Dr. Linda F. Cornelious is a Professor in the Department of Instructional Systems, Leadership, and Workforce Development at Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi. She was named the 2003 Mississippi State University Outstanding Faculty Woman of the Year by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. During 1999-2000 she was the William Allen (Boeing Company) Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Education at Seattle University. A native of Minden, Louisiana, she received her bachelor of science degree in Business Education and Office Administration from Southern University and A& M College in Baton Rouge, LA. She also earned a master’s degree in secondary education and a Plus 30 in special education from Southern University. Her education specialist and doctorate were earned from the Florida State University in Educational Leadership, where she majored in Comprehensive Vocational Educational and Educational Administration and Supervision. She is certified in seven areas of specialization, including Blind and Partially Sighted Education. She has taught at elementary, secondary, and university levels, and has served as a director and coordinator of vocational educational programs. Prior to joining the faculty at Mississippi State University, she served as the Assistant Director of the Florida Consortium on Minority Teacher Education at Florida State University.

Linda is author and co-author of numerous publications, including a Phi Delta Kappa Fastback entitled, “Win-Win Discipline.” She served a three-year term as a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Educational Research, and currently serves as a Consulting Editor for the E-Journal of Teaching and Learning in Diverse Settings. She is a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and holds membership in other national organizations and associations including, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Educational Research Association, Association of Teacher Educators, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Delta Pi Epsilon, Association of Career and Technical Education, National Business Education Association, Phi Delta Kappa International, Southern Business Education Association, and Mid-South Educational Research Association. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Mid-South Educational Research Association, and holds a Phi Delta Kappa International appointment as the Chapter Member Liaison and Coordinator for Region Gj, serving PDK Chapters in North Mississippi. For a number of years, Dr. Cornelious has served the MSU chapter of PDK holding a number of leadership positions. Linda is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Dr. Cornelious has been the recipient of many prestigious honors and awards, including the Phi Delta Kappa Service Key. In 2001, she was recognized with a Bessie Gabbard Award Celebrating the Leadership of Women by Phi Delta Kappa International. The award honored practicing educators excelling in professional, civic and community service activities. At Misssissippi State University, Dr. Cornelious has also earned a number of honors, including the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, the Kappa Award of Excellence for Leadership and Service to Mississippi Education, and Phi Delta Kappa’s Outstanding University Faculty Awards for Teaching and Service. In addition, she has received the College of Education Outstanding Award for Graduate Level Teaching, College of Education Alumni Association’s Outstanding Award for Leadership and Service, and the Doctoral Student Association’s Outstanding Technology and Education Faculty Award. Dr. Cornelious has also received a certificate of recognition from the State of Mississippi Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning in recognition of exceptional leadership and commitment to excellence in education and promoting diversity within the university and the community.

Linda serves on a large number of departmental, college and university committees at Mississippi State University. She has been an active participant, regular presenter, and presider at national, regional, and state professional association conferences. Her scholarly interest encompasses educational evaluation and measurement, faculty governance, classroom discipline and management, teaching and learning styles, multicultural education, and community service learning.


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