The Eastern Researcher Newsletter

Fall 2013

Message from the President

Hello EERA Members,

This February I began my term as EERA President. I had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with many of you over the years and most recently at the 2013 conference. I became involved with EERA as a graduate student in 2007. This August, I will be a tenured Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. My doctorate is in Research, Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Virginia. My research involves using large scale datasets to examine factors that contribute to student achievement. On a personal note, I love adventure and travel. This summer I spent two weeks in India with colleagues while traveling for leisure. As I walked through palaces and forts, I gained a deeper appreciation for experiential learning. I appreciated seeing firsthand how geography, history, religion, education, politics, and linguistics intersect. Meanwhile, the distance from work provided an opportunity to reflect on professional accomplishments and goals. I hope this summer has been an opportunity for you to renew and revitalize for the upcoming academic year. Currently, the Board of Directors is diligently planning the annual conference. We look forward to you renewing your EERA membership, submitting conference proposals, and seeing you in 2014!

Michele Parker
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Message from the President-Elect:  Conference Countdown!
I am truly excited about the upcoming 2014 EERA Conference in Jacksonville, as we are trying a few different things on the program this year.  First, we are adding an all-conference general session to Friday morning, so we will have two ‘keynote’ speakers instead of one.  Based on the success of past speakers, the Friday morning speaker will really focus on the role of data and educational research in decision making.

Second, we are expanding some of our workshop sessions to include a program led by past-EERA presidents Dr. Abbot Packard and Dr. David Shannon on research design selection; a program on writing for publication by past-EERA president and now JRE editor Andy Shim, a session on Success in the Academic Job Market, and a session with Kenda Grover and Richard Newman on Finding Worklife Balance in Academic Careers. We are also considering a special session on the use of online survey instrumentation.

Our third change for this year’s conference is a greater reliance on Division Directors to nominate session chairs.  So if you are interested in chairing (facilitating) a session, please contact your Division Director (all email addresses and contact information are available on the EERA website).  We will also provide a conference discount for a limited number of graduate students who would be willing to work at the registration desk during the conference and provide some support running errands during the conference.  If you are a graduate student and you are interested in doing this, please contact Director of Student Services Angela Herring (

Jacksonville is an incredible city that is easy to get in and out of.  The conference hotel is located downtown on the river, just next to the Jacksonville Landing entertainment area.  The Landing has many stores and restaurants, and even a couple of museums that can provide a nice distraction during your stay in Florida.
If you have any ideas of programs that you would like to see included on the program, or if you have questions about a paper submission, please feel free to contact me and I look forward to seeing all of you in February!

Mike Miller
University of Arkansas

EERA Annual Conference

2014 Annual Conference
February 19-22, 2014
 Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL

The 2014 EERA Annual Conference will be held February 19-22 in Jacksonville, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  The call for proposals opens on September 4 and closes November 12, 2014. 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency for conference attendees.  The deadline for reserving rooms within the group block is January 25, 2014.  The current parking rate is $15.00 for Overnight Self-Parking and $20.00 for Overnight Valet Parking, but there is a discounted self-parking rate of $10.00 per night for all attendees booked within the group block.  Attendees will also receive complimentary high speed internet in their guestrooms if they book within the group block. 
Reserve Your Hotel Room
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, 2013 and will be due by November 12, 2013. 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. 

Submit a Proposal

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.

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
e-mail attachment.

Call for Editorial Reviewers for the Journal of Research in Education

The Journal of Research in Education is looking for qualified reviewers who have a strong background in scholarly works with specific areas of content expertise. Please submit your updated CV and your contact information to the Editor in Chief of the JRE (above). 


Inquires may be directed to:
Andrew Shim
University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street / Patterson Hall 132
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-677-5336

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
237 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
Marcia Bolton
Widener University
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013
Phone: 610-499-4630
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
Andrew Shim
University of South Dakota
132 Patterson Hall
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-677-5336
Immediate Past President
Andrew Shim
University of South Dakota
132 Patterson Hall
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-677-5336

SAVE THE DATES--Future Conference Dates & Locations

2015:  Sarasota, Florida  2/25-2/28
2016:  Hilton Head, South Carolina  2/17-2/20

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