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Presider Information

Read below for brief information regarding the responsibilities of presiders at the annual meeting.

Presider Responsibilities

Presider Responsibilities

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On behalf of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) we would like to express our sincere thank you for volunteering to serve as a Session Presider for the 2024 meeting in Chattanooga. 

Below, please find the guidelines for your role as presider. If you have not served in this capacity in the past, we would encourage you to save this information and refer back to it prior to your assigned session(s).

  • Have the presenters load their presentation (if applicable) on mobile device prior to the commencement of their presentations. (Your room will be equipped with a projector at minimum.) It is customary for presenters to bring their laptops thus in the event a computer is not available in your room, please ask a presenter to borrow one for the duration of the session.

  • If you are presiding a session in which there are 3 presentations, please explain to the presenters that each paper will be assigned 13 minutes. Questions and discussions should then be entertained at the very end of the session. If there are two presentations, each presenter will have 20 minutes in which to present their paper followed by discussion in the end.

  • Please introduce each presenter prior to their presentation and help to distribute copies of their paper, if needed.

  • Keep track of the time for each presentation, indicating when there are 2 minutes, 1 minute, 30 seconds left and when time is up.  If you are one of the presenters in your session, feel free to ask one of the other presenters or someone in the audience to keep track of your time.

  • At the end of the presentations, ask the audience if there are any questions. (Preside over questions/discussion.) 

  • Ask attendees to complete the session evaluation by scanning the QR code posted in the session room and provided to them at registration

  • Close the session when the time is up and thank everyone for attending.

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