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The Mid-South Educational Research Association


September 2016 Volume 44, No. 2


Upcoming 2016 Annual Meeting President's Message Greetings MSERA members and friends! I hope this message finds each of you well and that the new academic year is off to a productive start. Our board members and other volunteers spent the summer preparing for our Annual Meeting in Mobile, AL, November 2-4. Program proposals were accepted and reviewed. Decisions were made, and our program chair is compiling the program probably as I compose this message. Registration is underway, and our local arrangements team from the University of South Alabama is working to ensure that each detail for the Annual Meeting facilities is being addressed. In short, many individuals are committing their time and talents toward providing an engaging experience for Annual Meeting attendees, and I thank each of you for your contributions. While we are preoccupied with the lengthy “to do” list and are looking forward to the Annual Meeting, we cannot help but pause and think back to July 6. This was the day we received word that our friend and executive director, Cliff Hofwolt, had passed away the prior evening at his home in Nashville, TN. A few days after Cliff’s passing, I travelled to Nashville to represent MSERA at his memorial service. I met his wife, Mary, that day for the first time and thanked Continued on Page 2


President's Message .....1 - 2 Mobile Information..........2 Program Chair's Message ...........................3 Officers and Directors ......3 Hotel Information........... 4 Future Meeting Sites....... 4 The Mid-South Educational RESEARCHER Julie A. Holmes Randy Parker Editors

her for sharing Cliff with us for so many years. A remark she made that day resonates with me now, and that is that Cliff loved MSERA. Those of us who knew him best will likely agree. Cliff devoted much of his time and many of his talents to our association for many years, and we will miss him. Walt Mathews, MSERA’s founder, stated poignantly, “There will be an empty chair at registration.” Indeed, there will be an empty chair in Mobile. In fact, our friend’s absence will be noticed in more ways than one, and we will honor his service in more ways than one at this year's Annual Meeting. I hope you will join us in Mobile, and I hope you will bring a friend with you! Please visit us online at for all Annual Meeting details and contact any board member if you have questions or need assistance. Dustin Hebert - 2016 MSERA President

MSERA 2016: Investigating Today to Improve Education Tomorrow

In Memorium

We will be honoring Cliff Hofwolt at the Annual Meeting and in the program edition of The Researcher. If you have a favorite memory or story of Cliff which you would like to share with the membership - please email Randy Parker ( or Julie Holmes (


Welcome from our Mobile Local Arrangement Co-Chairs As local chairpersons of the 2016 MSERA Conference, we want to both encourage and welcome you to the beautiful and historic city of Mobile, Alabama, November 2-4. The conference is at the Riverview Renaissance Hotel, located in downtown Mobile on the Mobile River. In addition to your conference offerings (which will be enough to entice you to come), the hotel is within walking distance to all kinds of cozy and interesting restaurants that feature local and ethnic cuisines, places to listen to music with both local and national artists, historic buildings and churches, and plenty of other sites that are close enough to experience the local culture. We hope you will bring your family as well as encourage your colleagues and their families to join us for the outstanding opportunity to learn from and about each other, and our wonderful city. See you in Mobile in November! Gahan Bailey Univerity of South Alabama

Nancy Gaillard University of South Alabama

2016 Program Chair Message The program for the 2016 MSERA Annual Meeting is being completed as you read this. Thanks to all for submitting such great proposals. We received a little over 200 submissions for paper sessions, displays, training sessions, and symposia. Accepted presentations include a variety of topics such as teacher education, research, higher education, STEM, arts, administration, and technology just to name a few. In addition, we have a large number of graduate students presenting their Research-in-Progress papers. Email notifications of the review results have been sent to the submitting authors. If you have not seen this email, please check your spam folder. And don’t forget, those accepted must register for the conference in order to present. A big thank you goes to all the proposal reviewers whose input is the major factor in the selection of quality presentations. Thanks also to those who have already volunteered to serve as session chairs at the annual meeting. Session chairs fulfill an important role during the meeting by facilitating productive sessions and contributing to the program flowing smoothly. If you have not yet volunteered but would like to, please email me at Those who have been a part of MSERA for a while know that our conference has a reputation for being not only a valuable intellectual experience, but also an opportunity for professional camaraderie. Our members are extremely collegial and welcoming. Mark your calendar and plan to join us in Mobile the first week of November. I look forward to seeing you there!

MSERA 2016 Officers and BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Dustin Hebert


Franz Reneau


Shannon Chiasson


Gail Hughes


Jane Nell Luster

Alabama Director

Nancy Gaillard

Arkansas Director

Rachelle Miller

Florida Director

Franz Reneau

Kentucky Director

Yuejin Xu

Louisiana Director

Susannah Craig

Mississippi Director Rebecca Robichaux-Davis

Tennessee Director At-Large Directors

Jwa Kim Abraham Andero Lindsey Diulus Deborah

Tina Allen 2016 MSERA Program Chair

King Deborah McCarthy Graduate Student

Kasia Gallo





2016 Annual Meeting 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

Reservation Deadline: October 5, 2016 Join us in Mobile for our 45th Annual Meeting !!!

The Mid-South Educational RESEARCHER Published at Louisiana Tech University Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership for the Mid-South Educational Research Association

P.O. Box 3161 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA 71272

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