Patricia Cranton Distinguished Dissertation Award Application

The International Transformative Learning Association recognizes emerging scholars by conferring the Patricia Cranton Distinguished Dissertation Award. This award commends a distinguished doctoral dissertation for its exemplary scholarship and contriburtion to the transdisciplinary field of transformative learning.

This Award has three aims:

  • To recognize and honor emerging scholars who extend and inform a living theory of transformative learning.
  • To acknowledge originality and quality of inquiry.
  • To invite and showcase contributions from diverse perspectives of transformative learning theory and/or praxis.

In order to be eligible for this award, a dissertation must have been accepted for degree conferral between January 2022 and May 2024. Please submit an application for consideration by March 1, 2024 according to the following guidelines.

Award winners should plan on attending the 2024 Conference at the University of Siena (IT), September 11-13, 2024.

The submission should include:

  • A cover page that identifies:

Dissertation title; Author; Author’s current affiliation; Author’s current email address; Author’s current telephone number; Program degree earned; Degree granting institution; Date of defense and graduation date; Dissertation Chair.

  • A recommendation letter and verification of defense date from the candidate’s dissertation committee chair (if chair is unavailable the letter can come from another committee member), to be sent in a separate email to the following address:
  • Chapter 1 of the dissertation. OR if Chapter 1 does not include the following – problem statement, rationale, purpose, theoretical framework, research questions and significance of the study – send a supplemental description of this content.
  • An essay of 1000-1500 words (3-5 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font) that responds to the following question:

In what ways does this dissertation extend and inform a living theory of transformative learning? As you respond to this question in your short essay, consider theoretical framework, methodology, research findings and implications for practice.

    • All submissions must adhere to APA 7 formatting guidelines and demonstrate quality of scholarly writing.
    • Submissions must be in English.

    A small group of applicants will be selected as finalists and asked to submit their full dissertations, written in English, at a later date.


    • Applicant’s materials due March 1, 2024

    Questions can be directed via email to: