The Eastern Researcher Newsletter

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In This Issue
  • Message from the President
  • Images from the 2016 Annual Conference
  • Message from the Vice-President for Conference Planning
  • Three-Minute Thesis Competition-2015 Annual Conference
  • Call for Reviewers-JRE
  • New Membership Option

Message from the President

Welcome to the spring!  Here at the University of Arkansas, we are just a few short weeks away from commencement and the beginning of summer, and with that comes some well-deserved time off.  Some of those people getting a break will be your excellent EERA Board of Directors who worked so hard to make the 2015 Annual Conference a huge success.  With about 300 attendees, even the cooler temperatures did not dampen the mood of the conference.  We even had one of our conference participants blog about the outstanding keynote by New College Provost Stephen Miles.

And as summer quickly approaches, your Board is gearing up for our next annual meeting to be held on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.  My first EERA conference was in Hilton Head in 1992 and I always enjoy going back.  Our Program Chair this year is EERA President Elect Shawn Fitzgerald who is currently the Dean of the School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies at Widener University.  Shawn will be very ably assisted by Southern Connecticut’s Beena Achhpal who is the Director of Student Services and Director of Conference Special Programs Sharon Valente, a long time EERA member and supporter who is now our western most member, working at Marymount California University.  And of course we are thrilled that Jennifer Brown from Columbus State is reprising her role for the next two years as the Vice President of Conference Planning.  Every time you have a cup of coffee or get a drink ticket at the conference, it is because of Jennifer’s hard work.

As an Association, we are all interested in trying new programs and ideas, and even setting up special events during the course of the year.  We cannot try new ideas, though, unless we get them from you – those of you who make the Association such as success and welcoming body.  Please feel free to suggest new ideas, directions, and activities!

Enjoy this beautiful spring weather, take some time to tell us on the EERA Board your ideas, and take advantage of this opportunity to recharge your batteries before the new year begins!
Best wishes,

Michael Miller
Images from the 2015 EERA Conference

Message from the Vice-President for Conference Planning

Summary of the Post-Conference Survey Results
Jennifer L. Brown

At the conclusion of this year’s conference, a post-conference survey was distributed via email to all current EERA members on March 2, 2015. A total of 112 members completed the survey.  The respondents included 39 (35%) student members and 73 (65%) professional members. Of those respondents, 82% of the respondents plan to attend the 2016 Annual Conference, which will be held in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

When asked about the services provided by the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, 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 3.59 with a standard deviation of 0.73  The food earned a mean rating of 3.36 with a standard deviation of 0.87. Housekeeping was given a mean rating of 3.58 with a standard deviation of 0.71, and conference facilities were given a mean rating of 3.61 with a standard deviation of 0.66.  These ratings were similar to the results from the 2014 conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

In terms of conference organization, 64% of the respondents indicated that the paper sessions as the most valuable aspect of this year’s conference, and 20% of the respondents indicated the roundtable sessions as the second most valuable aspect.  Some comments and suggestions were given about the conference program including contact information of presenters, communication about reception menus prior to the event, and lack of interest with symposia sessions.  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 2016 conference.
More Images from the 2015 EERA Conference
Three-Minute Thesis Competition

All of the presentations at the First Annual Three-minute Thesis Competition at the 2015 EERA Conference were thoughtfully planned, informative, and professionally presented. Ann Marie Smith from Dowling College and Héctor Ramírez Pérez from Universidad Panamericana shared the first place honors. Christina Alexander from St. Petersburg College was selected as the People’s Choice Award Winner. 
Congratulations to Our Winners!
Journal of Research in Education
Call for Reviewers

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. The Journal encourages the submission of research articles, theoretical articles, practice reports, and book reviews. JRE accepts manuscripts for review and possible publication in all areas of education from faculty, graduate students, and professionals working in the field.

JRE is seeking manuscript reviewers. Faculty, practitioners, and doctoral graduate students are invited to review.

Reviews are assigned manuscripts based on methodological and/or content interest and expertise.

Reviewers are provided with four weeks to submit their reviews.

If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for JRE, please contact the co-editors at

Dr. Barbara Kawulich & Dr. Mary Alice Varga
Co-Editors, JRE
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.

Mark your Calendars!
2016 Annual Conference

February 17-20, 2016
Westin Resort Hilton Head
Hilton Head, SC

The 2016 EERA Annual Conference will be held February 17-20, 2016 in Hilton Head, SC at the Westin Resort Hilton Hotel. Please watch your email and the EERA website for the call for proposals. 

EERA Board of Directors

Mike Miller
Senior Associate Dean and Professor
College of Education and Health Professions
320 Graduate Education Building
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479-575-3582
  President Elect/Program Chair
Shawn Fitzgerald
Dean and Professor
College of Education
Hyatt Hall
Widener University
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013
Phone: 610-499-4297
Xiaofeng (Steven) Liu
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Studies
Wardlaw 144
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
Phone: 803-777-6084

George Watson
Program Director, Instructional Technology and Design
College of Education and Professional Development
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Phone: 304-743-9284
Vice President for Conference Planning
Jennifer Brown
Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations
350 Jordan Hall
Columbus State University
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907-5645
Phone: 706-569-3118
  Director of Communications
Kenda Grover
Assistant Professor, Adult and Lifelong Learning
University of Arkansas
104 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479-575-2675
Director of Divisions - SIGs
William (Willy) Williams
Associate Professor of Education
Concord University
Box 45 PO Box 1000 Vermillion St.
Athens, WV 24712
Phone: 304-384-6222

  Director of Hospitality (appointed 2015-2017)
Roger Briscoe
Associate Professor
Department of Educational and School Psychology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
252 Stouffer Hall
Indiana, PA 15705
Phone: 724-357-3789
Director of Membership
Carol Watson
Assistant Professor of Education
Kutztown University
108 Beekey Education Center
Kutztown, PA 19530
Phone:  610-683-4274
  Director of Awards and Sponsorships
Jessica Bucholz
Associate Professor of Special Education
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118
Phone: 678-839-6161
Director of Student Services
Beena Achhpal
Professor, Early Childhood/Child Development
Southern Connecticut University
115(C), Davis Hall
School of Education
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515
Phone: 203-392-6706

  Director of Conference Special Programs (appointed 2015-2017)
Sharon Valente
Associate Provost for Educational Effectiveness and Professor
Marymount California University
30800 Palos Verdes Drive, East
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Phone: 310-303-7251

Immediate Past President
Michele Parker
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Leadership
EB 336
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: 910-962-2292

  JRE Editors (appointed, 2015-2017)
Barbara Kawulich
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Technology and Foundations
University of West Georgia
Education Annex 250
Carrollton, GA 30118
Phone: 678-839-6153

Mary Alice Varga
Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Technology and Foundations
University of West Georgia
Education Annex 143
Carrollton, GA 30118
Phone: 678-839-6092
Future Conference Dates & Locations
2016:  Hilton Head, South Carolina  2/17-2/20   Westin Resort Hilton Head
2017:  Richmond, Virginia  2/22-2/25   Omni Richmond Hotel
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