Hamilton honored with CSCE Distinguished Early Career Scholar Award
2018 CSCE Distinguished Early Career Scholar Award
Erica Hamilton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Literacy and Technology; joined GVSU in 2014
CSCE Awards for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
The Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence's Distinguished Early Career Scholar Award honors remarkable investigators at Grand Valley State University who began their independent scholarship within the past six years. These scholars demonstrate mastery in their field and show significant potential for continued success. The award recipients have made major contributions to theory, research and creative practice, and they have earned national recognition for their outstanding achievements. In addition to the honor of being designated a CSCE Distinguished Early Career Scholar, recipients of the Award are given an award of $500.
With a scholarly agenda informed by her background as a K-12 educator, much of Hamilton's research is conducted in the field, providing important insights into pre-service teacher education, literacy, and technology. A highly collaborative scholar, Hamilton and two colleagues published the first peer-reviewed analysis and critique of the Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition model, widely used in many K-12 contexts, and ground breaking in educational technology. Undergraduate and graduate students routinely praise Hamilton's excellence in teaching; and a colleague stated her work "ranks in the top 10 percent of all of our faculty."
Leverages technology to support student learning is a philosophy at the heart of Erica Hamilton's teaching in the College of Education. She knowledgeably and skillfully designs experiences for students who are learning to be teachers themselves. In this complex arena, she builds relationships and connects new knowledge with existing expertise. Colleagues note that she is a leader in her college and on campus. Students appreciate her passion, enthusiasm, and willingness to help them apply what they are learning in their own classrooms.