Dr. Ric Keaster, professor in WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research, was recognized by the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (SRCEA) for his long career of contributions to the organization at its 2014 annual meeting in Atlanta.
SRCEA represents professors of educational administration and practicing school leaders from 14 states across the Southeastern U.S. The organization sponors an annual research conference, publishes a peer-reviewed Yearbook, and partners with universities and other professional groups to promote excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service within the discipline.
Dr. Keaster was recognized with the Jack Greer Lifetime Contributions Award for his many years of service to the organization, including serving as a member of the Board for 6 years, and as president of the organization in 2001.
At the same conference Dr. Keaster also participated as an invited panelist on “The Legacy of SRCEA.” Dr. Keaster joined other long-serving members of the organization to discuss how their participation in SRCEA has contributed to their professional success and how new members might leverage involvement in SRCEA in a similar way.
Dr. Keaster noted:
I think the panel of four had contributed a total of over 80 years of service to the organization and had some interesting perspectives to provide to those who were new to the group and even to those who had been members for awhile. We independently subtitled the panel as The Hoary-Haired Paleontology Session, as our combined ages were just as impressive as our number of years in the organization. SRCEA has been critical to me in my career for furthering my research and scholarly activity, in connecting to other individuals across the profession, and in establishing life-long friends and colleagues. I encourage all faculty to get involved in organizations like these.
Dr. Keaster has recently announced he will retire from WKU in December 2014 to spend time with his new twin grandsons. Dr. Keaster has been with WKU for 12 years, serving as associate dean for the College of Educational and Behavioral Sciences, coordinator of the Cooperative PhD Program between WKU and the University of Louisville, and as EALR professor where he has taught courses in secondary and post-secondary leadership in the Master’s and doctoral program, advising numerous students, and mentoring other faculty members.
Teaching at the university level is similar to teaching at the elementary or secondary levels; you are provided a chance to make a difference in people’s lives and careers. This opportunity is both an exciting challeng and a daunting responsibility. My goal has been to facilitate the growth and success of students I have had in class and those who select me as their primary advisory for the dissertation. I have tried to make their professional challenges as beneficia, yet as smooth as possible.
EALR congratulates Dr. Keaster on all of his career-long accomplishments.