Established in 2012 in memory of Dr. Kim Fries, the purpose of this award is to recognize the work of NEERO members who have demonstrated distinction in the early part of their professional careers.  The Board is seeking nominations of people who have been contributing members of NEERO for at least five (not necessarily consecutive) years and have demonstrated distinction within the first decade following receipt of their doctoral degree.  Self-nominations and nominations by NEERO members are encouraged. To make a nomination for presentation at the annual conference, please submit the following information:


  1. A letter describing the nominee’s qualifications for the Award, with emphasis given to the nominee’s contribution to NEERO and achievements in:

    • Research, publication, and/or other evidence of impact of contributions to the field;

    • Service and teaching

  2. Current Curriculum Vita (CV)

  3. Letter of support from their home institution(s)

  4. Additional letters of support are encouraged


Submit materials to:

Fries Award

Professional Biography of Dr. Fries

Dr. Kim Fries (1956 – 2011) was one of those rare individuals who combined efficiency with humor and grace. She became involved in NEERO by contributing her research to the annual conference, first as a Boston College doctoral candidate in 2000 and over the next years as an assistant and associate professor of education at the University of New Hampshire. As a former teacher and then a professor, Kim possessed enormous expertise and experience with both higher education and K-12 practice. This kind of perspective on theory-practice relationships was sought after by school practitioners, academic scholars and government policy makers during her too short career.


Kim began teaching at the elementary level but subsequently taught at all grade levels, K-12. She received both a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from the University of South Florida, a C.A.S. from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Boston College. She joined the faculty in the Department of Education at the University of New Hampshire in 2002 where she taught courses in their Teacher Education Program and their Teacher Leadership Program.


As a NEERO Board member for over eight years, Kim remained a steady mentor for all involved in the organization with her calm, focused and generous spirit. As president she made a significant impact by strengthening the infrastructure of the Board and the organization as a whole. This included: directing the first major review and revision of the bylaws and standing rules in decades, initiating the process that led to the re-incorporation of NEERO, and formalizing the awards committees and review process. Looking back to the past and forward to the future she proposed the expansion of the Board to include the positions of Historian and Webmaster. After completing her term as Past President, she continued to serve the Board in the new position of Parliamentarian.

Service to NEERO

2003-2004: Membership Director

2004-2006: Vice-President

2006-2008: President

2008-2010: Past President

2010-2011: Parliamentarian