February 26, 2009

National association honors Patricia Elmore

by Tim Crosby

National association honors Patricia Elmore

CARBONDALE -- A national organization dedicated to promoting education research and educators has selected a Southern Illinois University Carbondale administrator as a fellow.

The American Education Research Association tapped Patricia B. Elmore, interim associate provost for academic affairs at SIUC, as a fellow earlier this month. The AERA, a national research society, advances knowledge about education by encouraging scholarship related to that area and promoting research to improve education. It has more than 26,000 members.

AERA selects fellows based on their sustained record of research accomplishments and contributions to their individual fields. Elmore said being named an AERA fellow will help her in future efforts both as a researcher and an educator.

“The AERA expects that fellows will contribute to the continued advancement of the field through research, leadership roles, and mentoring of new scholars,” she said. “I plan to continue mentoring emerging scholars and advancing educational research nationally and internationally in my role as editor of Educational Researcher and in future endeavors.”

Elmore, the author of numerous research publications, has a long record of contributions in books, paper presentations and research. She also served for years as a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education at SIUC, helping many graduate students achieve success in educational measurement and statistics.

“My former students currently serve in prestigious roles in both university and testing organizations throughout the United States and internationally,” Elmore said. “Their continuing sustained achievement and recognition by the profession is my and SIUC's legacy.”

Elmore served as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services from 2005 to 2007 and as associate dean for administration from 1998 to 2005. She earned her Master of Science in education in 1967 and her doctorate in educational psychology with a specialization in educational measurement and statistics in 1970.

Elmore also is a fellow of the American Counseling Association and has almost 40 years of experience in higher education.

Elmore is co-editor of “Educational Researcher,” published by the AERA, and is immediate past editor of “Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development,” which is sponsored by the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education and published by the American Counseling Association.

Elmore is the winner of the 1994 American Counseling Association Research Award and was inducted into the Educational Council of 100 in 2000. Among many other awards and honors, SIUC named her a University Faculty Woman of Distinction in 2001 and the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education presented her its Exemplary Practices Award in 2003.