Published on September 13, 2018 by Sara Roman  

The Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) accepted 11 research proposals that were submitted by Orlean Beeson School of Education’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program. Doctoral candidates will present their original research at the 2018 MSERA fall conference to be held in Pensacola Beach, Florida November 7-9.

The accepted proposals represent the work of fifteen Doctor of Educational Leadership candidates, five Educational Leadership faculty members and two adjunct faculty members. The number of accepted proposals and candidate-faculty involvement exceeds all previous participation for the education school at MSERA conferences. Upon submission, all proposals are blind peer-reviewed by qualified researchers. 

The theme for the 2018 annual meeting is “Waves of Change: The Continuous Need for Educational Research.” 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our doctoral candidates to share their research in a respected professional arena,” said Orlean Beeson School of Education interim dean Bonnie Lee Rabe. “We are immensely proud of this display of scholarship in education.”

Research topics span across a variety of subjects in education, including issues like chronic absenteeism in Alabama high schools and behavior management preparedness for educators in Alabama. Other research topics covered global matters such as an analysis of the common educational experiences of students in selected top performing Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) countries.

Reviewers complemented the importance and relevance of the research topics. Many proposals were described as “excellent” and the candidates were commended for their clear articulation of findings.

“It is important that we provide scholarship opportunities at multiple levels,” said Rabe. “We seek to equip our Ed.D. candidates to make a positive influence in education policy and practice worldwide. We believe that can only be obtained through preparation in both practice and scholarship.”


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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.