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The Mid-South Educational

Vol. 43 No.4


October 2015

Upcoming 2015 Annual Meeting Lafayette, Louisiana November 4-6, 2015

The Doubletree by Hilton - Lafayette is the Official 2015 MSERA Conference Hotel

What's Inside... Your Conference Program will be available at the registration desk at the Annual Meeting. Program Sessions can be viewed online at

President's Message Program Chair's Message Slate of Nominees Lafayette Information MSERA Committees Program Overview Editors' Column

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Upcoming 44th Annual Meeting

President’s Message

2015 Board of Directors President

Gail Hughes University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Vice President/President Elect

Dustin Hebert

Northwestern State University of Louisiana


Shannon Chiasson University of New Orleans


Kathy Campbell Southeastern Louisiana University

Executive Director

Cliff Hofwolt Vanderbilt University


Jane Nell Luster Com-Link, LLC

Alabama Director

Nancy Gaillard University of South Alabama

Arkansas Director

Rachelle Miller University of Central Arkansas

Florida Director

Franz Reneau Florida A&M University

Kentucky Director

Yuejin Xu Murray State University

Louisiana Director

Suzanna Craig Southern University

Mississippi Director

Rebecca Robichaux-Davis Mississippi State University

Tennessee Director

Jwa Kim

Middle Tennessee State University

Graduate Student Representative Justina Ogoto University of Alabama

At-Large Director

Hello and thank you to everyone for your excellent proposal submissions and for encouraging submissions from colleagues. As a result of your great work, we have an outstanding conference filled at capacity with accepted proposals. Because one of the great aspects of MSERA is forming professional friendships, we are planning a new session to allow time for connections and designating time for committee meetings. When you arrive at the conference, you will be asked if you wish to attend the new networking session and, if so, to indicate three areas of research that interest you. We will then match responses and form groups for that session. On Thursday, leading into the Business Meeting, we will also hold committee meetings for many of our standing committees. If you are interested in serving on a committee (or simply finding out more about a committee), please plan to attend the committee meeting. If you wish to serve on multiple committees, simply rotate among the meeting rooms at your discretion. Our Past President, Kathy Campbell, has arranged a very timely panel for our keynote lunch. In light of the monumental cuts in higher education, and the overall privatization movement in K-12 education, the panel will discuss challenges, dilemmas, and solutions. The panel includes Faculty Senate Presidents from six Louisiana Universities: Dr. J. Kirylo, Southeastern Louisiana University; Dr. K. Cope, Louisiana State University; Dr. V. Menon, McNeese State University; Dr. S. Hester, Southern University at Shreveport; Dr. L. Deaton, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; and Dr. B. Salvador, Louisiana State University – Shreveport.

Carol Christian Morehead State University

At-Large Director

Mindy Crain-Dorough Southeastern Louisiana University

At-Large Director

Larry Daniel The Citadel

2015 Publications Editors MSERA Proceedings

Lafayette, “the heart of Cajun country,” is a wonderful place to visit. Come join in on the discussion of solutions to problems in education; tips, tricks, and new ideas from esteemed colleagues; spicy food, and soulful music as we enjoy our 2015 Annual Meeting. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Mindy Crain-Dorough

Southeastern Louisiana University

Research in the Schools

John Slate Anthony Onwuegbuzie

Sam Houston State University

The Researcher

Randy Parker Julie A. Holmes Louisiana Tech University

MSERA Web Page

Dustin Hebert

Northwestern State University of Louisiana


Gail Hughes 2015 MSERA President

Upcoming Annual Meeting Greetings from your 2015 Program Chair What a busy semester this has been! I truly understand the old saying “time flies when you’re having fun!” Serving you as 2015 Program Chair has truly been a pleasure and a joy. I hope each of you is as excited as I am about the upcoming annual meeting of MSERA! I know you will agree that the program has much to offer each of you in terms of both scholarly presentations and professionalsocial opportunities. You will have some tough decisions to make as you determine just which of the 69+ sessions you will attend. Of these sessions, we have 9 symposia, 7 trainings, 40 research paper sessions, 9 Research in Progress sessions and 1 Mentor Session. We will also have our annual traditions upheld with the twelfth IR session, the fourth Schools in 2021 symposium, and the second New and Aspiring Faculty symposium. Additionally, I hope you will consider getting more involved or remaining involved in MSERA by attending one of the concurrent committee meetings which will be held on Thursday, November 5th at 4:00 pm. As the days continue to fly by, please continue to pass along the annual meeting information to your colleagues and graduate students. It is certainly not too late to make travel arrangements to attend this wonderful event. I so look forward to seeing each of you at the annual MSERA meeting, November 4-6, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette. If I can be of any further assistance as you prepare your presentations, please contact me, Dr. Rebecca Robichaux-Davis, at To those of you who have already been in contact with me, thank you for your commitment to making this one of the best MSERA meetings ever. Thanks again to each of you who have assisted me in any way during program development. I appreciate your help more than the simple “thanks” in my email replies can convey. Until I see you in Lafayette in November – Laissez les

bon temps rouler!

Rebecca R. Robichaux-Davis 2015 MSERA Program Chair

2015 MSERA Annual Meeting Highlights

Wednesday, November 4 8:30-4:30

Registration (Portico) 9:00-3:50 Concurrent Sessions 10:00-11:50 Research in Progress (Oaklawn) 12:00-1:30 Luncheon & Keynote (Salon B & C) 2:00-2:50 Mentoring Session (Oaklawn) 3:00-3:50 Displays (Portico) 3:00-3:50 Research in Progress (Oaklawn) 4:00-4:50 IR 12 (Salon A) 5:00-6:30 Graduate Student/New Member Reception (Vermilion)


Thursday, November 5 7:00-8:00

8:00-4:30 8:30-3:50 8:30-3:50 12:00-1:30 3:00-3:50 4:00-4:30 5:00-6:00 6:00-7:30

Graduate Student/New Member Breakfast (Salon A) Registration (Portico) Concurrent Sessions Research in Progress (Oaklawn) Foundation Luncheon (Private Dining Room) Displays (Portico) MSERA Committee Mtgs MSERA Business Meeting (Salon A) MSERA President’s Reception (Vermilion)

Friday, November 6 Past Presidents’ Breakfast (Private Dining Room) 8:30-10:30 Registration (Portico) 9:00-9:50 Outstanding Papers (Oaklawn) 9:00-11:50 Concurrent Sessions 7:30-8:45

Slate of Executive Office Candidates For Terms Beginning 2016 Additional Nominations may be made by any member in good standing from the floor at the Business Meeting on Thursday Evening

For Vice President/President Elect

Franz Reneau Florida A&M University

Franz Reneau is the Interim Director of the Office of University Assessment at Florida A&M University. He joined MSERA in 2010 and has served the association in the capacity of Program Chair, Board Member, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Proposal Reviewer and Session Presider. He is the recipient of the 2011 Herbert M. Handley Dissertation Award and 2012 James E. McLean Distinguished Paper Award. Professionally, he serves as an external evaluator for several grants and periodically teaches graduate courses in Assessment and Research Methods. As Interim Director of Assessment at Florida A&M University, Reneau is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the institution’s assessment processes. He plays a critical role in building the university’s capacity to use best practices in assessment as a tool for sustainable and continuous improvement. He has conducted numerous accreditation self-study reviews and has supported many academic and non-academic programs in their re-accreditation preparation. A native of Belize, Reneau is committed to student success and the use of evidence to drive the decision making process in Education. Reneau’ s research interests span the broad areas of faculty work, faculty administrator relationships and doctoral level teaching preparation.

For At-Large Director (Four to be Elected)

Lindsey Jakiel Diulus Nunez Community College


Lindsey Jakiel Diulus is currently employed in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Nunez Community College in Chalmette, LA. She is also a doctoral student at the University of New Orleans and expects to complete her degree in higher education administration in 2016. Since attending her first MSERA conference in 2011, she has been involved with the organization as Graduate Student Director (2012 – 2013), Graduate Student Co-Advisory (2015), and a Development Committee Member (2015). As the Graduate Student Director, she helped to increase outreach to graduate students and created the MSERA Facebook page. Lindsey has attended MSERA annual meetings in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015; presented research in progress, literature reviews, and training sessions; and has participated in various symposia and fireside chats. Her research interests include college access, underrepresented students, and community colleges. Lindsey is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Greater New Orleans Chapter and has written for Inside Higher Ed’s new educational marketing and communications blog, Call To Action.

Deborah King is currently serving as the department chair for Education Professions at McNeese State University. Her thirteen years of higher education experience include teaching assignments in the areas of diagnostic and remedial reading. The primary focus of these courses is reading remediation with elementary students in the public schools. Research interests include diagnostic reading, brain-based practices in early childhood, and the effectiveness of teacher residencies. Dr. King has previously served as a session chair as well as reviewed proposals for MSERA conferences.

Deborah King McNeese State University

Deborah McCarthy Southeastern Louisiana University

Diana Ward University of New Orleans 4

Deborah began her journey as an educator in 1973. Twenty-five of those years were spent at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans teaching science. Concurrently, she earned an M. Ed. and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Science Education from the University of New Orleans. In 2006, Deborah retired from Sacred Heart, taking a position at Southeastern Louisiana University in the Department of Teaching and Learning while earning tenure and promotion to associate professor. Deborah has served as a faculty senator, chaired committees, collaborated on grants, established partnerships with local public schools and published in 12 journals. Her involvement with MSERA began in 1997 as a co-presenter at the annual meeting in Memphis, TN. Since resuming membership in 2010, she has been a presenter and presider at five annual meetings including the upcoming 2015 meeting in Lafayette, LA. Having the desire to become more involved in the association and with the educators in her region, Deborah is running for at-large representative for the Mid-South Educational Research Association.

Diana Ward is an adjunct professor in the College of Education at the University of New Orleans and an instructional coach for an alternative certification program serving the greater New Orleans area. She has presented at the Southern Regional Council for Educational Administrators and at the University Council for Educational Administration conferences. As a graduate student, she presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association conference. She is back as a professional to present her research on openly gay K-8 teachers. Her other research interests include data driven instructional coaching, community and family practices of charter schools, and the impact of school closure. She has been a proud member of MSERA since 2014.

Welcome to the heart of Cajun country, Lafayette! While MSERA’s annual meeting has been held in Louisiana before now, this is the first time we gather in Lafayette. Staff members at the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission and the DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette, along with our friends at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, have helped us over the last year to prepare for this year’s meeting and ensure that your time in Lafayette is memorable.

On behalf of our management and staff, I would like to welcome you to DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette! We have a common goal at DoubleTree Lafayette and that is to provide each guest with the level of superb service that they expect and desire. As your premier hotel and convention center we focus on excellence. At DoubleTree Lafayette the little things mean everything. Once a guest here, you become a lifelong friend. We look forward to welcoming you back soon and once again sharing our “joie de vivre (joy of life)” with you.

If this is your first trip to Lafayette, have no fear about whether you will find things to do after the meeting’s official close each day. Taxi and Uber services are available to transport you anywhere in town you wish to go. In addition to that, many of your current and, hopefully, new MSERA friends will be travelling by auto, and we are confident that rides can be shared. Visit for more information on our host city and what it has to offer visitors. Those of us who are “locals” (give or take a few miles) will be happy to show you our favorite Lafayette locations like the nightlife attractions downtown ( or the more trendy restaurants and cocktail lounges at River Ranch (, just to name a few.

Your partner in hospitality,

No matter what your interest may be, Lafayette has something for you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Allons à Lafayette!

Dustin Hebert and Michelle Haj-Broussard 2015 Local Arrangements Co-Chairs


Jimmy Thackston General Manager DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette

Fun With Flags! The flag of the ethnic Acadian (Cajun) region was designed in 1965 by Thomas J. Arceneaux. Arceneaux was the dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The three silver fleurs-de-lis on the blue field represent the French heritage of Acadiana. A portion of the flag pays tribute to Spain. The gold castle on a red field is the coat of arms of Castile, one of the kingdoms that merged to become modern Spain. The gold star on the white field symbolizes Our Lady of the Assumption, patron saint of Acadiana (the star also symbolizes the active participation of the Cajuns in the American Revolution as soldiers). Source:

MSERA has a long and storied history of providing a supportive environment for graduate students and new members. All Graduate Students are encouraged to actively participate, make connections, and reach their professional goals through involvement in our 2015 Annual Meeting. Please plan to attend the special opportunities noted below while in Lafayette: * Research In Progress (RIP) Sessions * Keynote Luncheon – Wednesday * Mentoring Session - Wednesday * Training Sessions and Workshops * Graduate Student/New Member Reception – Wednesday

* Graduate Student/New Member Breakfast - Thursday *MSERA Business Meeting - Thursday * President’s Reception - Thursday * MSERA Committee Fair – Thursday * Displays - Wednesday and Thursday

Become involved in the Annual Meeting, and help us continue to refine, expand, and extend the MSERA Experience!!! MSERA Committee Chairpersons and Other Leadership Team Members Budget Review Randy Parker, Louisiana Tech University SRERA Liasion Harry Bowman, Council on Occupational Education Constitution and By-laws Harry Bowman, Council on Occupational Education Development Larry Daniel, The Citadel Michelle Haj-Broussard, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Distinguished Awards Gail Hughes, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Distinguished Papers Dustin Hebert, Northwestern State University of Louisiana Evaluation Rose Jones, University of Southern Mississippi Dianne Richardson, Walden University Carol Christian, Morehead State University Foundation Ava Pugh, University of Louisiana at Monroe Future Site Gahan Bailey, University of South Alabama Kathy Campbell, Southeastern Louisiana University Graduate Student Advisory Suzanne Franco, Wright State University Lindsey Jakiel Diulus, University of New Orleans


Graduate Student Mentors Linda Morse, Mississippi State University Local Arrangements Dustin Hebert, Northwestern State University of Louisiana Michelle Haj-Broussard, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Membership Kenny Anthony, Mississippi State University Bob Rasmussen, Louisiana State University Nominations Kathy Campbell, Southeastern Louisiana University Proceedings Mindy Crain-Dorough, Southeastern Louisiana University Publications and Communications Rob Kennedy, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Research in the Schools Editors Tony Onwuegbuzie, Sam Houston State University John Slate, Sam Houston State University Researcher Editors Julie A. Holmes, Louisiana Tech University Randy Parker, Louisiana Tech University Technology Dustin Hebert, Northwestern State University of Louisiana

MSERA 2015 Overview of Concurrent Sessions Room



Ashland A

WEDNESDAY Nov 4, 2015



Culture Research in Progress: Parental Involvement Research in Progress: Higher Education Science

Symposium: Action Research as an Agent for Change Symposium: Representing Qualitative Research Paradigms Symposium: Conceptual Frameworks – Underpinning Research with Theory

Mentor Session

Symposium: Research Design in the Context of Change


Teacher Education




Issues in Education


Training: Digital Storytelling: A Powerful Took for 21st Century Classrooms

Mathematics Education

Mathematics Education

Science Education

Higher Education

Displays: Portico Foyer – Education Reform

3:00 3:00

Salon A

MSERA Member Luncheon and Keynote Panel – Salon B & C

12:00 2:00

Oak Alley

Registration All Day – Portico Foyer

8:30 9:00

Ashland B

Research in Progress: Effective Schools

Training: Strategies for Post-Doctoral Positions

Teacher Preparation




[IR] : Irrational Reasoning for Improbable Research with Impossible Replicability and Irreproducible Results by Irresponsible Researchers—Ineptly Represented, Inexplicably Rendered, Inappropriately Rehashed and Incomprehensibly Resurrected by Irascible Recreants who Interpolate Randomly with Irreconcilable Reliability – Salon A

Graduate Student/New Member Reception – Vermilion Graduate Student/New Member Breakfast – Salon A Registration All Day – Portico Foyer

5:00 7:00 8:00

THURSDAY Nov 5, 2015



Research in Progress: STEM


Research in Progress: Teacher Education

Symposium: Let’s See How Long You Last: Autoethnography of a Principal’s Experience Symposium: A Clinically Intensive Teacher Preparation Program Symposium: Negotiating Place, Space, and Identity at a PWI, Then and Now



Teacher Development

Parental Involvement

Teacher Preparation

At-Risk Populations





Training: Using the 5E Learning Cycle & Interactive Technology Tools to Empower Educators Training (2 hours): A Meta-Framework for Developing MetaCognitive Awareness During the Writing & Editing Process: Evidenced-Based Strategies

MSERA Foundation Members Luncheon – Salon C

12:00 Research in Progress: Teacher Development Research in Progress: Science Education





Symposium: The Schools in 2021 – A Fourth Forward Forecast


Mathematics Education

Training (2 hours): Seven Steps to a Comprehensive Literature Review: A Multimodal & Cultural Approach

Displays: Portico Foyer – Teacher Education

3:00 3:00

Research in Progress: Literacy

Symposium: Middle & Secondary Science Vocabulary: How Much Is Too Much?

Teacher Development



MSERA Budget Advisory Committee & Development Committee Meetings

MSERA Constitution & Bylaws Committee & Technology Committee Meetings

MSERA Future Site Selection Committee & Membership Committee Meetings

MSERA Graduate Student Advisory Committee & MSERA Mentors Committee Meetings

5:00 6:00


Research in Progress: Issues in Education

Symposium: Smooth Sailing or Rough Waters? Tips & Tales for New and Aspiring Faculty MSERA Program Committee & Evaluation Committee Meetings

MSERA Business Meeting – Salon A MSERA President’s Reception – Vermilion

MSERA Networked Improvement Community Committee Meeting

MSERA 2015 Overview of Concurrent Sessions Room


Ashland A

Ashland B

Oak Alley

Salon A

MSERA Past Presidents’ Breakfast – Doubletree Private Dining Room Registration– Portico Foyer

7:30 8:30

FRIDAY Nov 6, 2015



Outstanding Papers

Training: Item Response Theory (IRT): Theories & Applications

Teacher Preparation


Critical Thinking


At Risk Populations

Training: Ethical Perspectives: The Shadows of Leadership

Common Core State Standards

Educational Leadership



Effective Schools

Symposium: Sites of Struggle: Space, Place, Power, & Identity in Schools

Special Education


All MSERA Sessions, other than the Graduate Student/New Member Breakfast and the President’s Reception, are scheduled for the Main Level – Fourth Floor


2015 Researcher Co-Editors: Julie A. Holmes and Randy Parker

MSERA Researcher Editors' Column Our 2015 Annual Meeting is fast approaching. We hope the information in this issue of The Researcher will provide you with some insight as to what awaits you in Lafayette. A special thanks to President Hughes, the members of the Nominations Committee, the local-arrangement co-chairs Dustin Hebert and Michelle Haj-Broussard, and our 2015 Program Chair - Rebecca RobicheauxDavis for their leadership and service in providing material for this issue. Please take a few moments to read and reflect on President Hughes' comments, become familiar with the nominees, and peruse the 2015 Program Overview on the previous pages. The 2015 Annual Meeting Program: (Researcher Volume 43 No. 5) is now at the printers and printed copies will be distributed to you when you pick up your registration materials in Lafayette. You may also view the program sessions online at As in the past, we continue to express our appreciation to Louisiana Tech University for the continued support provided through the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership and the College of Education in the production of The Researcher in 2015. Please feel free to contact us at any time and to continue to provide suggestions and comments on both content and format to be included in future issues of The Researcher. We look forward to seeing each of you in Lafayette in November!!! Randy Parker-Co-Editor MSERA Researcher Louisiana Tech University 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-Co-Editor MSERA Researcher Louisiana Tech University

MSERA Researcher | October 2015  
MSERA Researcher | October 2015