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The Mid-South Educational Research Association

The

June 2015 Volume 43, Issue 2

Researcher

2015 ANNUAL MEETING November 4-6 Lafayette, Louisiana

Submission and Annual Meeting Information at www.msera.org INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Program Chair’s Message

LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA

2015 ANNUAL MEETING

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Submission Information

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President’s Message

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Officers and Directors

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2014 Award Recipients

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2014 Meeting Highlights

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2015 Conference Hotel

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Call for Nominations

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Editors’ Column

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE JULY 15, 2015

The Mid-South

MSERA 2015: Investigating Today to Improve Education Tomorrow

RESEARCHER

Educational

Julie A. Holmes Randy Parker Editors


Greetings from the 2015 MSERA Program Chair!

SUBMIT PROPOSALS ONLINE AT WWW.MSERA.ORG

Discussion

Sessions Display

Sessions 

Symposia

Training Sessions Research In

Progress (RIP) SUBMISSION DEADLINE WEDNESDAY

I hope each of you is enjoying a wonderful summer! What better time to get your 2015 MSERA proposal submitted! The July 15, 2015 deadline for submitting your proposals for the 2015 MSERA meeting in Lafayette, Louisiana is quickly approaching, but there is still time to get those proposals submitted. This year’s program is already shaping up into a one-of-akind event with a wide variety of topics and themes that are all unequivocally important and timely in the field of education. You won’t want to miss being a part of it! Please pass along this annual meeting information to your colleagues and graduate students. The annual MSERA meeting will be November 4-6, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette. 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 Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at http://www.msera.org/ annual-meeting-cfp.html. 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 at http://www.msera.org/awardspapers.html. 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,

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2015. Therefore, it is important that primary authors are able to access email from July 15, 2015 through September 15, 2015. Submit one completed Proposal Information web page form for each paper/ display/other session being proposed. The web page form requires authors to submit cover sheet information and the abstract of the paper/display/other session. Authors submitting a training proposal must send an abbreviated vita for each trainer to the Program Chair as an email attachment. If you have questions about submitting your proposals, please contact me, Dr. Rebecca Robichaux -Davis, at rrr102@msstate.edu. Many of you have already contacted me, and I thank you for your interest and excitement with regards to attending and presenting at the 2015 MSERA Meeting. Thanks, also, to all of you who have already submitted your proposals. I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to be able to put together such a fine program based on the submissions that I’ve already seen! Looking forward to seeing you in Lafayette in November! Laissez les bon temps rouler! Rebecca R. Robichaux-Davis 2015 MSERA Program Chair


2015 INCOMING PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Hello! I hope you are having a wonderful summer and planning to submit proposals for our upcoming conference. Lafayette is a wonderful place to visit and, at our spring Board Meeting, we considered it part of our sworn duty to sample the local food and culture. The hotel has great meeting space, hospitality, and delicious food. Our hosts (formally known as the local arrangements committee) Dustin Herbert and Michelle Haj-Broussard are making wonderful plans for your enjoyment. Meanwhile, Rebecca Robichaux is planning for your professional development as she arranges our 2015 Meeting Program. Because one of the great aspects of MSERA is forming professional friendships, we are planning two new sessions to allow time for connections. The first session will be networking round tables. When you arrive at the conference, you will be asked if you wish to attend the 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. Leading into the Business Meeting, we will also hold committee meetings. If you are interested in serving on a committee or simply finding out more about a committee, please plan to attend the committee meeting during this time. 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. When you make your hotel reservations, even if you are using hotel points instead of the great MSERA rate, be sure to tell them that you are with our organization to ensure that we get the low rates on meeting rooms. I look forward to seeing you in November.

MSERA 2015 OFFICERS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Gail Hughes

President-Elect

Dustin Hebert

Secretary

Shannon Chiasson

Past-President

Kathy Campbell Cliff Hofwolt

Executive Director Historian

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 At-Large Director

Jwa Kim Mindy Crain-Dorough

At-Large Director

Carol Christian

At-Large Director

Larry Daniel

Gail Hughes MSERA President

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2014 MSERA AWARD RECIPIENTS

Tony Onwuegbuzie 2014 James McLean Outstanding Research Paper Award Recipient

Randy Parker 2014 Harry Bowman Service Award Recipient

Jane Nell Luster 2014 Walter Mathews Historical Contribution Award Recipient

2014 Research In Progress (RIP) Graduate Student Award Recipients

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MSERA 2014—KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE HIGHLIGHTS

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Past Presidents at the 2014 Past Presidents’ Breakfast 2014 Annual Meeting—Knoxville, Tennessee

2015 Annual Meeting Hotel Information Our 2015 Annual meeting will be held at the

Doubletree by Hilton Lafayette (Formerly the Hilton-Lafayette) This completely remodeled property is Acadiana’s premier conference venue and will provide you with an exceptional conference experience. Please plan to reserve your room at the Doubletree. MSERA can afford to keep our conference fees low when we have members reserve rooms at the conference hotel. Plan to join us in Lafayette for our 44th Annual Meeting !!!

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Allons à Lafayette, mes amis!!


Call for Nominations 2016 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

4 At-Large Directors

Graduate Student Representative

The Vice President/President Elect serves as Vice President for 2016 and as President for 2017. At-Large Directors serve on the MSERA Board for two years (2016 and 2017). 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 15, 2015 to: Kathy Campbell, MSERA Nominations Committee Chair ktcampbell@selu.edu

2015 Call for Outstanding Awards MSERA members are encouraged to apply for the James E. McLean Outstanding Research 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, Dustin Hebert (dustin.hebert@gmail.com) by July 15, 2015. 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 2014. The Outstanding Paper Award recipient receives a plaque and $500 travel stipend upon presentation of the paper at the next AERA meeting (2016). The Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis Award recipient receives a plaque and $250. 7


FUTURE CONFERENCE DATES

Editors’ Colum We hope that each of you are having a safe and

NOVEMEBER 2016

productive summer and that the material in this edition of

RENAISSANCE RIVERVIEW PLAZA

the Researcher provides you with the information you

MOBILE, ALABAMA

need to complete and submit your proposal for our 44th Annual Meeting this November in Lafayette. Please share

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this information with your colleagues and help insure a successful and meaningful Annual Meeting. We are also grateful for the continued 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

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2015. We welcome suggestions and comments from the

OR KATHY CAMPBELL

membership on both content and format as we move for-

KATHY.CAMPBELL@SELU.EDU

ward with future issues of the Researcher – please feel free to contact us at anytime.

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

Photo Credits: Hilton Hotels Lafayette CVB Louisiana Tech University Randy Parker

Julie A Holmes

Randy Parker

jholmes@latech.edu

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