MSU education faculty member again honored for research

Contact: Paige Watson

Angela S. Farmer (Photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—For the second time in as many years, a College of Education faculty member at Mississippi State is being honored by the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration.

Assistant professor Angela S. Farmer in the university’s educational leadership department  recently was chosen for SRCEA’s 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award.

Titled “Little Red Riding Hood: Sexual Abuse Cloaked by a Teaching License,” her investigation of steps school administrators must take to combat sexual predators was cited for “excellence in scholarship.”

Last year, Farmer received SRCEA’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Scholarship Award for a study of student discipline policies around the world. She also began a four-year term on the organization’s board of directors.

Mississippi University for Women’s educational leadership director before coming to MSU last year, Farmer is a doctoral graduate of Oakland City (Indiana) University.

Founded in the late 1950s, SRCEA works to provide a forum for ideas and discussions of practices and procedures for improving the quality of education at all levels. In addition to Mississippi, the association serves professionals in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  

Held at Kennesaw (Georgia) State University, the organization’s 56th annual conference also included the presentations of research papers by three other MSU education faculty members, professor Jack Blendinger, assistant clinical professor Leigh Ann Hailey, and Donna Shea, director of the college’s Office of Clinical/Field-Based Instruction and Licensure.

Their reports ranged from developing principal excellence in managing schools to the impact that ecological conservation schools have on student achievement.

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