Student, Professor’s Collaborative Journal Article Honored

Student, Professor’s Collaborative Journal Article Honored

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

A journal submission by a University of Southern Mississippi faculty member and graduate student in its College of Education and Psychology has earned special recognition.

"The Forgotten Slayings: Memory, History and Institutional Response to the Jackson State University Shootings of 1970," published in Volume 43 of the American Educational History Journal (AEHJ) and co-authored by Melandie McGee, a doctoral student in higher education administration, and Dr. R. Eric Platt, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Studies and Administration, earned the publication's "Article of the Year" honor.

The AEHJ noted the article sought to "increase our understanding of the contextual issues surrounding institutional protest and tragedy" and is an important contribution to the field of educational history. McGee and Platt will receive $250 and an award for their achievement at the AEHJ 2016 conference.

McGee holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Southern Miss and a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. Her research interests include at-risk and underrepresented student populations and college success, student activism at historically black colleges and universities during the Civil Rights era, mentoring students of color, and student leadership and unethical hazing behavior among fraternities/sororities.

Platt's research interests include the history of higher education in the American South; college/university survival; religious education and foundations; higher education law and policy; and informal adult learning and adult education trends in higher education. He is a Southern Miss alumnus and holds a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.

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