Prof. Wyckoff Receives APPAM’s 2015 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award


Jim Wyckoff, professor of education and public policy and director of EdPolicyWorks, will receive the 2015 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). 

Jim WyckoffAPPAM recognizes excellence in research by annually selecting a research paper published in the current volume of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) to receive the Vernon Memorial Prize. The award winning paper entitled “Incentives, Selection and Teacher Performance: Evidence from IMPACT” was completed with colleague Thomas S. Dee from Stanford University.

JPAM previously highlighted this article as a 2015 feature in the journal.

Wyckoff and Dee’s research paper was selected by peer-reviewed panel and considered among all published and forthcoming papers in JPAM. The award winners will be recognized at APPAM and in JPAM.

Another member of the EdPolicyWorks community is also being honored at APPAM this year.  Alex Smith, a former graduate student at EdPolicyWorks and current Assistant Professor of Economics at West Point, received honorable mention for the APPAM Ph.D. Dissertation Award.

This award is for the best dissertation in public policy, and recognizes emergent scholars in the field. Smith joins the ranks of other former EdPolicyWorks researchers, including Chloe Gibbs, who also received an honorable mention for her dissertation in 2011-2012.

Smith will receive this honorable mention for his dissertation entitled “Three Essays on the Economics of Education.”

Both Wyckoff and Smith will be recognized during the annual APPAM Fall Research Conference in Miami, FL in mid-November.

Wyckoff is also the co-director of the Virginia Education Science Training (VEST), and Smith was a pre-doctoral fellow while completing his degree from the Department of Economics at U.Va. The VEST program is supported by the Institute of Educational Sciences.

EdPolicyWorks is a joint collaboration between the Curry School of Education and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. EdPolicyWorks brings together researchers from across the University of Virginia and the State to focus on important questions of educational policy and implications for the workforce.