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The Mid-South Educational Research Association


May 2016 Volume 44, No. 1


The 2016 Annual Meeting of MSERA will be November 24 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Alabama. All members of MSERA and others are invited to sub-mit proposals for (a) Discussion Sessions, (b) Display Ses-sions, (c) Symposia, (d) Training Sessions, and/or Research in Progress (RIP) Sessions. Proposals will be considered if they are submitted electronically by Friday, July 15, 2016. Proposals are to be submitted as an Abstract. All submissions for the James E. McLean Outstanding Distinguished Paper Award and the Herbert M. Handley Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis Award must be submitted as a proposal for the Annual Meeting AND also follow specific instructions on the MSERA website ( NOTE: All Proposal Submissions for the 2016Annual Meeting must be completed and submitted online at the MSERA website ( Primary authors will be notified, via email, both to acknowledge receipt of the proposal and a final disposition SEE CALL FOR PAPERS, PG. 2


Call For Papers 2016 ..... 1 Call for Session Chairs .. 2 Research In Progress ... 2 President’s Message ...... 3 Officers and Directors ... 3 Hotel Information......... 4 Future Annual Meetings 4

The Mid-South Educational RESEARCHER Julie A. Holmes Randy Parker Editors

CALL FOR PAPERS (CONTINUED FROM PG.1) of the proposal by September 15, 2016. Therefore, it is important that primary authors are able to access email from July 15, 2016 through September 15, 2016. Submit One completed Proposal Information web page form for Each paper/ display/other session being proposed. Authors must click on the Send Proposals link on the Call for Papers webpage. The web page form requires the Primary Author to submit cover sheet information including the identification of any coauthors and the abstract of the paper/ display/other session. Authors submitting a Training Proposal MUST also submit an

abbreviated vita for each trainer to the Program Chair as an email attachment. If you have any questions about the Call for Papers or the process of submitting your proposal, please email the 2016 Program Chair – Tina Allen

MSERA 2016: Investigating Today to Improve Education Tomorrow

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS GRADUATE STUDENT SESSIONS Research In Progress (RIP) Sessions (an initiative of the Mid-South Educational Research Foundation— MSERF) are designed for Graduate Students to have an opportunity to present research projects at various stages of development. RIP sessions offer students constructive feedback, suggestion for improvement , and ideas for continuation and completion of the projects. These sessions are designed for graduate students participating in on-going research or research nearing completion. The MSERF provides partial funding for graduate students who have applied to and been accepted for presentation in the RIP Sessions , and who are subsequently selected by the Foundation to receive this support. Graduate Students with work inprogress are encouraged to apply for inclusion in an RIP Session. Apply 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, both Professional and Graduate Students, 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 Tina Allen - 2016 Program Chair. Name, mailing address, and email address.

Thank you in advance for helping to ensure a successful program!!

2016 INCOMING PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Outstanding. Quality. Welcoming. Productive. These are only a few words shared with me over the last few years about MSERA, its annual meeting, its members, and its leaders. How wonderful not only to be a member but also to serve in a leadership role of an association given such praise. Thank you—each of you—for making this association what it is and for helping its leaders craft what it can become. My message must begin with a note of thanks. Before assuming this role only a short time ago, I did not realize fully the nuances of the job. I did realize quickly, though, that I had much to learn, and four individuals have taught me well. To Jane Nell Luster, our historian; Gail Hughes, our past president; Shannon Chiasson, our secretary; and Cliff Hofwolt, our executive director, I say, “Thank you!” Thank you for your guidance, your wisdom, and your patience. With those four friends, I must also thank my successor, our president-elect, Franz Reneau. Our constitution, by-laws, and operations manual stipulate that one of the president-elect’s duties is to assist the president in carrying out his or her duties, and Franz has brought his enthusiasm and expertise to that task to help the entire leadership team and me advance our association. I thank you, my friend. MSERA’s year began productively. The Board of Directors held its spring board meeting in Mobile, Alabama, in early March. My goal was for this gathering to serve as a “working” meeting rather than a business meeting, and our elected officers and appointed board members did not disappoint. Among the tasks we accomplished were 1) clarifying state and at-large director duties, 2) crafting standardized messages to ensure communications had “one voice,” 3) refining the Evaluation Committee’s scope to ensure its work yields meaningful results for improving annual meeting and member experiences, and 4) approving the position description of associate executive director. In preparation for the fall board and business meetings, proposed revisions to our governing documents are underway, and those will be made available for your review in time for the annual meeting. Please visit our Website at regularly. Details about the annual meeting will be made available there as they are finalized. To start, mark your calendars for November 2-4, 2016. The Call for Proposals is included in this edition of The Researcher and posted online. Details about registration, lodging, and award nominations are posted online. We welcome you and your colleagues to attend the annual meeting and become involved in MSERA. Please follow and contact me on Twitter at @DustinMHebert or email me at if you need help getting started. Thank you!

Dustin Hebert - 2016 MSERA President

MSERA 2016 Officers and BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Dustin Hebert


Franz Reneau


Shannon Chiasson


Gail Hughes

Executive Director

Cliff Hofwolt


Jane Nell Luster

Alabama Director

Nancy Gaillard Rachelle Miller

Arkansas Director

Florida Director

Franz Reneau

Kentucky Director

Yuejin Xu

Louisiana Director

Susannah Craig

Mississippi Director Rebecca Robichaux-Davis

Tennessee Director

Jwa Kim

At-Large Directors

Abraham Andero Lindsey Diulus Deborah King Deborah McCarthy

Graduate Student Representative

Kasia Gallo




Our 2016 Annual Meeting will be held at the


Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel



Please plan to reserve your room at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza. MSERA can afford to keep our conference fees low when we have members reserve rooms at the conference hotel. More information online at Join us in Mobile for our 45th Annual Meeting !!!

The Mid-South Educational RESEARCHER Published at Louisiana Tech University for the Mid-South Educational Research Association Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership P.O. Box 3161, Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA 71272 Julie A. Holmes Randy Parker Editors

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