News Release

Dr. Linda Wellborn receives scholarship to research conference

May 17, 2013 | Valorie Coleman

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Dr. Linda Wellborn, director of institutional research for Evangel University, has received the 2013 Julia M. Duckwall Professional Development Scholarship from the Association for Institutional Research.

The scholarship will pay for Wellborn to attend the Association for Institutional Research Forum May 18-22, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif.

The AIR Forum is the world’s largest annual gathering of higher education professionals working in institutional research and effectiveness, assessment, planning and related postsecondary education fields.

Wellborn is one of three recipients nation-wide to receive the scholarship this year.

About the scholarship

The Julia M. Duckwall professional development scholarship program facilitates the professional growth and development of early career institutional research professionals. Named in honor of the late Julia M. Duckwall, the scholarship is awarded in the spirit of her tireless passion for advancing the field of institutional research.

The Julia M. Duckwall Memorial Scholarship Fund is the first fully endowed scholarship in AIR’s history. With a base of $50,000, the scholarship funds an early career member’s attendance at a professional development event each year. The scholarship was founded shortly after Duckwall’s death in 2002 and has grown toward full endowment every year.

About Linda Wellborn

In her position as director of institutional research, Wellborn develops and maintains a centralized data collection and analysis center and serves Evangel in developing systematic, data-driven approaches to quality improvement.

Wellborn became a member of Evangel’s business department faculty in 1993 and became the first full time director of the master’s and adult education programs in 2000.

She has taught the following undergraduate courses: Organizational Design and Management, Business Communications and Leadership. Master’s level classes have included Foundations of Leadership, Educational Research and Communications for Effective Leadership.

She received a B.S. from the University of Akron, an M.S. from Southwest Missouri State University and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

For more information, contact Dr. Linda Wellborn at (417) 865-2811, ext. 7530.

More information about the Association for Institutional Research and the Julia M. Duckwall scholarship can be found online at

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