R. Eric Platt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Research Interests

  • History of Higher Education in the American South

  • College/University Survival

  • Religious Education and Foundations

  • Higher Education Law and Policy

  • Informal Adult Learning and Adult Education Trends in Higher Education

Courses Taught

  • ADE 601: Foundations of Adult Education

  • ADE 607: Program Planning for Adult Learners

  • ADE 801: Delivery Systems in Adult Education

  • HE 711: History of Higher Education

  • HE 712: The Community College

  • HE 713: Higher Education Curricula

  • HE 715: Teaching in Higher Education

  • HE 717: Continuing Education

  • HE 719: Organization and Administration in the Community College

  • HE 740: Legal Issues in Higher Education

  • HE 800: Leadership Theory and Research

  • HE 816: Current Issues in Higher Education

  • HON 301: Prospectus Writing

  • REF 600: Introduction to Educational Studies and Research

  • REF 602: Foundations of American Education

  • REF 792: Data Analysis in Five Traditions of Qualitative Research

  • REF 792: Historical Research in Education

Articles

Platt, R. Eric (In progress) The Woodstock Letters:  Education, Communication, and

The Society of Jesus In The United States, 1872-1969. Journal of Jesuit Higher Education.

 

Whitney R. Wallace, R. Eric Platt, Ann Blankenship. & Tanya Mandashona, (Under

review). The Newcomb Precedent: College Closure and the Interpretation of          Nineteenth Century Donor Intent in Twenty-First Century. Journal of Cases in   Educational Leadership.

 

Platt, R. Eric, McGee, Melandie, & King, Amanda. (In Press, 2016). Marching in step:

Patriotism and the Southern Catholic Cadet Movement. The Catholic Historical Review (Vol. 101).

 

Platt, R. Eric (2015) Prudence and Intransigence: Archbishop Joseph Rummel and the

Prelude to Catholic Education Integration in Louisiana. Catholic Southwest: A Journal of History and Culture (Vol. 26, Pp 37 - 62).

 

McGee, Melandie & Platt, R. Eric. (2015) The Forgotten Slayings: Memory, History,

and Institutional Response to the Jackson state University Shootings of 1970. The

American Educational History Journal (Vol. 42, No. 1 & 2, Pp 15-32).

 

Platt, R. Eric & Hill, Lilian (2014). A Storyville education: Spatial practices and the

learned sex trade in the city that care forgot. Adult Education Quarterly (Vol. 64, No. 4 Pp 285-305).

 

Platt, R. Eric (2014). Valcour Aime (1797-1864). In KnowLA: The Encyclopedia of

Louisiana History. Retrieved from http://www.knowla.org/entry/1883/&view-summary.

 

Platt, R. Eric (2014). Joseph Francis Rummel (1876-1965). KnowLA: The Encyclopedia

of Louisiana History. Retrieved from http://www.knowla.org/entry/1882/.

 

Alex, Jennifer L., Platt, R. Eric, Gammill, Diedra M., Miller, Elizabeth A., Rachel, John

R. (2007). Making the invisible visible: A model for delivery systems in adult education. MPAEA Journal of Adult Education. (Vol. XXXVI, No. 2. Pp 13-22)

 

Books

Platt, R. Eric. (Under contract). Educating the sons of Sugar: Jefferson College and the

Creole planter class of south Louisiana, 1831-1931. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.

 

Platt, R. Eric. (2014). Sacrifice and survival: Identity, mission, and Jesuit higher

education in the American South. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.

 

*Reviewed in Conversation on Jesuit Higher Education no. 47, spring 2015.

*Reviewed in Journal of Jesuit Studies no. 2, 2015.

*Reviewed in American Catholic Studies 126, no. 2, 2015.

 

Conference Presentations

 

Platt, R. Eric (March, 2015) Marists and Americanization: Curricular Adaptation, Social

Class, and the Decline of Catholic Higher Education in the Louisiana Sugar Parishes, 1864–1927. Paper Presentation at the Southern History of Education Society, Macon, GA.

 

Griffis, Matthew & R. Eric Platt (March, 2015) Framing the New South: Promoting an

Image of Academic Enlightenment via Postcard Depictions of Southern Higher Education in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. Research Presentation at the Southern History of Education Society, Macon, GA.

 

Platt, R. Eric (September, 2014) The Woodstock Letters:  Education, Communication,

and The Society Of Jesus In The United States, 1872-1969. Paper Presentation at the Organization of Educational Historians, Chicago, IL.

 

O’Brien, Thomas V. & Platt R. Eric (September, 2014) No Ordinary Activist: George

McLaurin’s Thwarter Pursuit of a Doctor of Education Degree at the University of Oklahoma. Paper Presentation at the Organization of Educational Historians, Chicago, IL.

 

Platt, R. Eric (April, 2014) Prudence and Intransigence: Archbishop Joseph Rummel and

the Prelude to Catholic Education Integration in Louisiana. Paper Presentation at the American Educational Research Association, Pittsburg, PA.

 

Platt, R. Eric (March, 2014) The Forgotten Louis Dufau: French Creole and French

Immigrant Educational Conflict in Rural Louisiana, 1852-1856. Paper Presentation at the Southern History of Education Society, Tuscaloosa, AL.

 

Whitney R. Wallace & R. Eric Platt (March, 2014). The Newcomb Precedent: College

Closure and the Interpretation of Nineteenth Century Donor Intent in Twenty-First Century Louisiana. Paper Presentation at the Southern History of Education Society, Tuscaloosa, AL.

 

Platt, R. Eric (April, 2013) Marching In Step: Patriotism and the Southern Catholic

Cadet Movement. Paper Presentation at the Society for the Study of Curriculum History. San Francisco, CA.

 

Platt, R. Eric (April, 2013) For the Sons of Sugar: Jefferson College and the Southern

Louisiana Planter Class. Paper Presentation at the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

 

Platt, R. Eric (March, 2012) The Duke of Education: George Soule and His College of

“Firsts”. Research presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern History of Education Society, Tallahassee, Fl.

 

Platt, R. Eric (March, 2012) Learning From the Dead: Understanding Institutional

Survivability Through Historiographical Post-Mortem Reconstruction. Research presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern History of Education Society, Tallahassee, Fl.

 

Platt, R. Eric (April, 2011). A Storyville Education: Spatial Practices and the Learned

Sex Trade in the City that Care Forgot. Paper Presentation at the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, La.

 

Platt, R. Eric (April, 2011) Maintaining the Mission: Curricular Transition and

Academic Legitimacy of Southern Jesuit Higher Education in the Age of the University. Research Presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, New Orleans, La.

 

Platt, R. Eric (April, 2011) Legal Cloistering and Informal Learning: Spatially

Constructed Education in the New Orleans Red-Light District. Research Presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, New Orleans, La.

 

Platt, R. Eric (March, 2010). Pursuing the Magis, The Revision of Jesuit Higher

Education in the New South. Research presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern History of Education Society, Atlanta, Ga,

 

Platt, R. Eric, (November, 2008). Sherman’s Administration: A Historic Examination of

a Northern Military Officer’s Attempts at the Creation and Maintenance of a Southern University. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Jacksonville, Fl.

 

Invited Presentations

Platt, R. Eric & Lilian Hill (November, 2015) Evolutions and Revolutions: American

Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education

Platt, R. Eric (March, 2014 & March, 2015) An Archbishop for Education: James

Hubert Blenk in New Orleans and South Louisiana, 1874-1917, “Roots Program,” St. Alphonsus Community Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Platt, R. Eric (January, 2014) Faculty Instruction: Influence, Learning, and Institutional

Longevity, St. Joseph’s Abbey and Seminary College, Covington, Louisiana.

 

Platt, R. Eric (September 2012 & October, 2013) Legal Issues of Concern to Faculty:

Staying out of Trouble, and Getting (and Keeping) Tenure along the Way. Panel speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS.

 

Platt, R. Eric (July, 2013) Higher Education and Access: From Brown v. Board of

Education to the Twenty-first Century. Invited lecture for the Jackson State University Department of Urban Higher Education, Jackson, MS.

 

Platt, R. Eric (June, 2012) With Profit: The First Fifty Years of LSU Continuing

Education. Invited presentation for the LSU Department of Continuing Education, Baton Rouge, LA.

 

Platt, R. Eric (February, 2011) Learning From the Dead: Understanding Higher

Education Survivability Through Historiographic Post-Mortem Reconstruction. Invited lecturer: University of Southern Mississippi Department of Educational Studies and Research, Lecture Series in Higher Education

 

Platt, R. Eric (March, 2011). Leadership LSU: Making Sense of Higher Education

History. Invited Panelist at the Louisiana State University Office of Campus Life/Student Union. Baton Rouge, La.

 

Platt, R. Eric, (March, 2011). Sacrifice and Survival: The Historiographical Role of

Institutional Identity and Mission in Jesuit Higher Education of the New Orleans Province. Lecture Series Presentation at the Louisiana State University: College of Education, Baton Rouge, La.

 

Platt, R. Eric (November, 2010). Political Influence, Educational Development, and the

Expansion of New Orleans. Invited Presentation at Woodlawn High School. Baton Rouge, La.

 

Platt, R. Eric (February, 2010). Developing the System: Education in New Orleans and

the Gulf South. Guest Lecturer for the Introduction to the Study of Education Course at the Louisiana State University: College of Education, Baton Rouge, La.

 

Platt, R. Eric (January, 2011). The Scope of 200 Years: The Evolution of Education in

Louisiana. Invited Presentation at the Louisiana State University Honors College. Baton Rouge, La.

 

Platt, R. Eric (January, 2010). A Colony, a Territory, a State: Louisiana’s Educational

Journey. Invited Presentation at the Louisiana state University Honors College. Baton Rouge, La.

 

Platt, R. Eric (October, 2009). Navigating College and Beyond: Methods of

Undergraduate Self-Tracking and Graduate Program Application: Guest Lecturer for the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Ms.

 

Platt, R. Eric (March, 2009). Extended Learning Venues for the State of Louisiana.

Invited Presentation at the Louisiana State University: Department of Continuing Education: Independent Learning Workforce Development, Baton Rouge, La.

 

Platt, R. Eric, (October, 2008). The History and Evolution of Public Higher Education in

Louisiana. Guest Lecturer for the Higher Education Masters and Doctoral History and Foundations of Higher Education Course at the Louisiana State University: College of Education, Baton Rouge, La.

 

Platt, R. Eric, (December, 2008). Sherman’s Administration: A Northern Military

Officer’s Attempts at the Creation and Maintenance of a Southern University. Lecture Series Presentation at the Louisiana State University: College of Education, Baton Rouge, La.

 

Awards

  • American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education, 2015

  • President of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 99: Southern Miss Office of Student Activities, Rising Star Student Organization Award (2014-2015)

  • University of Southern Mississippi Faculty Nominee: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2015.

  • Recipient of the Louisiana State University Lillian L. Oleson Scholarship, 2009-2010

  • Recipient of the Louisiana State University Fred Thatcher Fellowship, 2009-2010 & 2010-2011

  • Recipient of the Louisiana State University E.B. Roberts Fellowship, 2010-2011

Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)

    • Division “F” History and Historiology

    • Catholic Education SIG 175

  • The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

  • History of Education Society (HES)

  • Organization of Educational Historians (OEH)

  • Southern History of Education Society (SHOES)

  • Society for the Study of Curriculum History (SSCH)

Honor Societies

  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society in Academia (PKP)

  • Phi Delta Kappa, Professional Association in Education (PDK)

  • Kappa Delta Gamma, International Honor Society in Education (KDG)

  • Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society for the Two Year College (PTK)

Grants

Platt, R. Eric (Principle Investigator) - Total requested amount: $500. The Honor society

of Phi Kappa Phi, Love of Learning Award (Awarded - 2015). “Permission to Reproduce Images and Copyright for Book Manuscript – For the Sons of Sugar: Jefferson College and the Creole Planter Class of South Louisiana, 1831-1931.”

 

Platt, R. Eric (Principle Investigator) – Total requested amount: $7,678. Spencer

Foundation (Under Review - 2016). “Ethnic Schooling in the Ecclesiastical Square: Educational Opportunity, Social Divide, and the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century New Orleans..”

 

Platt, R. Eric (Principle Investigator) & Chesnut, Steven – Total Requested Amount:

$4,812. Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Endowment for Faculty Excellence Awards, The University of Southern Mississippi (Under Review - 2016). “Changing Names, Merging Colleges: A Mixed-Method Approach to Understanding the History of Higher Education Adaptation to Enhance Institutional Longevity.”

 

Platt, R. Eric (Principle Investigator) & Reynolds, Cristin – Total requested amount:

$2,500. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant (In Preparation for Submission - 2016). “Community, Literacy, and The University of Southern Mississippi: Installing ‘Little Free Libraries’ to Increase Leisure Reading Among Students, Faculty, and Staff.”