Joe D. Cornett of Rogers, Arkansas earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education at Northwestern in the early 1960s and a Doctorate in Education in 1966 from the University of Arkansas. During his career, he served as both a middle school teacher in Bossier Parish and a professor of education, mostly at Texas Tech University, where he was chair for many years at the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, the larger of two departments in the College of Education. His academic interests led him to specialize in the areas of curriculum, quantitative research design and analysis and statistics. He authored eight books and over 50 journal articles, monographs and technical reports and was instrumental in Texas Tech’s successful move toward Division I Research status.