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A Brief History of NCARE

Written by: William "Bill" Ware, Retired Professor

Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation

Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

NCARE President 1996-1997, NCARE Treasurer 1998 - 2012

At the 1973 Annual Meeting of AERA in New Orleans, attendees from across the county came together and formed a Special Interest Group (SIG)  entitled the Consortium of State and Regional Educational Research Associations (SRERA).  After the annual meeting, local AERA members banded together to form member organizations of the SIG, SRERA.  In North Carolina, a group met in 1974 to form the North Carolina Association for Research in Education (NCARE).  The meeting was held at the Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center in Reidsville.  Details of the meeting are sketchy, but known to attend were Roy Sommerfeld (UNC-Chapel Hill) and John Bridgman (NC Advancement School).  John went on to become the first president of NCARE.  

The early years of the Association seem to be guided by researchers from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Research Triangle Institute (RTI).  As time passed, more and more people and institutions became involved.  Some of the major groups have been the School of Education at UNC Chapel Hill, NCDPI, UNC Greensboro, North Carolina State University, UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington, Appalachian State University and most recently, Wingate University 

NCARE boasts a rich history of leadership from distinctive educational scholars from across our state.  The following is a complete list of past presidents of NCARE:

2023 David Lynn, UNC Charlotte

2022 Monica Allen, NC A&T State University

2021 Tempestt Adams, Appalachian State University

2020 Tarra Ellis, Wingate University

2019 Jennifer McGee, Appalachian State University

2018 Ted Kaniuka, Fayetteville State University

2017     Melanie Keel, Wingate University

2016     Sandra Dika, UNC Charlotte

2015     Eddie Case, Wingate University

2014     Chris Cobitz, Wingate University

2013     Tamara Walser, UNC Wilmington

2012     Elissa Brown, NCDPI and Tamara Walser, UNC Wilmington

2011     Chris Cobitz, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

2010     Meagan Karvonen, Western Carolina University

2009     Belinda Black, NCDPI

2008     William Sugar, East Carolina University

2007     Claudia P. Flowers, UNC Charlotte

2006     George Olson, Appalachian State University

2005     Helmuts Feifs, NCDPI

2004     Gongshu Zhang, NCDPI

2003     Laura Rodgers, UNC Wilmington

2002     Dee Brewer, NCDPI

2001     Dawson Hancock, UNC Charlotte

2000     Mary Penta, Wake County Schools

1999     Martha Hudson, UNC Greensboro

1998     Dennis Hoban, WFU School of Medicine

1997     Helen DeCasper, SERVE

1996     William B. Ware, UNC Chapel Hill

1995     Gary Williamson, Guilford County Schools

1994     Rita G. O'Sullivan, UNC Greensboro

1993     J. Christian Busch, UNC Greensboro

1992     Bob Brown, East Carolina University

1991     Jill Fitzgerald, UNC Chapel Hill

1990     Martha S. Ward, NCDPI

1989     John L. Wasik, North Carolina State University

1988     Lou Fabrizio, CTB/McGraw-Hill

1987     Clark Trivett, NCDPI

1986     Vincent P. Mikkelsen, East Carolina University

1985     Marvin Wyne, UNC Chapel Hill

1984     Ellis B. Page, Duke University

1983     David Pratto, UNC Greensboro

1982     Richard M. Jaeger, UNC Greensboro

1981     William J. Brown, NCDPI

1980     Gary B. Stuck, UNC Chapel Hill

1979     John N. Pyecha, RTI

1978     Tanya M. Suarez, UNC Chapel Hill

1977     David L. Bayless, RTI

1976     James D. McKinney, UNC Chapel Hill

1975     Betty H. Lansberger, UNC Chapel Hill

1974     John Bridgman, NC Advancement School

NCARE is an affiliate member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) through the Consortium of State and Regional Educational Research Associations (SRERA).

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