Thursday, September 28, 2006
Rustite leads Negro Journal Review
Alice M. Scales, Ph.D., a 1963 graduate of Rust College, is the new editor-in-chief of the Negro Educational Review (NER). Scales, a professor of education at the University of Pittsburgh, is the first woman and only the fifth editor-in-chief to lead the international referred, scholarly, professional quarterly journal.
“I am humbled and thankful to God for His blessings that made provisions for my election to the office of editor-in-chief,” she said. “There have been many challenges in my educational preparation and my professional career and as I reflect, I dare to conclude that such challenges were God’s way of preparing me for this task.”
Dr. F. C. Richardson, 1960, serves as an associate editor of the NER. Richardson, a retired chancellor, Indiana University Southeast, is a native of Memphis and graduated from Rust College with a bachelor’s degree in biology.
“Dr. Scales’s accomplishments have brought immense pride to the Rust College community. Her election is another example of the many graduates who have become doctors, research chemists, editors, and writers. It is a tribute from her colleagues and is in recognition of the outstanding work she has done in the literary field,” said Rust president David L. Beckley.
The NER was established in 1948 by a group of black educators who were concerned over the seemingy lack of access for publication privileges to already established journals published by whites. After investigating and confirming that blacks were excluded from publishing in those journals, the NER was established as a forum whereby black scholars could publish their research and practicum ideas
The NER was co-founded by Dr. J. Irving E. Scott, the first editor-in-chief, and Dr. R. Grann Lloyd, who served as the second editor-in-chief. An important reason for its existence is the freedom to broach and deeply exhaust topics that affect black people. The first issue was published in 1950.
Dr. Scales remains optimistic about NER’s future. “I maintain that there is still a strong need for NER’s service to society,” said Scales. “Scholars in higher education have submitted their publications in the NER to committees in their colleges and universities as affirmed academic evidence for promotion and tenure.”
Scales has been a member of NER’s board for more than two decades. She has served as Director of Programs and Conferences, as an executive associate editor, and beginning in 2005 as co-interim managing editor. In 1997 she received NER’s Distinguished Service Award.
A native of Chicago, IL, Scales graduated from Rust with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. After graduating from Rust, she earned her Master’s degree at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, and the Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts.
While at the University of Pittsburgh she earned promotion with tenure to professor.
“Rust College was my first live-away-from-home experience,” Scales recalled. “There opportunities were made available for me to examine how to function in uncharted territory. That uncharted territory phenomenon provided me with the assistance to persevere in my life, my career.”
Scales is a member of several professional organizations and has served on other editorial boards; among them are the Journal of Reading, The PAACE Journal of Lifelong Learning, and the Forum for Reading. Outside of NER she is involved with the International Reading Association (IRA) — the largest major organization concerned with teaching reading.
One of her publications is available in Reading Online. Other publications by Scales have appeared in such journals as the Journal of College Literacy and Learning, Journal of Research and Development, the Negro Educational Review, and Reading Psychology. She recently co-authored a textbook entitled, Technology-Assisted College Skill.
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