The Emotional Intelligence
(EI) Research Initiative within the College of Education at Texas A&M University
Kingsville is a focal point of applied research and service to the South Texas
Region. The major purpose of the EI Research Initiative is to
complete research and implement focused intervention programs to improve the
quality and effectiveness of educational experiences for the people of South
Texas. Completed research has demonstrated the importance of EI in the
academic achievement and retention of high school and college students,
educational leadership, and personal well being (mental and physical health).
The EI Research
Initiative is built on the research and publications of Darwin
Nelson and Gary Low and their ESAP theory of emotional intelligence
and emotional learning. Approximately forty doctoral
dissertations have been completed at Texas A&M University Kingsville
and major research universities in the united States and abroad.
ESAP assessment instruments and emotional learning materials
authored by Nelson and Low are used world-wide in education,
business and industry, and clinical settings. Collaborative
international research and application studies are in progress to
investigate the effectiveness of emotional intelligence in improving
interpersonal relationships, productivity, and personal well being
of the world's people.
The EI Research
Initiative at Texas A&M University Kingsville is funded by an annual
conference and professional development and certification seminars
hosted by the authors. External funding is needed to support
doctoral research, applied action and studies, and the development
of intervention programs to improve personal, academic, and career
effectiveness of the people of South Texas. Individuals and
corporations my support the EI Research Initiative through donations
to the EI Research Initiative, College of Education, Texas A&M
University Kingsville. All funds generated by the EI Research
Initiative will be used for the support of doctoral research, direct
services to South Texas schools, colleges, and universities, and the
professional development of graduate students and doctoral faculty
in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling.
EI Faculty Contributors - Doctoral level professionals with expertise
and experience in EI research and applications with the Emotional Skills
Assessment Process and other education-based models of emotional
intelligence are considered to be contributing faculty. Currently, Drs.
Darwin Nelson, Gary Low, Barbara Stottlemyer, Robert Vela, Michael Elkins,
Santos Martinez, Chaun-Ta Chao, Magdalena Williams, and George Potter are
interdisciplinary EI faculty contributors.
EI Assessment - Education-based models of emotional intelligence developed
by Dr. Darwin Nelson and Dr. Gary Low provide the assessment foundation. The
Emotional Skills Assessment Process technology of Personal Skills Mapping,
Exploring and Developing EI Skills and The Personal Responsibility Map are
currently available research-based assessments. The Personal Excellence
Inventory is a new assessment approach currently being.
EI Research - Since 1980, some forty doctoral level studies have been
completed using EI Assessments. Research abstracts are maintained by EIRI
and summarized for professionals and students. Recent dissertations
Dr. George Potter's study of the effect of an instructional intervention on
achievement and retention (2005).
Dr. Magdalena Williams' study of achievement and
retention patterns at an Hispanic Serving Institution (2004).
Dr. Marky Smith's study of counseling
intervention and academic achievement with high school students (2004)
Dr. Chaun-Ta Chao’s study of emotional intelligence and
anxiety with Taiwanese students (2003).
Dr. Robert Vela’s study with first year students who
participated in the Javelina EI Program at TAMUK (2003).
Dr. Barbara Stottlemyer’s study with high school
students in South Texas (2002).
EI Institute - The Institute for Emotional Intelligence is convened to
disseminate research findings on the role and impact of emotional
intelligence skills to achievement, performance, and health. Presentations
include research-derived instructional strategies, program development,
interventions, and assessment aimed at improving the academic, career, leadership, and life
effectiveness of people at all levels of
development. Discussions and networking opportunities are provided for
faculty, student development professionals, counselors, and students from
public schools, community colleges, universities, and community based
organizations. The 2004 and 2005 institutes were convened on the campus of
Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The 2006 Institute for Emotional
Intelligence was convened in Galveston, Texas and hosted by Galveston
College to showcase that institution's EI-centric approach to institutional
effectiveness. In 2007 the Institute will return to the beautiful campus of
Texas A&M University-Kingsville and for the first time will include
interdisciplinary tracks for K-12 education, higher education, and
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credit to the authors of articles, dissertations, and web site.