About the Mid-Western Educational Researcher

The Mid-Western Educational Researcher is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal that publishes qualitative and quantitative research articles examining educational issues and practices, book and media reviews, commentaries, and other work that addresses areas such as mentorship and teacher research. The MWER (ISSN 1056-3887) is published quarterly by the Mid-Western Educational Research Association through Western Illinois University. It began publication in 1988 and moved to an online format in 2012.

MWER seeks strong manuscripts addressing diverse issues in education. The journal does not subscribe to any particular methodology, and publishes quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and meta-analysis studies, along with theoretical pieces, graduate student inquiry, book and media reviews, commentaries, teacher research, policy briefs, mentoring essays, and other related work. We also entertain proposals for special issues and special sections of an issue.

Submitting to MWER
If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, suggesting a special section or issue of the journal, serving as a reviewer, encouraging a graduate student searching for an outlet for their work, or simply have suggestions or other feedback, we hope you will be in touch. We are interested in hearing from higher education faculty and graduate students, but also K-12 teachers and administrators, policymakers, and other educational stakeholders. Please contact us at We look forward to hearing from you.

MWER Editorial Team
Debra Miretzky, Co-Managing Editor
Sharon Stevens, Co-Managing Editor
Krista Bowers-Sharpe, Editor
Mahrya Carncross, Editor
Chase Catalano, Editor

MWER Editorial Board
Michael D. Anthony
VP of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
Rochester Community and Technical College

Mary Bair
Associate Professor
Grand Valley State University

T. Mark Beasley
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Ryan Bronkema
Assistant Professor
University of West Georgia

Walter Feinberg
Professor Emeritus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dena R. Kniess
Assistant Professor
University of West Georgia

Pamela Konkol
Director, Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice
Associate Professor of Foundations and Social Policy
Concordia University Chicago

Ramona Meraz Lewis
Assistant Professor
Western Michigan University

Christopher Meidl
Assistant Professor
Duquesne University

Nimisha Patel
Associate Professor
Wright State University

Eric C. Sheffield
Western Illinois University

Aaron Samuel Zimmerman
Assistant Professor
Texas Tech University

MWER Editorial Assistant
Clinton Iadanza
Western Illinois University