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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
  • Call for Proposals
  • Message from the Vice-President for Conference Planning
  • Message from the Director of Divisions - SIGs
  • Message from the Director of Membership
  • Awards and Sponsorships
  • IPEDS Workshop
  • Open Board Positions

Message from the President


As the weather begins to change and students arrive back on campus, it is once again time to cast our thoughts to the upcoming 2017 conference.  We have chosen an exciting location for this year’s meeting: historic Richmond, Virginia.  Dating from the early-1600’s, Richmond has played a critical role in the development of the United States, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and reconstruction.  Richmond has been the home of authors David Baldacci, Tom Wolfe, and Edgar Allen Poe, athletes Arthur Ashe and Fran Tarkenton, and many others, such as Shirley MacLaine, Warren Beatty, and Constance Wu. I would love to list bands and other famous people form Richmond, but I found myself distracted looking at Ella Fitzgerald being from nearby Newport.
 
Richmond is easily accessible on its own (Richmond International Airport), or through nearby Washington, DC. We have our fingers crossed for great weather so that you can spend a few minutes or hours exploring this wonderfully historic city when you are not in sessions.

In addition to the Call for Proposals and the always exciting preparation for our Annual Meeting, we are also looking for individuals to serve in key leadership positions in the Association and to recognize with our expanded Awards program (both detailed in other places in this newsletter).
 
I must also thank Dr. Jennifer Brown from Columbus State University who has been an excellent Vice President for Conference Planning.  With an expanding family, Jennifer is taking some time off from the Association, which leads me to profusely thank Dr. Jessica Bucholz from the University of West Georgia for stepping into this role on a temporary basis.
 
Sadly, I will conclude my brief comments here with news of the passing of Dr. Virginia Shipman.  Dr. Shipman was one of the EERA founding members who served in multiple roles, including President, Director of Ethics, and Conference Vice President. Dr. Michael Green shared this obituary of hers with me. 

Please consider being involved in the Association and feel free to contact me if you have any questions about open Board positions, the conference, or the awards program.  We have a wonderful group of individuals all working to make the Association a success, and I hope that you will consider joining us!
 
Michael T. Miller
President

Mark your Calendars!
2017 Annual Conference

February 22-25, 2017
Omni Hotel
Richmond, VA

The 2017 EERA Annual Conference will be held February 22-25 in Richmond, VA at the Omni Hotel. The call for proposals opens Monday, September 12, and will close on Friday, November 4, 2016.
SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL!
Call for Proposals
40th Annual Conference of the
Eastern Educational Research Association
Omni Hotel, Richmond, Virginia
February 22-25, 2017

 
Proposals are now being accepted for the 40th Annual Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association, to be held at the Omni Hotel, Richmond, VA, on February 22-25, 2017. The EERA conference has been held each spring and brings together the leading scholars from the eastern United States. The refereed conference typically hosts over 300 scholars, meaning that the conference is small enough to network and connect with colleagues, but is large enough to offer a wide range of ideas, research methods, and topics.

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 center on the EERA website, and if the proposal is accepted, the lead author must pay all conference fees and be present at the conference. Research Paper 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 2017 meeting will be accepted from Monday September 12th until 5PM on Friday November 4th, 2016. 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 Research 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 topics or key words provided during the submission process.


Session Formats

Research Papers


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.

Symposia

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.

Roundtables

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.

Posters

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.

If you have questions about submitting a proposal or would like to talk to someone about the conference, please contact Dr. Shawn Fitzgerald at Widener University. He is the 2017 Conference Chair and can be reached at (610) 499-4345 (or smfitzgerald@widener.edu).

Please print these details NOW so that you can identify and select the correct session format for your proposal submission.

ALL PROPOSALS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN 5 PM
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2016.

Proposals can be submitted online at: http://www.eeraorganization.org
 

Message from the Vice-President for Conference Planning

 
The 2017 EERA Annual Conference will be held at the Omni Hotel in Richmond, Virginia from February 22 until February 25, 2016.  It is recommended that you register early in order to ensure the EERA discounted rate of $172 plus tax for single and double occupancy.  The deadline to reserve your room within the group’s block is Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  This property has extended a graduate student rate of $119 plus tax. 

I look forward to seeing you in Richmond.
Jessica Bucholz
Message from the Director of Divisions - SIGs 

As the school year begins, we not only plan our courses, organize our time around classes and committee meetings, and complete checklists of other tasks that must be addressed, but we also create a plan to engage in our professional development. EERA offers unique opportunities to grow professionally while interacting with colleagues from various institutions and from diverse backgrounds.

One of the opportunities afforded members of EERA is participation in Divisions and Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Participation in a Division or SIG can take many forms; one can be a member of a Division and/or Sig, attend special meetings for Divisions and SIGs, become a Chair of a Division or SIG, and/or plan a gathering for a Division and/or SIG. These experiences allow members to mingle with like-minded researchers and practitioners.

If you are interested in participating in a Division or SIG, please contact the Director of Divisions and SIGs, Willy Williams, or contact the Chair of the Division or SIG you are interested in joining.

Can’t find a SIG that meets your interests? You can create a SIG. The process is simple and adds to the dynamic membership of the organization. We welcome new people, new ideas, and new SIGs.

Willy Williams can be reached at williamsw@concord.edu

Message from the Director of Membership

Despite recent wide-spread institutional funding challenges for many of us, EERA membership (238) and conference attendance (307 for 2016) have actually grown slightly. While this is a good thing, it would be even greater to be able to share the experiences and advantages of participation in this great organization with even more colleagues, and particularly, graduate students. Look around you for students with potential, scholars looking for a supportive place to present their work, and colleagues new to higher education that might benefit from becoming involved with EERA. Grab someone and bring them with you to this year’s conference conveniently and centrally located in Richmond, VA this year. Consider planning ahead to mentor a grad student to present next year when we will be in sunny Clearwater, FL in February!
 
The Board of Directors is always interested in feedback from the membership. If you have ideas or suggestions to promote or improve EERA in any way, please pass them on to me or any other Board member. I am particularly interested in ideas for growing membership even more. I hope your conference experience is both informative and enjoyable! See you in beautiful and historic Richmond, VA!
 
Carol Watson
Director of Membership

Announcing the call for nominations for the Emerging Scholar Award, the Senior Scholar Award, and the
Distinguished Service Award.

 
Descriptions of the awards and nominating information are below. Additionally, we need volunteers to select the winners of these awards.

If you are interested in serving on the selection committee please email the
director of awards and sponsorships, Jessica Bucholz at jbucholz@westga.edu by Monday October 24, 2016.

All nominations for awards should be submitted by Monday, November 7, 2016.
 
Emerging Scholar Award
Purpose: The Eastern Educational Research Association Emerging Scholar Award recognizes a new scholar for the following: theoretical and/or applied research that contributes to the professional body of knowledge about education; and demonstrated excellence in teaching, advising, and/or mentoring
 
Criteria:
Demonstrated accomplishment in teaching to include instruction and student development
A record of accomplishment in the integration of teaching and research and/or theoretical research, which contributes to the body of knowledge in the nominee’s area of study
Terminal degree completed within the last 5 years
Nominations and Supporting Materials
A current EERA member must nominate candidates for the Senior Scholar Award. Please submit the following: 1) a single letter of nomination, 2) two additional letters of support (one letter should be from a current or former student or mentee), 3) one article that contributes to the professional knowledge in the nominee’s area of study, and 4) a curriculum vitae. Please place all documents in one pdf file.
 
Senior Scholar Award
Purpose: The Eastern Educational Research Association Emerging Scholar Award recognizes a scholar for the following: outstanding theoretical and/or applied research that contributes to the national professional body of knowledge about education; and demonstrated excellence in teaching, advising, and/or mentoring
 
Criteria:
Demonstrated accomplishment in teaching to include instruction and student development
A record of superior accomplishment in the integration of teaching and research and/or theoretical research, which contributes to the body of knowledge in the nominee’s area of study
Terminal degree completed more than five years ago
Nominations and Supporting Materials
A current EERA member must nominate candidates for the Senior Scholar Award. Please submit the following: 1) a single letter of nomination, 2) two additional letters of support (one letter should be from a current or former student or mentee), 3) one article that contributes to the professional knowledge in the nominee’s area of study, and 4) a curriculum vitae. Please place all documents in one pdf file.
 
Distinguished Service Award
Purpose: The Eastern Educational Research Association Distinguished Service Award is intended to recognize exemplary contributions to EERA through leadership activities, mentoring of others, and/or ongoing participation in EERA activities.
 
Eligibility: Must be a current member of EERA.
 
Criteria:
Outstanding service to EERA or stakeholders
Motivation of others by personal example and/or by deeds
Contributions that support the mission of EERA
Nominations and Supporting Materials
A current EERA member must nominate candidates for the Distinguished Service Award. Please submit the following: 1) a single letter of nomination, 2) two additional letters of support, and 3) a curriculum vitae. Please place all documents in one pdf file.
 
All submissions for each award (e.g., Senior Scholar Award, Emerging Scholar Award, and Distinguished Service Award) will be evaluated by a three-person committee comprised of individuals from the general membership of EERA.
 
Submissions must be sent to the Director of Awards and Sponsorships by the first Monday in November (Monday, November 7). Award winners will be announced by the second Monday in December (Monday, December 12). Award winners will be recognized at the following EERA conference.
 
**These awards may or may not be given annually**
AIR/EERA Co-hosted
IPEDS Workshop 

 
The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA) are co-hosting a half-day IPEDS Workshop for data providers and users in conjunction with the 2017 EERA Annual Conference on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  Financial support for this workshop is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
 
Workshop Content Description
IPEDS Data as the Public Face of an Institution raises the level of awareness among higher education professionals about the importance of accuracy and consistency in data reported to IPEDS. Examples of real IPEDS data used in the public domain will be incorporated, enabling participants to understand how IPEDS data are used by governmental and non-governmental entities. This module includes presentations, discussions, exercises and demonstrations utilizing IPEDS data tools and resources.
 
There is no charge to participants!
Workshop registration details will be posted later this fall.
Join the Board!
 
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 early December, with notifications being sent to those running in the elections before the winter break.  All terms are for two years and begin with the 2017 conference in Richmond.
 
You can nominate yourself or someone else by emailing either Michael Miller (mtmille@uark.edu) or Shawn Fitzgerald (smfitzgerald@widener.edu).  The deadline for nominations is October 25, 2016

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.

EERA Board of Directors

 
President
Mike Miller
University of Arkansas
320 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Email: mtmille@uark.edu
Phone: 479-571-0950
  President Elect/Program Chair
Shawn Fitzgerald
Widener University
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013
smfitzgerald@widener.edu
610-499-4297
     
Secretary
Steven Liu
University of South Carolina
Wardlaw 144
Columbia, SC
xliu@mailbox.sc.edu
803-777-6084
  Treasurer
George Watson
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
College of Education and Professional Development
Huntington, WV 25755
Email: watson@marshall.edu
Phone: 304-743-9287
     
Vice President for Conference Planning
Jessica Bucholz
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GE 30118
Columbus, GA 31907-5645
Email:jbucholz@westga.edu
Phone: 678-839-6161
  Director of Communications
Kenda Grover
University of Arkansas
103 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Email: kgrover@uark.edu
Phone: 479-575-2675
     
Director of Divisions - SIGs
Willie Williams
Concord University
Box 45 PO Box 1000 Vermillion St.
Athens, WV 24712
Email: williamsw@concord.edu
Phone: 304-384-6222
  Director of Hospitality
Roger Briscoe
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
246 Stouffer Hall
Indiana, PA 15705
Email: Briscoe@iup.edu
Phone: 724-357-3789
     
Director of Membership
Carol Watson
Kutztown University
108 Beekey Education Center
Kutztown, PA 19530
Email: watson@kutztown.edu
Phone: 610-683-4274
  Director of Awards and Sponsorships
Jessica Bucholz
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118
Email: jbucholz@westga.edu
Phone: 678-839-6161
     
Director of Student Services
Beena Achhpal
Southern Connecticut University
115(C) Davis Hall
New Haven, CT 06515
Achhpalb1@soutehrnct.edu
203-392-6706
  JRE Editors (appointed, 2015-2017)
Zora Mackiewicz-Wolfe and Meghan J. Pifer
Widener University
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013
eerajournal@gmail.com
     
Immediate Past President
Michele Parker
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Email: parkerma@uncw.edu
Phone: 910-962-2292
  Director of Conference Special Programs
Sharon Valente
Marymount California University
30800 Palos Verde Drive, East
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
SValente@MarymountCalifornia.edu
310-303-7251
SAVE THE DATES
Future Conference Dates & Locations

2018:  Clearwater, FL  2/6-2/10    Sheraton Sand Key Resort
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The Eastern Researcher is a publication of the Eastern Educational Research Association.  This issue was published Fall 2016,  For information about the newsletter please contact
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