Meridian Star

January 13, 2013

UM professor to present keynote speech at MCC’s MLK celebration

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Dr. RoSusan D. Bartee, professor and program coordinator of Educational Leadership (EDLD) in the Department of Leadership and Counselor Education in the School of Education at the University of Mississippi, will be the guest speaker Monday at Meridian Community College's Martin Luther King Commemorative Celebration.

     The event will begin at 1 p.m. in the college’s McCain Theater. The community is welcome to attend. Admission is free of charge.

     A graduate of Quitman High School, Bartee was the first African American woman to receive tenure at Ole Miss.    

    Bartee’s research interests are K-12 education leadership, organizational culture and social contexts of schools. She teaches graduate-level courses in educational leadership, research methods and cultural contexts of education.

    Before coming to Ole Miss, Bartee served as the associate director for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in Washington, D.C. for the Reading First Teacher Education Network, a $4.5 million federal grant focused on restructuring teacher education programs using evidence-based research for minority serving institutions including historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions and tribal colleges.

    She is the author or editor of three books, "Contemporary Perspectives on Capital in Educational Contexts" (2011); "The Broken Cisterns of African American Education: Academic Performance and Achievement in the post-Brown era: (2009); and "School matters: Why African American Students Need Multiple Forms of Capital" (2007). Bartee serves as the editor of a book series and is also the author or coauthor of nearly 30 academic publications.

    Bartee received her doctorate in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master of arts in liberal studies from Northwestern University and a bachelor of arts in English (magna cum laude) from Tougaloo College in Jackson.

    In addition to Bartee's talk, local middle school students who have written winning essays will be recognized.