The Eastern Researcher Newsletter

Welcome to the EERA Fall Newsletter.  Please view this newsletter in a web browser.
In This Issue
  • Message from the President
  • Message from the President-Elect
  • Message from the Vice-President for Conference Planning
  • Call for Proposals
  • Grant Writing Seminar
  • Award Winners
  • Call for Papers-JRE
  • New Membership Option

Message from the President

Hello Everyone,

I hope you enjoyed summer, whether you worked, played, or did both! My adventures took me kayaking, paddleboarding, and white water rafting from coast to coast. These adventures were refreshing. Equally refreshing is the new academic year. As I set goals for myself, I think of venturing beyond personal and professional comfort zones and taking on new learning opportunities. I am in awe of all the possibilities, especially when inspired by great colleagues like you across the country.

As the fall semester unfolds and we (or just I) think of pumpkin spice coffee and pumpkin desserts, I encourage you to be involved or enhance your involvement with the EERA and the many opportunities it affords.  For instance encourage someone to become a member, renew your membership—any time of year, run for an office on the Board of Directors, submit a conference proposal…or two or three, and attend the annual conference. EERA’s annual conference facilitates sharing our discoveries and wisdom and allows us to create rich and rewarding networks as we reunite with colleagues and make new connections—leading to powerful moments, collaborations, and growth.   

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we enthusiastically invite you to participate in EERA this academic year!

Best wishes,

Michele A. Parker

Message from the President-Elect

Sarasota in the Spring!

With the end of the summer in sight, my guess is that most of you, like me, are ready for a break from the heat!  By February, though, I’m sure many of you will be ready warm up, and there are few places nicer to do that in than Sunny Sarasota!  This year’s conference is sure to be a lot of fun as we return to the ocean-front in February – what could be nicer?
The conference will again begin on Thursday morning with an Opening Speaker, and sessions will run until the President’s Welcome Reception on Thursday night, and then all day on Friday.  On Saturday morning we will have the EERA Board of Directors meeting, and if necessary, we will also hold several concurrent sessions concluding no later than 10 AM. We are also hosting a Graduate Student Luncheon on Thursday at noon, and the Friday evening reception around the Hyatt’s swimming pool is always a lot of fun.  We are currently in final negotiations with our keynote speakers, and we will announce those in October or November.
Sarasota is also a fun place to explore with just an easy walk from the conference hotel (Hyatt Regency Sarasota).  The last time we were there, we had a group that ran every morning over the Ringling Causeway to St. Armands Circle for breakfast, and there was one group that claimed Caragiulo’s was the best Italian restaurant they had ever eaten in.  The Ringling Museum of art is also incredible if you can stay in Sarasota even for half of a day on Saturday.  And, there was even a daring group of conference attendees, yes, real educational researchers, that took in the 25-cent hot dogs at the dog racing track on Friday night.  We are all sure to have an educational and fun time at this year’s meeting!
Please contact me ( if you would like to serve as a Session Chair at this year’s conference!
As President-Elect, I have also been filling in as the Interim Editor of the Journal of Research in Education.  We have just posted the spring 2014 issue, and although we were not planning on a fall issue, we had so many submissions and acceptances, we will post an abbreviated issue in probably October.  The Journal is a great way to get involved as a reviewer, and in January you can contact our new editors, Drs. Barbara Kawulich and Mary Alice Varga, to get signed up!
With your support, EERA is doing well and we are excited to engage as many of you as possible.  Our ballot for new officers will be going out in November, and your first line of participation will be to VOTE.
I look forward to seeing all of you in Florida in February!

Mike Miller

Message from the Vice-President for Conference Planning

Heading Back to Sarasota!!
The 2015 EERA Annual Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Sarasota, Florida from February 25 until February 28, 2015. It is recommended that you register early in order to ensure the EERA discounted rate of $179 plus tax for single and double occupancy.  The deadline to reserve your room within the group’s block is Monday, January 19, 2015.  Do not wait!!  When we were in Sarasota for the 2013 Conference, just about every hotel was full.
Each spacious guest room includes typical hotel furnishings and has a view of the inlet. The resort amenities include shuttles to the airport and beach as well as a pool and fitness center. In addition, there is shopping and dining within a short walking or driving distance.
I look forward to seeing you in sunny Sarasota.

Jennifer Brown
Call for Proposals

Educational researchers may submit for consideration original proposals that have not been published or presented at another professional meeting. Proposals will be submitted through the online registration to be considered. If the proposal is accepted, the lead author must join EERA, all presenters must pay the conference fees, and present at the conference. Paper and Symposia formats require that the presenter prepare a paper for distribution at the conference.

Original proposed research presentations are to be based on completed work, or work to be completed before the annual conference. Proposals for the upcoming 2014 meeting will be accepted for consideration beginning September 4, 2014 and will be due by November 12, 2014. The program will consist of papers and other formats for educational research presentations that have been accepted by the review committee. All submissions will be reviewed by at least two scholars or practitioners in the field of education.

Submitting a Proposal

A proposal may be submitted only once. An individual may participate in a maximum of three sessions, excluding invited addresses, business meetings, and award activities. EERA will provide overhead projectors for proposals accepted as Symposia and Paper presentations; other audio-visual or equipment needs must be arranged by the participant.

Submitted proposals should be 2000 words or less and should summarize the major objectives or focus, the theoretical perspective, research methods or techniques, data sources, results, conclusions, and educational or scientific significance of the work. Electronic copies of the proposal must be submitted using key words for review. Each submission should include the title of the proposal and author's name, institutional affiliation, mailing address as you want it to appear in the program and on the Web version of the program (including zip code). Please include a phone number (including area code) and e-mail address.

Session Formats

Description: Research paper proposals are structured synopses or completed data-based studies that utilize any variety of quantitative or qualitative methodological approaches. Theoretical papers are acceptable. Papers not meeting these criteria (e.g. literature reviews) should be submitted under another format. The proposed paper should be appropriate for submission to a refereed journal.
Evaluation Criteria: Paper proposals will be evaluated according to: (a) the significance of the problem or issue to the field; (b) the originality of the work; (c) the adequacy of the theoretical/conceptual framework; (d) appropriateness of the mode of inquiry; (e) the rigor and accuracy of the analysis of the data; (f) clarity of the written exposition of ideas, analyses, and arguments; and (g) reasonableness of stated conclusions and implications in light of findings and previous research.

Description: Symposia are thematic, integrated dialogues between session participants about a clearly identified theme or topic. This format allows a team of researchers or practitioners to present or review scholarly perspectives on issues. The format is not intended as an opportunity to present papers that have not gone through a review process. Rather, symposia should provide attendees with an opportunity to hear presenters engage in dialogue amongst themselves as well as with attendees about cutting-edge research, practice, theory building, or policy development.
Evaluation Criteria: Symposia proposals will be evaluated on: (a) originality; (b) clarity of topic; (c) significance of topic and/or relevance to EERA members, (d) organization and coherence of individual presentations, (e) range of knowledge and points of view represented by presenters; and (f) opportunities for audience participation.

Description: Roundtables may be proposed on any topic, but are best suited for small group discussions intended to advance, enhance, or share information about research projects that are still in progress. Roundtables are also a useful format for discussion of sharply or narrowly focused topics of policy, practice, professional, or theoretical concerns. Proposals may be submitted that are for one roundtable only or for a group of related round tables.
Evaluation Criteria: Roundtable proposals will be evaluated on: (a) the significance of the topic/issue/ problem to the field; (b) clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session; (c) potential for stimulating scholarly discussion, (d) originality, and (e) methods planned to engage participants.
Description: Poster sessions combine the graphic display of materials with the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the research throughout the session.
Evaluation Criteria: Poster session proposals will be evaluated on: (a) the significance of the topic/issue/problem to the field; (b) clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session; (c) potential for stimulating scholarly discussion, (d) originality, and (e) methods planned to engage participants.

Visit the EERA website for more information. 

Submit a Proposal

CSU to Host an IES Grant Writing Seminar

Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, will host an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Grant Writing Seminar on Friday, October 17, 2014.  At the session, the participants will sit in groups and interact with fellow colleagues in order to get peer input during the session.  The groups will be able to submit various examples to Dr. Meredith Larson, Education Research Analyst IES, who will lead the seminar.  This interactive format will allow for immediate feedback from Dr. Larson.  Her presentation will focus on writing an IES research grant proposal, including the abstract, common pitfalls, and the major sections of the proposal. 

After the interactive presentation, lunch will be provided.  Following lunch, there will be break-out sessions with IES Grantees from the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, and Florida State University.  At these sessions, the IES Grantees will discuss your IES grant proposals and offer possible suggestions for future submissions.  Handouts will be provided.  All faculty, staff, and graduate students are encouraged to attend. 

For more information, contact Jennifer Brown ( or check out the information website,
Award Winners

The EERA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Yan Yang and Jeff Taylor from the University of West Georgia were awarded the Best Professional Paper of the 2014 EERA conference.  Their paper was titled “The 3×2 Achievement Goal Model in Predicting Online Test Anxiety and Help-Seeking.”

We are also pleased to announce that Jennifer Andrews and Amanda Brown from Columbus State University were awarded the Best Student Paper of the 2014 EERA Conference. Their paper was titled, “The Effects of Math Anxiety on Mathematical Academic Success during the Freshman Year.”
Congratulations to our Award Winners!

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.

Call for Papers
Journal of Research in Education

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 empirical and methodological manuscripts. JRE accepts manuscripts for review and possible publication in all areas of education from faculty, graduate students, and professionals working in the field.

Click here for the current issue of the journal.

Manuscript Format

Manuscripts should be formatted as an MS Word document using 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced with 1-½ inch margins on all sides. The author's name, contact information, and institutional affiliation should appear on the title page only. Do not include identifying information in the text or as headers or footers to ensure masked review. An abstract of 100-150 words and three to five keywords should follow the title page. The title should be no longer than 15 words. Submissions should conform to the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Manuscripts that do not conform to the publication guidelines will be returned to the author. We prefer manuscripts of 20-25 pages in length, including references, tables, figures, title page, and abstract.

A cover letter must accompany each submission indicating that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication and will not be submitted elsewhere during the JRE review process. It must also include complete contact information (e.g., e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number) for the corresponding author.

We encourage authors to submit work free of errors. Lengthy, improperly formatted manuscripts and article topics outside the scope of the JRE will be screened upon arrival. Appropriate manuscripts will be submitted to blind review. Editorial revisions made by the JRE staff may be necessary to produce a more concise, readable article. Manuscripts will be acknowledged upon receipt. The review process takes 60-90 days.

Manuscript Submission
Manuscripts are accepted in electronic form to accelerate the review process. Send the manuscript to as an email attachment.

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.

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
  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
  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
Visit the EERA Website
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.
The Eastern Researcher is a publication of the Eastern Educational Research Association.  This issue was published Fall  2013,  For information about the newsletter please contact
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