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COE Embedded Librarian begins regular office hours- September 15, 2014 - Rachel Cannady, the College of Education's Embedded Librarian, will have regular hours in Allen Hall, each Wednesday, from 3:30 to 5:30, and will be located in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education lobby.

She will be there to assist with research questions, and this service is open to everyone in the College of Education.

College of Engineering and College of Education Faculty Awarded a Grant from the National Science Foundation- September 2, 2014 - Two Mississippi State University faculty members, Dr. Lakiesha Williams and Dr. Linda T. Coats have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in engineering who enter graduate school and pursue careers in academia. Dr. Lakiesha Williams (Project Investigator), an associate professor in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department and Dr. Linda T. Coats (Co-Project Investigator), a professor in the Leadership and Foundations Department will collaborate with researchers from the University of Akron and the University of Houston to address issues faced by underrepresented minorities that impede them for persisting in academia.

The Career Development: From Senior Undergraduates to Navigating Assistant Professorship project will convene two-day workshops at each of the three institutions, the University of Akron, University of Houston, and Mississippi State University, designed to enhanced participants’ knowledge, awareness, and interest about strategies and techniques that might be used to aid retention and success in academia. Workshops will held in October at the University of Akron, in January at Mississippi State University, and in May at the University of Houston. Workshops will include sessions about future faculty roles and responsibilities; time management; college teaching; culturally responsive teaching; mentoring/career coaching; and the ins and outs of graduate school. Workshops are designed to attract and accommodate up to 200 participants will be open to engineering college students from colleges and universities that surround each of the three institution.

MSU education dean Blackbourn elected president of MACTE - August 4, 2014 -

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A senior Mississippi State administrator is beginning a two-year term as president of the Mississippi Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Richard L. Blackbourn, who has led the university's College of Education since 2005, previously served seven years on MACTE's executive board and two years as its president-elect.

Affiliated with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, MACTE seeks to stimulate improvement in programs of teacher education at public and private institutions of higher education throughout the Magnolia State. Additionally, its members work to impact public policies relating to the preparation of state education professionals at all levels of service.

A Mississippi State alumnus, Blackbourn has more than 30 years in the profession. In addition to Lowndes County, Natchez and Pascagoula, he held earlier teaching and administrative posts at Northeast Louisiana and Clemson universities.

His three degrees from Mississippi State include bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education in 1974 and 1976, respectively, and a doctorate in educational leadership in 1983.

In addition to MSU, MACTE includes education deans at Alcorn State and Belhaven universities, Blue Mountain College, Delta State and Jackson State universities, Millsaps and Mississippi colleges, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust and Tougaloo colleges, universities of Mississippi and Southern Mississippi, and William Carey University.

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Paid summer intern opportunities for STEM majors- May 9, 2014 - May 8, 2014

The Noyce STEM Teachers Scholars Program announces paid summer internship opportunities for freshman and sophomore STEM majors enrolled at Mississippi State University. The internship will begin June 1, and end June 30.

Application materials may be obtained by visiting

Interested applicants should submit their application packet by May 23 to Linda T. Coats via email at or delivered in person to the Department of Leadership and Foundations in 245 Allen Hall.

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