Volume 1, Issue 1 (2013) Inaugural Issue

Congratulations to Dean Leontye Lewis; Dr. Linda Wilson-Jones, founding Editor-in Chief; and the entire School of Education Editorial team in the publication of the inaugural issue of the Journal of Research Initiatives! Nearly 150 years ago, Fayetteville State University (FSU) was established as a teacher education institution and this new journal reflects our continuing commitment to advancing the quality of education from kindergarten to higher education. The research published in this new journal will be a valuable resource for educators seeking to increase academic achievement of students across the whole spectrum of education. Thanks to the FSU team and many others from other institutions who have contributed to this important accomplishment!

Jon Young, Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Research Articles


Editor's Comments
Gail Thompson


Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Special Education Induction Programs
Jeremy E. Vittek, Kim K. Floyd, and Sharon B. Hayes


A Profile of Black Women in the 21st Century Academy: Still Learning from the “Outsider-Within”
JeffriAnne Wilder, Tamara Bertrand Jones, and La’Tara Osborne-Lampkin

Book Review



Linda Wilson-Jones

Best Practices


Focus on Essential Learning Outcomes
Bob Sornson and Debbie Davis

Issue Reviewers

David Allen
Murray State University
Linda Christian
Adams State University
Donnamaria Culbreth
The Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc.
Ajay Das
Murray State University
Nicole Dobbins
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Numeriano Ganzan Escalante
Capitol University, Philippines
Cindy Gissy
West Virginia University, Parkersburg
Mary Jean Herzog
Western Carolina University
Jeanne Morris Hines
Capella University
Ernest Johnson
North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT)
Peter Litchka
Loyola University Maryland
Hashem “Omid” Maleki
PN University of Chenaran, Iran
Pacha Malyadri
Osmania University Andhra Pradesh, INDIA
Antony Mullen
Newcastle University, UK
David Mungoshi
University of Zimbabwe
Susan L. Ogletree
Georgia State University
Comfort Okpala
North Carolina A&T State University
Walter Polka
Niagara University
Lisa Thompson
Prairie View University
Kimberly Triplett
Mississippi State University
Petra A. Robinson
Louisiana State University
Priscilla Robinson
Hinds Community College, Utica Campus
JeffriAnne Wilder
University of North Florida