MU Faculty Member receives 2016 Senior Researcher Award

Julia Gaines

Last week at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) national conference in Atlanta, Dr. Wendy Sims was named the 2016 Senior Researcher for the Society for Research in Music Education.  This award recognizes significant, long-term scholarship in music education and is akin to a Lifetime Achievement award.  Dr. Sims gave an address Saturday morning as part of the award ceremony.  She was allowed to pick the topic of her choice for this address and delivered a paper that will be published in the October 2016 issue of the Journal of Research in Music Education titled "Preparing Young Music Education Researchers to Make Ongoing Contributions to Knowledge."  The focus was on the importance of research mentoring for graduate students and early career faculty members and a variety of strategies for preparing them to successfully publish their research and become acquainted with the music education research community.  MU's School of Music and College of Education held a reception for Dr. Sims at the conference which was attended by alums and colleagues.  Also in attendance was Dr. Glenn Nierman, current President of NAfME.

Dr. Sims is an active researcher and writer, publishing articles regularly in national and international journals such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, International Journal of Music Education, and Music Educators Journal. She is editor of the book Strategies for Teaching: Prekindergarten Music, and co-editor of the book Music in Prekindergarten, both published by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In July 2014, she completed an 8-year term as Editor of the Journal of Research in Music Education. She regularly presents research sessions and workshops at national and international conferences. She also was the music curriculum consultant for a Public Broadcasting System educational television series based on the Angelina Ballerina book series.

Dr. Sims has held national offices in NAfME’s Society for Research in Music Education, including Chair, and serves as the state Research Chair for the Missouri Music Educators Association. She also has been an active leader within the International Society for Music Education, having served as Chair of the ISME Early Childhood Commission, as a member of the Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Publications Committee.  Her campus awards include MU's coveted Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and the Missouri Governor's Award for Teaching Excellence.