Office of Associate Dean for Research
and Graduate Studies
The Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies is a catalyst for identifying opportunities, providing professional development for proposal development, facilitating interdisciplinary projects and working with campus-wide initiatives related to faculty research and external funding efforts.
Our primary goals are to:
- To strengthen the research capacity and output of the College of Education (COE) to increase the number of research publications from the college, increase research collaboration within the college and across campus, and to prepare graduate students as educational researchers;
- To strengthen the capacity of COE faculty and the COE infrastructure to submit quality proposals for external funding and increase the number of proposals submitted by and awarded to COE faculty;
- To provide an integrated, systematic approach to external funding for the College by working closely with faculty to produce planful proposals that fit the College’s mission, its 2025 goals and the professional skills and interests of the faculty, including work with COE centers to identify collaborative strengths such as STEM teacher preparation and broadening the participation and success of underrepresented groups in all levels of the education enterprise; and
- To facilitate the acknowledgement and utilization of COE expertise by working with other Associate Deans across campus and with the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects to integrate education faculty into interdisciplinary, cross-campus, and multi-campus external funding endeavors.
In addition to support of college research and external funding activities, the Associate Dean also directs the college’s New Faculty Mentoring Program, oversees data collection, analysis and reporting of the college’s 2025 strategic plan, is faculty sponsor and editor of the Prairie Journal of Educational Research, and coordinates the Distinguished Educational Research Lecture Series.
Senior Administrative Specialist