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Abbot Packard

Abbot Packard, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone: 678-839-6131 | Fax: 678-839-6153

Email:  apackard@westga.edu

Office: Education Annex 251

Hours: Mon-Fri. 8:00-11:30

Biography

Abbot L. Packard, associate professor here at University of West Georgia for thirteen years, holds a Ph. D. in Educational Research and Evaluation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Courses which Dr. Packard teaches at UWG include: Research in Education (EDRS 6301),MEDT 8480 Program Evaluation, NURS 6500 Data Analysis in Nursing, and MEDT 8484 Research Seminar . The primary focus of Dr. Packard's research is on examining methods by which using data can validate change in education. Dr Packard's other area of interests is using computers to teach and communicate in the field of Education and Professional development activities in which he has participated include regional and national conferences related to educational research


Education/Degrees

  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Keene State College, 1988
  • M.Ed., Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Keene State College, 1990
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Research and Evaluation, Virginia Polytechnic institute & State University, 1996

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • ECED-8284 (Research Seminar)    
    • EDRS-6301 (Research in Education)    
    • EDRS-8304 (Data Analysis in Educ Research)    
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation)    
    • MEDT-8484 (Research Seminar I)    

Selected Publications

  • Hook, A., Ware, L., Siler, B., & Packard, A. L. (2012) Breast Cancer Navigation and Patient Satisfaction: Exploring the Impact of a Community-based Patient Navigation Model in a Rural Setting. Oncology Nursing Forum 39(4) 379-385 [View Publication]
  • Nixon, A., Packard, A., & Dam, M. (2012). Teacher Contract Non-Renewal in the Rocky Mountains. (Accepted, International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, July/August Issue, 2012)
  • Nixon, A., Packard, A., & Dam, M. (2012). Teacher Contract Non-Renewal: Midwest, Rocky Mountains, and Southeast. (Accepted, Educational Leadership Review; Sept/Oct, 2012)
  • Nixon, A., Packard, A., & Dam, M. (2012). Principals Judge Teachers by Their Teaching. (Accepted, The Teacher Educator)
  • Nixon, A., Packard, A., & Dam, M. (2011). Teacher contract non-renewal: Southeast and Midwest Principals. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 6(4), ISSN 2115-9636.
  • Packard, A.L., Hazelkorn, M., Harris, K.P. & McLeod, R. (2011) Academic Achievement of Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities in Cotaught and Resource Rooms. Journal of Research in Education 21(2)100-117
  • Nixon, A., Packard, A., & Dam, M. (2011). School principals and teacher contract non-renewal. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 6(3), ISSN 2115-9635.
  • Nixon, A., Dam, M. & Packard, A.L. (2010). Teacher Professional Dispositions and Contract Non-renewal. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Savannah, GA [View Publication]
  • Nixon, A., Packard, A.L., & Douvanis, G (2010). Non-Renewal of Probationary Teachers: Negative Retention. Education, 131(1),43-53.
  • Hazelkorn, M., Packard, A. L., & Douvanis, G. (2008). Alternative dispute resolution in special education: A view from the field, Journal of Special Education Leadership,21(1), 29-35 [View Publication]
  • Clay, M.N., Rowland, S., & Packard, A.L. (2008). Improving Undergraduate Online Retention Through Gated Advisement and Redundant Communications. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice
  • Duplechain, R., Reigner, R., & Packard, A. L. (2008). Striking differences: The impact of moderate and high trauma on reading achievement. Reading Psychology, 29(2), 117-136
  • Epps, C., Taylor, L. J., & Packard, A. L. (2008). Ethnic differences and analgesic administration in the emergency department. Pain Management Nursing Journal. 9(1), 26-32
  • Morris, B. J. & Packard, A. L. (January 1, 2007). The Principal's Support of Classroom Teacher/Media Specialist Collaboration. School Libraries Worldwide, 13(1) 36-55
  • Taylor, L.J., Epps, C., Herr, K., & Packard, A. (2006). Evaluation of the Revised Faces Pain Scale ( FPS-R), Verbal Descriptor Scale (VDS), Numeric Rating Scale (NRS), and the Iowa Pain Thermometer (IPT) in older minority adults. Pain Management Nursing J
  • Packard, A. L. & Holmes, G.A. (2006). Prototype features of a statistics homework website to advise instructors about student progress. International Journal of Instructional Media, 34(4), 389.
  • Packard, A. L. & Chafin, C. G. (2005). Ninety days to a GED: A first look. Vertex: The Online Journal of Adult and Workforce Education, 1(2), Retrieved August 20. 2005, from http://vawin.jmu.edu/vertex/article.php?v=1&i=2&a=1.
  • Packard, A. L. & Chafin, C. G. (2005). Ninety days to a GED: Student qualitative analysis. Vertex: The Online Journal of Adult and Workforce Education, 1(3), Retrieved August 20. 2005, from http://vawin.jmu.edu/vertex/print.php?v=1&i=3&a=2.
  • Packard, A. L. (2003). Using common software to aid in research tasks. Journal of Educational Research, 13(1), 93 - 95.
  • Packard, A. L. (2000). "Piece of cake": Choosing univariate analysis using a decision tree. Journal of Educational Research. 10(1), 77 - 81
  • Packard, A. L. & Fortune, J. C. (1993). Collaboration is the action research setting. The Action Researcher. March 1993.

Evaluations

Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM -2009 - 2014
Mobile Area Education Foundation -
Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM -2009 - 2014
Mobile Area Education Foundation -
Graduate Advocates Program - 2009 - 2011


Regional Workshops

Packard, A.L. & Shannon, D. ( (2009), February). What's Your Problem?: Solving the Riddle of Research Questions. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Education Research Association, Sarasota, FL
Shannon, D. & Packard, A.L. (2007, February). Things graduate students need to know about Research Methods, Statistics and Technology. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Education Research Association, Clearwater, FL
Payne, M., & Packard, A.L. (2007, February). Using data to lead change in curriculum and instruction Year III. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Education Research Association Clearwater, FL
Packard, A. L. & Shannon, D. (2006, February). To Excel or SPSS. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Education Research Association, Hilton Head, SC.
Payne, M. & Packard, A.L. (2005, March). Using data to lead change in curriculum and instruction. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Education Research Association, Sarasota, FL.
Shannon, D., & Packard, A.L. (2005, March). Regression simply explained. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Education Research Association, Sarasota, FL.


State Presentations

Nixon, A., Dam,M. & Packard, A.L. (2011, October) Teacher Contract Non-renewal: Southeast versus Midwest. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Educational Research Association, Savannah, GA
Nixon, A., Dam,M. & Packard, A.L. (2011, October). Dispositions, Inadequate Subject Content Knowledge, or Insufficient Instructional Skills: Which Leads to Teacher Contract Non-Renewal? Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Educational Research Association, Savannah, GA
Morris, B.; Berry, J., & Packard, A.L. (2005, October). Principal's support in key to collaboration between media specialist and teachers. Paper presented at Georgia Council of Media Organizations, Macon, GA.
Packard, A. L., & Layton, K. (2003, March). Tracking graduates of teacher education programs: assessment of dilemmas and solutions. Paper presented at GACTE/GATE conference, St. Simon's Island, GA


Regional Presentations

Nixon, A., Packard, A., & Dam, M. (2012, February 17). Teacher Contract Non-Renewal: Midwest Principals. Presented at the EERA Annual Conference, Hilton Head, SC.
Nixon, A., Packard, A., & Dam, M. (2012, February 16). Teacher Contract Non-Renewal in the Midwest, Southeast, and Northwest: What Principals Say. Presented at the EERA Annual Conference, Hilton Head, SC.
Nixon, A., Packard, A., & Dam, M. (2012, February 17). Teacher Subject Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge, and Dispositions: Where do Teachers Lose Their Contracts? Presented at the EERA Annual Conference, Hilton Head, SC.
Nixon, A., Dam, M., & Packard, A. (2011, February). Principals and Teacher Contract Non-Renewal.Presented at the EERA Annual Conference, Sarasota, FL.
Nixon, A., Dam, M., & Packard, A. (2011, February). Principals Just Say No to Teacher Dispositions. Presented at the EERA Annual Conference, Sarasota, FL.
Packard, A., Bray,M., Ishoy, B. & Epps, C.D. (2011) The Student Outcomes of Repeating Simulation Scenarios While Teaching Nursing Concepts: A Pilot Study. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Sarasota, FL


International Presentations

Packard, A.L., Ishoy, B., & Epps, C.D. (2012, November), Evaluating Nursing Student Outcomes When Repeating High-fidelity Simulation. Presentation at The Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention at Louisville, KY
Packard, A.L.& Bray, L.(2011, November), Dynamic Assimilation: Creating an Online System for Posting Students' Homework. Presentation at The Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention at Jacksonville, FL
Ishoy, B., Epps, C. & Packard, A (2011, June). Rotation Through the Simulation Lab as a Clinical Site vs. Hospital-Based Clinical: Are the Student Outcomes different. Emerging Learning & Integrated Technology Education : Faculty Development Workshop Advanced Simulation: Simulation Educators Tell Their Stories.
Packard, A. L., Bray, L., Epps, C. & Isoy, B. (2010, October). Mr Simman Meets Thiagarajan: Using High Fidelity Simulation to Teach Nursing Students. Presentation at The Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention at Anaheim, California