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The Mid-South Educational

Vol.42 • No.1

February 2014


Outgoing President Michelle Haj-Broussard passes the gavel to incoming 2014 President Kathy Campbell.

What’s Inside President’s Message ............................2

2013 Annual Meeting Highlights ..3-4

2014 Call for Papers ............................5 Call for Session Chairs ........................5

Call for 2014 Outstanding Paper and

Member States:

Distinguished Dissertation....................5

Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee

Call for Nominations ..........................5

Graduate Student Corner....................6

Schedule of Events...............................7

Editors' Column................................ 9

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Outgoing President’s Message Looking Forward


2014 Board of Directors

Kathy Campbell

Southeastern Louisiana University

Vice President/President-Elect

Gail Hughes University of Arkansa at Little Rock


Shannon Chiasson

University of New Orleans


Michelle Haj-Broussard McNeese State University

Executive Director

Cliff Hofwolt

Vanderbilt University

Historian Alabama Representative

Jane Nell Luster LSUHSC-HDC Susan Martin

University of South Alabama

Arkansas Representative

Jasna Vuk

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Jeanette G. Riley

Kentucky Representative

Louisiana Representative

Murray State University

Mississippi Representative

Tennessee Representative SDE/LEA

Dustin Herbert

McNeese State University

Rebecca Robichaux

Mississippi State University

Jwa Kim

Middle Tennessee State University

Jeanne Ebey

Livingston Parish Public Schools

Graduate Students Rep.

At-Large Representative

Vincent Prior

University of New Orleans

Carol Christian

Morehead State University

At-Large Representative Mindy Crain-Dorough Southeastern Louisiana University

At-Large Representative

At-Large Representative

University of North Florida

Larry Daniel

Franz Reneau

Florida A&M University

2014 Publications Editors

MSERA Proceedings

Research in the Schools The Researcher MSERA Web Page

Franz Reneau

Florida A&M University

John Slate Anthony Onwuegbuzie

Sam Houston State University

Randy Parker Julie A. Holmes

Louisiana Tech University

David Morse

Mississippi State University

Well, my presidential year at MSERA has come to an end. I truly appreciate how much support was offered to me during my tenure as president. A special thank you to Larry Daniel and Franz Reneau for all of their work in making Pensacola a wonderful meeting. I believe that our organization is still moving in the right direction. MSERA is still the organization that allows graduate students and new faculty to find support and mentoring. Networking and collaboration are still key features of MSERA. Underlying all of this support and networking is our organization’s dedication to educational research. The essential elements of MSERA remain the same. What has changed somewhat during my tenure and what will continue to change are the tools that we use to achieve those essential elements. We now are able to register using online tools. I know your new president, Kathleen Campbell, is working to create a paper-free registration system. We had paper-free options this year for the conference evaluation and to sign up for committees. The technology committee, headed by Dustin Hebert, and the publications committee, headed by Rob Kennedy, worked last year to get Research in The Schools and the Researcher online. They are now working on a webpage that will allow you easier access to those publications and any other digital resources that are or will soon be available. Our graduate

“Caught in the Web”

- About MSERA - Downloadable Files - Call for 2014 Papers - Contact Information - Proceedings - Deadlines - Links to related sites and organizations - Officers & Board Contacts

MSERA Website

Michelle Haj-Broussard

student representative, Lindsey Jackiel, even gave us a social media presence by creating a Facebook page for our organization. Nevertheless, while some of the tools might be new, our raison d’être remains the same; we are here to support you and your research. In the continuation of our organization, I am pleased to announce that we, once again, have upcoming elections. The nominating committee is taking nominations for the following positions, president-elect, secretary, graduate student, and state representatives. Please contact me if you having any suggestions for the nomination committee. Have a great year!!! Michelle Haj-Broussard The Mid-South Educational


Interim Co-Editors: Randy Parker and Julie A. Holmes

The Mid-South Educational Researcher is publi shed at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana with support from the College of Education. Subscriptions are free to current members of the Mid-South Educational Research Association. Submit suggestions for content to either of the co-editors at MSERA Researcher, P.O. Box 3161, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, 71272 PHONE: 318.257.2834. E-MAIL: or


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2013 42nd Annual Meeting Highlights

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2013 42nd Annual Meeting Highlights

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2014 MSERA Call for Papers

2014 MSERA Call for Papers

The annual meeting of MSERA will be November 5-7, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Knoxville, TN. All members of MSERA and others are invited to submit proposals for (a) Discussion sessions, (b) Display sessions, (c) Symposia, (d) Training sessions, and/or (e) Research in Progress (RIP) sessions. Proposals will be considered if they are submitted electronically by July 15, 2014. Proposals should be submitted in the form of an abstract. All submissions for the James E. McLean Outstanding Distinguished Paper Award and the Hebert M. Handley Outstanding Dissertation/ Thesis Award must follow special instructions on the MSERA webpage. Note: All abstract submissions for the 2014 Annual Meeting must be completed online at the MSERA website (http:// Online submission will be available on or around April 1. Primary authors will be notified via email both an acknowledgement of receipt of the proposal and a final disposition of the proposal by September 15. Therefore, it is important that primary authors are able to access email from July 15 through September 15. Submit one completed Proposal Information web page form for each paper. Authors must click on the Send Proposals link on the Call for Papers web page. The web page form requires authors to submit cover sheet information and the abstract. Authors submitting a training proposal must send an abbreviated vita for each trainer to the Program Chair as an email attachment. If you have additional questions about the Call for Papers or the process of submitting your proposal, please contact Dr. Mindy CrainDorough at

Call for Nominations for 2015 Board of Directors and Officers

The Nominations Committee seeks nominations for the following leadership positions on the MSERA Board of Directors: Vice President/President Elect; Secretary; 6 State Directors (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, & Tennessee); and Graduate Student Representative.

The Vice President/President Elect serves as Vice President for 2015 and as President for 2016. State Directors and Secretary serve on the MSERA Board for two years (2015 and 2016). Graduate Student Representative is a one year term.

Nominations may be made by any active member of MSERA. Nominees need to submit a letter of acceptance to the Nominations Committee. Four active members must endorse any nominee. Send nominations via email by July 1, 2014 to: Michelle Haj-Broussard, MSERA Nominations Committee

2014 Call for Outstanding Paper Awards

MSERA members are encouraged to apply for the James E. McLean Outstanding Paper Award or the Herbert M. Handley Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis Award. The award application process is a two-step process. First, submit the abstract through the on-line submission process outlined in the Call for Papers. Next, submit an electronic copy (pdf or Word) of the paper or dissertation/thesis summary and a separate electronic cover sheet to the Awards Chair, Gail Hughes ( by July 15, 2014. Submissions may not exceed 25 doublespaced, typewritten pages, including narrative, tables, and references. To be eligible for the Dissertation/Thesis Award the dissertation or thesis must have been completed during or after the summer of 2013. The Outstanding Paper Award recipient receives a plaque and $500 to present the paper at the next AERA meeting (2015). The Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis Award recipient receives a plaque and $250.

Call for Session Chairs Do you want to become more involved in MSERA? Serving as a Session Chair is an excellent way for all members from graduate students to professionals to participate in the Annual Meeting. Graduate students are especially considered and are encouraged to serve as Session Chairs. Responsibilities include introducing the session presenters, informing presenters of time limits, and facilitating question and answer periods at the end of the session. This is a valuable contribution to the organization, and your help will be greatly appreciated! Interested members should provide the following information to Dr. Mindy Crain-Dorough at Name, mailing address, and e-mail address. Thank you in advance for helping to ensure a successful program!

Got some good ideas on how MSERA can better utilize technology? Join the MSERA Technology Committee!!! Contact Dustin Hebert ( 5

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Graduate Student Corner

Suzanne Franco

The Graduate Student Committee encourages all graduate students to join us in Knoxville, November 5-7. The Research in Progress (RIP) strand of presentations will provide you the opportunity to meet other graduate students and to participate in discussions about research planning and implementation. During the conference we have planned special activities to assist you in your pursuit of graduate work. If you are presenting at the conference please encourage other graduate students to join us as we lay the foundations for your future contributions to education research. Suzanne Franco, Ed. D., Wright State University

Vincent Prior, University of New Orleans

2013 MSERA - Research In Progress (RIP) Recipients

2013 Conference Evaluation The Evaluation Committee had a very successful conference with 59 conference evaluations completed in paper form. The online evaluations were collected by Michele Haj-Broussard. There were 52 evaluations contributed by professional members and seven by graduate students. The final comments and analysis will be completed by the Fall Board Meeting and will be available for the 2014 Conference in Knoxville, TN. We would like to thank our volunteers: Erica King, Erica Tanner, Mary Beth Evans, and Darlene Thompson. Also, we would like to thank the Presenters who were prompt and efficient in providing us with information about the sessions. Reminder: We need more volunteers. Dianne Richardson Walden

Rose B. Jones University of Southern Mississippi


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New Officer

2013 Past Presidents' Breakfast

Schedule of Events Mark Your Calendar!

2014 Deadlines: July 1 July 15 July 15 July 15 2014 President-Elect Gail Hughes University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Board of Director & Officer Nominations Paper Proposal Submission (online only) Outstanding Paper Submission Distinguished Dissertation Submission

2014 Annual Meeting Crown Plaza Hotel Knoxville, Tennessee 1-865-522-2600

MSERA 2013 Awards

2015 Annual Meeting Hilton Hotel and Conference Center Lafayette, Louisiana

2013 KeyNote

2013 Herbert Handley Distinguised Dissertation Award Recipients Debbie D. Dailey - University of Central Arkansas Shane T. Warren - Mississippi State University 2013 James McLean Outstanding Research Paper Award Recipients Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie - Sam Houston State University Kathleen M. T. Collins - University of Arkansas Franz Reneau (2013 Program Chair) with Andre Perry (2013 Keynote Speaker)


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2014 MSERA Committee Directory Name Charlie Notar Randy Parker Harry Bowman Rose Jones Dianne Richardson Rob Kennedy Dustin Hebert Suzanne Franco Vincent Prior Linda Morse David Morse Kenny Anthony Ava Pugh Betty Porter

Committee Affiliation Development Jacksonville State University Budget Louisiana Tech University Constitution/ByLaws SRERA Council of Occupational Education Evaluation Co-Chair University of Southern Mississippi Evaluation Co-Chair Walden Future Site Co-Chair Publications and University of Arkansas for Communications Medical Sciences Technology McNeese State University Graduate Student Wright State University Advisory Co-chair Graduate Student University of New Orleans Advisory Co-chair MSERA Mentors Mississippi State University Archives and Website Mississippi State University Membership Mississippi State University MSER Foundation University of Louisiana-Monroe Future Site Co-chair School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans

E-mail Address

Make Plans To Join Us In Knoxville November 5-7 for MSERA 2014

Photo Credits: Randy Parker, Crown Plaza-Knoxville, Knoxville Convention and Visitors Bureau


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Lynn Howerton and Mary Jane Bradley share some of their experiences as Researcher Co-Editors with Walt Mathews at the 2013 Annual Meeting.

2014 Researcher Co-Editors: Julie A. Holmes and Randy Parker

MSERA Researcher Editors' Column As the newly appointed interim co-editors of the 2014 MSERA Researcher, we wish to express our appreciation to the members of the MSERA Executive Board and the general membership for the confidence you have placed in us. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the association and look forward to working with all members of the association in this year of transition. We particularly wish to thank Lynn Howerton, Mary Jane Bradley and Georgia Summit for their support and assistance in the development of this first electronic issue of the Mid-South Educational Researcher. Lynn and Mary Jane have served MSERA faithfully and with distinction for many years as the co-editors of the Researcher. They are to be commended for their professional and personal commitment to the profession and to the welfare of MSERA. We look forward to building on the strong foundation they have established during their distinguished years of service to the association. We are also grateful for the support provided by Louisiana Tech University through the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership and the College of Education for the production of the Researcher in 2014. We welcome suggestions and comments from the membership on both content and format as we move forward with electronic issues of the Researcher – please feel free to contact us at anytime. Thank you again for the confidence you have placed in us – we look forward to seeing each of you in Knoxville for our 42nd Annual MSERA Meeting.

Randy Parker-Interim Co-Editor MSERA Researcher Louisiana Tech University

Julie A. Holmes-Interim Co-Editor MSERA Researcher Louisiana Tech University

The Mid-South Educational RESEARCHER

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