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ReSearcher MSERA ‘14

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The Mid-South Educational

Vol.42 • No.2

May 2014

Leadership &

Upcoming Annual Meeting Knoxville, Tennessee What’s Inside

Member States: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee

Annual Meeting Information President's Message Call for Papers and Session Chairs Call for Director and Officer Nominations/ Outstanding Papers Call for Bowman and Mathews Award Nominations MSER Foundation Researcher Spotlight: Executive Committee Historian's Column Research in Progress/Board of Directors MSERA Committees/Knoxville Information RetroResearcher: 2008 Knoxville Memories Editors' Column

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2014 Conference Informatom


Crown Plaza - Knoxville 2014 MSERA Conference Hotel 401 Summit Hill Drive Knoxville, TN 37920 1.865.522.2600 Make Your Room Reservations Now!!

2014 Board of Directors

Kathy Campbell

Southeastern Louisiana University

Vice President/President-Elect

Gail Hughes University of Arkansas 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

2014 Important Deadlines July 1 July 15 July 15 July 15 September 15

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

Jeanne Ebey

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

MSERA Proceedings

Research in the Schools

View this issue of The Researcher and visit our Website for More Information on our 43rd Annual Meeting

University of North Florida

Larry Daniel

The Mid-South Educational

Franz Reneau

Florida A&M University

2014 Publications Editors

MSERA Web Page

Submission Deadline - July 15, 2014

Livingston Parish Public Schools

Graduate Students Rep.

The Researcher

Submit Your Proposals at:

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


“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

Interim Co-Editors: Randy Parker and Julie A. Holmes The Mid-South Educational Researcher is published 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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President's Message Continuing Our Commitment

Kathy Campbell - President

Last May the Chicago Cubs achieved the dubious distinction of being the third baseball team in history to lose 10,000 games! Jimmy Fallon, host of the “Tonight Show,” promptly declared that the Cubs even sucked at the game of losing! What in the world does this have to do with MSERA or education? Not much, except that in education, we cannot afford to have winners at the expense of losers, so we need to concentrate our efforts on making all of our students “winners.”

Hopefully, the educational research that is being done by many of our members and the commitment that has been made by many others to the education of young minds will indeed make winners of them all. After all, if failure is not an option, then all of us have to do whatever it takes to ensure educational success for all students. Having said that, I want to update everyone on the plans and events that will, hopefully, keep MSERA a viable organization that continues to contribute to the field of education in a significant and meaningful way. First, I have named Franz Reneau as Strategic Planning Chair, and he will work with the Technology Chair Dustin Hebert and the Membership Chair Kenny Anthony and a representative sample of the membership to develop an updated vision statement along with several goals/objectives. After that the strategic planning will begin. The vision and strategic plan will be brought before the board in November. Meanwhile, recruitment efforts are focused on attracting and retaining not only university faculty and graduate students but also K-12 educators and state departments of education people in order to stay abreast of current issues in education and to keep the lines of communication open between researchers and practitioners. We have heretofore relied on word of mouth advertising, but the Technology Committee is investigating other electronic means to put MSERA’s name and message out there. If you have email contact information for your faculty, graduate students, or K-12 educators, please contact Kenny Anthony at or me at Another exciting event that will take place at the Business Meeting in November is a vote on the board approved motion to add Florida as one of the membership states of MSERA. We believe that this step has the potential for significantly increasing our membership. And I think I am correct in stating that everyone truly enjoyed the conference in Pensacola last year and looks forward to the possibility of future Gulf Coast conferences. Finally, Mindy Dorough, 2014 Program Chair, has been working diligently to make the Knoxville conference a huge success. If you have not submitted a proposal, at least attend the conference and enjoy the camaraderie and the presentations. Two returning sessions are IR11 (back for its 11th season of educational standup comedy) and Schools of 2021 (back for a third time). I hope many of you will go to Knoxville to hear interesting presentations, renew old friendships, and make new acquaintances as well as enjoy fun, food, and frivolity. See y’all inKnoxville!!!


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2014 MSERA Call For Papers and Nominations Call For Papers - KNOXVILLE 2014 D


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 ( Online submission will be available until July 15. 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 Crain-Dorough at

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 your name, mailing address, and e-mail address to Dr. Mindy Crain-Dorough at: Thank you in advance for helping to ensure a successful program.


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Call For Nominations 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) 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. Details on the responsibilities of these positions can be accessed in the Operations Manual on the MSERA Website - 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 Chair

2014 Call for Outstanding Papers 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 double-spaced, 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.


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Call for Nominees for the 2014 Harry L. Bowman Service Award The Bowman Service Award was created in 1992 to honor Harry Bowman, who has served MSERA in numerous ways in the past and continues to serve the organization meritoriously. The intent of this service award is to recognize someone for ongoing service to MSERA. Any member in good standing who has continuously served the organization in significant ways can be considered for this award. The Bowman Service Award is made during the business meeting at the annual meeting. The recipient is honored with a plaque. Nominations can be made by any MSERA member. The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2014. Please submit nominations to: Kathy Campbell - President MSERA 73246 Military Road Covington, LA 70435

Call for Nominees for the 2014 Walter M. Mathews Historical Contributions Award The Walter M. Mathews Historical Contributions Award was created in 1999 to honor Walt Mathews, the founder of MSERA. The intent of the award is to recognize those who have contributed to the vision and evolution of MSERA in positive ways. Nominees could be longstanding members of MSERA, former board members or officers, or those who have served as a mentor to members and students. The Mathews Historical Contributions Award is made during the business meeting at the annual meeting. The recipient is honored with a plaque. The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2014. Please submit nominations to: Kathy Campbell - President MSERA 73246 Military Road Covington, LA 70435 6

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Ava Pugh MSERF President

The Mid-South Educational Research (MSER) Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the functions and activities of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA), as well as to serve as a financial safety net by holding funds in trust for MSERA. The MSER Foundation annually supports the Research In Progress (RIP) Graduate Student Sessions at the Annual Meeting, supplements the MSERA Outstanding Paper Awards, and provides additional financial support for the MSERA Website. Ava Pugh (University of Louisiana-Monroe) serves as the 2014 President of the MSER Foundation Board. Contributions made to the foundation make possible the continued support of these activities and are fully tax deductible. If you would like to further support these activities, please consider making a donation when you renew or begin your membership in MSERA. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact Ava Pugh (, Cliff Hofwolt (, or any other Foundation Board member. We thank you for your support!!

2014 MSER FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS Alabama: Arkansas: Kentucky: Louisiana: Mississippi: Tennessee: At Large: Ex Officio:

Gahan Bailey ( Charles Notar ( Carolyn Williams ( Pamela Broadston ( Ann Chapman ( Beverly Klecker ( Julie Holmes ( Ava Pugh ( Rebecca Robichaux ( David Morse ( James Lampley ( Patrick Kariuki ( Randy Parker ( Larry Daniel ( Cliff Hofwolt (


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Researcher Spotlight: MSERA Executive Committee Our association is fortunate indeed to have a group of dedicated and accomplished officers to lead us this year. The MSERA Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice President/President Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary, and Executive Director. We highlight below some of the many contributions to MSERA from the members of our 2014 Executive Committee:

Kathy Campbell President

Kathy Campbell joined MSERA in 1993 and has served on the Future Site Committee, RITS Editorial Board, Nominations Committee, Membership Committee, Program Committee, and as the Louisiana Representative to the Board of Directors. Kathy served as a Co-chair of the Local Arrangements for the 2009 Baton Rouge Annual Meeting and was the Program Chair for the 2012 Annual Meeting in Lexington. Last year, as Vice President/President Elect – she chaired the Outstanding Paper Awards Committee. As President this year – she also chairs the Harry L. Bowman Service Award and the Walter Mathews Historical Contribution Award Committees. Gail Hughes joined MSERA in 1999, and has served on the Program and Membership Committees, Co-Chair of the Graduate Student Committee, Copy Editor for Research in the Schools (RITS), Program Chair for the 2007 Annual Meeting in Hot Springs, and as an At-Large Representative to the Board of Directors. As Vice President/President Elect – she also serves as the Chair of the Outstanding Paper Awards Committee.

Gail Hughes Vice President/ President Elect

Michelle Haj-Broussard Past President

Michelle Haj-Broussard first joined MSERA at the 2006 Annual Meeting in Birmingham. She has served MSERA as Co-Chair of the Graduate Student Committee and as the Program Chair for the 40th Anniversary Annual Meeting at Ole Miss. As Vice/President (2012) and President (2013) she chaired the Outstanding Paper Awards Committee, the Harry L. Bowman Service Award Committee and the Walter Mathews Historical Contribution Award Committee. As Past President in 2014, she currently chairs the Nominations Committee.


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Researcher Spotlight: MSERA Executive Committee Shannon Chiasson has been a member of MSERA since 2008 and has served on the Program Committee, as Co-chair of the Graduate Student Committee, and as Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Directors. Since 2012 she has served as Secretary for MSERA and as such, she provides a record of Board activities and actions, as well as, helping to coordinate association membership and annual meeting registration. Shannon Chiasson Secretary

Cliff Hofwolt MSERA Executive Director

Cliff Hofwolt has been a member of MSERA since 1989 and has served our association in innumerable ways. Among his many contributions are his service on the Program and Future Site Committees, Local Arrangements Chair for the 1994 Annual Meeting in Nashville, Program Chair for the 1997 Annual Meeting in Memphis, Vice President/President Elect (1999, Point Clear), President (2000, Bowling Green), and Past-President (2001, Little Rock). Since 2005, Cliff has served as MSERA Executive Director and, as such, oversees the financial records and administrative duties of the association. Cliff was instrumental in the initial development and refinement of our online submission system and works closely with the Board of Directors and the general membership. Cliff was a 2002 recipient of the Harry L. Bowman Service Award and was awarded the Walter Mathews Historical Contribution Award in 2012.

Important Dates - Mark Your Calendars July 1 July 15 July 15 July 15 September 15

2014 Deadlines

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


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Historian's Column For this MSERA Historian’s Column, I want to share with you – the membership – this Brief History of the Association Jane Nell Luster - MSERA Historian The Mid-South Educational Research Association was an idea conceived by Dr. Walter Mathews of the Department of Administration and Supervision of the University of Mississippi who asked the cooperation of Dr. Douglas McDonald, Director of Educational Research and Professor of Education, at the same institution. Together, they called for a meeting at the University of Mississippi of personnel from institutions of higher learning, from state departments of education, and from larger school systems in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. This meeting was made possible through a grant from the Graduate School of the University of Mississippi. The first meeting was called to order in the Auditorium of the Education Building of the University of Mississippi on Monday, March 20, 1972 by Dr. Walter Mathews. There were 73 people representing institutions of higher learning, state departments of education, and elementary and secondary schools, and 34 student members present from the five states. Dr. McDonald served as recorder for the first session. Dr. Ken Brunner from the Atlanta Regional Office of the United States Office of Education was present to give the keynote address at the luncheon meeting held in the Continuation Center at the University of Mississippi. The first group named temporary officers and committee chairmen to lay plans for the new organization as follows: Chairman Walter Mathews, University of Mississippi; Vice Chairman and Financial Officer Douglas McDonald, University of Mississippi; Executive Committee Alabama, Virginia Horns, University of Alabama in Birmingham; Arkansas Donald Wright, Arkansas State University; Louisiana Fred Smith, Louisiana State University; Mississippi Richard Kazelskis, University of Southern Mississippi; and Tennessee Thomas L. Reddick, Tennessee State University. After the selection of these officers, Chairman Mathews named the first program committee consisting of Charles Babb, Middle Tennessee State University; Fred Bellott, Memphis State University; and George Gaines, Louisiana State University at New Orleans. The first dues of the organization were set for $2.00. The purposes of the Association were outlined by members, using the interview technique of planning, as follows: "To provide an organization that will promote and encourage utilization of quality research in the region and its application in the schools."


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Research In Progress (RIP) Supported by MSERA and MSERF

Research in Progress (RIP), an initiative of the Mid-South Educational Research Association, serves as a graduate student research forum, held during the MSERA Annual Meeting, and offers an opportunity for students to present research projects at virtually any stage of development. These presentations, on student research that has not yet been completed, take place in a supportive environment where constructive suggestions and ideas for the continuation and completion of the project are discussed. The 2013 Annual Meeting hosted eight RIP Sessions. Faculty members are encouraged to suggest this avenue of research presentation to students participating in on-going research or research near completion. The Mid-South Educational Research Foundation (MSERF) provides partial funding for students who have applied to and been accepted for presentations for the RIP Sessions, and who are subsequently selected by the Foundation to receive this support. For additional information on submitting a RIP Proposal - visit the MSERA Website -

2014 Board of Directors Alabama Arkansas Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi Tennessee SDE/LEA Graduate Student At-Large At-Large At-Large At-Large

Susan Martin Jasna Vuk Jeanetta Riley Dustin Hebert Rebecca Robichaux-Davis Jwa Kim Jeanne Eby Vincent Prior Carol Christian Mindy Crain-Dorough Larry Daniel Franz Reneau 11

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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

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


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Retro-Researcher: 2008 Knoxville Annual Meeting Highlights Join us again in Knoxville - November 5-7 - For MSERA 2014 - See You There!!!


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

MSERA Researcher Editors' Column Serving as your 2014 Researcher editors can be both challenging and rewarding. Challenging in that we are always concious of our commitment to the association and our pledge to provide you with useful and meaningful information. Rewarding in that we get to interact with so many of you in the production of this publication. Thanks to all who have contributed material and ideas for this - the Official - Second - Online Issue of The Researcher! We have added material at the suggestion of members and we will continue listen to your suggestions as we move forward with the production of succeeding issues. In the MAY Researcher - We have focused on information for the Annual Meeting and inaugurated our Researcher Spotlight feature to highlight some of the many contributions of our elected Officers. We hope you have been able to learn a little more about the accomplishments of our Executive Board, the contributions of the MSER Foundation, the storied history of our association, and been reminded of the many opportunities for you in MSERA. We continue to appreciate 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. Please continue to provide suggestions and comments on both content and format as we move forward with electronic issues of the Researcher – please feel free to contact us at anytime. Oh - and one last thing – Get Those Proposals Submitted; Make Your Reservations at the Crown Plaza - Knoxville; and Join Us in Knoxville for our 43rd Annual MSERA Meeting. Knoxville just won't be the same if you are not there!!! Randy Parker-Interim Co-Editor MSERA Researcher Louisiana Tech University

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

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