Mid-South Educational Research Association

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MSERA is a nonprofit incorporated educational organization whose purposes are to encourage quality educational research in the Mid-South and to promote the application of the results of quality educational research in the schools. Representing Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.


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Thank You, Starkville and Mississippi State University,
for a great 2017 Annual Meeting.

Check back here in early 2018 for details about next year's Annual Meeting at Pensacola Beach, Florida.

Annual Meeting

November 8-10, 2017

The Mill Conference Center at Mississippi State University

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Keynote Speaker
Dr. Samuel Jones

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Plenary Speaker
Dr. Richard Blackbourn

Richard BlackbournDr. Blackbourn earned three degrees from Mississippi State University—including bachelor and master degrees in elementary education and a doctorate in educational leadership. He served as both a teacher and principal in the public schools of Mississippi.

Dr. Blackbourn held teaching and administrative posts at Northeast Louisiana University until joining the Clemson University faculty. While at Clemson, he served as Professor and Department Head of Elementary and Secondary Education (which was the largest department on the campus) and later as Professor and Department Chair of Leadership, Technology, and Counselor Education. He was named Dean of the College of Education at Mississippi State University in 2005. Dr. Blackbourn is currently in his 35th year of educational administration.

Dr. Blackbourn has written numerous scholarly articles, published widely in professional research publications over the years and is the co-editor of one book, The Pursuit of Continuous Improvement in Educational Organizations, published by University Press of America, Inc., in 1997. He served as president-elect of the South Carolina Association for Rural Education in 2004 and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Delta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi. While at Clemson, Dr. Blackbourn chaired the university’s Athletic Council and assisted in the Athletic Department’s successful NCAA recertification. He currently is Past-President of the Mississippi Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and serves on the editorial boards of three national journals. In 2015, Dr. Blackbourn was ranked among the top 30 most influential deans of education in the United States.

Dr. Blackbourn will deliver a plenary session titled, "Conducting Meaningful Research: Lessons from Experience, Colleagues, and the Wizard of Oz." Click here to view the presentation.

Plenary Speaker
Dr. Walter Mathews

Walt MathewsAfter a private-school education and a degree in physics and philosophy, Walter Mathews was recruited into an alternative accreditation program to teach in inner-city Philadelphia. Following a Fulbright to Turkey and a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, he joined the Ole Miss faculty to redesign the research/statistics program. A decade later he journeyed to New York for a series of administrative opportunities before a medical event led him to retire early.

Aside from MSERA, he has co-founded a dozen non-profit and professional organizations and won four additional Fulbright awards. His research led the director of the Iowa Testing Programs to call him "the father of narrative testing reports."  For the past dozen years, he has produced a weekly blog "of interesting things."

Walt is expected to muse about the origin of MSERA and its goal of “promoting quality research and its application in the schools,” and confess that he never should have called it the Mid-South Educational Research Association.


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