MSU faculty, administrators named new SEC academic fellows

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

STARKVILLE, Miss.--Four Mississippi State administrators and faculty members are among 48 selected as 2014-15 Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows.

Since its inception in 2008, the professional development program has worked to identify, prepare and professionally advance academic leaders for key roles at each of the 14 SEC-member universities.

The MSU contingent includes:

--David A. Dampier, director of the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute and professor in the computer science and engineering department;

--Mark L. Lawrence, associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine's basic sciences department;

--Rebecca G. Long, interim associate dean of the Graduate School and professor of management; and

--David T. Morse, interim head and professor in the counseling and educational psychology department.

Through this academic initiative, the athletic conference works to sponsor, support and promote collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students. Providing an online platform to showcase achievements of these individuals on regional, national and international levels is among its primary missions.

Designated by provosts at the respective institutions, ALDP liaisons serve as the conference's primary point of academic contact.

"The SEC ALDP, through formal workshops and on-campus activities, aims to provide future academic leaders the opportunity to learn and develop the skills needed to meet the challenges of academic leadership," said Peter Ryan.

In addition to his role as MSU's associate provost for academic affairs and SEC ALDP liaison, Ryan chairs the conference-wide program.

Dampier is a University of Texas at El Paso mathematics graduate who holds doctoral and master's degrees in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. His teaching and research specializations include rapid prototyping, merging and integration, intrusion detection, computer and digital forensics, as well as software engineering, evolution and slicing.

Lawrence is a Louisiana State University veterinary microbiology doctoral graduate who holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and bachelor's in veterinary science from Texas A&M University. He also completed postdoctoral work at Virginia Tech University. His primary areas of research involve mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, aquatic animal health and molecular microbiology.

Long holds a doctorate in organization theory from LSU. She also received master's and bachelor's degrees in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, both with an emphasis in human resource management.

Morse is a three-time Florida State University graduate, with a bachelor's degree in psychology, master's in educational research and doctorate in psychometrics. Educational measurement, research, statistics, creativity, gifted and talented, and computer applications are among his areas of expertise.

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