CEHD Research and Development
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 Join us at our CERD Coffee Chats,  co-sponsored with CEHD CPI,  on the First Friday of each month at 11 am.

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About our Office

College of Education Research & Development is a unit within the Dean’s Office of the College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) tasked with strategically leveraging resources to increase CEHD’s research competitiveness. The Research Development team works directly with faculty, Institute administration, strategic partners and funders to facilitate research program funding and award management.

Our Office’s mission is to serve faculty researchers as you conceptualize, develop, and write your proposals to federal agencies and other entities to seek funding for your research projects. We work across all disciplines, departments, and divisions within the College of Education & Human Development with the overarching goal of making the proposal as compelling and competitive as possible — and of making the proposal development process as straightforward and streamlined as possible and ensuring that the management of your award is an easy and stress-free process.

In addition to the management and coordination of the Pre-Award process, CERD Post-Award will assist you with the coordination of award documentation and manage post-award financial activities.

The CERD pre and post-award staff are happy to meet with you in your office to discuss any questions you have about your submission, project account, or outreach activities. Contact us.

To learn more about the research being conducted in the College of Education and Human Development including current projects, funding, research centers and departments, please  click here 

Center Evaluation

Center Evaluation Schedule

Only accessible from on-campus or through VPN.

Goals of Evaluations

The purpose of evaluations is to ensure that the goals of our Centers and Institutes meet or exceed the mission of the College.

Some Centers and Institutes are not recommended for continuation, and theses decisions aren’t unusual.

Reasons for Discontinuation

  • Faculty interests
  • Changing personnel
  • Outside resource opportunities
  • The life cycle of scholar activity

Evaluation Timetable

Every five years, each center or institute receives a formal review. The appointment or re-appointment of a center director may occur during the consideration process.

Evaluation Oversite Committees

Memberships and Dean-Appointed Chair:

  • Two CEHD center directors appointed by the Associate Dean for Research
  • Associate Dean for Research
  • Assistant Dean for Administrative Services
  • Representative from the Faculty Advisory Council as selected by the Associate Dean for Research
  • External individual with research center leadership experience.  Appointed by the Department Head with input from the Center Director ($250 stipend)
  • A faculty member for department-level centers. Nominated by the Associate Dean for Research in consultation with the department head.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Are goals clearly defined for the center/institute?
  2. What value does the center/institute add to the department, college, university, state, and/or nation?
  3. Is the center/institute contributing to the goals of the college, department, or university?
    1. Is the center/institute generating external support?
    2. Is the center/institute involved in research, new knowledge development, knowledge application, and/or knowledge dissemination?
    3. Is the center/institute creating opportunities to support graduate students in CEHD?
    4. Is the center/institute promoting diversity?
  4. Has the center/institute made progress in accomplishing the stated goals?
  5. Is the current leadership effective?

Assessment Process

  1. The Associate Dean for Research will request the center/institute director to take a self-assessment. October 1st is the assessment deadline.
  2. The director will use the online assessment form to respond to the evaluation criteria by March 1.
  3. The chair of the oversight committee will arrange for the committee to meet. They will respond to the self-evaluation online.
  4. Feedback is then submitted to the Dean.
  5. The dean will make a decision about the center and contact the director to review the report. Department Heads will also receive a copy of this communication.
  6. The Dean will submit a copy of the final review to the Division of Research.

Director Appointments

  • Terms of Appointment – Directors will be appointed and/or reappointed by the Dean in consultation with the department head.
  • Selection Process – Prior to either an initial appointment or any subsequent reappointment to a new five-year term, the appointment under consideration will be reviewed, recommended, and/or approved by the Dean in consultation with the respective department head.  The center director will receive a copy of the evaluation to note and implement recommendations made by the evaluation committee and/or dean.
  • Performance Evaluations – Each director should receive annual performance reviews (e.g., A-2) in accordance with college and university policies and procedures.