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/Education

 

Selected Courses Taught

HE 492: Special Topics, Campus Crises

HE 615: The American College Student

HE 711: History of Higher Education

HE 712: The Community College

HE 713: Higher Education Curricula

HE 716: Higher Education Law

HE 792: Special Topics, Religion and Higher Education

HE 800: Leadership Theory

HE 816: Current Issues in Higher Education

REF 709: Social Foundations of Education

REF 792: Historical Research in Education

 

Selected Scholarship

Books

Platt, R. E. (2017). Educating the sons of sugar: Jefferson College and the Creole planter class of south Louisiana. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.

Educating the Sons of Sugar Book via Amazon

Platt, R. Eric. (2014). Sacrifice and survival: Identity, mission, and Jesuit higher education in the American South. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.

Sacrifice and Survival Book via Amazon

Articles

Platt, R. E. & Reynolds, C. L. (In Press, 2019). An intellectual biography of New Orleans’ ‘Duke of Education’: George Soulé and the changing landscape of college instruction in south Louisiana, 1856-1926. Louisiana History 

Platt, R. E. & McGee, M. (2017). “The educational administration of William Tecumseh Sherman: A northern military officer’s tenure at a southern university prior to the American Civil War.” Vitae Scholasticae: The Journal of Educational Biography, 34(1), 48-74.

Platt, R. E., Chesnut, S. R., McGee, M., & Song, X. (2017). “Changing names, merging colleges: Investigating the history of higher education adaptation.” American Educational History Journal, 44(1), 49-67.

Reynolds, C. L., Platt, R. E., Malone-Schaffer, L., & Foster, H. (2017). “Social media and higher education: The problem of anonymous electronic threats to the campus community.” Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 20(4), 58-71.

Blankenship, A. E., Platt, R. E., & Read, H. (2017). “Rewarding collegiality: The use of collegiality as a factor in faculty evaluation and employment decisions.” Journal of Faculty Development, 31(2), 37-42.

Platt, R. E., McGee, M., & King. A. (2016). “Marching in step: Patriotism and the southern Catholic cadet movement.” The Catholic Historical Review, 101(4), 1-28.

Wallace, W. R., Platt, R. E., Blankenship, A. E., & Mandashona. T. (2016). “The Newcomb precedent: College closure and the interpretation of nineteenth century donor intent in the twenty-first century.” Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 19(3), 38-49.

Platt, R. E. (2015).Prudence and intransigence: Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel and the prelude to Catholic education integration in southeast Louisiana.” Catholic Southwest: A Journal of History and Culture, 26(1), 37-62.

McGee, M. & Platt. R. E. (2015). “The forgotten slayings: Memory, history, and institutional response to the Jackson State University shootings of 1970.” The American Educational History Journal, 42(1), 15-32.

Platt, R. E. & Hill. L. (2014). “A Storyville education: Spatial practices and the learned sex trade in the city that care forgot.” Adult Education Quarterly, 64(4), 285-305.

Alex, J. L., Platt, R. E., Gammill, D. M., Miller, E. A. & Rachel, J. R. (2007) “Making the invisible visible: A model for delivery systems in adult education.” MPAEA Journal of Adult Education, 36(2), 13-22.

Encyclopedia Articles

Platt, R. E. (2014). “Valcour Aime.” In D. Johnson (Ed.) KnowLA: Encyclopedia of Louisiana, http://www.knowla.org/entry/1883/&view=summary.

Platt, R. E. (2014). “Joseph Francis Rummel.” In D. Johnson (Ed.) KnowLA: Encyclopedia of Louisiana, http://www.knowla.org/entry/1882/&view=article.

Book Reviews

Platt, R. E. (2018).Gannett, Cinthia & John Brereton (Editors). 2016. Traditions of Eloquence: The Jesuits and Modern Rhetorical Studies. New York, NY: Fordham University Press. 487 pp. $89.96 (Cloth).” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture (In Press).

Platt, R. E. (2017). “Hyde, Sarah, L. 2016. Schooling in the Antebellum South: The Rise of Public and Private Education in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press. 224 pp. $42.50 (Cloth). 240 pp. $40.38 (Kindle).” American Educational History Journal, 44(2), 119-123.

Conference Presentations

Platt, R. E., Foster, H., & Bradshaw, L. (2018) Repurposing the Confederacy: Understanding issues surrounding the removal and contextualization of Lost Cause iconography at southern colleges and universities. Paper presentation at the Southern History of Education Society, Gainsville, FL.

Platt, R. E. & McGee, M. (2017) Educated in the ecclesiastical square: Social divide and the Redemptorist schools of New Orleans. Paper Presentation at the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Platt, R. E., Chesnut, S. R, McGee, M., & Song, X. (2017) Changing names, merging colleges: Understanding the history of higher education adaption. Paper Presentation at the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Blankenship, A. E., Platt, R. E., & Read, H. (2017) Rewarding collegiality: The use of collegiality as a factor in faculty evaluation and employment decisions. Paper Presentation at the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Platt, R. E. & Reynolds, C. L. (2017) An intellectual biography of New Orleans’ “duke of education”: George Soulé and the changing landscape of college instruction in south Louisiana, 1856-1926. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association, Shreveport, Louisiana.

Platt, R. E. & Johnson, D. L. (2017) Catholics and Confederates: Spring Hill College during the American Civil War. Paper Presentation at the Southern History of Education Society, Athens, GA.

Platt, R. E. (2016) Re-teaching “Creole”: George Washington Cable, Charles Étienne Arthur Gayarré, and the struggle to preserve Louisiana’s aristocratic moniker. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern History of Education Society, Long Beach, Mississippi.

Platt, R. E. (2015) Marists and Americanization: Curricular adaptation, social class, and the decline of Catholic higher education in the Louisiana sugar parishes, 1864–1927. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern History of Education Society, Macon, Georgia.

Griffis, M. & Platt. R. E (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. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern History of Education Society, Macon, Georgia.

Platt, R. E. (2014) The Woodstock letters:  Education, communication, and the Society of Jesus in the United States, 1872-1969. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Organization of Educational Historians, Chicago, Illinois.

Platt, R. E. (2014) Prudence and intransigence: Archbishop Joseph Rummel and the prelude to Catholic education integration in Louisiana. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Platt, R. E. (2014) The Forgotten Louis Dufau: French Creole and French immigrant educational conflict in rural Louisiana, 1852-1856. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern History of Education Society, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Wallace, W. R. & Platt, R. E. (2014). The Newcomb precedent: College closure and the interpretation of nineteenth century donor intent in twenty-first century Louisiana. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern History of Education Society, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Platt, R. E. (2013) Marching In step: Patriotism and the southern catholic cadet movement. Paper Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Curriculum History. San Francisco, California.

Platt, R. E. (2013) For the sons of sugar: Jefferson College and the southern Louisiana planter class. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California.

Invited Presentations

Platt, R. E. (2018) A southern magis: Exploring the history of Jesuit education in New Orleans, Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans, East Bank Regional Library of Jefferson Parish, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Platt, R. E. (2017) Educating the sons of sugar: Jefferson College and the Creole planter class of south Louisiana. German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society, LaPlace, Louisiana.

Platt, R. E. (2015) An archbishop for education: James Hubert Blenk in New Orleans and South Louisiana, 1874-1917. Research presented at the annual meeting of the “Roots Program,” St. Alphonsus Community Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Platt, R. E. (2014) Faculty instruction: Influence, learning, and institutional longevity. Research presented at St. Joseph’s Abbey and Seminary College, Covington, Louisiana.

 Platt, R. E. (2013 & 2014) Legal issues of concern to faculty: Staying out of trouble, and getting (and keeping) tenure along the way. Panel presentation member at The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

 Platt, R. E. (2013) Higher education and access: From Brown v. Board of Education to the twenty-first century. Research presented at Jackson State University, Department of Urban Higher Education, Jackson, Mississippi.

Grants

Platt, R. E. (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. Spencer Foundation ($7,678).

 Platt, R. E. & Reynolds, C. L. (2016). Literacy, book access, and The University of Southern Mississippi: Installing a “Little Free Library’ to increase developmental reading engagement among students at the Dubard School for Language Disorders. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Literacy Grant ($1,000).

Platt, R. E. (2015). Permission to reproduce images/copyright acquisition for book manuscript – “Educating the Sons of Sugar: Jefferson College and the Creole Planter Class of South Louisiana.” The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Love of Learning Award ($500).

 

Awards

Platt, R. E. (2016). The University of Southern Mississippi, College of Education and Psychology, Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.

McGee, M. & Platt, R. E. (2016). American Educational History Journal, Article of the Year Award, Volume 42.

Platt, R. E. (2016). Texas State Historical Association, Patrick Foley Award for Best Research Article in Catholic Southwest: A Journal of History and Culture.

Platt, R. E. & Hill, L. (2015). American Association of Adult and Continuing Education, Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education.

Platt, R. E. (2015). National Endowment for the Humanities, University of Southern Mississippi Faculty Nominee.

 

Professional Affiliations

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

History of Education Society (HES)

Louisiana Historical Association (LHA)

Organization of Educational Historians (OEH)

Southern History of Education Society (SHOES)

Society for the Study of Curriculum History (SSCH)

 

Honor Societies

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

Phi Delta Kappa, the 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)