The Eastern Researcher Newsletter

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In This Issue
  • Message from the President
  • Images from the Annual Conference
  • Message from the President-Elect
  • Call for Nominations for Elected Positions
  • New Board Member Announcement
  • Updated Membership Option
  • Message from the Director of Membership
  • Nominations for Career Achievement/Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Call for Papers-JRE
  • 2014 Annual Conference Follow-Up Survey

Message from the President

We hope that you participated in the many sessions, roundtables, discussions, and networking opportunities that composed the 2014 conference. EERA gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the University of North Florida, Valdosta State University, McGraw Hill Higher Education, Columbus State University, and Provalis Research in making the 2014 conference a success. Many thanks to the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville’ staff for their spectacular work.  We also appreciate the contributions of our Board Members and the graduate student volunteers.

On a personal note, it was a pleasure to interact with EERA attendees—both new attendees and returners. At EERA, one of our core values is in mentoring our graduate students. I encourage you to stay in touch with graduate students and professional members throughout the year. Share your mentoring stories and individual successes with us. We look forward to sharing and celebrating them with you. Who knows…you may be featured in an upcoming newsletter! 
Currently, we are preparing for our summer board meeting and for the 2015 conference. If you are interested in getting more involved in EERA consider running for a position on the Board of Directors in the upcoming election. Positions will run from February 2015 through 2017. Alternatively you can help/shadow an existing Board member to learn more. We are also looking for nominations for our Lifetime Achievement Award and for a JRE Editor who can begin this Fall (2014). More information can be found within this newsletter. We hope you enjoy the conference highlights featured!
Best regards,
Michele Parker
Images from the 2014 Annual Conference
To see more images, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Message from the President-Elect

Mike Miller, President-Elect, greets Dave Shannon and Abbott Packard at conference registration.
We had a fantastic time in Jacksonville at this year’s conference, including one sunny, 80-degree day that was perfect Florida weather!  We also had two great keynote speakers on critical issues facing our collective roles in education, and a great turnout of faculty, administrators, and students.  I especially want to thank everyone who participated in the conference, including session chairs, graduate students who volunteered at the front desk, and some all-around impressive work by my fellow EERA Board members!

As we finish out the spring semester, it is time to begin thinking about the 2015 conference in Sarasota, and while none of us are excited to think about next winter, it is fun to think about our return to the beach, visiting the Ringling museum of art, and strolling over the causeway to St. Armands Circle. The call for proposals will be announced in September with a closing date at the end of October. What a great time to think about panels, symposia, and round table discussions in addition to the many excellent research papers that are presented!

We also have the very important task of assembling a new slate of Board members for our upcoming election this fall. We are happy to take nominations and Michele and I are happy to have discussions with anyone who might be interested.  We are looking for nominees for the following positions:  Secretary, Vice President for Conference Planning, Director of Communications, Director of Divisions and SIGS, Director of Membership, Director of Student Services, and Director of Awards and Sponsorships.

This is your Association, and it is only as strong as we make it together, so please take this opportunity to get involved!

Mike Miller

Call for Nominations for Elected Positions

The EERA Board of Directors is now accepting applications and nominations for several positions on the Board.  The election for the positions will take place in the middle of the Fall semester, and terms will be for two years, beginning with the 2015 conference in Sarasota.

You can nominate yourself or someone else by emailing either Michele Parker ( or Michael Miller ( The deadline for nominations is September 2, 2014.

President-Elect:  The President-Elect will automatically succeed the President after the completion of a two-year term.  The President-Elect also has the responsibility for assembling the annual conference program.  In the absence of the President, the President-Elect shall assume the duties of the President.

Vice President for Conference Planning:  The Vice President for Conference Planning is responsible for planning and managing the Annual Conference and making recommendations about future conference locations.  The VPCP will coordinate and supervise the conference activities.

Secretary:  The Secretary shall issue notices of Association, Board, and business meetings and keep appropriate meeting minutes.

Director of Communications:  The Director of Communications will be responsible for monitoring all communications external to EERA, including the organization’s web page and newsletter.

Director of Divisions:  The Director of Divisions will be responsible for managing all Divisions and coordinating these activities at the Annual Conference, as well as at any special meetings.  The Director is also responsible for making recommendations regarding the addition or deletion of Divisions or SIGS.

Director of Membership:  The Director of Membership will be responsible for developing membership programs and developing plans for increasing, involving, and retaining EERA members.

Director of Student Services:  The Director of Student Services will be responsible for designing, implementing, and coordinating conference sessions and EERA activities that enhance the membership and professional development of students.

Editor, Journal of Research in Education:  This four-year term is to provide oversight, direction, management, and production of the EERA journal, the Journal of Research in Education.  The editor has responsibility for disseminating submitted manuscripts, working with consulting editors to make final decisions on which manuscripts to include in the journal, and editing manuscripts to comply with the journal's publication standards.  The editor makes appointments for supporting editorial staff, such as assistant, associate, or managing editors.  The editor serves as a member of the board, and hosts an annual JRE Editorial Board meeting at the Annual Conference.  

EERA Welcomes New Board Member

George Watson, Professor and Program Director for the Educational Foundations and Technology Program in the College of Education and Professional Development at Marshall University, has been appointed to serve as Treasurer of the EERA Board of Directors. George will begin serving in this position immediately.

“I have an undergraduate degree in Business Management and worked in the private sector for a year before returning to school to pursue a Master’s in Teaching.  As a faculty member I have worked as a program director, chair of the Marshall University School of Education, NCATE coordinator, and Interim Director of Clinical Experiences, so I am very familiar with both working with budgets and completing annual reports.  I have been a professor at Marshall since 2001 and attended my first EERA conference in 1998.  My doctorate is in instructional technology.”

Please join us in welcoming George to this position!
New Membership Option

Becoming a member of EERA is now possible year round, rather than just during conference registration. Anyone interested in becoming a member should submit payment to George Watson, Treasurer of the EERA Board of Directors. Members receive email updates and the newsletter throughout the year, as well as the right to participate in elections. Please see below for more information about membership in EERA, and click here for information about dues.
A Note From the Director of Membership:

As the current EERA Director of Membership, I wanted to remind you of the membership benefits so you can refer to them as you show your support of EERA by asking a colleague or a graduate student to also become a member. 

•  EERA is a non-profit professional organization founded to promote quality educational research with a mission of “Enlightening Education Through Research”.
•  Historically, EERA has been affiliated with the American Educational Research Association as a member of AERA Special Interest Group of regional research organizations.
•  Members meet at an annual conference as an opportunity to participate in a forum to listen to and to present the results of original results of members’ research through their self-declared interest areas from the sixteen divisions and twenty-one special interest groups.
•  Graduate students and new college/university faculty are especially encouraged to participate in the EERA annual conference for their initial paper presentation where a challenging and friendly conference atmosphere exists.
•  The annual conference provides a professional opportunity for networking and collegial relationship-building centered on shared research interests.
•  Organization awards are presented in a formal recognition for the outstanding best papers for both students and faculty members.
•  All members receive a digital copy of each issue of The Eastern Researcher newsletter and Journal of Research in Education (JRE).
•  The Journal of Research in Education (JRE) is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for sharing scholarship among researchers and practitioners in education.
•  Various opportunities are available for all members to become involved in  leadership roles as a volunteer from serving as a session chair to a board member (elected by the membership or appointed by the EERA president).
•  Inexpensive membership dues are maintained at a yearly rate of $50.00 for a Professional Membership and $30.00 for a Student Membership again for 2015 (duration from annual conference to annual conference).
Therefore, I would like to encourage each one of you to speak with a colleague or a graduate student in your or another department and share the benefits of becoming a new member of our special regional research organization.The annual conference will be a fantastic opportunity for them to share and discuss the research methodology and results of their original educational research. By taking this action, you will make a significant contribution to your own profession and your colleague’s own professional development.

Thank you and I hope to see you in Sarasota, FL in February 2015,
EERA Director of Membership
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Call for Nominations for the Career Achievement/Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are now being accepted from the EERA members for recipients for the Career/Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award is presented annually to an individual who has either (a) demonstrated an outstanding commitment to EERA over time, or (b) an EERA member who has had a distinguished career in education.  Nominations should include a letter of nomination, the nominee's contact information, and support documents that might include:  nominee's curriculum vitae, letters from colleagues or former or current students, and other documents such as reviews of work, citations, etc.  The award determination is made by the EERA Board of Directors, and nomination materials are due to Jessica Bucholz (, Director of Awards and Scholarships, by June 10, 2014.

2014 Post-Conference Survey Results


Jennifer L. Brown, Vice-President of Conference Planning, with Roger Briscoe and Dennis King
At the conclusion of this year’s conference, a post-conference survey was distributed via email to all current EERA members on February 24, 2014.  A total of 69 members completed the survey.  The respondents included 8 (12%) student members and 61 (88%) professional members.  Of those respondents, 97% attended the 2014 Annual Conference in Jacksonville, and 85% of the respondents plan to attend the 2015 Annual Conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, Florida.

When asked about the services provided by the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, the respondents indicated that the front desk staff, food, housekeeping, and conference facilities were satisfactory.  Using a four-point Likert type scale with 1 representing Very Dissatisfied and 4 representing Very Satisfied, the front desk staff received a mean rating of 3.69 with a standard deviation of 0.56.  The food earned a mean rating of 3.43 with a standard deviation of 0.76. Housekeeping was given a mean rating of 3.64 with a standard deviation of 0.59, and conference facilities were given a mean rating of 3.44 with a standard deviation of 0.73.  These ratings were higher with less variance compared the 2013 post-conference results.  Some reasons listed for dissatisfaction were the size of the hotel and the “plain” food at the hotel.
In terms of conference organization, slightly more than 63% of the respondents indicated that the paper sessions as the most valuable aspect of this year’s conference, and 17% of the respondents indicated the symposia sessions as the second most valuable aspect.  Regarding the format of the conference program, 81% indicated they utilized the hard copy received at the registration desk, 63% of the respondents indicated they utilized the downloadable PDF program from the EERA website, and 21% indicated they utilized the mobile device app.  When asked about pre-conference workshops, 34% of the respondents indicated they would be interested, and the primary topics included research methods and grant writing.  When asked about EERA-hosted webinars during the academic year, 43% of the respondents indicated they would be interested, and the suggested topics included data analysis, conference presentation follow-ups, recent trends in research methods, and publishing.  Some comments and suggestions were given about the conference program layout, communication about conference details, and increased involvement of Divisions and SIGs.  At the next summer board meeting, the Board will review those comments and suggestions along with the quantitative survey data as they plan for the 2015 conference.

Mark your Calendars!
2015 Annual Conference

February 25-28, 2015
 Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

The 2015 EERA Annual Conference will be held February 25-28 in Sarasota, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Please watch your email and the EERA website for the call for proposals. The call for proposals opens on September 4 and closes November 12, 2014.
More Images from the  
2014 Annual Conference

EERA Board of Directors

Michele Parker
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: 910-962-2292
  President Elect/Program Chair
Mike Miller
University of Arkansas
320 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479-571-0950
Carol Watson
Kutztown University
108 Beekey Education Center
Kutztown, PA 19530
Phone: 610-683-4274
George Watson
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
College of Education and Professional Development
Huntington, WV 25755
Phone: 304-743-9287
Vice President for Conference Planning
Jennifer Brown
Columbus State University
350 Jordan Hall
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907-5645
Phone: 706-569-3118
  Director of Communications
Kenda Grover
University of Arkansas
103 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479-575-2675
Director of Divisions - SIGs
Willie Williams
Concord University
Box 45 PO Box 1000 Vermillion St.
Athens, WV 24712
Phone: 304-384-6222
  Director of Hospitality
Roger Briscoe
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
246 Stouffer Hall
Indiana, PA 15705
Phone: 724-357-3789
Director of Membership
Dennis King
University of Maine
327 Shibles Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-2439
  Director of Awards and Sponsorships
Jessica Bucholz
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118
Phone: 678-839-6161
Director of Student Services
Angela Herring
Coweta County School System
229 Cauthen Circle
Roanoke, AL 36274
Phone: 334-863-0085
  JRE Editor (Interim)
Mike Miller
University of Arkansas
320 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479-571-0950
Immediate Past President
Andrew Shim
University of South Dakota
132 Patterson Hall
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-677-5336
Future Conference Dates & Locations
2015:  Sarasota, Florida  2/25-2/28
2016:  Hilton Head, South Carolina  2/17-2/20
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The purpose of the Eastern Educational Research Association is to encourage the growth and practice of educational research. Promoting quality educational research and providing a forum for its dissemination enhance this purpose.
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