concretely and within a developed understanding about how college STEM environments can be harmful for Black students.