Major Awards

2015 – Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Division D with Richard D. Sawyer for our book Understanding Qualitative Research: Duoethnography

 2015 – Tom Barone Award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts-Based Educational Research from the Arts-based Educational Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association

2015 –Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity from Brock University’s Humanities Research Institute

 2014 – Publication Award ARTS SIG of the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies (Awarded for 2011 publication)

This is a superb paper that presents several significant conceptual ways to support arts pedagogy and arts-based inquiry. It is engaging and compelling, thoughtful and generous, evocative and provocative. His exploration of a holistic approach that adapts and honours the First Nations Medicine Wheel is highly creative, offering an alternative model for designing and assessing arts-based projects, with relevance for all those working in and through the arts. The paper is a mature and sophisticated work, based on a long commitment to the arts and education. The reviewers particularly appreciated the way the paper reviews a wide range of scholars and scholarship, and presents both theoretical perspectives and exemplars for consideration. Outstanding!

 2011 – Outstanding Book Award American Educational Research Association’s Qualitative Research SIG for Playbuilding as Qualitative Research: A participatory Arts-based Approach

Eventually, we selected Joe Norris’ book Playbuilding as Qualitative Research: A Participatory Arts-based Approach as the winner of the Outstanding Book Award. This book not only met all the criteria for the award, it exceeded every criteria. Norris bridges arts-based research, qualitative research, and playbuilding grounded in rich theories and create dialogue for various social justice issues. The committee members exclaimed not only about the accessibility, utility of this book, but the ways in which this book challenged our thinking, made us imagine how the audience participation might look like at the end of the scenes and the fertile ground for much needed dialoguing. The committee was honored and privileged to review the works of such great thinkers, change agents, and activists in qualitative research. Congratulations Joe Norris.

 2010 – Best Practice Award – Brock University

1999    Premier’s Award of Excellence – Honorable mention for research done with Safe and Caring Schools Project (Province of Alberta)

1998    Undergraduate Teaching Award Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

1990    Honorable Mention – Outstanding Scholarly Research American Alliance for Theatre and Education

1986    Education Quality Award for innovative curriculum development Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union