HAYS, KS -- Dr. Regi Wieland, director of the Fort Hays State University Educational Development Center, has been recognized for work on her dissertation titled "Place Attachment and Place Disruption: Perceptions of Selected Adults and High School Students on a Rural School District Reorganization."
Wieland received the Ed Chance Memorial Dissertation of the Year Award from the National Rural Education Association. The award is given to a dissertation concerning a topic pertinent to rural educational issues.
She formally accepted the award on Oct. 25 at the National Rural Education Association Conference in Charleston, SC. Wieland was informed of the award prior to that time though because she made presentations about the dissertation at the conference.
Wieland began her position at FHSU in August just weeks after the completion of her Ph.D.
"It was good timing. I'm glad I was done with it before I started here. The challenges would have been much greater trying to do the dissertation and start a new position at the same time," Wieland said.
After the completion of the dissertation, Wieland defended the study in June, received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University in August and will walk in graduation ceremonies in Manhattan on December 8.
Wieland received her bachelor's degree in music education from KSU and her master's degree in school administration from FHSU.