The Eastern Researcher Newsletter

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In This Issue
  • Message from the President
  • Message from the Vice-President for Conference Planning
  • Call for Reviewers-JRE

Message from the President

Welcome to the summer!  As our semesters end and some of us move on research assignments, others to teaching summer school, and yet others to vacation, I want to thank all of you for your wonderful support during this past year.  We had a fantastic conference in February, and under new leadership, the Journal of Research in Education is off to a great start!

Those of us on the Board have been working throughout the spring on mostly technical issues, including a new software system for conference submissions and for journal article submissions.  We’ve also been working to confirm a 2019 conference location, and we should be ready for that announcement by the time the Call for Proposals comes out in September.

As a reminder, our Call for Proposals typically comes out around Labor Day (closing in November), and we have had such a tremendous positive response to our conference location, Richmond, that I encourage you to submit your proposals early!

There are two important messages that I must also convey from the Board as we move into the summer.  First, all of us on the Board send a huge THANK YOU to our very own Dr. Jennifer Brown, Vice President for Conference Planning.  Jennifer has been an outstanding Board member and an excellent steward of the Association, and with the coming birth of her second child, she is going to be stepping down from her Board position.  We will miss her and her great work incredibly.  I am equally as thrilled to thank Dr. Jessica Bucholz for stepping up into this role.  Most of you know Jennifer as the Director of Awards and Sponsorships, a position she has been great in for the past several years.  Her willingness to step into this role and serve in both positions is nothing short of valiant!

I also want to remind the membership that this is an election year for the Association.  This means that beginning this summer, Board members will be reaching out to members to ask them to consider running in the December election for a position on the Board.  Most positions are a two year term, and we have been fielding a number of nominations already.  We will issue a Call for Nominations in September and then contact those who are nominated (and yes, of course you can nominate yourself!).  The election will be the first two weeks in December, and new Board members will take office at the Spring 2017 Annual Conference.

All of us on the Board appreciate you as members, and remind you that we are here to serve you.  If you have ideas, issues, concerns, or just want to visit about where EERA is or where it is going, please contact me (; 479-575-3582).

Have a great summer and start on those proposals for the conference now!
Best wishes,
Michael Miller

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 February 22, 2016.  A total of 149 members completed the survey, which is the largest pool of participants for the post-conference survey.  The respondents included 55 (37%) student members and 94 (63%) professional members.  Of those respondents, 77% of the respondents plan to attend the 2017 Annual Conference, which will be held in Richmond, Virginia.

When asked about the services provided by the Westin Resort in Hilton Head, 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 3.64 with a standard deviation of 0.63  The food earned a mean rating of 3.12 with a standard deviation of 0.84. Housekeeping was given a mean rating of 3.62 with a standard deviation of 0.63, and conference facilities were given a mean rating of 3.52 with a standard deviation of 0.67.  These ratings were similar to the results from the 2015 conference in Sarasota, Florida, except the food rating was about 7% lower in Hilton Head.
In terms of conference organization, 46% of the respondents indicated that the paper sessions as the most valuable aspect of this year’s conference, and 15% of the respondents indicated the symposia sessions as the second most valuable aspect.  Some comments and suggestions were given about the conference included the expense of the hotel, limited supplies at breakfast, and issues with projector connections.  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 2017 conference.

Call for Reviewers for the Journal of Research in Education

The Journal of Research in Education is currently seeking reviewers.

Qualified reviewers will be able to demonstrate a strong scholarly background relevant to their areas of methodological and content expertise, including citations for at least three scholarly works that demonstrate contributions to the field.
We are also very interested in including doctoral students in the peer review process; doctoral student reviewers who do not have three examples of scholarly work will still be considered.
If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for JRE, please complete this brief form

Mark your Calendars!
2017 Annual Conference

February 22-25, 2017
Omni Richmond Hotel
Richmond, VA
 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)
Zora Mackiewicz-Wolfe and Meghan J. Pifer
Widener University
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013
Future Conference Dates & Locations
2017:  Richmond, Virginia  2/22-2/25   Omni Richmond Hotel
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