Contact: Sasha Steinberg
STARKVILLE, Miss.—Four Mississippi State administrators and faculty members are among 50 selected as 2015-16 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 honorees include:
—Linda Cornelious, professor in the instructional systems and workforce development department.
—Greg G. Hall, professor and associate dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design.
—Ron McLaughlin, professor and associate dean for administration in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
—Linda W. Morse, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning 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 individuals selected by their SEC universities to participate in the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program represent the future of higher education administration,” said SECU Executive Director Torie Johnson. “The leadership skills they already possess are sure to be enhanced by the SEC ALDP experience.”
Cornelious is a Florida State University doctoral graduate who was named in 2003 as Outstanding Faculty Woman of the Year by the MSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women. A published author, she regularly serves as presenter and leader at national, regional and state professional conferences. Her primary areas of research include, among others, instructional technology, educational leadership, multicultural education and community service learning.
Hall is an award-winning architect, educator and administrator with extensive local, regional and international experience. He holds a doctoral degree from University of Hong Kong and bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at Austin, both in architecture. Along with receiving a certificate in Japanese language from Osaka, Japan-based Kansai University of Foreign Studies, Hall completed liberal arts studies at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. In addition to cross-departmental undergraduate and graduate courses in such areas as design and construction technology, he has developed and taught courses on architecture design management and global architecture practice.
McLaughlin, a board-certified veterinary surgeon who specializes in small animal surgery, started at MSU-CVM in 2000 as an associate professor and chief of surgery. He became head of the department of clinical sciences in 2006. A University of Missouri-Columbia veterinary medicine doctoral graduate, he provided leadership in establishing the college’s Veterinary Medical Technology program, one of only three 4-year veterinary technology programs in the country.
Morse is a Florida State University doctoral graduate with extensive experience in instructional design, development and evaluation. Along with being a John Grisham Master Teacher, she is a research fellow for the university’s Social Science Research Center, where her efforts focus on cognition issues and development.
For more about the SEC Academic Leadership Development program, visit www.thesecu.com/sec-academic-leadership-development-program.php.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.