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.


Annual Meeting




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Annual Meeting Information

November 8-10, 2017

The Mill Conference Center at Mississippi State University

Visit the Annual Meeting page for the Call for Proposals, registration, lodging, awards, and volunteer opportunities.
2017 Program Menu

Click here to access your proposal(s).

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  Distinguished Paper Awards

Submit your accepted paper for a 2017 award.
Deadline: October 1

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Keynote Speaker
Dr. Samuel Jones

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Executive Director Search

The Board of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) intends to appoint an Executive Director. The term of appointment is 3 years with the option with agreement of the Board and the Executive Director of renewal. Selection will be based on (1) the credentials of the nominee, with particular emphasis on a record of leadership and service to MSERA and (2) level of released time and financial support by the candidate's institution or organization, including travel, postage, clerical services, and supplies. MSERA will also provide budgetary support for attendance at the Spring Board Meeting and Annual Meeting in the Fall, not to exceed $500 for both, as well as a monthly stipend of $150.00.

The Executive Director must be a current member of MSERA and reside in one of the MSERA member states during the term of service. The Executive Director of MSERA is responsible for coordinating the work of the Association and serving as an advisor for activities of the Association. S/he has primary responsibility for performing business functions of the organization, including but not limited to:

  • managing, accounting, and reporting financial information on behalf of the organization,
  • reporting quarterly to the Executive Committee on significant activities, including all monies received and expended on behalf of the organization,
  • coordinating with the President and Budget Advisory Committee preparation of a proposed annual budget for each operational year (January – December) for presentation to the Board at the Spring Board meeting,
  • coordinating the maintenance of the membership records with the Secretary, and
  • making an annual report to the membership of the organization at the Annual Meeting.
Letters of application must provide details about the nominee's interest in the position and commitment to MSERA, as well as his/her credentials with vita and, at least, three references. Additionally, the letter of application must include letter(s) of support from the applicant’s institution or organization specifying the institution’s or organization’s support of the applicant in fulfilling this position, as well as the amount of released time and other types of institutional or organizational support. 

Applications are to be submitted electronically to Jane Nell Luster (JaneNellLuster@gmail.com). Applications must be received by midnight Friday, September 8, 2017. Each nomination will be acknowledged electronically. The position of Executive Director of MSERA will remain open until filled.


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