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Doctoral alumni Lauren McMahon, Michelle Sprouse, Paula Clasing, and Xin Sun receive 2022 Stanley E. and Ruth B. Dimond Best Dissertation Award

April 24, 2023

The Marsal Family School of Education is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Stanley E. and Ruth B. Dimond Best Dissertation Award. The Dimond Best Dissertation Award was established to give recognition to the premiere doctoral dissertation completed in each of the four doctoral programs in the school in the prior year.


Stanley E. Dimond joined the faculty of the School of Education in 1950. His teaching, writing, support of master's and doctoral candidates, and national leadership in social studies and public education were recognized by the Regents of the University of Michigan as he was named, first, distinguished professor in 1966 and, upon his retirement in 1972, professor emeritus. Together with his wife, Ruth Bullis Dimond, Dr. Dimond encouraged several generations of education students to persevere and excel in their chosen fields of inquiry and service. Professor Dimond died in 1989 and Mrs. Dimond in 1996. Prior to her death, Mrs. Dimond established the Stanley E. and Ruth B. Dimond Best Dissertation Award.

The 2022 recipients are listed by the four doctoral programs: 

Educational Studies
Lauren McMahon 
"Talking Past One Another and Getting on the Same Page: Communication in Mathematics Teaching and Learning"
Dissertation Chair: Deborah Loewenberg Ball

Joint Program in English & Education
Michelle Sprouse 
"Social Annotation in First-Year Composition"
Dissertation Chairs: Anne Ruggles Gere & Barry Fishman

Center for the Study of Higher & Post-Secondary Education
Paula Clasing
"The Promise of Free Tuition: The Case of Chile"
Dissertation Chair: Steve DesJardins

Combined Program for Education & Psychology
Xin Sun 
"Cross-linguistic Influences on Bilingual Child Literacy: Behavioral and Neuroimaging Evidence"
Dissertation Chairs: Ioulia Kovelman & Priti Shah